Within easy reach of Trollheimen, Thon Hotel Vårsøg is the perfect base for magnificent outdoor experiences. There is also some fantastic salmon fishing in the river Surna, as well as three other salmon rivers in the local area. The hotel is also right next to Surnadal Kulturhus, which houses a concert stage, a cinema and a library.
Thon Hotel Vårsøg’s location encourages active recreation. Your options include hiking in the Trollheimen mountains, salmon fishing in the rivers, kayaking and skiing, to name but a few.
With its long, lush valleys, Trollheimen offers countless choices for those who like to get out and explore. What’s great about Trollheimen is that you don’t have to go far to find amazing experiences. With hundreds of lakes from the valley floor to the high mountains, anglers are spoilt for choice in Trollheimen. A wonderful alternative to a hike in the mountains is a cycle tour around Trollheimen. You’ll enjoy the same great Trollheimen feeling from the saddle as you would in your walking boots.
Todalen and Kårvatn
Europe’s cleanest air and water has been measured here, in an area that is ripe for exploration. We also offer hunting and fishing around here for our guests.
The Atlantic Road
The stunning and popular Atlantic Road lies just a couple of hours’ drive from Surnadal, and can easily be combined with other activities locally. Whether you want to cycle or drive, this tourist destination comes highly recommended. British newspaper The Guardian named it the world’s most beautiful car journey.
The Atlantic Road snakes from island to island over bridges and causeways, right on the water’s edge. Pull into one of the many lay-bys and take a stroll to the stunning rocks and fishing spots. A stone’s throw to the west, the shipping lane crosses the feared Hustadvika, where countless shipwrecks line the seabed.
Todalsfjord is also home to the floral magnificence of Svinvik’s Arboretum. Halvor and Anne Svinvik first established this exotic garden in the craggy landscape near Todalsfjord in the 1940s. Now it has an abundant display of Asian rhododendrons, bamboos, unusual deciduous trees and conifers from around the world.
The arboretum is best known for its huge rhododendron collection, which is ablaze with all sorts of colours in early summer. You’ll also find traditional flowerbeds, many varieties of decorative shrubs and an old fruit orchard. Strolling along the intriguing paths under mighty rhododendrons is a special experience, and not just for garden enthusiasts.
There is some fantastic salmon fishing in the river Surna, as well as three other salmon rivers in the local area. On top of that, you can fish in the sea and in pure mountain lakes.
Surnadal Golfpark ranks as one of Norway’s most beautiful golfing venues. The 9-hole course sits in a magnificent setting among gently sloping farmland and forest at Mo farm, around 15 km from the centre of Surnadal.
Nordmarka Skisenter offers great pistes and trails throughout the winter. Surnadal Alpinsenter has 4 km well-prepared slopes and one of Norway’s longest surface lifts. There are also downhill options in Trollheimen, as well as tranquil cross-country ski trails through an enchanting landscape.
Thon Hotel Vårsøg is right next-door to Surnadal Kulturhus, which offers a busy programme of concerts and other events. It also has a cinema and a library.
A short walk from the centre of Surnadal lies the home of local poet and historian Hans Hyldbakk. From the garden you can enjoy fantastic views of Surnadal stretching out below, just as Hans Hyldbakk (1898-2001) intended when he built his home here. Hyldbakk wrote his 19 volumes of genealogy and parish records here. He also published 11 poetry collections, the final one at the age of 100. But Hyldbakk is probably best known for the poem “Vårsøg”, which he wrote in the spring of 1945, at the end of World War II. Fellow townsman Henning Sommerro later set the poem to music.
Various festivals are held in Surnadal, the largest of which are Vårsøghelga cultural festival, the Salmon Festival and the Norwegian Hiking Festival.
The spring programme for Thon Hotel Varsøg