Get close to nature at Juvet Landscape HotelNorddal, Norway
Unwind from the slopes in a spa separated from the snow by a 15-metre sheet of glass. Tucked away in the forest near Norway’s fjords, glaciers and mountains, Juvet Landscape Hotel immerses guests in the beauty of Scandinavian nature with its eco-conscious design.
The hotel has a cabin, mill house and hillside huts, but best of all are the seven wooden retreats perched on stilts over the forest floor. Muted walls and furnishings give full attention to the pièce de résistance – a sweeping glass wall looking out over birch and pine growing by the Valldola River. In winter, enjoy cross-country skiing just outside your door and moonlit snowshoe treks through the surrounding forest. In spring snow still covers the mountains and you can ski in the sunshine wearing just a T-shirt and shorts.
- The traditional feast that takes place on a long table in the cow barn
- The way the landscape rooms have been constructed to accentuate the natural surroundings
- All the adventure opportunities nearby
- Don’t expect spa treatments here
- Trying to get some shut-eye during those long, bright summer nights
Flights from Amsterdam to Ålesund take just under two hours, with KLM offering daily flights. From here it’s a 1.5-hour drive.
Otherwise, take a one-hour flight from Oslo to Ålesund with SAS.
If you’d prefer to take a train it’s a five-hour ride from Oslo to Åndalsnes, followed by a one-hour drive. The hotel can organise pick-up from the station.
- Bathing area built into the bank of the river
- Steam room
- An area to relax with open fireplaces
- Outdoor hot-tub
The hotel is closed from the start of January to mid-February. Stays cost US$180 per person, per night in a double room, including breakfast. Add an extra US$70 if you’d like to join the three-course dinner.
Does the hotel look familiar? That’s because much of the psychological thriller Ex Machina was filmed here. It’s worth watching before you come.