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Historic Hotels in Norway
Norway is a terrific place to go for a truly memorable vacation. Nordic history is overflowing throughout the country and is present in its many historical landmarks which include the Urnes Stave Church, the Bryggen, and the Akershus Fortress. Its capital of Oslo features many premiere cultural institutions like the Viking Ship Museum, the Norsk Folkemuseum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, and The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. Norway is internationally renowned for its picturesque landscape, which countless people journey to see at locations like Jotunheimen National Park, Jostedalsbreen National Park, and Rondane National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord have been particularly attractive outdoor destinations among Norway's many visitors.
Historic Hotels in Norway
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The Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri hotel and restaurant is idyllically located in the small harbor in the village of Bekkjarvik, just a short boat ride away from the city center of Bergen. The hotel has been the heart of this fishing village since it was built in the late 17th century.
Ideally situated in the heart of idyllic Bergen, a picturesque city on Norway’s southwestern coast hailed as “The Gateway to the Fjords,” Opus XVI is perfectly positioned for both urban and outdoor adventures. This historic, family-run hotel boasts 65 guestrooms, including five suites, as well as a fascinating past as the former Bergens Kreditbank, once the city’s largest bank.
Finse 1222 is located at highest point along the Bergen Railway, at 1222 meters above sea level.
Fjaerland Fjordstove Hotel & Restaurant
Fjærland Fjordstove Hotell is a charming historic hotel with scenic fjord vistas. This family-run, boutique hotel is on the waterfront of the Sognefjord fjord, the deepest fjord in Norway.
Hotel Union Geiranger
Nestled within the fairytale landscape of the Geirangerfjord, in the idyllic village of Geiranger, Hotel Union Geiranger not only boasts some of the most stunning views in Norway, but quite possibly the world, making it an ideal home base when exploring this fjord-dotted corner of the country. Open year-round, this mountainside hotel was established in 1891 and has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations since they initially purchased the property in 1899.
The Festningen Castle offers a stunning selection of rooms in a building within this military fortress that dates back to 1771. This historic structure has been updated to include modern comfort while maintaining original details such as wallpaper.
The Oscarsborg Castle sits on a small island south of Oslo in a structure originally used a fortress through the World Wars.
The history of the Amerikalinjen dates back to the early 20th century, when the building served as the headquarters for the Den Norske Amerikalinje (Norwegian American Line). Founded in 1910, the Den Norske Amerikalinje operated as both a cruise line and a freight company that transported mail, cargo, and people from Norway to America.
Det Lille Hotel
Det Lille Hotel calls the seaside town of Risør, Norway home. The hotel’s current iteration began in 1910, with just one suite. It has now grown to over 15 suites throughout the town, with gorgeous views of the water and countryside. The oldest building dates back to 1750.
Visnes Hotel Stryn
Awarded the Olavsrosa, a seal of quality for Norwegian cultural heritage, Visnes Hotel Stryn offers guests an authentic folk experience amid the dynamic landscapes of Nordfjord.
STØTT Top of Helgeland
Nestled in Helgeland is Støtt, home to the unique 19th century trading post in a remote fishing village. Within the far-flung town is STØTT Top of Helgeland hotel, a modern-day prime destination for travelers to visit and, marvel at the natural beauty within the Arctic circle and explore all that the island has to offer.
Nestled in the heart of the Hardangerfjord, an idyllic region in Western Norway lauded as both the “Queen of the Fjords” and the “Orchard of Norway,” Brakanes Hotel is ideally situated for travelers hoping to explore the abundant natural beauty this area has to offer. With 143 guestrooms and breathtaking views of the water courtesy of its fjord side perch, this historic hotel makes for a delightful homebase point for visitors exploring the region.
A restored fishing warehouse, Hotel Brosundet is a Art Nouveau escape combining a charming nautical design with contemporary fixings complete with a converted lighthouse suite. Situated in the small fishing and boating village of Ålesund, the property offers 47 guestrooms incorporating the original wooden floors and panels, and exposed brick exuding an authentic seaside experience.
