important information and f.a.q.

Study this page carefully before you decide to travel to us.

  • How do I get to Kongsvinger and then Atelier Austmarka?

    From Oslo citty there are train about every hour L14 or L14x to Kongsvinger.
    From Kongsvinger you can take a bus or a taxi
    The taxi will cost approximately 1100 NOK during the daytime. 1400 NOK at weekend.
    It’s also possible to organic someone to pick you up. This MUST be arranged in advance and will only be available during the early afternoons during the week at a cost of 250 NOK each. (At any other time the cost will be 500 NOK each.)

    If you need help ask the voluntary group at the atelier, send an contact form, email or sms. (Do not ask in the village. This are our rule!)

    From Gardemoen airport we recommend:

    1. Get on a bus that has the registration number 838, that will take you to Årnes
    2. At Årnes you get on the train that has the registration number L14 or L14x to Kongsvinger
  • There is no buss from Kongsvinger to Austmarka - who can assist me.

    You can take a taxi – the cost is from 1200,- NKR to 2100,- NKR one way.

    We can find someone that can drive you. – That cost 500,- NKR for the first person and 250,- NOK for everyone after the first one.- one way. We must know this in advance and have time to organize it.

    The bus cost 60,- NKR one way

  • Is there a cafe, pub or other social meeting place nearby?

    The nearest cafe, restaurants or pubs are in Kongsvinger city 26 kilometer. There are bus to Kongsvinger in the morning and before 16.00 there is some back to the village.

    Taxi cost from 1200,- NOK to 2100,- NOK for one way. Check out link for living cost farther down the page

    Atelier Austmarka represents silence, solitude, nature and isolation. If there are no other artists in his studio are you there alone without host.

  • What is the weather/climate like in Norway?

    See link pages

    It is advisable to bring a pair of indoor shoes/slippers as it is a concrete floor and you might get cold feet 😉

    Light/darkness – We have light summer evenings (no midnight sun) and just a few hours of daylight mid winter. The light changes slowly between day and night. Not much disturbing light for watching the sky/stars at night.

  • Is it noisy in Austmarka?

    Not out in the forest/nature but here in the house it might be because the walls are a bit thin.

  • Can I send materials/equipment/large objects to you instead of carrying them?

    If you wish to send materials, equipment or larger items via parcel post for example, please send them to this address which is the local post office and shop.
    Poste restante
    Joker Austmarka
    Møllevegen 92,
    2224 Austmarka
    These can be collected from the above address when you arrive during the normal shop opening hours.

    There isn’t any employed host in the house.

  • we do not allow oil paint- or product with heavy odor. The studio do not have fresh air system for that

  • What rules do you have concerning smoking?

    No smoking allowed inside but you are welcome to use the balcony or outside.

  • Can I have visitors there? What about children?

    This is a working space so children are not allowed.
    Only short time (no over night visitors) allowed because we do not want any outer distubance in the atelier.

  • What kind of things can affect my allergies?

    There could be fumes from oil paints or other artists materials.

    Candles and wood burning fires will be used sometimes.

    The owner has a standard Poodle that may be on the premises at times.

  • Can I bring my own pets?

    The owner has a dog that will be on the premises at times.

    No other pets of any kind are allowed.

  • Can I order take-away food?

    No. You are too far away from the nearest take-away shop.

  • Do I need to bring my own bed linen/towels?

    No, these will be provided.

  • Housekeeping

    There are no paid staff or cleaners here so you must take the responsibility for ensuring the house is kept clean and tidy for everyone who is there and for those that come after you. One is responsible both for your sleeping area as well as the common areas i.e. living room, kitchen, toilet.

    Cleaning equipment and soaps that are in the house upon arrival, must be replaced before departure. The rule of thumb is to leave a bit more than when you arrived. This also applies to whatever spices and condiments that are in the kitchen.

    Everyone should do their bit. This gives all visitors a good start on their arrival.

    There is a communal washing machine available to use.

    Unless you expect your mother to do the cleaning after you we strongly advise you keep the place clean and tidy.
    In the event that you leave without cleaning, we will hire someone to do it, and charge you for the pleasure of being lazy

  • Who can assist me

    Please respect our neighbours and DO NOT approach them for assistance or convenient help. In the atelier there is a list of names and numbers of people for hire, subject to availability. However, we generally do not recommend that you rely on other people’s assistance.

  • Do you allow alcohol?

    Yes but you must be over 20 years old.
    Only beer is available in the local shop.

    The nearest shop for wines and spirits is called Vinmonopolet and is situated in Kongsvinger. Wines and spirits are very expensive in Norway.
    I am sorry to tell you that the artists favourite drink of Absynth is illegal in Norway. 😉

  • Where can I buy my food.

    There is a local store about 600 m from the atelier.


    You are a visitor and a guest in another culture. It will take too much time to explain why we beg you for following our rules.

    Unfortunately, we have unexpected experienced that some do not comply certain rules. Other want to discuss and change them to suit them better. This we do not want to use time on.

    We want Atelier Austmarka to be an institution that has the respect and sympathy of the village people.

    We are a new and different institution in this forest, but the rule maker and the owner is a Norwegian. Place help and respect us for our higher goal even if you find it strange.

  • There is no host

  • We have trust in you

  • Breach the rules and we will send a bill

  • Everyone must help with the cleaning.

  • We do not discuss house rules

  • Please read and respect the answers in F.A.Q.

  • After the recidential period

    After the recidential period all artists is askt to write a short report, with some visual documentation of the stay. We will use this internally for the future of the studio. But we will also like to use some of it on our webside.