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Destination: chronicles on a pillar and a fairytale hotel; at the foot of Galdhøpiggen

When it comes to matters of taste, opinions may differ, but personally, I consider the mountain pass from Lom to Sognefjorden as the most exquisitely picturesque route throughout all of Norway. It's an experience that truly warrants traversing in both directions. Moreover, along this road lie several extraordinary spots, beyond the breathtaking viewpoints, where one simply must pull over and pause. And luck has it a rather surprising fairytale hotel is located close to Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain.

Mountains in Norway

This hotel at the foot of Galdhøpiggen immediately ignites the imagination of those blessed with even a modicum of vision. Reflecting upon this place, I am instantly transported to a realm reminiscent of medieval times. Imagine a vivid azure river, its currents wild and untamed, flanked by towering mountains on either side. Amidst this enchanting scene, one discovers aged wooden farmsteads, clad in weathered tar-coated timber, alongside dilapidated sheds and ancient stone bridges.

The Elveseter Hotel itself feels akin to a living museum, adorned with a collection of paintings spanning diverse eras, antique tools, and peculiar curiosities. The entire complex exudes an atmosphere evocative of a captivating fusion between the cinematic masterpiece "The Shining," the ethereal realm of Rivendel from "Lord of the Rings," and the idyllic serenity of a Swiss alpine meadow. For an extra touch of romance, consider reserving the Omonstugu for your overnight stay, where you shall slumber in a wooden canopy bed—a rather romantic experience.

Adjacent to the Elveseter Hotel stands a grand and enigmatic pillar, shrouded in mystery; the 'Sagasøyla' or 'Chronicles Pillar'. The sculpture adorning this pillar depicts a series of historic events that played a pivotal role in the formation of Norway. Once again, one cannot help but draw comparisons to the enchanting realm of "Lord of the Rings."

Not in the last place, should this location be on your list of destinations. The Elvesæter hotel lies at the foot of Norway's highest mountain, which is a 'must-climb' for every outdoor enthusiast!

**Getting there: it is most likely you'll arrive at Oslo Airport (OSL) or at Ålesund Airport (AES). Public transport really takes forever to get you there, so it is most wise to reserve a car in advance. Since Norway has one of the best fast-charging networks in the world, I would advise you to rent an electric car. Better for the environment, cheaper to charge and it gets you everywhere. Check here for availability.


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