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Stay in a grass-topped 17th century barn at this stunning Norwegian valley farm

In the picturesque valley of Gudbrandsdalen in Oppland, Norway lies a lush, pastoral sheep farm with stunning 17th century, timber-framed barns that line the property. Here, guests can immerse themselves in nature, sample local specialities, and meet members of the family that have run the property for generations.

Guests sleep in 17th and 18th Century barns that have been fully restored.
Guests sleep in 17th and 18th Century barns that have been fully restored. Image by Nordigard Blessom

Called Nordigard Blessom, local legend states that it is the oldest farm in the Vågå municipality, and to this day, it consists of old wooden buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries that have been completely restored, giving guests the chance to experience the atmosphere of the unique property as it originally was.

Visitors can choose from a different accommodation options at the farm.
Visitors can choose from a different accommodation options at the farm. Image by Nordigard Blessom

Operated through the generations by the Blessom family, today, guests are greeted by three generations, including Grandma Astrid who lives on the site with her cats Fox and Pia, and is well-known for her home-cooking, making sour-cream porridge and cured meats for visitors to sample. Housing artists throughout the years, the accommodation has now been made available to the public to book, and offers the choice between The Pink Room, which comes with solid log walls and old Norwegian furnishings, The Hall, a large room that formerly held social gatherings and includes a four-poster bed, and The Yellow Room, which has views of the local village.

Nordigard Blessom
The barns have lush, grassy rooftops. Image by Nordigard Blessom

“The atmosphere at Nordigard Blessom will entice you to slow down, forget time and enjoy the simple things in life. Visitors can expect rich traditions, wonderful newly-restored wooden houses, as well as a barn full of animals, and you feel as if they have stepped back in time a few hundred years to a secluded mountainside farm,” Ingrid Blessom told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Nordigard Blessom is also a functioning sheep farm.
Nordigard Blessom is also a functioning sheep farm. Image by Nordigard Blessom

Breakfast is served in the big blue kitchen in the main house, where guests sit at the long table in front of stone fireplaces to try a healthy farm meal consisting mainly of homemade foods and locally-grown produce. Visitors with a car are also in a good location to visit a number of popular places, such as Galdhøpiggen, the tallest mountain in Norway, Besseggen, a popular spot for hiking, and the Valdresflya mountain plateau. Prices start at 800 Norwegian krone (€82) per night for a single room.

More information on visiting Nordigard Blessom is available on the official website.