Update April 2021: Glamping Norway no longer offers glamping at Thorbjørnrud Hotell on Hadeland, but has tents at Holtsås by Heddalsvatnet (approx. 15 min south of Notodden) and at Tinnsjø (not far from Rjukan).
Just a few minutes away from Hadeland Glassworks you will find Torbjørnrud Hotell. In the summer, the hotel doubles up as a camping site where you can rent one of four luxurious tents set up in the hotel garden, right next to the beautiful Randsfjorden lake. The tents have comfortable beds, pillows, duvets, as well as electricity powering lights and heating. The concept is called glamping (glamorous camping), and we had high expectations as we headed up to Jevnaker for the weekend.
After a warm welcome, we were escorted to our tent that was set up just a few steps away from the lake. A private room inside the hotel with shower and bathroom facilities was also at our disposal. Pure luxury! After unpacking and getting comfortable, we carried the provided beach chairs down to the shoreline and fired up the barbecue. We brought our own barbecue, but it is also possible to rent from the hotel. The weather was on our side, and we spent the evening enjoying the sunshine while dipping our toes in the water.
Despite the sunny weather, the evening was quite chilly. The heather inside the tent, therefore, came in handy and ensured a comfortable temperature during the night. The hotel standard beds, pillows and duvets also contributed to a good night’s sleep.
The next morning we were eager to check out the complimentary breakfast which was served inside the hotel. There were not that many guests at the hotel, and we thus expected a basic offering. However, after arriving, we were surprised to find a well-stocked and locally-sourced breakfast. Everything we tried tasted great; freshly baked bread, free-range eggs, and local specialties such as cured meats and cheeses from the hotels own farm and cheese factory. It was a real shame the hotel was closed for lunch and dinner during the summer, as we would have loved to try that too.
Update as of 2019: Since our visit, Glamping Norway has expanded and now offers eight tents for rent. Some of the tents are larger and can accommodate more people, and one of the tents is dog-friendly. Breakfast is no longer included in the price but can be ordered.
Stop by the bakery at Hadeland Glassworks and have some of their delicious treats!