Q&A

Are you interested in using Storheia Arena for a bigger event and wondering what is allowed and what is not?

Interested in using Storheia Arena?

Want to rent Ørnheiahytta?

If you want to rent Ørnheiahytta, please contact Hadsel Red Cross.

Contact: Hadsel Red Cross
E-mail: rodekors.hadsel@gmail.com
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Questions and answers

Can I drive up now as it is laid asphalt?
The road is registered as a forest road/utility road and the road is private. It is the private landowners who decide the traffic on this road. Normal insurance also does not cover mishaps (unlucky accidents) that happen in the outfield.

Those who have business interests along this route are allowed to drive. For example, Norkring runs the mast at Storheia and they have a number of subcontractors who perform work up there on their behalf.

The speed limit is 30 km/h and vehicles should pay attention and hold back for big group of road users.

Do I get up to Storheia with a wheelchair?

Yes you do. Pretty much all electric wheelchairs can go through the “hatch” in the gate. Different wheelchairs have been tested with different weights. At the steepest level there is a 16 degree rise and most of the newer wheelchairs have managed this just fine. Some have chosen to drive all the way up to the top, while others chose Ørnheihytta as their last stop. It is at Ørnheihytta we consider it most sensible to have a wheelchair charger established. In the summer time, this cabin is often staffed and offers easy dining in great surroundings.

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Can there be more than five events?

No. There has been a written demand from the landowners that there should be no more than five major events, and we agree. There will be a maximum of five events and they will be evaluated and decided by the management group but in the long term a separate operating organization will handle this.

Please contact the project leader if you are interested in having an event here.

Who will decide which events should be allowed to be among the five?
It will be a management group where the municipality, landowners and voluntary organizations will be represented, who will make that decision. A separate organization will be established, and they will handle such inquiries in the long run.
How much money has Hadsel municipality spent on this?
Hadsel municipality has spent NOK 500,000 on this project. The remaining funds are support from the local businesses and funding agencies.
How much intervention is needed?
Ground work in form of asphalting the road from Husby to Storheia. The ground work consists of making culverts, new trenches and mass replacement. This was done in the winter and spring of 2019. The paving itself was completed in the summer 2019.

Beyond this, only benches will be set along the road and different kinds of vantage points will be created. All actions must be reversible and harmonize with the surroundings.

Furthermore, we want to use technology to create experiences and these will not lead to significant interference with nature.

Is it possible that the project will be even bigger, with a gondola course and such, like mentioned earlier?
No, it has not been discussed or relevant as part of this project. It would be a completely different project and not something we will take the initiative. We have wanted to achieve something that is sustainable and aimed at public health. With that in focus, it will not be appropriate to talk about a gondola.
How will the finance be from here on?
We will continue to sell benches that will be set out along the trail and funds will be sought from many different public and private funding agencies that have support schemes that fits our actions we wish to complete.
How will you prepare for the disabled?
We want to arrange Storheia Arena with rest points, benches, vantage points with sitting opportunities, and fences on steep sextions that will provide support. The Council for People with Disabilities will be represented in the management group and we will have a dialogue with them to get input on what we should do in this area. There is a wide range of different disabilities that we should take into consideration.
Can you promise that all events will be sustainable?
It is an important goal that all events held on Storheia should be Eco-lighthouse certified, or some other type of environmental certification. There are examples of organizers, international for example, who work with sustainability and environment but do not have the Eco-lighthouse certification. They may be certified in a different way, but that is something we need to look into and evaluate with each application.
How will the project affect today's use of Storheia?
The new groups of people will get access to the mountain by upgrading the road, will not be at the expense of those who already use the mountain. The upgraded road complements all the access options and uses that exist today. Any increased number of people using the mountain will be directed towards an area of the mountain that can withstand its use better.
What agreements apply to the Red Cross cabin (Ørnheihytta)?
The Red Cross cabin stands on a plot of 1500m2 in total. That means that Red Cross rents the plot which the house stands on. They rent the plot of land as long as they want from the landowner. The plot is located on a common outfield where a total of 14 other landowners have rights.
What do we mean by Arena? Is it a big facility and large installations?
To that, the answer is no. We could have name it Destination Storheia, but it does not represent access for everyone, and that you should be able to use the trail as far as you able to according to your assumptions. Arena is about being a place to unfold physically and with sporting events. We will not support larger installations or buildings at Storheia other than necessary toilet facilities, waste management that will fit in with nature on the way up. The mountain should look just as good after it has been used for an event, as before.

We do not want more traffic than this, we agree with the landowners that there must be a maximum of 5 events. The traffic below these through the boom must be necessary traffic to arrange sports or cultural events. It will not be opened to public traffic (cars) and similar vehicles.

Why not drive tourist buses up?
It will be completely contrary to the very core of the project, we want a clear public health profile where people can walk, roll, ski, bike and the like. In a sustainable way. If the tourism industry wants to use Storheia Arena, it must be in line with the concept. It must be green and sustainable.
Where can I provide inputs for this project?

Address

Hadsel municipality
Rådhusgata 5
8450 Stokmarknes

Call us

(+47) 995 22 025
Siv Dagny Aasvik
Project leader

Email

sivdagny@egga.no
Siv Dagny Aasvik
Project leader