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 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.


Discover trollheimen


Bortistu is a starting point the well-known trekking route Trekanten (The Triangle). Trek from Bortistu to Innerdalen, then to Trollheimshytta (tourist cabin) and back to Bortistu. In summer you’ll find The Norwegian Trekking Association’s marked trails all over Trollheimen (red T's).

Cross country ski tracks

In wintertime, high quality ski tracks are made from throughout Storlidalen, from Storli to Gjevilvatnet and to Tovatna and further around Høa, via Londalen. For updated ski trails, see

Ski touring

Storlidalen has a very stable climate, giving long winters, stable snow conditions and good conditions ski touring. Snow conditions regularly permits skiing from October to May, therefore it is safe to plan a trip in good time in advance.

Storlidalen is the perfect valley for skiing. Every other mountain is convex and concave, respectively, resulting in a great variation in terrain and formations. Her you will find both large plains and steep runs over a small area. Perfect terrain for all skiing skill levels.

Access to the mountains is easy; roads are open all the way up to Storli during winter, and you can go directly into the terrain from the road. It is a lot of parking lots marked with P along the road, we recommend using these not to hinder snow removal.

Recommended trips: Storbekkhøa, Nonshøa, Neådalsnota, Hyttdalskammen, Storslættkamben, Storhaugen, Gjerdhøa and Okla.

For these trips we recommend buying a pair of handmade carbon skis, customized for your needs, from our local ski factory EVI ski on Lønset.

Mountain trekking

In summer you can trek to several mountaintops, we recommend the following; 

Storbekkhøa, 1504 meters above sea level (MASL) – one of the lowest mountaintops in Storlidalen, but not an easy trip on that account. Two trails lead to the summit; from Bortistu and up to the right following Storbekken, crossing this after a while. Then, turn west towards Grønsletkammen. There you will fin a marked trail (red T) to the top. Alternatively, go towards Tovatna. After a few 100 meters you’ll find a sign to the right, for the trail towards Storbekkhøa.

Length: 5.5 km. Estimated time consumption: ca 5 – 6 hours back and forth

Kringlehøa, 1466 MASL, Storsalen 1593 MASL, Nonshøa 1532 MASL, Kråkvasstind 1699 MASL and Okla 1564 MASL are also recommended summits. We sell maps in the reception for these treks, see also suggestions on

If you are not familiar with mountain trekking or you want a guide, we can offer a very experienced mountain guide that knows the area well, and also know the history of Storlidalen.

Bike ride to Tovatna

We rent bicycles for kr 150 per day. We recommend cycling along a car-free mountain road, 12 km along Tovatna.


If you would like go for an easier trek, it is suggested to go to Vassenden for a view over Storlidalen and Gjevilvassdalen simultaneously! Have a look at old saeters / mountain farms, and have a refreshing dip in Gjevilvatnet. You’ll most certainly have a large, white, sandy beach all by yourself, surrounded by mountains 1400 – 1600 MASL. On one side of the water you can see Okla, and on the other side you can see the three tops of Gjevilvasskambene.

Fishing in Ångårdsvatnet

To be in a boat on Ångårdsvatnet, in the middle of Storlidalen, is a lovely experience. You can rent a boat with an outboard engine, fishing nets and life jackets, canoe and paddles. See here for prices and contact information (Norwegian only).

Fishing licence can be purchased online and with Lønset Grunneierlag (landowners association - Norwegian only).

Fishing in the mountain lakes

By the parking lot in Storlia you’ll find an information board with maps, and a self-service box for paying fishing license.

Prices, all Storli Utmarkslag:

  • Day: 100 kr

  • Week: 600 kr

  • Season: 1000 kr

Photo: Terje Storli

Activities AT BORTISTU

Sunday Café

Even in Storlia you can visit a café; every Sunday from 12 – 16 there is cooperation for an open café. See sign by the paring lot in Storli for information about the café either at Storli Gard (Norwegian only) or Bortistu Gjestegard.

Activity trail (minimum 8 persons)

The activity trail is a circular trail with posts where the aim is to complete different tasks as fast as possible. The trail has several themes, including lighting a campfire, capacity and endurance, spitting competition Oppdal style, sawing relay, and more.

The activity trail ends with coffee (with extras) prepared on one of the campfires from the relay, with honour and glory to the winners!

Prices: 8 – 20 persons: kr 550 per person, 21 – 40 persons: kr 400 per person.

Time: 2 – 3 hours, depending on numbers of posts.

 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.

