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One-way stop to the farm of your dreams Farm holidays are probably one of the hottest ways to spend valuable days off, and Øvre Rønningen Gård is seeing visitors from cities such as London flying in solely to live like a farmer – albeit with a bit more comfort. By Helene Toftner | Photos: Øvre Rønningen Gård
Øvre Rønningen Gård is idyllically located in Gausdal in the heart of Norway. Having seen the surroundings, no one will be surprised that the area, and farms such as Øvre Rønningen Gård in particular, has inspired fairy tales and paintings in the name of National Romanticism. Visitors are welcome to join in on all parts of a regular farmer’s life, including feeding the sheep and cleaning the stables. “Families from as far as London and Paris have come to experience something completely different,” says owner and farmer Ingvild J. Aarhus. City folks are indeed tempted by the simplicity and calmness of the farm, and it has proven a particularly popular way of 92 | Issue 88 | May 2016
holidaying with children as they find entertainment in most nooks and corners of the place. “Horse riding is particularly popular, but so is jumping in the hay,” Aarhus notes, continuing: “While there are plenty of things to do on the farm, many take advantage of the brilliant ski resorts nearby, including Hafjell and Kvitfjell, while the summer brings the possibility to go fishing or swimming in the river.” The farm can accommodate families with up to four children, providing a separate flat with a fully fitted kitchen and bedrooms. “We all stay in the same house, but it is up to the guests how much privacy or interaction they would like.”
The farm is located 25 minutes from the Olympic town of Lillehammer and two hours from Oslo Airport. While it is possible to take the train to Lillehammer followed by a bus to Gausdal, most people prefer having a car at hand. “Many combine staying here with trips into the surrounding national park, or a day trip to Lillehammer,” says Aarhus.
For more information and booking, please visit: www.gardsdraumen.com The farm is also available through www.airbnb.no