Experienes

Hornsjø is located in a Natural Reserve, and is therefore shrouded in pure nature and absolute silence. This also offers vast variety of nature experiences and activities just outside the door, for both individuals, families and groups. 

Each season here has its own charm, and offers different experiences and activities. The area is ideal for all forms of nature sports as well as Nordic nature and wildlife exploration. 

We also offer both guests and day visitors a number of unique Nordic nature experiences – including guided Mountain Safari (Moose watching) and Skiing with our two sled dogs.

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Family

Alpine and Cross-country skiing

Hornsjø is located just 30 km. from the popular Hafjell Alpine Park, where your family can enjoy skiing at all levels. Hafjell has classes available for both children and adults. Right outside the door, Hornsjø has access to 500 km. of groomed “tram-like” tracks for both beginners and experienced skiers alike.

Nature exploration

The area around Hornsjø is full of untouched nature waiting to be explored. Take the family out on day tours walking, biking or canoeing on the lake. We have 4 canoes and access to two rowing boats at Hornsjø lakes.

For families with younger children the area around the hotel is perfect for toboggans, building snow caves and to have snowman building competitions.

Indoor activities

During evenings and for rainy days you might like to sit by the fireplace and play board games. For the younger children we have a playroom with lots of toys and games. The swimming pool are open all day. Sauna can be heated on request. Table tennis is available at any time.

Need help planning?

We offer to help coordinate your family activities, so you don’t have to worry about it. Let us know what you want to experience, and we will send you a list of recommendations. We will make sure to prepare, so you just need to show up and be ready to get active.

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Sports

Hafjell Alpine Park

Hornsjø is located just 30 km. from the popular Hafjell Alpine Park, that offers alpine sports at all levels with snow guarantee 7 months a year. 

Cross-Country Skiing

To the west and south: 500 km. of groomed “tram-like” tracks right outside the door, for both beginners and experienced skiers.To the east: guaranteed free from prepared ski tracks for the wilder nature enthusiasts.

Hiking and Mountain biking

DNT trails pass right by the hotel, offering longer or shorter stretches with possibilities for overnight-stay in huts along the way.

Don't have equipment?

We have skiing equipment for cross-country skiing, as well as bicycles that can be rented for a day or longer (to be ordered upon request). Hafjell Alpine park offers a wide range of equipment for rent on the spot. If you have particular needs, let us know and we will help you organize it.

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Fauna

Land wildlife

Moose, Roe Deer and Wild Reindeer, fox and hare live here permanently and if you are lucky, you will be able to spot them. – Bears, Wolves and the mysterious Wolverine that occasionally roam the area, but you most likely not see these shy and beautiful animals. If you test your skills and patience you could be in for the special treat is to see a beaver.

Air wildlife

The area around Hornsjø is a paradise for birdwatchers. There are more than 40 different species, amongst others, you will be able to spot Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Broad Harrier, Eagle, Kite, Snipe and many more.

Pine Grosbeaks can be observed regularly. Oyerfjellet has been the first place to have registered breeding pairs. 

https://www.birdingbed.no/fuglelokaliteter/ostlandet/oyerfjellet/

Water wildlife

Locally there are more than 40 lakes and ponds. There are over 100 kilometres of rivers and streams that provide excellent fishing. You can find Trout, Perch, Arctic Char, Grayling and Whitefish in the local waters. Fishing licenses are available at our hotel.

Have a specific Wildlife interest?

Write us a message if you have any questions regarding which Wildlife you can find around our hotel. Maybe you have always dreamed of spotting a specific bird, and want to know when there’s the best chances of spotting it. Or maybe you want to look up the different species before going exploring.

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Flora

When there is no snow, the area around Hornsjø offers a diverse landscape and flora. Enjoy the forest, wild streams, calm lakes and the mountain landscape rising above 1000 meters. 

Oyerfjellet is internationally known for its flora and fauna, and while hiking or biking you will come across various levels of vegetation – working your way up from forest of the valleys, crossing the tree line and ending up on scrub filled mountaintops. 

Mountaintop walks

There are many mountain tops to reach locally that are perfect for day trips. These tops include Hitfjell, Reinsfjell, Hafjell, and Kriksfjell as well as many others.

Shieling experiences

Visit local shielings in the Oyer Mountains. There are 5 local farms that you can visit: Holmsetra, Steinsetra, Hornsjøen, Seter, Sjøsetra.

Berry and Mushroom picking

From the late summer onwards, there are ample opportunities for the harvesting of berries and mushrooms. Blueberries, Cloudberries, and Cranberries are found throughout the area, while there is a large variety of mushrooms to be collected.

Have a specific Nature interest?

Write us a message if you have any questions regarding the nature around our hotel. Maybe you have always dreamed of spotting a specific plant, and want to know when there’s the best chances of spotting it. Or maybe you want to look up the different species before doing exploring.

The climate change is evident in as much as trees and bushes have climbed more than 100 m during the last 100 years. Compare with pictures on the walls from back in time!

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Our Tours

Moose Safari

We offer Moose Safari both morning and evenings, where we will set out to spot Moose and even families.

We can take out both individuals and groups, and with 90% we can ensure you will see Norway’s giant.

Dog Sledging

We have two Malamutes that can pull a sled with supplies, while you ski alongside them.

We can take you on a day tour, as well as overnight tour camping in the wilderness.

Rent a boat

We have 4 canoes and access to two rowing boats at Hornsjø lake. We also have life wests for all sizes.

You can fish in Hornsjø all times of the day, (fishing license is required and can be purchased at the hotel) and if you’re lucky you can spot a beaver.

Rent skiing equipment

We have skiing equipment for cross country that can be rented for a day and up to two weeks.