History

The hosting family
Inger and Rungne Elveseter, sixth generation owner residing at Elveseter are hosts at “Elveseter Culture and Art” Hotel.

The parents of Rungne, Jessie and Aamund, built Elveseter Hotel and Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge into nationally renowned tourist destinations. Patrons from all walks of life, kings and queens, heads of state as well as internationally acclaimed adventurers, have visited and still visits Elveseter Hotel.

The family was always avid collectors of fine art, paintings by the great Norwegian Masters, and wooden objects by the Norwegian Masters of folk art from the eighteenth century, most notably two cabinets by "Skjåk Ola", which are proudly on display at Elveseter Hotel today. Inger and Rungne builds on this history, but are currently embarked on restoring and modernising Elveseter in regards to the demands and expectations of our modern day patrons.

Elveseter – The Culture & Art Hotel
Elveseter Culture and Art Hotel is an old farm situated in Bøverdalen valley in the municipality of Lom. The farm was typical for the area, both in size and how it was run. Elveseter’s history is linked to a family of gifted craftsmen of Norwegian folk art and pioneers in the hotel and leisure industry. They dared to think differently and succeeded.

One of the characteristics of Elveseter, is the use of names and symbols from the ancient Norse Mythology. Names such as Midgard, Utgard, Tor and Odin, makes history come alive at the hotel and creates a bridge to modern times.

The Saga column
The column was originally meant to be Norway's national monument, and to be placed outside the “Storting”, Norways Parliament. The Norwegian government announced a competition for the creation of Norway's national monument in 1926. Many of the most prominent sculptors of that time competed, among such greats as Gustav Vigeland and Professor Wilhelm Rasmussen. This competition was subsequently won by Rasmussen.  The column was half finished by the outbreak of the Second World War. When the war finished in 1945, the work was not completed, because the artist had expressed sympathies with the German occupying forces.

Aamund Elveseter, a former member of the Norwegian resistance movement, literally stumbled upon the column in Oslo in the 1980`s. This collector of fine art decided that Norway's national monument deserved be seen and appreciated by the public. He took the matter into his own hands, had the column restored and finished, and had it subsequently raised at Elveseter. The column which is 34 metres, is one of the tallest in the world, aligned with the Nelson column in London and the Verdon column in Paris. The column depicts pivotal moments in the history of Norway. It was raised in 1992.

Join a guided tour and learn more of the fascinating column, the art and the hotel!

Newspaper article about the column (only available in Norwegian), please click here.