There are little gems of accommodation spread throughout Norway, offering comfort, good food and a chance to breathe in the famous Norwegian fresh air. Below is a selection of Norway’s most enchanting hotels, some of which you’ll find along fjords, others close to cities and even one made out of ice.
This hotel has been run by the same family since 1690, so it’s safe to say they know that they’re doing. It also makes it the oldest hotel in Norway. Walaker Hotel offers incredible views over the Sognefjord and is close to the idyllic village of Solvorn in Luster. Every evening at 19:30, the restaurant serves up a delightful four-course dinner of the highest standard which changes every day.
This lighthouse was built in 1700 and today houses a charismatic hotel as well as an excellent restaurant. The lighthouse is part of a Norwegian organisation which celebrates the country’s most charming hotels and eateries. This is not just a place to eat and sleep, but also an ideal place from which to explore Norway’s rich nature and history.
With the mountains as its backdrop, this distinctive hotel has been a temporary home for visitors since 1891. Each of the 27 rooms is named after notable people who have stayed at the hotel, including amongst many others Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the British father of Sherlock Holmes; composer Edvard Grieg; the explorer Roald Amundsen; Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and the Danish author Karen Blixen.
Become one with nature in Europe’s first landscape hotel, and stay in one of the uniquely crafted rooms that offer breathtaking views over the local area. This cool and truly unique hotel is made of “cubes” built into the landscape which blend perfectly into their background. There is also a barn and restored farmhouse to stay in as well as a spa in which to relax and unwind.
Situated just twenty minutes from Oslo, this elegant house has been popular with generations of royalty and the upper classes who came to Losby to hunt. For the past 300 years, the estate house has welcomed guests with friendliness and generosity. The hotel offers numerous outdoor activities, including its own 18-hole and nine-hole golf courses as well as a driving range and tennis courts.
Now run by the fifth generation of Fleischers, the impressive Fleischer’s Hotel has a long history of offering comfort and hospitality to guests from all walks of life. The hotel is located in Voss, famous for its pretty if slightly pricey bottles of water, a short distance from Bergen and the setting provides the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor activities, interesting experiences and relaxation. The people at Fleischer’s Hotel are on hand to make your experience exactly what you want it to be.
Built by Christian Thams, a man known for his perseverance who became a successful architect, minister, landowner and consul general, this old manor house is the perfect place to unwind. The building itself is reminiscent of a castle offering visitors a real-life fairy tale and inside you can relax in one of the lounges or Jaktbaren, the hunting bar, surrounded by trophies, weapons and photographs from Thams’s travels in Africa.
Oscarsborg Fortress is most famous for sinking the German cruiser Blücher in 1940, which allowed the king, government and parliament the chance to leave Oslo before the surprise Nazi invasion. This event had huge political and military significance for the war in Norway. Charmingly, this hotel is situated on the fortress island and can only be reached by boat. The sea views and rich history make Oscarsborg the perfect destination for the whole family.
Situated just by Sognefjorden, this hotel has 190 rooms and is rich in traditions with an amazing atmosphere. There are many artworks, artefacts and antiquities throughout the hotel, giving it a special feel and deep historic grounding. Kviknes Hotel is also the perfect place to enjoy some fantastic Norwegian food made from the best local produce.
Kirkenes Snowhotel | Courtesy of Kirkenes Snowhotel
If your children are still singing “Let It Go” or you’ve always wanted to feel like James Bond, then Kirkenes Snowhotel is the perfect place to go. In the far north of Norway, this hotel is rebuilt every winter so it can open its doors for a unique experience. There are 20 rooms, which are all decorated by artists from around the world and include intricate lit-up ice sculptures. It’s also worth a visit during the warmer seasons when you can stay in the surprisingly luxurious wooden “Gamme” cabins. Featured image by Martin de Lusenet.