Experience Aulestad

Visit Aulestad, situated approximately 15 kilometres north-west of Lillehammer, and get a unique insight into one of Norway’s best preserved artist’s homes. 

The farm Aulestad is beautifully situated on the sunny side of Gausdal. This is where the writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1940) lived with his Karoline for 35 years, and this is where he found great inspiration for his poems and his public engagement. 

The Home

Karoline and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson arrived at Aulestad with their four children on a warm and sunny day in June 1875. They arrived directly from a lengthy stay in Italy. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson’s wish to rent a farm in Norway had been granted.

Guided tours in the author's home

We welcome our guests into an authentic home. Time has been stopped at Aulestad to give visitors an opportunity to experience the house the way it was when the Bjørnson family lived there. The guided tour offers meetings with the writer, the politician, the theater director and the family father.

The Garden

Aulestad has beautiful gardens with a courtyard influenced by Karoline and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson’s impulses during their many travels in Europe.

The Carriages

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson had several carriages. He travelled to Gausdal, to Lillehammer and all the way to Romsdal. The carriages are displayed in the coach house at Aulestad.

Drengestua kafé (The Farmhands' Café)

Treat yourself to something delicious in our cosy café whilst at Aulestad.