The Vollan Guesthouse was opened for the first time on 4th July 1948 by founder Gudrun “Guri” Lydersen. Guri opened the guesthouse after purchasing the property from the Norwegian State for 12,000 kroner in 1946. This was a formidable achievement for a widow with 6 children. The building was originally built by the Germans during World War II and used as an officer’s mess hall. The oldest part of the cafe, with its prominent fireplace, appears essentially as it did originally. Over the course of 70 years, numerous renovations and additions have been made to provide even better quality of service and food. We maintain our service heritage and identity both through our food, comfortable and welcoming interiors and hospitable service.
Today Vollan Guesthouse has:
- Cafe and 4 function rooms for up to 180 places
- 32 hotel rooms & 8 studio apartments ( total of 74 beds)
- 4 meeting rooms (8 – 100 people)
- Licenced bar with seating for 25
- Traditional heritage and home produced food
IN 2018 WE PROUDLY CELEBRATE OUR 70th YEAR
In this present day, it is the cafe which was part of the original building, built by the Germans as an officer’s mess during the war in 1943. After the war, Gudrun ‘Guri’ Lydersen bought the property from the Norwegian State and Vollan Guesthouse opened its doors on 4th July 1948. In addition to the cafe, the building comprised of a kitchen, five bedrooms, a large loft and a small basement.
Since that first day, the business has become well known for its production of home-made traditional food, which is largely based on local produce. Amongst the many well known dishes, it is the meat cakes and reindeer stew in particular which are especially renowned.
In 1960, the first extension was built, expanding the cellar below to create todays public toilets.
Between 1967 and 2012, the hotel accomodation was expanded by 7 rooms. Furthermore the annexe consisting of 6 rooms was renovated.
In 1975 the building was extended to create two function rooms, Loftstua and Oddstua which today are used as amongst other things, a breakfast hall and dining room.
In 1987 a complete refurbishment was done to the basement, kitchen and cafe to bring them up to the standards of that time.
In 1992 there was another excavation of the cellar to create the Kjellerstua, which is used as a pub/disco. Here there is seating for up to 150 people.
In 2012-2015 the hotel side of the business was expanded by the building of 12 rooms, a licenced lobby bar and reception with seats for 25 guests, whilst Oddstua was extended and new banqueting and meeting rooms were added.
In addition, since 2012 the business has expanded operations by managing a block of 8 studio apartments which are mainly let for long term rentals
By 2017 the time was ready for a new development, so we expanded the guesthouse with 10 new twin rooms in our hotel wing, as well as a meeting room we have called Håvardstua with space for up to 30 people.
In 2018 we refurbished our café so it now appears even more welcoming and cosy than ever before.
The business currently comprises of 1,500 m2 of premises, which seats 190 for café guests, 4 meeting rooms with a total of 155 seats, a restaurant with 50 seats and a total of 40 hotel rooms including rental apartments.
The guesthouse employs more than 40 people and is a cornerstone company in Nordkjosbotn.
Vollan Gjestestue AS is a family business where the son of Guri, Odd Lydersen, was there from the start. Together with his wife Hildur, they took over the business in 1960.
Their children, Toril and Håvard Lydersen, took over the operation in 1987 and ran it together until 2008 when Toril resigned from the business. Today the guesthouse is owned by Håvard and his brother Oddgeir.