Vinjebua with surrounding mountains and Lake Bygdin
A.O. Vinje statue outside Eidsbugarden Hotel
Aasmund Olavsson Vinje(6 April 1818 - 30 July 1870) was a famous Norwegian poet and journalist who is remembered for poetry, travel writing and his pioneering use of Landsmål (now known as Nynorsk).
Aasmund Olavsson Vinje is a well known and respected political thinker. He was born in humble circumstances but with the help of patrons and his own hunger to learn eventually graduated with a law degree and worked in the justice department.
Norway at this time was ruled by and indeed was part of Sweden. It had also have been subjected to Danish rule and cultural influence, especially the official language of Norway, called Riksmal.
Vinje belonged to a small but vociferous group of radicals who did’nt like these political and cultural foreign dominances. He made frequent protests and his rebellious stance earned him further patronage among patriotic but conservative Norwegians.
He was looking for a perfect spot to appreciate the nature and eventually found a small spit of land at the west end of Bygdin lake. He borrowed some money from his patrons and built a small cabin he called Eidsbugarden on this deserted spot.
He spent a couple of summers here, the first with friends the second with the recent and only love of his life. During this period he wrote significant Norwegian poems. He wrote in Nynorsk, an amalgamation of Norwegian dialects which created a new language, aiming to distinguish itself from the Danish influenced Riksmal.
After a couple of years Vinje suffered a tragic loss when his only love died in childbirth and he passed away soon after with an illness probably encouraged by a broken heart.
The cabin was taken over by a patron called Thomas Heyfte who was the first leader of the Norwegian trekking association, now the DNT. Heyfte built the start of the current Eidsbugarden hotel around his cabin. Fondsbu lodge was part of this hotel until recently.
Source: Ski Paddle Norway (James Baxter).
The small cabin was moved out of Eidsbugarden hotel to the place it has today.
Vinje Rock is a music and outdoor festival at Eidsbugarden in Jotunheimen. Music is the essence of the festival, but the activities and courses comprise nearly half of the festival program. Vinjerock tariffs continues lot on creating culinary experiences, based on modern dishes based on traditional ingredients from the local community.
The cache is a PET-preform tube with logbook and pen. If the winds are suitable it can be available in winter, as the snow blows away around the building. Do not try to dig it out.
If you want to look inside you can borrow the key from Fondsbu tourist hut