If you love nature and cold weather does not scare you this 9 Of Norway Most Chic Fjord Hotels are for you.
These waterfront retreats are the perfect base for exploring the country’s astonishing landscape.
Some of Norway’s most beautiful natural wonders are the majestic fjords, which have become synonymous with the country. These narrow channels were formed when glaciers cut through bedrock, creating steep-sided valleys that carve into the coastline. A popular tourist destination for nature- and adventure-lovers, Norway’s fjords boast incredible views, and offer hiking, biking, kayaking, and climbing. Two of the country’s fjords, Nærøyfjord and Geirangerfjord, were also named UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Thief, on the tiny Oslo islet of Tjuvholmen, reflects the artistic sensibilities of its owner, Norwegian art-loving billionaire Petter Stordalen, with original artwork gracing the lobby, rooms, and even the elevators. The hotel is just steps from the Renzo Piano–designed Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, in an area that once housed a prison but has since been refresh into one of the most exciting districts in the capital.
Set alongside the Tingvoll Fjord, Angvik Gamle Handelssted used to be a timber-trading operation. The resort’s 37 individually designed rooms, most of them facing the water, have been updated with the finest modern luxuries (including Svane Zenit beds) without hazarding the flavour of the property’s historic roots.
The removed surroundings take center stage at Juvet Landscape Hotel, where nine austerely appointed wood “cabins” float above the Valldøla River near the world-famous Geirangerfjord, their glass walls erasing the borders between inside and out. Nicely sited so that no cabin has views of another, this Mies van der Rohe Award–nominated property is a slice of Valhalla on earth.
Traditional Nordic design meets modern comfort at Storfjord Hotel, landed on a hillside with stunning views of the Sunnmøre Alps and Storfjord below. The hotel was built in 2006 using the traditional Lafta technique of cross logging with whole timbers. The 23 rooms, which were newly refreshed, all have balconies or terraces—most of them facing the fjord.
It wasn’t long after Solstrand Hotel was built on the Bjørnefjorden in 1896 that it became the resort of choice for rich merchants from nearby Bergen. Today the painstakingly preserved wood hotel, an exquisite example of the extremely decorative Swiss-chalet design favoured at the turn of the century, includes an award-winning spa with expansive fjord views.
From the outside, Hotel Brosundet looks every bit the building it once was: a warehouse for curing and storing fish. But inside, the historically registered Art Nouveau structure—built when nearly all of the waterside city of Ålesund was destroyed in a fire—was reimagined by the same architects who designed New York’s Ground Zero Pavilion and the stunning Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo.
No two rooms in Hotel Union Øye are identical; rather, the eclectic decor pays homage to the celebrities who’ve laid their heads here since the hotel opened in 1891, including Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Grieg, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Karen Blixen, Roald Amundsen, Kaiser Wilhelm, and other assorted dignitaries. Inside, a roaring fire in the lobby welcomes guests nearly year-round, while in seasonable weather the side garden is ideal for taking in views of the mountains and Hjørundfjord.
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When famed Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ousland first set eyes on Manshausen Island, an abandoned fishing outpost above the Arctic Circle in far north-west Norway, it was love at first sight. Months later he acquired the island and enlisted Snorre Stinessen to design Manshausen’s four cabins, three of them cantilevered over the water on the harbour’s old stone piers, and the fourth set above. All feature glass on three sides for 270-degree views of the island.
Though most of the rooms at Kviknes Hotel are housed in a Late Modern addition, the heart of the property is its original, lounging 1910 Swiss-chalet-style main house, where most rooms have balconies and all have views of the Sognefjord. But the real star here is the artwork, including the Høyvik Room with its dragon-themed carvings, which the owners’ family has been collecting for nearly 140 years.
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