Tired of regular sleep? Try a self-driving robot bed at the Henie Onstad art museum or sleep on a mountain shelf underneath Pulpit Rock.
On the 12th of May, contemporary art museum Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) are trying their hand at something new – the hotel business.
Well, almost. This is the date when the traveling art installation “Two Roaming Beds” by Belgian contemporary artist Carsten Höller will arrive, a pair of two identical automated robotic beds on wheels.
For the occasion, HOK have decided to turn into Henie Onstad Sanatorium, allowing visitors to book a night's sleep on the beds and thus having the museum all to themselves until dawn.
“One bed leads the other in a synchronized and mirroring pattern,” says director Tone Hansen.
“Throughout the night, the beds move around. Underneath the beds are marker pens drawing patterns on the floor, these becoming part of the exhibition. The overnight guests will fall asleep in one spot, then wake up somewhere entirely different.”
Aside from a good night's sleep, guests will also get a breakfast, access to a shower, a bathrobe, slippers and wellness products from exhibition partner Lysebu Hotel. Included is also a specially designed toothbrush and three unique tubes of toothpaste.
“They contain three different substances that are meant to induce dreams from the female, male or infantile world. The toothpastes are created by Carsten Höller, and are part of the artwork,” Hansen says.
The sanatorium is open until the 10th of September, and overnight stays can be booked via HOK.
However, it is in no way the only exotic place where you can spend the night in Norway – here are three more:
1. Mountain Camp by Preikestolen
There are multiple accommodations to be bound at the bottom of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), ranging from the high standard rooms found at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to the hammocks that can be rented down by the water in the summer.
Still, the most spectacular option is by far the Mountain Camp, a cabin built over a shelf in the mountain, allowing you to bring a sleeping bag and slumber off beside the rock wall, 13 meters above ground.
2. The Aurora Camp suite in Tromsø
In a tiny cabin out on the courtyard of Tromsø Villmarkssenter you will find the Aurora Camp suite, the finest accommodation the wilderness center has to offer. No shower, no minibar, but well heated, surrounded by huskies and nature – and with an amazing view of the main attraction of Northern Norway: The northern lights.
“Guests sleep in sleeping bags on mattresses filled with dry grass,” manager Tove Sørensen says to Norwegian newspaper Nordlys.
“On top of the mattresses are reindeer pelts that provide heat from below. People who spend the night here find it both exciting and exotic.”
3. Utsira lighthouse
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Utsira is Norway's smallest municipality, counting only 240 inhabitants, but still manages both to throw regular cultural events and maintain its own street art gallery.
It is on this island that Utsira lighthouse can be found, abandoned since 2004. Now, it serves as accommodation for up to ten people, with facilities like a kitchen, bath, shower and five bedrooms.
Nearby, you can also sit on a special bench where a song by Norway's great ambient pioneer Biosphere is playing.
In one room you will venture into a dark room with an artist. In another, you’ll witness a play by a renowned writer.
Comfort Hotel Karl Johan in Oslo fine-tunes the guest experience with an in-house studio and treasures from the history of music.