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  • 2 families running Rondane River Lodge

    Benjamin (37) and Karin (37) have been running Rondane River Lodge since August 2019 and moved from Belgium to Norway together with their 2 daughters Liv (7) & Mia (4). It has been a great adventure so far and we never regretted the choice for a more adventurous lifestyle in the Norwegian mountains. Of course the corona pandemic caused some unexpected challenges but thanks to the many Norwegian guests, we managed to continue the good work of the previous owners and learned Norwegian very fast. Meanwhile the first renovation projects were also realized among which a restyling of the restaurant, improvements in the cabins and 6 brand new hotel rooms.

     

    It has been hard working since the start but the positive feedback from the guests, makes us willing to do even better. On the other side it’s sometimes challenging to find a good balance between professional and private life when running a lodge with 10 rooms, 10 cabins and a fully serviced restaurant. We never underestimated this but why not try to organize it better and share our project with others having the same dreams and ideas?

     

    That’s how we got into contact with another Belgian family already making plans to start a new life in Norway. We never met them in person, as that was practically impossible due to the travel restrictions, but had a good feeling from the start during several online meetings. So why not giving this a serious chance?

    It's sometimes challenging to find a good balance between professional and private life. We never underestimated this but why not share your project with others having the same dreams and ideas?

    Bart (36) and Ellen (36) arrived with their 2 kids, Ilena (8) and Vidar (5), in the beginning of July. It was very busy right from the start as mostly fully booked with Norwegians exploring their own country. Although they did not have a lot of previous experience with running a hotel, it turned out to be a succesful cooperation. They expressed their wish to stay and now we can officially announce that Rondane River Lodge will be run with 2 Belgian families in the future!

     

    Before Bart worked as a teacher which he combined with commercial & adventurous guiding for his own small company. He’s still co-owner at BOLD Expeditions, where he offers unique leadership expeditions in Norway to top business schools & executives all over the world.  Rondane National Park is the perfect setting to achieve this goal and we already started to offer guided activities and material rental to our guests including packrafts, sups, camping gear etc. More plans for the future will be made soon!

     

    Ellen has been working as an educator for youngsters who are deaf or have hearing/language problems. She’s still passionate with sign language & the Deaf Culture.  Taking care of others is priority in Ellen her life.  Vidar & Ilena play a central role in the daily life of this little family. She’s also passionated about cooking genuine local food and is the perfect sidekick for Karin in the kitchen.

    They expressed their wish to stay and now we can officially announce that Rondane River Lodge will be run with 2 Belgian families in the future!

    We wish them warmy welcome and look forward to an intense cooperation in the years to come!

     

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