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. It was in this area that mountain tourism started in Norway.
Many famous people and great personalities have visited Tyinholmen over the years. Some of the most famous are the composer Edvard Grieg, the mountain climber Cecil Slingsby, the painter Erik Werenskiold and the 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 had 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 takes over as 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 air sleigh is developed for transporting guests
- 1938: Widerøe Airlines establish the Jotunheim 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 stops tourism until the war is over
- 1946: JVB acquires Canadian Bombardier snowmobiles and start running the route between Tyin, Tyinholmen and Eidsbugarden. The snowmobile route is still in operation.
- 1952: Air traffic begins a long era on Tyinholmen, with ski planes permanently stationed at the hotel
- 1955: A road is opened to Tyinholmen - it also meant the end of the boat route Tyin - Tyinholmen
- 1959: Tyinvannet was regulated by 9 meters. Tyinholmen Hotel had to be demolished.
- 1960: The new Tyinholmen Høyfjellshotel with 110 beds is inaugurated
- 1961: Helge Opdal they receive the king's medal of merit in gold, for his work as a tourist host in Jotunheimen
- 1961: The Home Front's leadership erects a memorial monument on Tyinholmen to honor Supreme Court judges, mountaineers and the well-known opponent Ferdinand Schjelderup.
- 1972: Helge Opdal pushes over as the new owner of Tyinholmen.
- 1979: The catastrophy happens, Tyinholmen Høyfjellshotel is completely damaged in fire - large and irreplaceable values are lost.
- 1980: The establishment of Jotunheimen National Park led to a ban on flying on the glaciers
- 1983: A new Tyinholmen lodge with 10 cabins is open
- 1995: Øystein Opdal (today's owner) takes over
- 2011: A photovoltaic system is installed on Tyinholmen's roof in a unique test project in collaboration with the photovoltaic company REC
- 2017: Tyinholmen celebrates 125 years through 5 generations
For the 125 years celebration a historic presentation of Tyinholmen was made. Take a look and enjoy the presentation here: presentation