by travel-expert José Berrocoso
At picturesque Glittersjå Mountain Farm you may feed and befriend charming farm animals in spectacular surroundings. Overlooking magnificent Jotunheimen National Park, Glittersjå is also home to an Elk family accustomed to daily feeding frenzies in close encounter with visitors of all ages. Get to experience the largest mammals in Norway in their favourite territory. A memory for life!
In 2006 Hege Thorson Nordskar and Helge Nordskar found this remote mountain farm where no people had lived for many years. They broke up from a well established family life in Lommedalen, and started the massive project to restore and build new houses to create a unique arena for visitors and for animals.
Since 2011 an increasing number of people have found their way to Glittersjå, to experience the atmosphere and all the animals living peacefully around the old loghouses. And not least to hear the story about Hege and Helge who grew up in Oslo and first met in the kindergarden in 1959. They took both part in the building of Langedrag Naturpark, they established a souvenir company, produced the official mascots for the winter Olympics at Lillehammer in 1994 and ended up here at Glittersjå, after four grown up children had left home.
Horses, dogs, goats, kettle, hares, ducks, old Norwegian short tailed sheep… a beautiful and traditional farm for both adults and children. All elks live inside a fence on an area of 5 hectars. Here they feed on organic pastures and in the pine forest they also find lingon and blueberry bushes. A big load of willow branches is the favourite eating for the elk.
Do you want to cuddle with the bunnies? Would you like to feed the elks? Can you find the bears in the Bear Foret? The farm has an extensive program of activities to spend the day.There are a lot of beautiful bears carved from largest pine tres. You can follow a trail through the bear forest and see if you can discover all of them!
The cozy cafeteria offers homemade sweet cinnamon buns, sandwiches and cakes. They make waffles from the eggs of the farm, and serve them warm with fresh cream and lovely jam sided by a warm cup of coffee.
-Oppland is a quite large county, making up 17% of Norway’s landmass.
-It is one of only two counties which doesn’t have a coastline.
-Oppland is home to eight of Norway’s highest peaks.