River Eye Treehouse

Norway / Tessungdalen, Telemark
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Experience the simple pleasures of natural Norway up close, from the pure comfort of a hand-built forest treehouse.

The mission of Å camp, located in the Norwegian valley of Tessungdalen, is to provide visitors with a friendly, authentic and immersive experience of the natural world.

Set on the edge of the glorious Hardangervidda mountain plateau, and with a beautifully unspoilt river flowing by, what a natural world you're set to experience!  Ripe with opportunities to fish, ski, hike and kayak amongst the most incredible surroundings nature has to offer, this is a truly exhilarating opportunity to escape from tired everyday life.

Isaac, Å camp's welcoming owner, is part of a family who has lived and worked in this spectacular area of Norway for generations. He has developed his camp to perfectly complement the unique natural elements all around, and with a stay in the hand-built treehouse Å auge (meaning ‘River Eye' in English), we're sure you'll agree that he has more than succeeded.

Constructed in 2017, off-grid River Eye is perfectly secluded amongst the forest leaves. Imagine your childhood fantasy treehouse made luxuriously real, as you climb the wooden steps and open the door onto a whole new world of nature.

Beautifully crafted from light wood, the décor throughout is pure and minimalist, with stunning features that include huge, light-filled windows that provide stunning viewing platforms through the trees, over the river and out towards the mountaintops (indeed, the large front window is your ‘river eye'!)

Small groups can be easily accommodated here, with one queen bed, two doubles and three floor mattresses making for a cosy family or friends' getaway. Make sure you claim the loft space situated beneath a truly awe-inspiring skylight - we guarantee there's no better way to drift asleep than directly underneath the twinkling stars.  

By evening, huddle around the communal campfire or congregate around your woodburning stove to discuss the day's activities, while mealtimes are made simple with the addition of a well-equipped treehouse kitchen. Meanwhile, a nearby well provides you with plenty of fresh water.

Immerse yourself in true natural living by taking a cool dip in the river, or for a special treat, light a fire and heat up some river water to fill the camp's very own Bushbath, an indulgent tub set deep in the forest.

If you're in the mood to relax, there's simply no better setting to curl up with a good book than Å camp. However, if you want to really experience Norwegian nature at its finest, why not get out and discover all its delights up close?

You'll find Isaac a fountain of knowledge about local activities and the best ways to spend your time, from simple wildlife watching to energetic group hikes and fishing expeditions. The nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Rjukan makes for a fascinating day out, steeped in wartime history and majestic scenery alike.

If you're looking for fresh adventure and a delicious taste of natural living, you'll soon find that a simple stay at River Eye Treehouse will convert you for life. So get ready to ditch that laptop and reconnect with your loved ones in breathtakingly scenic style.

Things to note

No smoking, check in from 4pm, check out is midday. Due to the steps at the property, the treehouse is not suitable to those with restricted mobility. A refundable security deposit is payable upon check in. This is an off-grid escape so there is no electricity or WiFi. Minimum booking 1 night weekdays/2 nights weekends. £40 cleaning fee per stay.

Tried and tested

"Glamping 110%! Å Auge is absolutely remarkable, nested in the middle of forest, river, mountains and then add the fact that it's up in the treetops. You quickly rediscover your 'inner child/childhood fantasy' putting your brain and body to work and slowly rediscover your 'inner values/ balance' living off-grid in so many ways. Glamping-tribes will appreciate this unique place: Outdoor cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, riverrafting/kayaking, 'snow-shoeing'. Indoor stunning views, smart design solutions and perfect decor. Isaac shares his richness of nature, life and philosophy - perfectly balanced between letting guests 'learn by doing' yet facilitating a smooth experience. We will be back!"

"This place is simply fantastic - the architecture, ambience & nature! We will be back, for sure! The host Isaac made everything simple for us, good communication and lovely service. Highly recommended if you want to create memories you will never forget!"

"Wonderful tree house! Great memories. We did a beautiful hiking trip on the top of Hardanger Vidda, recommended by Isaac. Would love to go back again sometime!"

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The basics

Region: Tessungdalen, Telemark
Cost (from): £170 per night
Sleeps: 9
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 1 night (weekdays)
Property ref: 790

Facilities

Sleeps up to 9, queen bed, 2 double beds, 3 floor mattresses, bedding & towels provided, bathroom amenities, kitchen area, gas hobs, kettle, kitchen equipment, sink, candles/lanterns, wood burning stove, outdoor terrace, parking.

Local activities

Hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, stargazing, free riding, cycling, river kayaking, swimming.

At a glance

  • Hand-crafted off-grid treehouse with remarkable surrounding views, suited to families or small groups. Situated by an unspoilt natural river in the forest of Telemark, Norway.
  • Fly to Oslo and arrange transfers to the camp, which is easily accessible by car and public transport.
  • Please note that you will need to climb stairs to access the treehouse. Water from a nearby well is used for washing and cooking.
  • Bathroom facilities are provided separately, with a bathtub set by the river for heated bathing. There is also a communal campfire and hangout on site.
  • There are many opportunities to fish, ski, hike and kayak in the surrounding area, with guided activities available in nearby Hardangervidda. The bustling town of Rjukan is close by, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in history.
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