Sagelva Hydropower Center in the Romsdalen valley is built on the remains of the old local saw mill. Where the rivers Asbjørnsåa and Ulvåa meet, this is a perfect place to demonstrate in full scale the history of water power exploration in the region. Sagelva tells the story of how the power from the water has been exploited in more than 300 years. The centre has a history dating back to the 1700s. Then it was a saw mill and a flourmill, and a clothes press was added around 1845. Now the old sawmill has been restored, and has become a water energy centre. During the summer season, our local guides can give you a tour and demonstrate the band saw, circular saw, a modern power plant and a water-driven mill, amongst other machineries. Freshly made waffles and coffee can be bought in our café, and if you are up for a hike or mountain biking, Sagelva is the perfect starting point.
The power from the flowing water and the different methods to exploit it impresses visitors, and is a unique experience.
Sagelva Hydropower Centre is run by Brøste-Stueflotten Kulturlag. The extensive restoration started in 1999 and the facilities are in constant expansion. The number of visitors increases every season. Brøste-Stueflotten Kulturlag has been awarded with Lesja Kommune’s Culture Prize in 2007. All members are volunteers. More than 30 000 working hours are put into the project.
Sagelva Hydropower centre is situated in Lesja kommune (Gudbrandsdalen), on the border of Rauma municipality in Romsdalen. Exit from E 136, 3 km west for Bjorli. Follow the road to Brøste for 1.5 km.