The Pilot’s House
Discover Albuen’s impressive nature by a stay in the old Pilot’s House. Here is tranquility and time for quiet contemplation. The day can be filled with fishing, hiking and swimming; experience the beautiful light that changes constantly, see stunning sunsets, study the stars on clear dark nights and experience the sunrise. It is simply wonderful on Albuen.
Who can stay in the Pilot’s House: Large and small groups up to about 25 people can book the Pilot’s House and enjoy a stay in the stunning scenery. Every year the Pilot’s House is visited by many groups – often family groups where the adults can enjoy nature and tranquility while the children explore the many activities available at the Pilot’s House.
One of the Pilot’s House helpers always greet arrivals, show people around and recounts the histories of the Pilot’s House and Albuen.
The Pilot’s House is not available for festive parties.
NEW! - 2-4 people can rent the cozy little apartment in the Pilot House - Read more here.
Where can you stay: Staying in the Pilot’s House apartment is permission to live in a kind of museum. The apartment is lovingly restored and looks almost as when the pilot lived on Albuen in the 1930s. The apartment comprises two small dining rooms, a small cozy living room, a bedroom, a kitchen with pantry, entrance hall and a small storage room.
There has never been electricity in the apartment, so kerosene lamps are used as light sources, and the stove provides warmth. The stove in the kitchen uses firewood, and all the utensils date from the 1930s. The ’refrigerator’ is a cool cellar under the pantry.
Drawers and cabinets hold many interesting things from the old days, and you are invited to investigate them. Many of the things have been donated by families who lived on Albuen, and who have experienced the living conditions there.
The fisherman's loft is of great interest. All the lofts of the houses on Albuen looked like this, when fishermen and pilots had profitable fishing on the fjord and belt. All the old yarn and effects in the fisherman's loft date from Albuen’s fishermen and pilots. The family Gunnersen, who lived on Albuen for 6-7 generations, has donated many of the items.
One can sleep on a mattress in the fisherman's loft with the smell of tarred yarn in one’s nose and with eel pots as a pillow. There are an additional 3 small rooms in the fisherman's loft. In the old days, these were the teacher's room, classroom and a guest room. Today, they are comfortably furnished in a 1930s style as double rooms with old beds. One can sleep a little more comfortably here, than on a mattress on the floor.
The large room to the west is established in an extension with a flat roof, which was built in 1930 as the pilot families felt they needed more space. The building has been severely water damaged, so it is not particularly original in appearance. Here are tables and chairs for approximately 30 people.
Northwest of the Pilot’s House the old wash house has been rebuilt and filled with activity equipment especially for children.
Overnight accomodation: It is permitted to sleep in the old beds which are only 180 cm long. There are 4 rooms with beds. 2 of the rooms have single beds, one a double bed, and the last one a double bed in a recess. It is possible to sleep in the fisherman’s loft on mattresses between all the fishing gear. 25 mattresses are available, but the space can be a little cramped.
Cooking: Food can be cooked on the wood stove in the kitchen or on the grill in the garden. Firewood can be purchased.
Note: Perishable foods are not recommended in warm periods, as there is only a cool basement for storage. Old cutlery from the 1930s for 25 people and plenty of cookware is available.
Transportation: Transportation to and from the Pilot’s House is on foot or by water. If you choose to walk, it is approximately 6 km from the car park at the base of Albuen. Sailing can be done via the Post boat (30 passengers) or Gaia (12 passengers).
Tel: (0045) 54 93 12 36