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Spiterstulen was originally a cluster of farms to the family farm Sulheim which was extended for guests the first time in 1836. Through six generations, the place has since been expanded and modernized. But the old characteristics have been preserved – with several small and large houses in one yard.

The story of Spiterstulen is a story about a farm that was the passage way through Visdalen and was a place where travelers could put up – a seat which gradually evolved into a comfortable mountain lodge. Steinar Sulheim (1815 – 1856), who lost his father early Torger Stenersen, is characterized as a pioneer with a sense of progress and development in many areas. He started the reindeer in Visdalen – the first in Jotunheimen. The main building at Nigard Sulheim is what is left of the stone. But his greatest achievement is the first ascent of Galdhøpiggen in 1850 – as “a guide” with the two teachers Arnesen and Fleet. It is said that he was concerned over this whim, it was not out for a farmer to go up on a mountain where he had neither hunting or cattle to blame. It is said that neither tame operations or tourism operations at Spiterstulen threw something avseg Steinar say in life.

Steinar died only 41 years old and the widow, Anne Engebret daughter, sold Nigard Sulheim and seats of Spiterstulen to Rolf Larsen and it was he who started the tourist operation in the strict sense. In the 1860s changed the view on this with hiking. “These goddamn byfantein that before applying the fjeille, located at Sætrom, a upp dråtten and adhesion Burt budeiøyn” was probably not as popular with everyone in the village.

Rolf was prescient when he chose tourism ahead of agriculture. In 1874 slices W.C. Slingsby that “Spiterstulen was a two room cabin that housed a man, his wife and a little girl. This poor little children had to stay there for two months or so – without playmates or toys …. I decided in the future never to trip to Norway without having to have with me a few small pictures, adventure books or other small items that I could give away the Sæteren and isolated farms. ” In 1875, visited the same Slingsby Spiterstulen again: “Here, it turned out, was an extra room was built for the seat since my last visit. A little boy named Alphæus, was very helpful and called us with a pine stick while we made food and made us clear night. I for the first time in a “pocket Ashantee hammock” – it was a great substitute for a bed. “

In 1881, the “new” tourist cabin built. The DNT’s Yearbook for 1883 states that “the lodge is built all of the old blessed with a closed and again and get ready for the fulness of time indeholde three rum, a large with a fireplace and 2 smaller with 5 double beds.” New developments followed in the direction of Rolf Larsen both in 1890 (when Spiterstulen had space to 30 travelers) and in 1893 when a further four rooms with eight beds were built.


The oldest photograph we know from Spiterstulen – 1884. Hostess, Marit Sulheim, stands at the door. Sister Anne in the middle of the picture next to the brother, the famous mountain guide Lars Sulheim the elderly. Picture is taken from a postcard.

That was when Lars Eilivson Sulheim and Karen took over as host of the 1916 Spiterstulen efforts began in earnest, and from now on was the construction kind of impact and Charlotte and Eiliv (above) took over a company where the construction and highly significant improvement had taken place more or less continuously for 35 years.

5. October 1978 is a special day in Spiterstulen history. At half past ten at night shrill fire siren in Lom. On a night were Hugubygningen fra1934-35 into ashes. And old-sætre criticism was so bad that it had to be demolished. Rescued, but the fire brand, was the dining room and cafeteria. Fire cause was a television that exploded. No one was injured, another mountain school was in full swing. Eilev made these notes: “The fire was a strain. Prince shock and the fight against the flames – an opponent who not only was too strong, but who even laughed at you and sleikte up on you from all directions. Maktesløyse.” In 1980, the New stugu adopted and the first meal prepared along the new kitchen.

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