About Valldal Naturopplevingar
Valldal Naturopplevingar AS is a company founded in February 2016 by Erlend Hjelme and Erlend K. Ringstad. Valldal Naturopplevingar (ANS) was originally started in 1995 by Nils Jarle Hjelme and Stein Inge Rem but was converted to AS and new owners took over the operation from 2016.
From the beginning we have offered rafting and climbing tours, while several other activites have since been added. Our focus has been summertime adventures encompassing the river, fjords and mountains, but we are now expanding into offering adventures all year around.
Valldal Naturopplevingar (nature experience) strives to offer exciting nature experiences and outdoor activities in cooperation with local cultural and natural resources. The goal of the for-profit company if to facilitate and promote a comprehensive and multi-faceted nature experience product, based on local cultural and natural resources. Sustainable development is fundamental for our business concept.
Erlend K. Ringstad is CEO and part owner. He has a master’s degree in Nature-based tourism from Norwegian University of Life Sciences and a wide range of outdoor adventure courses. Erlend has a passion for guiding, and it`s likely you will meet him at one of our adventures.
Erlend Hjelme is majority owner and has been responsible for daily operations form 2012 toospring 2016. He`s now CEO and owner of Valldal Aktivitetspark. He`s an experienced raft guide and you`ll meet him as guide on busy days.
During summer our team consist of both Norwegain and international guides. We employ 5-6 highly qualified guides and instructors.
Our guest’s safety is our highest priority. We therefore set high standard to our guides and hire only expert guides. All our guides have local knowledge and will do their best to offer you as our guest the safest and best experience you can expect.
All our guides have completed a first aid course during the last 16 months.
If you are wondering which qualification we set to our guides, please contact us, and we`ll be happy to share.