Ongajok Mountain Lodge
If you want to spend some quality time with reindeer and quite possibly catch some Northern Lights viewings, then the Ongajok Mountain Lodge, 30 km from Alta airport, is the place for you. The remote lodge offers traditionally designed rooms and local cuisine, but there’s also WiFi because you’ll want to Instagram things.
Mathisdalen, Alta, Norway, +47 458 45 080
What’s life above the polar circle like? These cosy, relaxing cabins, just a one-hour drive outside of Bodo, can answer that question for you. Enjoy fresh food from local producers, miles of ski runs and, of course, the possibility to see the Northern Lights.
Vestvatn, Misvær, +47 90171002
Magic Mountain Lodge
A 90-minute drive from Tromsø, Magic Mountain Lodge is surrounded by mountains and faces the Lyngen Fjord. If you feel like glacier walking, alpine trekking and relaxing in a hot sauna afterwards, then look no further.
Stigenveien 24, Lyngseidet, Norway, +47 77 71 11 30, +47 413 42 465
Love skiing? Then you should consider one of the cottages of Stranda Booking, situated just 4 km from Stranda Ski Center (some cottages are a mere 300 meters from the ski lifts). But even if you’re not a ski enthusiast, there’s always canoeing, fishing and golfing to keep you occupied – you know, in case just relaxing and taking in the magnificent views is not enough.
Strandvegen 17, Stranda, Norway, +47 45164000
This is how you travel back in time: by staying on a refurbished farm from the 1600s (but with WiFi and all the modern luxuries). Kvebergsøya Gard is situated next to the River Grimsa and the nature reserve and from there, you can also visit the Folldal Mines – yet another travel back in time, as they date back to the 1700s.
Grimsbu, Norway, +47 41 61 39 41
The Lofoten islands are a magical place, that’s a given. Get some of that magic to rub off on you, by choosing a picturesque village such as Stamsund for your home-away-from-home base. The Lofoten Panorama lodges are right on the waterfront, which means breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and, of course, Aurora Borealis viewings.
MIT Fablab – Solvik
What do you get when you combine brilliant scientific minds with Viking architecture? MIT FabLab: a cluster of cabins on the Lyngen Fjord built in traditional Viking style, as a place for scientists to gather and work together – but which are now fortunately open to those of us who don’t currently hold a PhD. Who knows, you may get your Eureka moment yet.
Ørnes, Kvalvik, Norway, +47 91 85 22 32
Do you know the meaning of the (Danish and Norwegian) word “hygge”? You know, that feeling of cosiness and comfortable conviviality? After spending some time in one of the Manndalen Sjøbuer cottages by the Lyngen Fjord, you’ll be a hygge expert.
Garver Hansens veg, Samuelsberg, Norway, +47 62 48 49 80
Holmen Husky Lodge
More than a hundred tail-wagging dogs waiting to become your friends, tepees that combine a wilderness aesthetic with luxurious amenities, a hot tub overlooking the snowy landscape. If these things haven’t yet convinced you to pay a visit to Holmen Husky Lodge in Alta, then we seriously don’t know what will. Oh, you can also see the Northern Lights from here.
Holmen 48, Alta, Norway, +47 90 53 09 83
If casually rowing on the lake before returning to your cosy cottage for breakfast sounds like your cup of tea, then you should consider booking one of the Lidasanden cabins by the lake Stryn, for your next Norwegian holiday. With options for outdoor sports all year round and a warm jacuzzi to relax you afterwards, this might be your next favorite place.
Veslebygda, Stryn, Norway,+47 911 88 449
Right where the road ends, in the heart of Lyngen Alps, you will find the Koppangen Brygger resort. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, free skiing or climbing, this place is a dream spot for active people. The rest of us can relax, take in the serene atmosphere, stroll the seaside fishing village and, of course, look up in the sky for some Aurora Borealis action.
Koppangen, Lyngseidet, Norway, +47 924 78 555
A cabin in the woods, with moss growing on the roof, a view of the valley and the fjord. It could totally be the beginning of a horror movie, only there’s nothing scary about spending your holidays at one of the Brekke Cabins, in Ortnevik. Just choose your cozy abode, ask for the hot tub to be filled, and stay there forever.
Ortnevik, Norway, +47 414 64 122