Tyinholmen is one of the most traditional tourist destinations in Jotunheimen. Tyinholmen was established as early as 1892 by John Opdal, great-great-grandfather of the current owner. The mountain tourism in Norway started in this area.
Many celebrities and great personalities have visited Tyinholmen over the years. Some of the most famous are composer Edvard Grieg, rock climber Cecil Slingsby, painter Erik Werenskiold and poet Aasmund Olavsson Vinje. Norway's last three kings have also visited Tyinholmen.
An overview of the remarkable history of Tyinholmen:
- 1892: Tyinholmen hotel is established by John Opdal, who returned to Norway after several years in America. John also established Framnes Hotel at the southern shore of lake Tyin two years earlier
- 1906: The m/b Tyin is put into operation and takes over the boat-route between Tyin and Tyinholmen.
- 1911: Helge Opdal is the new owner of Tyinholmen. The hotel has 33 beds.
- 1923: Tyinholmen opens for winter tourism, as one of the first tourist destinations in Jotunheimen
- 1928: Helge Opdal expands the hotel with several lounges and 4 bedrooms on the floor above.
- 1933: Tyinholmen acquires its first snowmobile, a Citroen that had previously been running in the Sahara desert.
- 1936: In collaboration with Viggo Widerøe (founder of Widerøe's airline), an aircraft-sleigh is developed for transporting guests
- 1938: Widerøe Airlines establish the Jotunheimen route, Oslo-Lillehammer-Gålå-Fefor-Tyinholmen. Tourists from Oslo could fly up to the mountainresorts to go skiing in the mountains. During the tourist season, 55 flights were made.
- 1942: John Opdal is the new owner of Tyinholmen
- 1942: The German state police confiscate Tyinholmen and banned tourism at the hotel until the war is over
- 1946: JVB (Jotunheimen and Valdresruten Bilselskap) acquired Canadian Bombardier snowmobiles and starts running the route between Tyin, Tyinholmen and Eidsbugarden. The snowmobile route is still in operation.
- 1952: Air traffic began a long era on Tyinholmen, with lightaircrafts permanently stationed at the hotel to transport guests to the nearby glaciers and to ski back to the hotel.
- 1955: A new road is opened between Tyin and Tyinholmen - it also ended the boatroute between Tyin - Tyinholmen
- 1959: Tyinvannet was regulated by 9 meters, unfortunately Tyinholmen Hotel needed to be torn down and removed.
- 1960: The new Tyinholmen Høyfjellshotel with 110 beds is officially opened
- 1961: Helge Opdal received the king's honorary medal in gold, for his widely recognized job as tourist host in Jotunheimen
- 1961: The Home Front's leadership consecrate a memorial monument on Tyinholmen to honor Supreme Court judge, mountaineer and the well-known opponent Ferdinand Schjelderup.
- 1972: Helge Opdal is the new owner of Tyinholmen Hotel.
- 1979: The catastrophy happens, Tyinholmen Høyfjellshotel is completely damaged in a large fire - large and irreplaceable values are lost.
- 1980: The introduction of the Jotunheimen National Park resulted in a ban on flights to the nearby glaciers
- 1983: A new Tyinholmen lodge with 10 cabins is open
- 1995: Øystein Opdal (today's owner) takes over
- 2011: A solar system is installed at Tyinholmens roof in an unique test project in collaboration with the solar company REC
- 2017: Tyinholmen celebrates 125 years through 5 generations
For the XNUMX celebration a historic presentation of Tyinholmen was made. You could take a look at the presentation here presentation for the cavalcade of Tyinholmen through 125 years!