History - 65 years in 2015

Danebu Kongsgaard lies in the heart of Valdres and summer or winter, the opportunities for activities and adventures are endless. Take your next trip or event to the roof of Norway for  an unforgettable experience.

Traditions and history

Danebu Kongsgaard is a historic hotel whose guestbook is filled with royal celebrities and sport-stars through the years, from Norway and abroad.

Danebu Kongsgaard was originally a gift from the people of Norway to Denmark, a thank you for helping out after World War 2. The initiator, the then editor of the newspaper Aftenposten, P. Car. Andersen suggested the idea of a fundraising right after the war. Skiforeningen (a Norwegian ski-association), by its chairman Lauritz Schmidt, carried on the idea and started a national fundraising on Denmarks Constitution Day. It was a tremendous success with thousands of small and large contributions.

As early as august 1945, Skiforeningen were able to present «Dansk Idræts-Forbund ( The Danish Sports Association) with the gift certificate for «Danskehytten» (The Danish Cottage).

It was architect H Astrup together with Colonel Bloch-Hansen, who found the stunning site at the top of Aurdalsåsen in Valdres. After a architectural competition, won by Esben Poulsson, Danebu was built in the years 1947-50.


1950 – 1961: Elsa and Artur Kristiansen
1961 – 1962: Svartdal
1962 – 1973: Alice and Magnar Motrøen
1973 – 1981: Rolf Strøm
1981 – 1987: Elo Villekjær
1987 – 1998: Charlotte Gjedde
1998 – 1999: Marit Brenna
1999 – 2000: Svend Holum og Torill Sebu
2000 – 2003: Wenche Munkelien
2003 – 2009: Hjørdis Digernes
2009 – 2010: Hege og Jonas Svensson
2010 – 2014: Hjørdis Digernes
2014 – 2015: Roar Sandvik (Vertinne: Laila Nygård)
2015 –: Kari and Harald Kulhuset
















1976:  Dansk Folkeferie took over from Dansk Idrætsforbund
1982: Renovation of the hotel and building of the new wing
1985 – 1987: Building of cabins
1994: Renovation of the old wing (baths and toilets for each room)
1987 – 1998: Winter-tourists by charter at Fagernes Lufthavn, weekly flights from Christmas to easter  
2005: Take over by a Norwegian investor-group
2008: Bankruptcy
2009: Take over by todays owners
2010: Renovation of rooms in the old wing, lounge with fireplace and more…



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