Other activities offered:

  • Team Challenge: cooperation, tactics, trust, effort, 10 – 60 persons.
    Time: 75 – 120 min, depending on number of posts.

  • Capture the flag: 10 – 30 persons.
    Time: 1 – 3 hours.

  • The game – planning, teamwork, speed. Kr 230 – 295 per person. Time: 60 min.

  • Campfire Trip: a short walk to the campfire site. Bortistu can supply food and beverages. You fix the rest.

Prices and more information on request.

Visit Oppdal

There is a lot to experience in Oppdal – check Visit Oppdal’s webpage

Photo: Terje Storli

Photo: Terje Storli

Bortistu cultural history tour

We offer a guided tour where we focus on crafts and craftsmanship, schooling, local personalities and unity. We’ll visit Innloftet (Eng: The Inner Loft) from 1648, Blåstoggo (Eng: The Blue House) with a toy collection from the 17- and 1800s and a cloths collection from the early 1900s.

The photo exhibition on Buret (Eng: The Storehouse) shows pictures from both everyday life and celebrations on the farm from early 1900s. In Snekkerloftet (Eng: The Carpenter Loft) homemade tools and machines are put on display. In Smia (Eng: The Smithy) you can see a fire pit made of soapstone and a bellow made of sheepskin. Finally, Bassto (Eng: The Smoke House) is where we today smoke legs of lamb.

 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.

Of course, you can freely go around exploring by yourself.

Price guided tour: by appointment with the hosts. For groups, kr 1000

Happiness and well-being treatments

After a long day in the mountains or in the conference room, a massage is very nice and relaxing. This is not a Spa, as we do not use water in our treatment. Spend an hour and treat to yourself to a little boost of happiness and well-being. We have maybe the best view in Norway from our treatment room; from here you can enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains of Trollheimen.

Our treatments are varied and include hot-stone massage; smooth and warm stones are used both for massage and to be placed at special points of the body. We can receive groups up to 5 persons for foot treatment with massage and peeling. We serve water and fruit with all treatments.

Classical Swedish massage (60 min) – kr 850

Classical Swedish massage (90 min) – kr 1050

Massage to release muscular tension, a very efficient treatment that reduces stress and improves the blood circulation. The intensity of the massage is adapted to your needs. 

Relieving massage (45 min) – kr 650

Our recommended treatment if you have a headache, a bad back or a stiff neck.

Hot-stone massage (60 min) – kr 850

The warm stones keep your body relaxed and are perfect for reducing stress. Eases stiffness in muscles, increases flexibility in joints and increases metabolism. Fantastic treatment after a long day out.

Relaxing massage (45 min) – kr 650

Deep and relaxing treatment, combined with soothing massage for back, neck, face and head. Perfect for those who have a sedentary job or would like to get in balance.

Mountain trip massage (60 min) – kr 850

Healing massage for muscles after a long trip in the mountains, focusing on increased circulation. Includes warm footbath, massage of feet, calves and thighs.

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 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.

Trollheimen facts

Landscape and living

Over millions of years, glaciers have formed the mountainous region of Trollheimen. Glaciers has made U-valleys in the east and rivers and rapids dug out V-valleys in the west. Trollheimen was likely the first exposed land-area of Norway when the ice cap melted after the last ice age. Archaeological findings, which are up to 9000 years old, indicate that humans have populated this area since the Stone Age. Hunting and capturing of game has been a way of sustenance through all times and still is, especially for bird, reindeer and moose. Trollheimen is an important location for Norwegian outdoor life and sports, such as mountaineering and skiing

Trollheimen literally translate into “Home of the Trolls”. The name was first suggested by journalist Håkon Løken, and was the area was officially given the name by The Norwegian Trekking Association, Trondheim, in the 1880’s.

Today, agriculture, tourism and hydropower are important for Trollheimen; Ångårdsvatnet and Tovatna are both regulated for hydropower. Water is led by tunnel via Gjevilvatnet, and then to Sunndalen and Driva power station.

At Kårvatn in Todalen, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research established an observation site in 1978. Data from this station reveal that this is one of the areas with least air pollution in Northern Europe.

Tourism is widespread in Trollheimen, and several cabins belonging to The Norwegian Trekking Association, Trondheim (abbr. TT), is found here; Trollheimshytta, Gjevilvasshytta and Jøldalshytta. TT named the trekking route between these cabins “Trekanten” (Eng. The Triangel). The Norwegian Trekking Association, Kristiansund and Normøre, runs the self-serviced cabin at Vollasætra.

