Must-see hotels in Norway

  • Lovund RorbuHotell

    Nordland

    You just don't expect to find a place like this out here. Contemporary (nay, ultra-modern) rooms, some in a sleek modern building, others in more…

  • Wisløff Camping

    Western Finnmark

    One of three excellent riverside campsites in Ovre Alta, 3.5km south of the E6 along the Rv93 to Kautokeino, Wisløff Camping was declared Campground of…

  • Fjordgaarden Mo

    Arctic Highway

    Handy for the train station, close to the water and really rather stylish as well, Fjordgaarden Mo has simple rooms and the newer ones have appealing…

  • Scandic Syv Søstre

    Nordland

    This large hotel close to the Hurtigruten ferry terminal offers all the comfort you'd expect from a member of the Scandic chain, with splashes of style in…

  • Fauske Hotell

    Arctic Highway

    Fauske's only year-round upmarket choice has recently renovated rooms with splashes of colour and contemporary art. There's a good restaurant, occasional…

  • Breidablikk Gjestehus

    Narvik

    It's a steep but worthwhile walk from the centre to this pleasant hillside guesthouse with rooms for all budgets and sweeping views over the town and…

  • Eliassen Rorbuer

    Lofoten

    Terrific collection of 26 rorbuer close to Reine, with refurbished interiors; some have great views. Take your time choosing the right one for you – the…

  • Patina

    Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

    A labour of love dreamt up by three local women, Patina is part guesthouse, part cafe and part vintage shop. There's one large, family-sized apartment…

  • Clarion Collection Hotel Banken

    Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

    This is, hands-down, the best place to stay in Haugesund by some margin. In a grand, turn-of-the-century stone building, rooms here are elegant, spacious…

  • Tromsø Bed & Books

    Tromsø

    Run by a pair of seasoned globetrotters, this lovely establishment has a youthful, hostel-like vibe and has two 'homes', both stuffed with books, retro…

  • Sandven Hotel

    Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

    Located right on the waterfront in the centre of Norheimsund, the atmospheric Sandven Hotel dates from 1857 and has loads of charm, expansive balconies…

  • Lampeland Hotell

    Southern Norway

    From the outside this might look like a typical roadside motel but Lampeland Hotell, 20km north of Kongsberg on the Geilo road, has plenty of charm. The…

  • Grand Hotell

    The Coast

    The Grand Hotell is a lovely 19th-century dame with stylish, renovated rooms. The corner rooms have interesting streetscape views, but it's the newest…

  • Dr Holms Hotel

    Central Norway

    The century-old Dr Holms has been providing a place for relaxation and recuperation amid the mountain scenery for over 100 years, and it has an air of…

  • Quality Hotel Florø

    The Western Fjords

    The waterfront location sells this place before you even step inside. It's right by the marina and most rooms have lovely views of bobbing boats. The…

  • Midtnes Hotel

    The Western Fjords

    This old family house near St Olav's Church is pretty as a picture, with its whitewashed frontage and double-gabled roof overlooking a neatly trimmed lawn…

  • Ellingsens Pensjonat

    Oslo

    In a quiet, pleasant neighbourhood, this warm B&B offers one of the best deals in Oslo. The building dates from 1890 and many of the original features …

  • Radisson Blu Resort

    Central Norway

    One of the few Trysil hotels to open year-round, this is Trysil's most luxurious accommodation. Outside the ski season (when prices are high) it's a first…

  • Skagen Hotel

    Bodø

    Skagen occupies two buildings (one originally a butcher's, though you'd never guess it). Facing each other, they're connected by a passage that burrows…

  • Sanden Pensjonat

    The Western Fjords

    Used as a guesthouse for almost 100 years, this charming historic house was restored and returned to its original use by owners Jon and Hallvard in 1994…

  • Flåm Camping & Hostel

    The Western Fjords

    Everyone's favourite when looking for a budget place in Flåm, this immaculately kept and conveniently positioned hostel and campground has accommodation…

  • Thompsons B&B

    Stavanger

    You won't find a bigger bargain in Stavanger than this homey B&B. Housed in a 1910 villa in a peaceful residential area, this four-bed B&B has a home-away…

  • Clarion Tyholmen Hotel

    The Coast

    Undoubtedly Arendal's best hotel, the Clarion combines a prime waterfront position in a restored old dockside building that emulates Tyholmen's old-world…

  • Seljord Hotell

    Southern Norway

    This lovely old wooden hotel, which dates back to 1858, started life as a ladies' college, but on running out of potential 'ladies', it became a hotel…

  • TrollActiv

    Southern Norway

    This energetic activities centre doubles as Evje's youth hostel, 6km north of town. It's exceptionally well run and the place to be if you're planning any…

  • Rondane Høyfjellshotell

    Central Norway

    A comfortable upmarket option with good spa facilities, including pedicures for worn-out hikers' feet, and pine-tinged rooms that are unusually good value…

  • Saga Poshtel Oslo

    Oslo

    A crossover hostel-hotel (posh-tel, if you didn't already get it), smartly designed and very central, with a big social lounge with decent wi-fi. Rooms…

  • Saga Hotel Oslo

    Oslo

    In a quiet, leafy street right behind the Royal Palace, this smart 46-room hotel occupies a grand corner building from the 1890s. Rooms and public spaces…

  • HI Lillehammer Vandrerhjem

    Central Norway

    If you've never stayed in a youth hostel, this one above the train station is the place to break the habit of a lifetime. The rooms are simple but come…

  • Scandic Vulkan

    Oslo

    Floorboards and rough-hewn bedheads give this contemporary chain hotel a warmth and tactility that you might not expect from the exterior architecture;…

  • Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer

    Central Norway

    In an architecturally pleasing, mustard-yellow building that echoes traditional Norwegian architecture, this hotel is a solid choice. Monochrome rooms are…

  • Efinor Camping Krokane

    The Western Fjords

    This campsite on a secluded peninsula about 2.5km east of town really offers a chance to get away from the crowds. Cabins are spread out under the trees…

  • Quality Hotel Skifer

    Central Norway

    A surprisingly swish hotel in the middle of Oppdal offering by far the town's best rooms, with smart grey accents, stylish furniture and a great…

  • Scandic Ishavshotel

    Tromsø

    This is the prime spot in Tromsø if you want a waterside view – the Scandic Ishavshotel's architecture evokes an ocean-going vessel, complete with a flag…

  • Sogndal Lodge

    The Western Fjords

    This excellent hostel has four funky rooms that are Scandi-simple in style but have been jazzed up with vintage finds to lend character. There's a great…

  • Thon Hotel Nordlys

    Bodø

    Arguably Bodø's most stylish hotel, with touches of subtle Scandinavian design throughout, it overlooks the marina and runs a reasonable restaurant. We…

  • Fredriksten Hotel

    Southern Norway

    A historic hotel with a very smart, contemporary style that has the best view in town. As well as its usual double and single rooms there are good number…

  • Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

    Western Finnmark

    The 30 bedrooms – and beds too – are made entirely of ice, as are the chapel, bridal suite (no complaints of wedding night frigidity so far) and the…

  • Hotel No.13

    Bergen

    You couldn't ask for a better location than at this smart hotel on a pedestrianised thoroughfare bang in the city centre. Now owned by the Nordic Choice…

  • Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

    Longyearbyen

    This 95-room chain hotel ('the world's northernmost full-service hotel') is the town's premier address, although the rooms are functional and extremely…

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