The ELGTÅRN iN espedalen
The Elgtårn is 12 metres high and is located at lake Ramstjern in Espedalen.
In the bedroom section on the second floor there are 3 double “bunk beds” built into the bay windows with an aerial view of the surrounding countryside. The size of the beds - approx. 1 metre wide and 2 metres long - allows you to lie on two of them, unless you are too tall.
On the third floor there is a living room with a stove, benches and tables. The stove top has cooking facilities. The tables and benches have been placed in the bay windows but they can be put together to make larger units. In addition, there are four log seats.
At the top,12 metres above ground level, is “the View” - probably Norway’s finest “outside toilet” - with an incinerating toilet. Follow the instructions provided :)
A barbecue pan for preparing meals outside is available down by river from Ramstjern - just a 5-minute walk from the tower. Remember to take wood and whatever you need to light the barbecue with you. It is not permitted to make open fires in the vicinity of the tower.
The Elgtårn is designed to give you close-to-nature experiences. It is suitable for people who like things a little primitive, with no running water or electricity.
It is important for us to point out that you accept the Elgtårn in the condition in which the previous guests left it - so please leave the Elgtårn as you would like to find it when you arrive.
Check-in after 16.00 and check-out before 13.00
An extension can be given if no other guests are due to arrive the following day.
The stairs to the top of the tower are very steep - therefore dogs are not allowed at the Elgtårn. For this reason the tower is not suitable for people with walking difficulites either. If you have children take care when using the stairs.
Access to the Elgtårn: We hope that most people will choose to arrive by transport other than car, which spoils the animal life and the tranquility of the place - your trip from the car park “on your own steam” is part of your experiencing unspoilt nature close-up.
THE ELGTÅRN AND EQUIPMENT
The Elgtårn is not insulated for the winter, but the size of the two rooms and the size of the stoves in each of them allow the rooms to warm up quickly once the stoves are lit - and the stoves retain the warmth for a long time.
We take care to light the stoves before your arrival in the winter season. There is a fireplace in both rooms. The stove in the bedroom has a soapstone covering, which helps to keep the room warm during the night. During the cold winter months you will need to add more logs during the night for a warm room in the morning…so make sure someone takes the “night shift” :)
The stove in the living room has a hob - there are a small kettle for boiling water there, but nothing more to prepare food in or eat of.
Entrance to the Elgtårn is via a stairway with sturdy railings. There is a door to the corridor on first floor, with a coded lock - you will be given the code when you collect the key to the Elgtårn. The same key is used for all 3 doors.
The doors to the corridors can be closed and locked from inside the Tower.
INVENTORY/CONTENTS OF THE ELGTÅR
• 10 SunBell LED lights - charged from solar cells
(the lights also have a USB socket for charging mobile phones)
• Firewood for the number of days you have booked
• Matches and lighting briquettes
• 1 x 10 litres of water
• Some woollen blankets and pillows
• Woollen slippers for internal use in sizes 36-47, two pairs in each size,
the slippers are underneath one of the beds in the bedroom section
• Airfilled sleeping matrasses - in all "beds".
• Woollen cushions - 12, available in the living room
• Toilet paper in the WC
• Hand disinfectant in the WC
• Bird seeds for the feeding machines around the tower.
You will find this in the grey metal boxes in the corridor.
YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:
• A sleeping bag.
Use a sleeping bag suitable for cold nights during the winter time.
• All food - and everything you need for preparing your food as well as for eating it.
• Drinking water - if you need more water than the 10 litres provided
WE RECOMMEND YOU USE A BACKPACK TO CARRY YOUR THINGS, AS YOU ARE WALKING APPR. 1,5 KM TO THE TOWER.
Tip: bring a torch with you - this will come in handy if you are out when it turns dark, and particularly if you are not arriving until late in the day during the Winter.
The ELGTÅRN AND USE
There will be a comprehensive “Elgtårn INFO FOLDER” at the Elgtårn, giving you all the information you need.
It contains practical information, for example, on how to use the incinerating toilet, where you can get more water, where you can make a barbecue, where you can dispose of used water, how to use the Sun Bell lights, etc.
Our aim is to preserve the nature around us in the best possible way.