Let Marianne guide you to her favourites among Norway’s more quirky hotel alternatives.
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 new, cheerful one-of-a-kind dwellings.
In the middle of Norway, in the county of Trøndelag, you will find Stokkøya sjøsenter designed by the architect firm 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.
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Head just south of the Lofoten archipelago to find the airy seaside cabins of Manshausen balancing neatly on the coastline. The modernistic shapes are signed Stinessen Arkitektur.
Skåpet tourist lodges are self-catered accommodations owned by The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) that is already known for its numerous cabins in remote hiking areas.
In recent years, the Association has built several similar complexes with a modernistic approach. These lodges at the hiking area near the Lysefjord are good examples of this trend and should be booked way in advance.
The Rabot tourist lodge, situated at the mountain of Okstindan, is the work of the architect firm Jarmund & Vigsnæs. The architecture mimics the mountainous surroundings and is built with local materials. The result is downscaled luxury.
Many tourists come to experience the widely popular plateau of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock). The sight has finally got a Mountain Lodge, that like the Pulpit itself is esthetically interesting. The location of this new accommodation is at the very beginning of the path that leads to one of Norway’s most popular view points.
The 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 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 .
If the house of your dreams still is 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 are the new thing in accommodations. 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.
Find peace through the changing, special light of the open landscape of Eresfjord. The down to earth architecture of the Øverås Cabins seems to part of the nature.
They have a pleasing approach to classic, Norwegian wooden architecture, with large window surfaces that invites the nature indoors.