Bardøla is located in the national park village of Geilo. We are officially National Parklandshotell and we are proud of that. Bardøla appears as Geilo’s classic high-mountain hotel, with a strong foothold in the wide market – one of Norway’s most visited hotels. Collaboration and destination coverage has always been important to the hotel – today with Visit Geilo and Geilo IL. The term «Bardøla – more than one hotel» contains the good legacy of earlier times. Among us are Sofias Café & Bar and Hallingtunet.
The story takes us back to 1948, when Johs. Tragethon started with renting to mainly British tourists. The funkishus was built out after a while – and Bardøla Høyfjellspensjonat took shape. In the mid-50s, the guesthouse consisted of 11 rooms.
The pioneers Elsa and Egil Walhovd
In 1959, the young hotel educated couple Walhovd took over the guest house. The goal was to create Norway’s best high mountain hotel, and already the first Christmas table season they had full house and great success. They even lived in the beer and wine cellar, because all other rooms were rented to paying guests. In 1962, the guest house received the hotel status with all rights. In 1967 Bardøla was built to 130 beds, in 1972 – 170 beds. The indoor swimming pool and tennis courts were completed in the early 70’s. Own hairdressing salon, miniature golf, outdoor pool and the cottages Kongsgården and Dronninggården eventually supplemented Bardøla.
In 1971 Elsa and Egil Walhovd completed an old dream. A complete mountain farm from the 1700s was moved to Bardøla from farms in Hallingdal. Today, Bardølas guests can use Gamlestugu and Storstugu in Hallingtunet for company and other events.
Well-being and heartwarming
Elsa and Egil Walhovd placed great emphasis on well-being and heartwarming in the development of the hotel. They combined hotel management with a hearty involvement in the local community and helped Geilo become famous throughout the country. Egil Walhovd went away in 1986, and a few years later Elsa Walhovd decided to sell Bardøla.
In 15 of Walch’s years at Bardøla, the dedicated hotelman Hans Wille was their director. His winning being and professional expertise meant a lot for Bardølas loyal guests. Wille is also known to be the whole of Geilo’s “Uncle Hans”.
Therese and Bernt Junger
The late 80’s was characterized by ownership shifts, financial crises and a generally difficult operating and market situation. In the 90’s, Therese and Bernt Junger operated the hotel. By focusing on the staff, hosts and good food, they got the hotel back on track. Together with their employees, they did a fantastic job with Bardøla.
Ola Vindegg was both co-owner and chairman of the operating company in 1995, and in 1997 he took over the entire property. In 2000 Ola became an owner, but invited early with Roger Espeli and Terje Simonsen. Ola was the main shareholder until 2007, when a generation shift was completed. Ola Vindegg built log cabins in connection with the hotel. From the first in 1997 – until today’s 26. The hotel was completed in 2001 by 24 new modern rooms as well as expanded restaurant capacity. Today the hotel has more than 600 beds. The hotel is well run and solid, thanks to Olas sense of constant quality and expertise in maintenance.
Terje Simonsen, Rolf Ingar Rotegård and Hotefjell Group
Terje Simonsen, Rolf Ingar Rotegård and Holtefjell Group took over as owners of Bardøla, and Arill Ottersen became CEO. They thus continued the tradition that the owners also run the hotel, with close contact with employees and guests. Bardøla is today a competence company with apprenticeships, which contributes to general professional development in the industry. Bardøla appears as Geilo’s classic high-mountain hotel, with a strong foothold in the wide market – one of Norway’s most visited hotels. Collaboration and destination highlighting has always been important to the hotel – today with Visit Geilo and Geilo IL. The term “Bardøla – more than a hotel” contains a good legacy from earlier times. Over the last few years, Sofias Café and Bar.
Pål Georg Gundersen
Gundersen bought the hotel in November 2016, and now we stand strong with sister hotels like Bardøla Resort and Highland Lodge. Together we are geared to tomorrow’s discerning hotel guest.