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Let journalist Marianne Lie Berg guide you to her favourites amongst Norway’s more quirky hotel alternatives.
A couple enjoying the sun at Stokkøya Sjøsenter in Trøndelag
Stokkøya Sjøsenter in Åfjord, Trøndelag.
Photo: Dan Aagren

    Spend your nights in personal interpretations of the usual hotel concept. Journalist Marianne Lie Berg, a highly respected contributor to Norwegian media when it comes to design and architecture with a fresh twist, will help you make your holiday even more special.

    Start planning your trip to some of Norway’s cheerful one of a kind dwellings.

  • Stokkøya sjøsenter

    In the county of Trøndelag in the middle of Norway you will find Stokkøya sjøsenter, designed by the architects’ office Pir II arkitekter. The individual rooms are placed together to form a fan shape in order to create a social vibe and a modern take on the classic cabin feeling.

    The use of materials and colours are playful and form a surprisingly uplifting addition to the otherwise dramatic palette of the surrounding landscape.

  • Manshausen

    Head east across the fjord from the Lofoten Islands to find the airy seaside cabins of Manshausen balancing neatly on the Steigen coastline. The modernistic shapes are signed Stinessen Arkitektur.

  • Juvet landscape hotel

    Juvet Landskapshotell is naturally designed around the waterfall of Gudbrandjuvet in the mountains close to the Geirangerfjord. Huge window surfaces are completely erasing the distinction between inside and outside.

    Juvet, Valldal

    Juvet, Valldal.
    Photo: Tina Stafrèn / Visitnorway.com
  • Skåpet tourist lodges

    Skåpet consists of seven self-service cabins owned by The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT), known for its numerous lodges in remote hiking areas.

    In recent years, the Association has built several cabin complexes with a modernistic approach. Skåpet lies in the hiking area near the Lysefjord, and the cabins are good examples of the trend. If you want to spend a night or two there, you should book way in advance.

  • The Rabothytta cabin

    Rabothytta, situated at 1,200 metres on the edge of the Okstindbreen glacier, is the work of the architects’ office Jarmund & Vigsnæs. The architecture mimics the mountainous surroundings and is built with local materials. The result is downscaled luxury.

  • Myrkdalen mountain condominiums

    The ski resort of Myrkdalen in Voss is a destination for hiking enthusiasts in both summer and wintertime. The distinctive shape of the Myrkdalen mountain condominiums fits the mountain landscape and is signed by the architects’ office Jarmund Vigsnæs.

  • Preikestolen mountain lodge

    Many travellers come to experience the widely popular mountain plateau of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock). The mountain lodge at the start of the path leading to the viewpoint is, like the plateau itself, aesthetically interesting.

  • Canvas hotel

    Canvas hotel in Telemark in Southern Norway is a new-thinking concept with accommodations somewhere between glamping and design hotel. Never mind that your room looks more or less like a desert tent – here you will quickly get used to the mix of diverse interior exotica.

  • Hoel gård

    Hoel guest farm in the county of Hedmark is an example of how far one can take the idea of indulgence and luxury at a location that was originally a stately farm.

    Attention to detail goes hand-in-hand with a great sense of a steady, era-wise interior scenography. The farm also has a private quay for the nationally famous paddle steamer Skibladner.

  • Kraggbua

    If the house of your dreams is still your childhood’s treehouse, you should check out Kraggbua in Engerdal. This small-scale wooden hotel room combines the charm that you remember with modern comfort for grown-ups.

  • Lighthouses

    Lighthouses are the new thing in accommodation. Their attraction lies both in the charming intimacy of their narrow constructions and in their harsh, weathered locations at the outermost islands against the open ocean.

  • Øverås cabins

    Find peace through the changing special light of the open landscape of Eresfjord. The down to earth construction of the Øverås cabins seems to part of the nature, with their pleasing approach to classic, Norwegian wooden architecture and large window surfaces that invite the nature indoors.

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