Sjoa Rafting Center is situated at Varphaugen Farm, Sjoa, easily visible from the E6. The farm is run as a rafting center offering accommodation, food & beverages, outback camp and activities. The history of the farm dates back to the time of the pilgrims.

The farm as you see it today is from 1744 and has been with the current owner family since 1870.

A part of the pilgrim route

As a result of the christening of Norway around 1033 the pilgrims started their pilgrimages to Nidaros (Trondheim). This ended in 1537 as the Danish King introduced the Lutheran Church in Norway. During this 500 year period pilgrims were hiking through the valley Gundbrandsdalen on their way north. They were carrying stones; one for every committed sin. On arriving at Varphaugen (Warphougen) they would stop and throw away the stones to free themselves of their sins. Hence the name.

Today the farm has again become a popular stop for pilgrims wandering the pilgrim route to Nidaros. At Varphaugen they may stop and rest, eat, shower and rest before continuing their march.

Varphaugen farm today

Tourism business was started at Varphaugen already in 1947. Rafting activities were added in 1989 when the owner founded Sjoa Rafting Center as an additional business.

Norwegian Wildlife & Rafting AS (NWR) was founded in 1984 as Norway’s first rafting operator. The company introduced and developed commercial rafting and canyoning in Norway and Sjoa and has been at the forefront of the development of these activities ever since. NWR moved its activities to Varphaugen and joined forces with Sjoa Rafting Center in 2005.

Today the farm is run as a rafting center, and it is the oldest of its kind in Norway.

The farm features: 

  • 12 cabins with a total of 44 beds.
  • Camping sight with electricity, 24 camping car spaces and a tent camping site.
  • Outback lavvo camp for up to 110 persons.
  • Common sanitary facilities with WC and free showers.
  • Common basic kitchen with cooking facilities, micro-wave and sinks.
  • Free WIFI in large parts of the premises.
  • Large outdoor areas.
  • Private beach along the river with good spots for bathing and fishing.
  • Hot-tub for up to 20 persons.
  • Sauna for up to 20 persons.
  • Outback kitchen.
  • Professional cooking facilities.
  • Dining rooms for up to 80 persons.
  • Terrace seating up to 60 guests.
  • License for beer and wine service.
  • Meeting & Conference facilities.

Welcome to Sjoa Rafting Center at Varphaugen Gård!

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