The valleys of Trollheimen is at about 500 – 700 MASL, while the mountains range between 1000 – 1850 MASL, making the height difference for hiking quite large. The hikes are not characterized as particularly demanding but climbing accidents occur, also with the loss of life; in particular the Trolla massif have had several mortal climbing accidents.

During wintertime, a lot of very nice cross country ski tracks are made throughout the area. There are approximately 1500 privately owned cabins in Trollheimen, most of them are located around Skarvatnet and Gjevilvatnet in Oppdal, Resdalen in Meldal and at Nerskogen in Rennebu. There is an increased interest in using Trollheimen as a destination for tourism.

The Innerdalen area is one of the best areas in Mid-Norway for alpine mountaineering. Innerdalstårnet and Skarfjell have several climbing routes. All routes span over several full rope-lengths and are located at high altitudes – requiring both high level of experience and physical fitness. Rendalskammen has both long and short routes, and is a bit more accessible. The mountaintop traverses from Tårnfjellet to Tåga, in the Trolla massif, and from Skarfjell to Trolla are also popular routes, but requires experience. Please note that all mountaineering in Innerdalen must be performed with the individual climbers own attachment points and equipment. For more information, see Klatrefører for Innerdalen (Norsk Tindeklubb, Norwegian website only).

 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.
 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.


Both lake Ångårdsvatnet and Dalsvatnet have brown trout of good quality, and large brown trout is occasionally caught. Smaller lakes, like Halsbekktjernene, Tovatna, Navnløsvatnet, Sprinkeltjern and Bunnvatnet, and Gravbekktjern contains brown trout of excellent quality. Fishing is most effective with “Oter” (traditional Norwegian paravane, with flies attached to main line) or rod. Maps are sold in the reception.

It is possible to rent a boat with an outboard engine, fishing nets and life jackets, canoe and paddles. See here for prices and contact information (Norwegian only).

Fishing licence can be purchased online and with Lønset Grunneierlag (Norwegian only) and Storli Utmarkslag (landowners associations). By the parking lot in Storlia you’ll also find an information board with maps, and a self-service box for paying fishing license.


Storlidalen is a lush valley. This is mainly due to the rainfall due to proximity to the coast, and a relatively mild winter climate. At Tovatna, annual rainfall is approximately 2000 mm. In addition to cultivated fields and cultural pastures, bogs and marshes dominate the valley. The birch forest dominates, along with typical plants like alpine sow-thistle Cicerbita alpine, Norwegian angelica Angelica archangelica, red campion or red catchfly Silene dioica, and large white buttercup Ranunculus platanifolius. There are also several species of ferns, lilies, orchids, heather and aquatic plants.

Among the buttercups, the wood anemone/thimbleweed/small fox Anemone nemorosa holds a special position; it can almost be regarded as the "National Flower" of Storlidalen.

Tree species naturally belonging in the valley are birch (downy birch/moor birch), pine, goat willow/great sallow, European aspen, grey alder, rowan/mountain-ash and bird cherry/hagberry. Norway spruce is not found naturally, but around 1910 a small amount was planted.

The tree line is about 900 MASL; above the birch forest grows different species of willow (Salix spp.) and ferns, including lapine lady-fern Athyrium distentifolium, dwarf birch and dwarf willow/snowbed willow is found; dwarf willow is named the world’s smallest tree (i.e. woody plant). Examples of typical flowering plants in the alpine zone are mountain avens/white dryas Dryas octopetala, glacier buttercup Ranunculus glacialis and purple saxifrage/purple mountain saxifrage Saxifraga oppositifolia.

 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.
 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.

Bird life

Bring your binoculars to Storlidalen! On a two-hour comfortable stroll in May 2017 from Bortistu Gjestegard, up to the Lonaplassen and back, 37 different bird species were recorded (in order of observation); Bluethroat, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Whimbrel, Wood Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Eurasian Golden-Plover, Northern Lapwing, Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Wryneck, Common Redpoll, European Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap, Common Raven, Hooded Crow, Eurasian Magpie, Willow Ptarmigan, Fieldfare, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Eurasian Teal, Mew Gull, Eurasian Kestrel, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Willow Warbler, Brambling, Chaffinch, Twite, European Starling, Eurasian Siskin, Common Sandpiper, Common Crane, Yellow Wagtail, Reed Bunting and Dunnock.

