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Stay: we lived in a bubble at Wonderinn; the most romantic stay close to Oslo, Norway

WonderInn is just an hour's drive from Oslo, yet you find yourself immersed in a completely different world. Among rolling hills, ancient farms, sleepy villages, and vast stretches of woodland, a small paradise reveals itself; WonderInn (Norway). After navigating countless country lanes, you suddenly veer onto a gravel road. This road winds past majestic farmhouses and ventures deeper into the fields until you reach the ultimate destination.


Norwegian Moose

The grounds where Wonderinn resides can only be described as idyllic, romantic, even heavenly. A magnificent old birch tree casts its shade over a grassy expanse adorned with several tables and chairs, perfect for enjoying breakfast in the morning. Currently, there's no one else around, except for a chicken wandering near the tables, perhaps in search of the last crumbs from breakfast. An old barn has been transformed into a communal space filled with second-hand furniture and charming decorations. There's a small kitchenette and a shower/toilet.


What catches your eye is the abundance of animals all around. The chicken has disappeared for now, but behind one of the sheds, two adorable little pigs stand, happily oinking. They gladly welcome a stroke and seem rather fond of humans (we really don't deserve animals). As you turn the corner along one of the gravel paths, on your way to the river, you suddenly come face to face with four somewhat shy yet curious llamas. It fills your heart with joy, and even though you've only been here for 20 minutes, it feels like the worries of daily life are far behind.


By the river, there's a sort of jetty with a terrace and a small sauna. From the sauna, you can relish a splendid view of the river, and with just a few steps, you can plunge into the invigorating cold water for a refreshing break. I dare you!


We had reserved one of the igloos. It's located about two hundred meters away from the main building, discreetly nestled on a gentle slope within a small patch of woodland. With our backpacks securely fastened, we stroll towards the igloo, carrying a few bottles of wine and some delicious treats. To our delight, it's exquisitely furnished, boasting a heavenly bed. It might just be the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in.


From the plateau where the igloo stands, you're treated to a breathtaking view of the landscape, the farmstead, and the river. Amidst the towering pines, dozens of birds engage in lively conversations. It's the height of summer, a bit too warm, yet there's a tempting urge to light the wood-burning stove.


After a delightful evening spent outdoors on the terrace and an hour in the sauna, it's time to retire for the night. The next morning, you can collect breakfast to enjoy beneath the ancient birch tree. Everything is impeccably arranged. The breakfast is simple, yet every bite tastes divine and fresh. We had only booked one night, which turned out to be far too short. Unfortunately, it was the only available night. This brings me to my next point. It's wise to plan your visit meticulously and book well in advance. The modern cabins by the river, in particular, are highly sought-after and often fully booked. No wonder, this is the most romantic stay close to Oslo!


**Getting there: it is most likely you'll arrive at Oslo Airport (OSL). Public transport really is a bit of a hassle to get you there and you'll have to walk a big stretch with all your luggage, 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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