Easter in Jotunheimen

In 1901 the owner of Bessheim, Iver Storvik received 100 NOK from The Association for the Promotion of Skiing for keeping his lodge open during Easter. Since then the family have received ski-loving Easter holidaymakers every years. Easter at Bessheim is skitrips, lots of good food, Iver the reindeer, beer in the snow, lectures (in Norwegian), campfires, childrens ski races, guided trips and party on Easter evening.

Easter 2023 starts Friday March 31st and lasts until Easter Monday April 10th .

From we open in February to end of Easter we prepare many kilometres of cross-country skitrails in Sjodalen, connecting Bessheim to Besseggen Fjellpark, Hindseter and Gjendesheim.

Below you the program for activities and menu during easter 2023:

Activityprogram Easter 2023

Sunday April 2nd – quiz
Dinne Quiz by the fireplace 20:30, welcome!

 

Tuesday April 4th – dinner buffet with a visit from the wine-importer Bertil&Martens
Dinner buffet local tastes and tranching of lamb. Desserttable. The local wine-importer Bertil&Martens from Otta presents a selection of their wines during the meal. You can go to dinner any time between 18:30 and 20:30 Dinner is NOK 480. Children 3 – 12 years half price. Wines are paid for separately. Remember to make reservation for table.

 

Wednesday April 5th – lecture on (in Norwegian)
Kåre Lund

By the fireplace 20:30

Thursday April 6th – familytrip with a visit from the reindeers
The reindeer herders Jørn Slettom og Ola Vaagaasarøygard are joined by their favourite reindeers Iver and Nils by a campfire burning not a long way from Bessheim. They will tell you about
reindeer, how they are herded and the local reindeer-business. You can even try your skills at lasso. Suitable for both kids and adults. Meet in the reception at 11:00.

Thursday April 6th – lecture by  (in Norwegian)
K

By the fireplace 20:30.

Good Friday April 7th – the glacier trip – long and rewarding skitrip through Jotunheimen
On Good Friday Jon Sjurgard will guide you to Besshø, 2258 m.as.  Gear list: wool underwear, windproof outer clothing, wool mittens with windproof cover, windproof and warm hat, sunglasses, enough to drink (3 liters), large packed lunch, mountain back country skis with skins, and something to sit on. Jon is a very experienced mountaineer and knows Jotunheimen as his own back pocket. The trip is depending of the weather. Price per person: NOK 450. Make a reservation by phone or email latest the day before.

 

Good Friday April 7th – dinner buffet with warm and cold dishes.

Large easter buffet with warm and cold dishes and desserts. Some exiting tastes of local food – reindeer, moose, deer and mountain trout.

 

Good Friday April 7th – quiz
Quiz by the fireplace 20:30, welcome!

Saturday April 8th – 11:00-14:00– Ride a sledge with reindeer
The reindeer herders Jørn Slettom og Ola Vaagaasarøygard are joined by their favourite reindeers Iver and Nils, and you can ride a sledge behind a reindeer on the lake. Suitable for children! Meet up when it suits you between 11:00 and 14:00. NOK 100 per person.

Saturday April 8th, 13:00– Easter ski race
We hold our annual easter ski race and skijump-comptetion! You can get your face painted from 12:00. We encourage everyone to dress up in costumes, but you are welcome however you are! We grill hotdogs and serve juice. Sign up in the reception by 11:00

Saturday April 8th, 19:00 – Easter evening
We serve a three-course dinner at 19:00. Dinner and party if you don’t have half pension is NOK 520 per person. Children 3 – 12 years half price. Make reservations in the receptions, on phone +47 61 23 89 13 or on email post@bessheim.no by 22:00 the night before.

 

Ice fishing
Ice fishing is a popular activity during easter. The most popular places are Øvre (Upper) and Nedre (Lower) SJodalsvatn, Gjendeosen and Nedre (Lower) Leirungen. All these lakes have great mountain trout waiting for you. You need to bring your own gear. Buy a fishing permit in the reception – children under 16 do not pay for the permit but should still have one. See more at the pages the Mountain Board, www.vaga-fjellstyre.no

Dog sledge riding during easter
At Sjodalen Hyttetun, 18 km north of Bessheim you can ride a dog sledge during the first weekend of easter, Thursday, Good Friday, 1. and 2. Easter day. See their English webpages for www.sjodalenhyttetun.no for details.      

 

Dinner menu for Easter 2023

Friday March 31st

Baked cod

Game filet with vegetables, Hasselback potatoes and a game sauce

Chocolate dessert

Saturday April 1
Dinner buffet with local tastes. Carving of lamb from the farm Snerle in Vågå.
Dessert table

Sunday April 2
“A taste of Jotunheimen” – a plate with a selection of local tastes
Fish of the day – local mountain trout

Creme Brulle

Monday April 3
Soup of the day
Boiled reindeer meat served in traditional manner with onion sauce, root vegetables and mashed
potatoes
Cheesecake made of the norwegian cheese Gudbranddalsost and berry mousse

Tuesday April 4
Dinner buffet with local tastes. Carving of lamb from the farm Snerle in Vågå.
Dessert table
The local wine importer Bertel&Martens present their wines by the tables

Wednesday April 5
Menu from Christine Storm Munchs cookbook – Edvard Munchs great grandmother:
Local mountain trout
You choose between filet of ox and cod
Lemon tart

Thursday April 6
Creamy fish soup
Roasted leg of deer, carved out in the dining room. Served with baked potatoes and sauce.
Chocolate dessert

Friday April 7
Large easter buffet with warm and cold dishes and desserts. Some exiting tastes of local food – reindeer, moose, deer and mountain trout.

Saturday April 8 Easter evening – Dinner served at 19:00 for everyone
Tastes of mountain trout
Local reindeer with fresh vegetables, game-sauce and mashed potatoes
Layered cake, cloudberry cream and skrylle/krumkake – a traditional local sweet bread

Sunday April 9
Cured meat of reindeer
Veal with vegetables, potatoes and sauce
Dessert of the day

Price of our three-course dinner is NOK 480 per person, 520 on Good Friday and Easter eve. If you have pension the dinner is included. Menu subject change.

Dinner is served each night 18:30-20:30 and reservations are taken per email to post@bessheim.no or at phone +47 61 23 89 13