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About Us

& Our Home

About

About Us

& Our Home

Your Host

Helga Tverdal

Helga Tverdal, the owner, is originally from Austria but has lived in Odda for over 30 years. She’s as Norwegian as anybody, while still having maintained her roots – along with her interest in the environment, in nature and health.

She has a degree in hotel expertise and management and has managed three travel agencies in executive roles for over 25 years, including general manager, accountant and other financial responsibilities. Those years of experience in tourism are vastly beneficial when working with Bakkegata – The Blue House.

Throughout her career, Helga has had an intensive education in natural medicine with many years’ experience of natural therapy, e.g. aromatherapy, massage and reflexology. This is combined with the management of the blue house.

Bakkegata – The Blue House has shaped her life for several years now, and both her and the rest o the team are looking forward to welcoming you! As the house’s owner, Helga also lives in the blue house, you don’t have far to walk if there are any questions or you need help with something!

All the photos of the house and the room, and pictures marked with this sign
, are taken by Helga.

History

Odda, NO
1915

From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan

This is the story of the once-so beautiful Art Nouveau house in Odda, which stood and was decaying in the middle of the main street in the city centre – and how it was to be rebuilt in all its beauty.

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

Once upon a time there was a gorgeous little place at the innermost point of Sørfjorden called Odda. Odda, which is located between two fine national parks. Odda, with its deep fjord, surrounded by majestic mountains and small valleys. Odda, the home of Trolltunga, which attracts many travellers from all over the world every year. And last but not least Odda; where you can find tranquillity.

Picture taken by O. Lange, courtesy of NVIM

Many people came to visit Odda, and in the early 1900s a beautiful large house was built to serve as a hostel for all travellers. This became the beautiful Art Nouveau house, and it was built to last for eternity.

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

However – this “eternity” did not last forever, and although the house was well used, it was not taken care of. The years passed by, and its condition got worse. Although there were stores in the house, other floors remained empty for decades. Houses need life, and we all know what happens to houses that are left to themselves…

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

This is what happened to the Nouveau house in Odda. The windows rotted, the roof leaked, the paint cracked. And one by one the stores all disappeared, the last one in 2016. Was this the last nail in the coffin, or the beginning of new life? The house got a new owner, and plans began to develop. What if we manage to recreate the beauty? What if we could fill the house with new promise?

And so it began. Plans were drawn up, the bank was contacted, workers were found, and a large project was put into effect. A project that turned out to be so much larger than initially assumed. There were many surprises, and every day was different. “What will happen today? What challenges have yet to be resolved tomorrow?”

Now, two and a half years later, we are finally finished, and we are very proud of the result. The property now houses a small take-away restaurant, a shop with a dormitory downstairs, 5 apartments of different sizes for rent, and at the top the owner has been able to accommodate both housing, office and her naturopathic therapy and massage business.

A homely house with a huge wish to welcome guests from far and near!

History

Odda, NO
1915

From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan

This is the story of the once-so beautiful Art Nouveau house in Odda, which stood and was decaying in the middle of the main street in the city centre – and how it was to be rebuilt in all its beauty.

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

Once upon a time there was a gorgeous little place at the innermost point of Sørfjorden called Odda. Odda, which is located between two fine national parks. Odda, with its deep fjord, surrounded by majestic mountains and small valleys. Odda, the home of Trolltunga, which attracts many travellers from all over the world every year. And last but not least Odda; where you can find tranquillity.

Picture taken by O. Lange, courtesy of NVIM

Many people came to visit Odda, and in the early 1900s a beautiful large house was built to serve as a hostel for all travellers. This became the beautiful Art Nouveau house, and it was built to last for eternity.

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

However – this “eternity” did not last forever, and although the house was well used, it was not taken care of. The years passed by, and its condition got worse. Although there were stores in the house, other floors remained empty for decades. Houses need life, and we all know what happens to houses that are left to themselves…

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

This is what happened to the Nouveau house in Odda. The windows rotted, the roof leaked, the paint cracked. And one by one the stores all disappeared, the last one in 2016. Was this the last nail in the coffin, or the beginning of new life? The house got a new owner, and plans began to develop. What if we manage to recreate the beauty? What if we could fill the house with new promise?

And so it began. Plans were drawn up, the bank was contacted, workers were found, and a large project was put into effect. A project that turned out to be so much larger than initially assumed. There were many surprises, and every day was different. “What will happen today? What challenges have yet to be resolved tomorrow?”

Now, two and a half years later, we are finally finished, and we are very proud of the result. The property now houses a small take-away restaurant, a shop with a dormitory downstairs, 5 apartments of different sizes for rent, and at the top the owner has been able to accommodate both housing, office and her naturopathic therapy and massage business.

A homely house with a huge wish to welcome guests from far and near!

History

Odda, NO
1915

From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan

This is the story of the once-so beautiful Art Nouveau house in Odda, which stood and was decaying in the middle of the main street in the city centre – and how it was to be rebuilt in all its beauty.

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

Once upon a time there was a gorgeous little place at the innermost point of Sørfjorden called Odda. Odda, which is located between two fine national parks. Odda, with its deep fjord, surrounded by majestic mountains and small valleys. Odda, the home of Trolltunga, which attracts many travellers from all over the world every year. And last but not least Odda; where you can find tranquillity.

Picture taken by O. Lange, courtesy of NVIM

Many people came to visit Odda, and in the early 1900s a beautiful large house was built to serve as a hostel for all travellers. This became the beautiful Art Nouveau house, and it was built to last for eternity.

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

However – this “eternity” did not last forever, and although the house was well used, it was not taken care of. The years passed by, and its condition got worse. Although there were stores in the house, other floors remained empty for decades. Houses need life, and we all know what happens to houses that are left to themselves…

Photograph courtesy of NVIM

This is what happened to the Nouveau house in Odda. The windows rotted, the roof leaked, the paint cracked. And one by one the stores all disappeared, the last one in 2016. Was this the last nail in the coffin, or the beginning of new life? The house got a new owner, and plans began to develop. What if we manage to recreate the beauty? What if we could fill the house with new promise?

And so it began. Plans were drawn up, the bank was contacted, workers were found, and a large project was put into effect. A project that turned out to be so much larger than initially assumed. There were many surprises, and every day was different. “What will happen today? What challenges have yet to be resolved tomorrow?”

Now, two and a half years later, we are finally finished, and we are very proud of the result. The property now houses a small take-away restaurant, a shop with a dormitory downstairs, 5 apartments of different sizes for rent, and at the top the owner has been able to accommodate both housing, office and her naturopathic therapy and massage business.

A homely house with a huge wish to welcome guests from far and near!

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