In the lovely area of Hardanger we had a room booked for the night at the small industrial village of Tyssedal. From the 19th century, Tyssedal has been a tourist destination, also know outside of Norway. European nobility traveled to Tyssedal from early 1800, and even Keizer Wilhelm visited several times. In Tyssedal you can see how hydro power created the basis for industrial development, growth and welfare at the beginning of the 20th century. The company “Aktieselskabet Tyssefaldene ” created the basis for prosperity in the region. The company was founded on 20 April 1906 by the Eyde Group, at Sam Eydes office in Kristiania.
Tyssedal Hotel’s history starts with the opening on May 16, 1912. It was built by “Aktieselskabet Tyssefaldene” and was a management hotel for the company that had their offices in Kristiania (now Oslo). The administration, board members and their guests stayed at the hotel when they were in Tyssedal. The hotel is also famous for its large art collection with paintings of The “Garnbinder” by Christian Krogh, Nils Bergslien, Morten Muller, Hans Dahl, Anders Askvold and many more.
Besides this the hotel is the closest hotel for guests who want to visit Trolltunga, a very popular mountain hike, and a via ferrata built in the mountain close by. As it is quite long hike we did not go there this time around. But we might be going back if we get the chance.
The weather was lovely when we arrived, so after going for a little walk down to the fjord to stretch our legs again, we got some lovely local Trolltunga beer and sat outside the hotel and enjoyed the lovely view. We could see the fjord, the mountains, the industry and the very pretty chapel that was just opposite the hotel.
In the hotel’s restaurant one can enjoy dishes that are made from scratch with local products. The menu is inspired by Hardanger, and they offer a culinary experience with a weekly menu. We had read about the restaurant in advance and we had decided to enjoy a lovely meal, and it did not disappoint.
The starter I went for was grilled scallops with cauliflower puree, pomegranate and crispy chorizo. For drinks with the food I went for a lovely dry locally made cider that was really tasty. For my main I went for the trout with pea and carrot puree and potatoes. This was also very tasty and it is always nice to try some of the local food. To end the meal I got the apple cake with apples from the area. It was a really lovely meal in lovely surroundings.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend and I hope it will be filled with both need to do and nice to do things.