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