Originally a modest guesthouse built in a classic Swiss style, the Kvikne family has owned and managed Kviknes Hotel for over 135 years. As the first known hotel in the Sognefjord, Kviknes Hotel is a fine example of warm traditional Norwegian hospitality and service. Situated on the Sognefjord, in the center of Balestrand, Kviknes Hotel offers an astonishing view of the mountains and sea, inviting a breathtaking experience.
Known as the "fairytale hotel," Dalen Hotel in Telemark is built in a grand, romantic style adorned with dragonheads, turrets, spires, cornices, towers, and balconies. Its lavish architecture was inspired by traditional stave churches from the Middle Ages.
Offering the serenity and refreshing escape of the countryside, Losby Gods Hotel dates back 300 years to the lucrative timber trade. A large estate comprised of three factories, Losby Gods is a beautiful mid-19th century property featuring its own golf facility with two courses, a driving range, and tennis courts.
Originally the farm of wealthy businessman Christen Fretheim, Fretheim Hotel began operations in 1870 as a modest posting inn for visiting fisherman. Located on the Flåmselva river, highly populated with salmon and trout, Fretheim Hotel quickly became a choice destination for anglers and nature enthusiasts, quickly demanding expansion.
Høyevarde Fyrhotell is a beautiful seaside hotel dating back to 1700 when the lighthouse guided sailors along the Karmsund strait, previously known as ‘Nordvegen' or the North Passage. Boasting 10 beautifully-appointed guestrooms, the hotel offers a tranquil and serene setting in Havik, Norway.
Comprised of several beautiful historic buildings in Kalvag, Norway, Knutholmen Hotell lends insight to the rich maritime heritage of the renowned fishing village that remains a celebrated destination today. While celebrating its fishing and seaside culture, the hotel affords the setting to explore the majestic mountain and forest surroundings of Kalvag.
For over 350 years, Sundvolden Hotel has been the choice historic experience for tradesmen, farmers, artists, royalty and travelers from the furthest corners of the globe. Offering 257 spacious guestrooms and creative and comforting cuisine at the property's a la carte restaurant Anno 1648, Sundvolden Hotel is a luxury retreat rich in heritage and tradition.
Lofthus i Hardanger, Norway
Originally a “staging inn” with one straw bed over a shipping office, Hotel Ullensvang is rooted with deep Norwegian history and traditions. This property has been run by five generations of the Utne family after Hans Utne built the inn in 1846. A cabin in Lofthus near the inn was the inspiration and birthplace of the musical creations by the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Little by little, the hotel was expanded and restored to the luxury property that it stands today.
A gem hidden snuggled at the foot of towering snow peaks and the majestic cliffs of Lom, Fossheim Turisthotell is a charming third-generation family owned historic hotel proud of its cultural heritage and longstanding values of hospitality. While secluded, Lom is a breathtaking town, rich in tradition, with a picturesque backdrop only rivaled by the service at Fossheim Turisthotell.
Fru Haugans Hotel
Ideally situated on the Vefsna riverside in the center of Norway within Mosjøen, Fru Haugans Hotel has been a women-run retreat since 1885 offering warm hospitality and excellent service. Strolling around the hotel is a journey through time, where the rich history of Norway is exhibited. A beautiful location at the end of the picturesque Sjøgata street, Fru Haugans Hotel has holds the distinction of being Northern Norway’s oldest preserved adjoining wooden buildings.
Hotel Union Øye
Hotel Union Øye is a historic gem, situated in a peaceful village on Hjørundfjord with the Sunnmøre Alps towering all around. Dating from 1891, the property is a historical journey in itself with authentic rooms, all named after royal and dignified guests, with rich and traditional decorations.
Former home of architect, entrepreneur, and traveler Christian Thams, Bårdshaug Herregård began as a parsonage converted into a thoughtfully decorated personal residence. Today, the 65 guestrooms at the hotel still reflect the intricate details of Christian Thams' passions and history with its decor and original furnishings.
