Today's guests come here to get the same feeling. And we know that if future guests are to have the same opportunity, we must take sustainability seriously. We must protect nature. And we must ensure both social and economic sustainability through good operations, both for the hotel and the community around us. For us, this means responsible actions - which we choose every single day. And if you choose us, then you also take responsibility.
Free rental of equipment
Perhaps you travel here by train along what has been named one of the world's most beautiful train journeys; the Rauma Line. And preferably you stay here for two or three nights. We are inspired by DNT's environmental rules; "travel less, experience more". Therefore, this summer, if you stay with us for three nights, you can borrow equipment such as electric bikes and kayaks free of charge. It is not necessary to buy your own equipment if you do not use it very often. The equipment we have is also of good quality, it lasts.
Quality of life and social responsibility
We say YES when students want an internship, or when NAV asks for job training. If we have employees who do not speak Norwegian and want to learn, we are happy to help. At Hotel Aak, the well-being of our employees is just as important as that of our guests. They are encouraged to have a healthy balance between work and leisure, where you should have the energy to go on trips in your spare time, and be rested and ready to give of yourself when work calls.
By utilizing the low seasons, we achieve smoother operations throughout the year, better profitability and more year-round jobs. A win-win; Rauma gets more permanent residents, and we spend less time on training and more time on development
As a certified Miljøfyrtårn, we already have good routines in place to prioritize the use of organic and local raw materials and products. For example, we use environmentally certified soap and shampoo that smells like plant sab and forest, produced in Norway. We have replaced the paper napkins with good quality linen that can withstand washing after use for several years. The uniform shirts from Northern Playground have a lifetime guarantee, and the self-cleaning wool does not need to be washed often. Recycling is in place, and we compost food waste and what little food waste we have.
The chef in the mountains
In the kitchen we make the food from scratch. Also bread, crispbread and cakes. And when dinner is served, the aim is for each dish to contain 1-2 self-picked ingredients. That's why you might meet our chefs in the mountains, foraging for edible plants. With a green thumb, they also grow edible herbs, flowers and vegetables in our garden.
In our local area we also have several skilled people who make good, local products that we want you as a guest to experience. This applies to food and drink; for example, vegetables from Avdem gardsgrønt in Lesja, cider from Lingebakken on the other side of the mountain. Norwegian beer and spirits. And it's about well-being measures such as TOVA slippers from Ålesund. They help reduce the need of detergents, it spares the old wooden flooring, and not least they are comfy and make you as a guest feel at home!
Stone on stone
Are we perfect? Far from it. At the strategy meeting with staff last winter, we talked about the fact that we can't do everything at once. We are building stone upon stone in our sustainability work. We are well underway. We are excited. And we have faith!