Bird watching is a great hobby - it can be practiced all over, combined with other outdoor activities. It need not be expensive; all you need is a pair of binoculars and a bird field guide, alternatively an app on your smartphone; NatureGuides Ltd's Birds of Northern Europe is recommended - it is also in English, as well as several other languages, with drawings, pictures, maps, descriptions and sounds for the vast majority of species that occur in Norway and Northern Europe.

Landscape Protection Area Trollheimen

In 1987, Trollheimen Landscape Protection Area was established, with an area of 1165 km2. The area has a greater variety in natural habitats than any other natural area of Norway; this variation is created primarily by the green valleys that intersect with the high mountains. The valleys are lush and green, and in many places there are summer mountain pastures. The purpose of the Landscape Protection Area is to preserve a distinctive and beautiful mountain area, with forests, valleys, summer mountain pastures and a rich animal and plant life. Measurements through 20 years of research show that the area is one of the cleanest in Europe.

 Bortistu Gjestegård ligger i Oppdal kommune i naturskjønne omgivelser innerst i Storlidalen og i hjertet av Trollheimen.

The Bortistu story

Bortistu is a mountain farm located at the bottom of Storlidalen, in Oppdal Municipality

In 2016, 4th generation of the Storli family took over the ownership and management of Bortistu. Linda Mai and Rune and their four children now manage the farm. The children are picked up by a school bus and attend school at Lønset and in Oppdal.

Because the farm is rather small, there have always been an additional variety of activities such as hunting and tourism. In the 1880s, the first guests came to farms, and Bortistu was chosen as quarters when The Norwegian Trekking Association, Trondheim, was founded. They then established a grid of trekking routes in Trollheimen, and Kristoffer Haugen from Bortistu participated in marking the paths. He was one of the country's last professional hunters and spent a lot of time in the mountains, and had a good additional income through hunting and fishing.

Guest book from the 1800's.

Today's Bortistu is a mountain farm under cultural protection, a farm operation without livestock, focusing on tourism. Restoration of the buildings has taken place throughout the 1900s, and Bortistu now appears as a venerable guesthouse for our visitors. Here you will find inspiration and rest, as well as room for reflection.

Bortistu is located in the middle of Storligrenda, which consists of six farms:

  • Negard

  • Utistu

  • Bortistu

  • Gjelhaugen

  • Ekra

  • Ustigard

Sheep farming and tourism were combined until 2000, but since then we have focused solely on tourism. The barn has been converted into banqueting and conference rooms on two floors, and with a built-in reception. Antiquarian considerations are given priority.

  • Gammelstoggo: Built in 1648. The original building is extended twice, in 1846 and 1920.

  • In 1956 the building was further extended, with an angled extension. Full restoration in 1990. Contains 10 bedrooms, 4 living rooms, 2 kitchens and cellars for the production of farm food.

  • Bestemorstoggo: Built in 1948. Extended and restored in 1978 and 2016. Private residence.

  • Tussebu: Farmhouse, restored in 1967 and 2016. Private residence.

  • Fjøset: Built in 1938. Restored to conference and banqueting facilities in 2005, can accommodate 110 guests on the ground floor and 50 guests in the basement.

  • Stabburet: Built in 1848. Restored in ordered to house historical photo exhibition in 1999.

  • Snowmobile garage: Restored for exhibition of old farm equipment etc. in 2002.

  • Kvannflatløa: Built in 1811. The farm’s hay barn built in timber, restored in 1993. Used as a resting place for Storli cultural heritage trail, starting at Bortistu.

Other buildings in use:

  • Oppstoggo: Rental cottage in old Oppdal style, built in 1995.

  • Eldhusstoggo: Rental cabin, built in 1998.

  • Nystoggo: Rental cabin, built in 2006. Course room for 5 - 15 persons.

  • Smia: Built approx. 1750. Farm smithy used to make both lamps, railings, tools, horseshoes and much more. Smia is intact.

  • Bassto: Built in approx. 1850. Previously used for drying grain for malt-beer brewing. It is now used for drying, smoking and maturing of leg of lamb, lamb shanks and brown trout.

  • Kvenn house: originally a mill house for grinding grain. Later used as a calf house, staurhus. Today it is used as a playroom for the benefit of younger guests and the children living on the farm.

  • Staur-hus: There are two of these, one with a new roof. The other has been moved back to the farm from the outskirts and rebuilt; this is located below the barn and the garage.

In the houses there is a historical exhibition and photo gallery (with texts), displaying everyday life and celebration on the farm for generations. All items exhibited are from the farm, which has been owned by the family since 1903.