Solstrand Hotel & Bad
Os, Bergen, Norway
Originally an intimate escape for merchant princes to revitalize creative notions, Solstrand Hotel & Bad was built in 1896 by Christian Michelsen, who later became the first prime minister of Norway after gaining independence from Sweden in 1905. Today, Solstrand Hotel is run by the fourth-generation of the Schau-Larsen family and remains a holiday resort offering the its original wooden architecture affording the rich natural and cultural landscape that surrounds it.
Originally built by Magnus Poulsson during World War I, Lysebu Hotel was used as a personal residence for Norwegian ship owner Anton Fredrik Kaveness. After the World War II, Lysebu was donated to The Danish-Norwegian Cooperation Fund in appreciation of the food aid Norway received from Denmark during German occupation.
Nermo Hotell & Apartments
Dating back to the 1400s, Nermo Hotell & Apartments was originally a modest guesthouse among a potato and grain farm for fishermen and hunters seeking adventure among the valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen. Today, the property offers 32 spacious and comfortable guestrooms and 53 apartments featuring magnificent soaring views of the valley and Oyer mountains.
As today's largest hotel amid the mountain ranges of Norway, Røros Hotel started from humble beginnings. The property was established in 1951 and began as a hopeful endeavor to boost the city of Røros' economy after the downfall of the copper mining industry. Today, the spacious and comfortable 156 guestrooms and suites, premier meeting venues, and popular restaurants and bars are proof of the venture's success.
Originally an old textile factory established in 1914 and a separate shop and farm built by Johan Natanael Ramm in 1844, Vertshuset Røros is comprised of the two adjacent buildings creating a unique lodging experience with two distinct interiors. The space of the former businesses were converted into 38 comfortable guestrooms and apartments displaying the industrial history of Bergstadens, with rich traditional Røros furnishings in Rammgården or clean modern lines in Uldvarefabrik.
The carefully preserved walls Lauritz Smith Pedersen built for his factory over 200 years ago transport guests of the GamlaVærket Hotel to an authentic tour of Norway’s industrial history. With 28 romantic guestrooms, individually furnished and styled, the hotel offers each guest a personalized experience with charming service and amenities reflecting the history of Norway.
Kronen Gaard Hotel
Built in 1898, Kronen Gaard Hotel was originally a summer country residence until 1925 when it was converted to a women's psychiatric rehabilitation facility. After 57 years of operation, Trodne psychiatric facility, named after it's tranquil and serene setting, was closed to undergo transformation to become a luxury hotel. Owners Kjell and Sygni Steinsvåg's risky undertaking proved to be successful as Kronen Gaard Hotel remains choice accommodations for Norwegian country hospitality.
Selbusjoen Hotel & Gjestegard
Boasting the tranquility of its countryside setting, Selbusjoen Hotel & Gjestegard features luxury accommodations situated on the banks of Selbu, Norway. Built in the mid-19th century, before it was converted into the charming hotel that stands today, the property was occupied by a diverse collection of organizations and businesses, including a general store, sanatorium, post office, and a home for the elderly.
Built in 1845, in the heart of a park on the Oslo fjord coastline, Engo Gard has been an idyllic country inn since the twenties. Originally known as Pihls Pensjonat, the modest guesthouse was slowly expanded and restored to great the luxury historic hotel it stands today. Engo Gard has converted its property to house 44 guestrooms, a renown restaurant with private wine cellar, and other exciting facilities.
Nestled in the foothills of Uggdal, Norway, on the island of Tysnes, Haaheim Gaard is a charming hotel boasting a romantic rural setting. Originally built on farmland in 1907, the hotel represents the rich agricultural history that remains integral in the culture and economy today.
One of the oldest hotels in Norway, the iconic Utne Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1722. With its intricate decorative details and collection of antique treasures, entering the historic hotel is like living in a history book.
For over 120 years, Fleischer’s Hotel has been a cultural treasure for prominent guests wanting to indulge in a fairytale experience surrounded by Norway’s natural wonders. Fredirk Lyth Ørum Fleischer opened the hotel in 1864, and it has been operated by five generations of Fleischers.