The first year.
TrollAktiv was established in January 1994 by Tim Davis, an ex British Army, Commando Engineer. Tim had been employed as an Adventure training specialist Instructor based in various locations around Europe including the Bavarian Alps and Norway. Troll Mountain AS started life as a small operation running ski trips for British guests out of Ljosland Fjellstove in Åseral during the winter and a summer climbing, safari and rafting operation based in Evje.
Establishing a base.
The current location at Syrtveit was purchased in 1996 which was the start of a long property development project. In 1997 Gjertrud Forgard, a local girl from Åseral joined the company and quickly established herself as a talented rafting guide and the Chief Administrator a role she still performs today. The summer operation gradually took over from winter and by the early 2000s Troll Mountain had become the leading rafting operator in Norway. In the late 1990s the first cabins for guests to sleep in sprung up around the main building which had by then become a Youth hostel. The constant itch for development and growth had begun!
Building a brand.
In 2005 the importance of the internet forced a name change and the simpler and more searchable TrollAktiv AS was adopted to take the company forward into the new Millenium. In 2010 TrollAktiv built the first Climbing park in Southern Norway just south of Evje. This has since been followed with new parks at Syrtveit, Tromøya and in Sandnes. Rafting has continued to grow and the company has regularly added new activities and increased the total number of employees. Simon Hansen the current Daglig leader joined the team in 2008 and quickly established TrollAktiv as a centre for competence in the fields of White water rescue, Climbing park instructor courses and Wilderness First aid. Between 1997 and 2018 TrollAktiv operated from a compact and ever expanding base at Syrtveit, 7 km north from Evje.
Securing the future.
In January 2018 a land purchase for a surrounding farm was agreed which secured the company large tracts of land for future expansion. TrollAktiv has established a Mountain bike freeride park, Archery park, Laser tag and Paintball areas on this new land with more projects planned for the future. The Covid years of 2020 and 2021 proved to be a catalyst for change as we added more high standard cabins, a Pizza restaurant and and more leisure activities for our guests such as the multi sports area, sports simulator and the adventure playground. Hove klatrepark AS gained a solid foothold during these years and has developed into an exciting outdoor adventure centre with an ever growing portfolio of activities.
TrollAktiv has right from the beginning had a sharp focus on quality control and safety and became the first company in Norway to be certified with “Adventure Mark” in 2018. TrollAktiv is a shareholder in Varde AS the Norwegian certification organisation. Through “Varde” Tim and Simon are still both actively involved in shaping the future safety of the Norwegian outdoor industry.
What makes TrollAktiv different.
Throughout the past 28 years, our guiding philosophy has always been the same. Summer or the winter our aim is to encourage young people to develop their self confidence and teamwork through shared adventures. We take advantage of the trees, rivers, snowy trails and sunny crags of the southern Setesdal valley to create the a multitude of all year round activities. The future is guided by history and TrollAktiv will continue to develop products that will challenge resourceful and confident young people from near and far.