Best hotels and hostels in The Western Fjords

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Northern Fjords

    Juvet Landscape Hotel

    This amazing complex of futuristic cabins spread along a forested river is probably one of the boldest architectural hotels anywhere in Norway. It's the brainchild of owner Knut Slinning, who bought the adjoining farm and commissioned these striking, timber-clad, steel-framed pods with cinematic plate-glass windows that seem to invite nature in. They were used in the sci-fi film Ex Machina. The main cabins have been supplemented by two basic 'birdhouses' slightly uphill, which are considerably less flash (they only have basic bathrooms and a hand-held shower), but are considerably cheaper. Breakfasts and evening meals (550kr per person) take place around a long communal table in the rustic barn, and there's a riverside spa where you can sit in a hot tub or sauna and watch the clouds race overhead. Note that to retain privacy, casual visits are not allowed.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jostedalsbreen National Park

    Hotel Mundal

    What a sight this historic hotel is. Gabled and slate-topped, it's been in the same family since 1891, and is a classic slice of late-19th-century grandeur, with a wonderful period interior filled with oil paintings, rugs, leather armchairs and burnished furniture. Rooms feel endearingly old-fashioned, with wooden floors, metal bedsteads and antiques aplenty. Fjord views are essential. For 500kr extra, you can sleep the night in the tower's one suite, complete with wraparound views of fjord and glacier – as did US ex-vice president Walter Mondale, whose family came from Mundal, and the present Queen of Norway (not, as the charming receptionist explains, on the same occasion). There's a choice for food: the relaxed Kafe Mikkel, or the more upmarket hotel restaurant that serves traditional four-course Norwegian dinners (380kr). Non-guests need to book by 6pm.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ålesund

    Hotel Brosundet

    Right on the waterfront and designed by superstar architects Snøhetta, this former warehouse is one of Norway's most charming hotels. Wonderful old beams and exposed brick walls are combined with contemporary comfort and style. Bedroom furnishings are of white oak, bathrooms are set behind smoky glass walls and beds are draped with brown velvet and sheepskins. They have also taken over another nearby hotel, Hotel Bryggen, to provide extra space. Breakfast is served in the elegant, port-side Maki restaurant. If simple luxury is not enough, book 'room' 47 – which is located in the Molja lighthouse on the end of the quay, the ultimate harbour getaway! They'll even deliver breakfast to your door.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Northern Fjords

    Villa Norangdal

    This enchanting 'mountainpolitan style' hotel began welcoming guests in 1885. The current owner, a descendant of the hotel's founder, began restoration in 2007, after it lay abandoned for decades. Six rooms are each an homage to a different 20th-century decade, utilising iconic Scandinavian design pieces, including Norwegian gems by Nora Gulbrandsen and Grete Prytz Kittelsen. Downstairs the traditionally decorated, wonderfully atmospheric lounge has a log fire and there's a spectacular dining room and an outdoor Jacuzzi. The freeride skiing from outside the door is excellent and in summer kayaking and climbing opportunities are close at hand. It's a magical place, in a fairy-tale location.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Northern Fjords

    Westerås Farm

    This idyllic old working farm, 4km along the Rv63 towards Grotli, sits at the end of a peaceful farm track, dizzyingly high above the bustle. Stay in one of the two farmhouse apartments, or five pine-clad cabins, each sleeping five to six. The barn, dating from 1603, houses a restaurant, where Arnfinn and Iris serve dishes made with their own produce. From the farm you can do a 45-minute walk to the Storsæterfossen waterfall (you can walk right behind it and fill your water bottle with the crystal-clear waters if your arms are long enough), along with many other lovely routes. Around 3km from the centre of Geiranger, you'll reach Hole Bru, where you'll see the sign for the farm road.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nordfjord

    Visnes Hotel

    The Visnes, run by the same family for six generations, occupies two magnificent listed properties, each with its own character. Most rooms are in the larger building, constructed in 1850, which is furnished in period style but with a rustic restraint. The more expensive rooms have stunning fjord views and there are also a couple of large family rooms. To feel like royalty, request a room in the smaller 1890 'dragon style' building that was occupied by King Rama V of Siam during his 1908 tour, or the one where King Oscar of Sweden and Norway rested his head in 1913. The restaurant, in the hotel's larger building, serves traditional dishes made with local produce.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Northern Fjords

    Håholmen Havstuer

    This enchanting 'hotel' is in fact a small former fishing village on its own islet just off Averøy. Rooms here are 18th- and 19th-century cottages, mostly for doubles though there are a couple with multiple bedrooms, too. Some are more rustic than others, with exposed timber, but all are charming. Ytterbrugga, its restaurant, serves the freshest of fish. Parking is on the island of Geitøya, on the Atlanterhavsveien, from where a motor boat makes the five-minute sea journey. It leaves the roadside car park on the hour, between 11am and 9pm, or by appointment.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Northern Fjords

