Cultural Heritage

Tofte Farm

Situated along Gudbrandsdalsleden
Tofte was a royal estate under the rule of Harald Harfågre, and royal property in the Middle Ages.


The yard at Tofte Farm, with its large and magnificent buildings, represents everything we associate with a Norwegian Royal Estate. Tofte was mentioned as early as in Harald Hårfagre's saga. Håkon Håkonsson built a banquett hall and chapel here in the 13th century.

Tofte served as royal estate until late 17th century. The Norwegian historian Gerhard Schøning writes in 1775 that Tofte is both a transport station and a guest house. The oldest building standing today is from 1683. The farm has played an important role in the traffic over Dovrefjell and was probably much used accommodation for pilgrims in the Middle Ages.

The farm is listed, but unfortunately not open for visitors.

Photo: Johan Meyer / Directorate for Cultural Heritage