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Stay: the landscape is the architecture; one of the best hotels in Norway

I discovered this hotel for the first time due to my interest in architecture. In particular the Jensen & Skodvin architectural firm. The remarkable thing about this place is that it's not primarily about architecture. Just like in photography, it's not about the picture frame. You'll understand my analogy as soon as you look outside from one of the hotel rooms.

A valley in Norway

This hotel serves primarily as a frame for a ever changing exhibition of seasons: a forest so green it almost hurts your eyes, water from the wild-flowing river so blue it seems like dye has been added, and mountain slopes disappearing into the low-hanging clouds, leaving much to the imagination and making this in my opinion one of the best hotels in Norway.

Don't forget to visit their sauna as well. The view from there is equally spectacular. For those adventurous and warm-blooded, taking a dip in the icy river is a must.

The hotel staff is amazing. They are highly customer-oriented and will ensure you have a great time. The Juvet Landscape Hotel is the epitome of what makes Norway so fantastic: stunning nature, reverence for the elements, and warm hospitality.

Even though the prices might be a bit high, once you realize that this is one of the few hotel experiences you'll never forget, it's actually quite reasonable. Due to the hotel's small size, it's important to book early if you want to stay here. I recommend booking at least 3 months in advance to secure the most beautiful bedroom in Norway. I've never been able to manage to book a night with all my spontaneous trips.

By the way, the location of this hotel is no coincidence. The road leading to it is breathtaking in both directions. Numerous subtle architectural interventions in the form of countless pedestrian bridges and viewpoints give you plenty of reason to pull over every half hour. Take the Gudbrandsjuvet cafe, for example. The coffee here is outrageously expensive, so you might as well skip that, but treat yourself to the magnificent structure that offers an impressive view of the raging river cascading down in multiple waterfalls. **Getting there: it is most likely you'll arrive at Ålesund Airport (AES). From there public transport really takes forever, 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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