Norway might be famous for those northern lights—bright neon colours splashed across the night sky—but as phenomenal as they are, the country offers so much more. After long frosty winters, summers are a welcome delight as many locals venture outdoors to bask in the crisp summer warmth to create a lively atmosphere; while fields are lush and green, sprouting the tastiest fruits and vegetables. On hiking trails to waterfalls, or laid-back days along the coast sipping on some local cider, the country is abundant in experiences to rejuvenate. Our first stop after the capital is Bergen. Perfectly nestled between mountains, islands, fjords and the great North Sea, this city is modern with a small-town feel. Spend a short sojourn in the hometown of Edvard Grieg and visit his home-turned-museum for a concert of his best-known works set amid his charming garden hut. In this UNESCO city of gastronomy, we have to dine at the oldest establishment in Bergen. Altona Vinbar serves Norwegian comfort food in cosy alcoves from the 17th Century. We venture eastwards—with sapphire waters and rocky landscapes formed over the ice age, the fjords of Hardanger are a dramatically captivating sight. As Norway’s ‘fruit orchard’, the drive from Bergen to Hardanger is a perfect chance to sample some of the country’s freshest plums, pears and cherries, among others. Then, having traversed the land of Vikings and indulged in delicious local produce, we continue our romance with nature with a visit to 29/2 Aurland, where a husband and wife team tell the history and culture of the valley with a restored family farmhouse. Every experience here takes us deeper into the heart of Aurland. Journey with us to uncover the magic of Norway’s mid-year season.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
As relatives of Edvard Grieg, Opus XVI prides itself on connecting guests to the composer's remarkable life. A classic, yet modern take is imbued in the 65 unique and luxurious rooms located in the very heart of Bergen. The unique architecture allows us a variety of rooms and room layouts facing different streets and sights in Bergen. Enjoy the view towards Mount Fløyen or stay in a room overlooking the quiet plaza of Vågsallmenningen.
Sitting at the foot of the fjords, Hotel Ullensvang has been family-run by generations since the 18th Century. Explore the neighbouring mountains or relax by the pool, if we had to name one ideal place to rest our minds, it has to be here. From Hotel Ullensvang, you can delight in breathtaking views upwards towards the Hardangervidda mountain plain and the Folgefonna glacier, and down to the Hardangerfjord.
Cabin feels are met with modern touches at 29/2 Aurland. From the Fish House to the larger cabins, accommodation is warm and inviting. Take a row boat out to the fjords to admire the landscape in quiet serenity or spend the afternoon fly fishing in the Aurland River. The property is your gateway to the beautiful natural wonders surrounding it.
Hotel Continental offers 151 modern and elegantly styled rooms in the heart of Oslo. Each room has its own distinctive character, where classic elements are combined with modern design. With recently renovated facilities, the property is an ideal spot to experience the city.