About Hornsjø

Our hotel is a homely and laid back place. It has large bright rooms and large open common areas, including a living room and a restaurant with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain area; with hamlet, lake, forest, bog and heaths.

The hotel has a long history but started for us in 1983. Then the teaching group at the Traveling College bought Hornsjø Høyfjellshotell.

About Hornsjø

Our hotel is a homely and laid back place. It has large bright rooms and large open common areas, including a living room and a restaurant with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain area; with hamlet, lake, forest, bog and heaths.

The hotel has a long history but started for us in 1983. Then the teaching group at the Traveling College bought Hornsjø Høyfjellshotell.

The teachers’ group’s goal was a sustainable future for all and the school had since the 70’s worked with development work in the 3 world. This work involved collecting used clothes and shoes through the company Norge Gir, which positions itself as a Norwegian, small and innovative clothing collection with clothes for reuse. The school’s students work in the clothing collection and the hotel to save up the travel budget and then travel to some of the world’s poorest areas to work on development work there.

These three companies, the school, Norge Gir and Hotellet together make up the organization One World Institute.

All three have a common belief in a future that leads to social justice and aims to create a just and sustainable future for all. The school educates, inspires and strengthens young people in its quest while the hotel aims to trade its raw materials locally while also wanting to become a meeting place for the world in the form of groups and courses that come here with their knowledge.

The school, The Traveling College, rents part of the hotel for its students who during their study stay become part of Team Hornsjø, to save up money for their travel budget.
The rest of Team Hornsjø consists of a number of enthusiastic people who want to create an oasis of unity and a place that emerges as a unique meeting place for relaxation and closeness to nature on Øyerfjellet. We are constantly developing the hotel and aim to use the nature around us both for recreation and short-distance food.

Our History

Pictures from Hornsjø’s history

Hornsjø Fjellhotell has a long history dating back to 1877 when farmer and tourist host John J. Nermo from Øyer owned a farm by Hornsjø, Nermo-setra.

The first tourists came from Kristania to Nermo, spent the night with him and traveled the next day to Nermo-setra by Hornsjøen in Øyerfjellet to what became many years later Hornsjø Høyfjellshotell.

Pictures from Hornsjø’s history

More people applied to the mountains at the end of the 19th century, and there was gradually a need for more accommodation at Hornsjø.

Therefore, John J. Nermo began preparing to build a larger cabin on his estate in 1885. It became a two-storey cottage with eight bedrooms, a kitchen and a fireplace room.

In 1903 it was built, with i.a. 10 new bedrooms

The Nermo family sold Hornsjø Sæterhotel, as it was called at the time, in 1919, and the hotel now had several different owners.

In the early 30s, the couple Bjørnebye took over the hosting.

In 1938, the Nermo family bought the hotel back, and Albert and Elisabeth Wedum (grandchildren of the founders) became the host couple.

They expanded the hotel several times and made it Norway’s largest high mountain hotel with 401 beds.

Between the two world wars, the hotel was considered one of the best high mountain hotels in the country.

Hornsjø sanatorium 1903

Guests in front of the new hotel, 1903

During the war (1940-45), Hornsjø Høyfjellspensjonat, as it was called during the war years, had an average of 510 guests a month. There were many, but the explanation was probably that people here found peace and relaxed company with others.

In the 50s and 60s, the hotel was a popular destination for both foreigners and Norwegians, and it grew from being a guest house to a high mountain hotel.

The night watchman had an important function in the hotel. In a way, he was not just a night watchman. His tasks were diverse, so in many ways he had to be trusted. Here is a work plan for the night watchman in the 1950s and up to the late 1960s >>>

Nermo had acquired a Horch car after the war. The military car was converted into a bus and could transport guests to Hornsjø.

The duties of the night watchman

Ola Bjørnebye was a close friend of Thor Heyerdahl, whom he had met on the mountain. Thor often lived in his mother’s cabin, which John Nermo had built by Hornsjøen.

During the winter of the 30s, guests were picked up by reindeer

The year-round road was built in 1963, and the road from Korsen in Øyerfjellet to Hornsjø was opened in 1964, which provided completely new opportunities for tourism in the area.

Text from 18.08.64:

Great day for Wedum

The opening of the Hornsjø-Korsen road in Øyerfjellet opens up great perspectives for traffic in this mountain area. But the one who in the first place gets a special benefit from the road, is Albert Wedum at Hornsjø Høyfjellshotell, and he also gave an expression to that when he met during the opening with the hotel’s cars adorned with flags.

Wedum has for several years worked hard to find a year-round road connection to the hotel. Now it’s okay, even though he would have preferred the connection to have gone more in the direction of Lillehammer. But at least, a big day for Wedum, this Sunday!

In 1972, Hornsjø Høyfjellshotell was again expanded with a conference room, meeting room, dining room with room for 350 guests, swimming pool and sauna.

As the hotel celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 1976, it was noted that in the past year there had been 50,000 guest nights, and that the hotel was in possession of three buses, six cars, two tractors and its own snow blower.

In 1983, the Felleseie Foundation bought Hornsjø Høyfjellshotell. It became the basis for continuing the hotel’s proud traditions.

Sources: Arvid Møller: Nermo – From farm to modern tourism, 2014 history map Gerd Agnethe Wedum: An experience in mountain adventures in the years 1876 – 2011

Summer on Hornsjø around 1970

Winter on Hornsjø around 1970

Other activities of the place

Schools (OWI)

Since 1983, Den Reisende Høyskolen has run a school in a department of the Hotel. Today the school is called “One World Institute”.
The school is for people who want to go out into the world, as well as help to make it better through various projects they prepare during the school year.
The students work part-time at the hotel to earn their travel budget so that they can complete the program.

Norway Gir

“Norge Gir” is a small clothing collection with up to 800 collection boxes distributed over the southern part of Norway.

The collection is run by the school’s students and teachers as part of the school’s program.

The profit from the collection contributes to the school’s operation and the students’ travel budget.