    Hotel Aak

    What a beauty: a historic mountain hotel that's been given a thoughtful, charming overhaul by the young Rønning family. The decor in the rooms is sparse but tasteful, and the best rooms have lots of space and knockout mountain views. The building's rustic past still shines through, though. Breakfast is a real mountain feast, and you can arrange dinners too. It's very activity-focused here: Kristine and her husband Odd Erik can arrange pretty much anything you could think of to do. The hotel lies beside the E136, in a quiet corner of the Romsdalen Valley, 4km from town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jostedalsbreen National Park

    Jostedal Camping

    We're willing to stick our necks out and say this might just be one of the most spectacularly located campsites anywhere in Norway. It's in a gloriously isolated spot, in a riverside meadow just south of the Breheimsenteret. It's impeccably run by owner Astrid, with great facilities including a communal terrace, kitchen, lounge and dining space. The scarlet cabins are neat, clean and cosy, and the camping pitches are well spread out. Astrid knows all the local activity operators, and will happily provide advice on her own favourite hikes.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lustrafjord

    Skjolden Hotel

    The bones of this hotel might be 1970s, but its skin is contemporary – a revamp has filled the main lounge with swooshy furniture, designer lamps, trendy fabrics and coffee table books. The rooms can't entirely hide their retro origins (bathrooms are dated), but the cracking Lustrafjord views make up for shortcomings. The fjord-facing terrace and manicured lawn are stunning. Good food is served here too: burgers, steaks and grilled chicken on the bar menu, and more upmarket, creative dishes in the restaurant downstairs.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Northern Fjords


    Lie in bed and watch the reflection of tiny pink clouds track their way across the still water of the bay or experience a ferocious North Sea storm sweep in – the stylish, if simple, rooms in this converted 1920s klippfisk (salted cod) warehouse make you feel part of the coastal landscape whatever the weather. Breakfast and dinners are excellent too. Boats and bikes are available for guests to rent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Fjord Coast

    Quality Hotel Florø

    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 older part of the building was once a herring store, since extended with a modern annexe. It's worth upgrading here: the more expensive rooms have much more space and some have balconies and original beams. The in-house restaurant, Bryggekanten, is especially strong on seafood.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sognefjord

    Midtnes Hotel

    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. Compared to most places in Norway, the rooms are very good value, especially when you factor in the heritage architecture. The terrace makes a sweet setting for the lavish breakfast or three-course dinner (325kr). Down by the water, there's a rowing boat for guest use.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sognefjord

    Sanden Pensjonat

    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. It retains the simplicity and cosy scale of its era, but is furnished with care and a clever eye for detail. The vintage furniture, period details, such as old-fashioned sinks, and slightly retro decor are great fun.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Fjord Coast

    Efinor Camping Krokane

    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 and the shoreside meadow is a camper's delight. Rowing boats (200kr per day) and motor boats (from 390kr per four hours) can be rented here, too.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sognefjord

    Sogndal Lodge

    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 lounge stocked with sofas, hiking books and blackboard, and a total of 12 beds spread across the quartet of rooms.

  • Lodging in Sognefjord

    Lindstrøm Hotell

    This central fifth-generation family-run hotel is divided between a beautiful Swiss-style gabled building in a garden and the main '60s block across the road. The latter – a charming warren of lounges and libraries, filled with splendid original mid-century Scandinavian design and some Norwegian baroque for good measure – has neat rooms that follow suit. The 19th-century ones are stylish, too. The pale floorboards and bright walls contrast nicely with beautiful antique iron beds. There are cosy armchairs and big windows overlooking the garden. The restaurant serves a nightly buffet (365kr).

  • Lodging in Jostedalsbreen National Park

    Fjærland Fjordstove Hotel

    This lovely old guesthouse is so quaint it almost looks like a museum exhibit. Clad in white wood, and with a glorious spot right beside the fjord, it's a rickety old place that's packed with history. Rooms are antique in feel, with floral furnishings and kitsch watercolour pictures. Downstairs the book-lined lounge has a grandstand view over the water. Food is excellent – and surprisingly up to date – for such an olde-worlde location. Lunch is à la carte, but the three-course dinner (550kr, or 650kr for non-guests) is a feast of seasonal, creative flavours.

  • Lodging in The Fjord Coast

    Kråkenes Lighthouse

    This remote lighthouse lies at the end of a spectacular 42km drive from Maløy, and it's a place which takes getting away from it all to another level. Inside is a fancy bridal suite (complete with circular bed), plus five cosy rooms in a stormhouse nearby. The suite has private facilities; rooms share a kitchen and only two have an en suite. Sleeping here when the sea's running high and the waves are crashing over the rocks is quite an experience. To get there, follow the Rv617 from Måløy and follow signs to Kråkenes Fyr.

  • Lodging in Ålesund

    Scandic Parken

    One of a trio of Scandics around Ålesund, this is an undeniably corporate place: a blocky, modern structure faced in glass, with a huge downstairs lobby that blends into the breakfast space. So far, so chainy – but there's one reason to book here, and that's the brilliant views over the old town you get from the upper floors. Ask for a room on the highest floor possible. Rack rates are heavily discounted on booking sites.