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Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø

Tromsø is known as the “Gateway to the Arctic” and the Radisson Blu Tromsoø makes for a perfect launching point into the region.  While located within Norway’s most northern city, the northern lights are still often seen, despite the light pollution.  In fact, the hotel boasts a lovely glass bridge for optimal viewing.

With over 260 recently renovated rooms, the hotel boasts comfortable amenities and a range of views of the surrounding landscape. With several restaurants (and pubs) on property, the hotel is a wonderful haven after a day arctic activities.

The Thief, Oslo

One of our favorite hotels in Oslo, the Thief, is situated uniquely between canals and centrally to the city’s main sites and highlights. The Thief takes it’s name from not just the area in which it is located (Tjuvholmen or Theif’s Islet), but also from the many renown contemporary Norwegian art robberies, including Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” in 1994. With just 120 rooms, guests are almost always guaranteed a lovely view. This hotel is one of the most luxurious in all of Norway and displays it’s modern art theme throughout in its décor.

The neighborhood is an up-and-coming area of pedestrian zones, art galleries, restaurants and eclectic boutiques.  The hotel is just a short walk from the beach and the hotel offers bike rental, so you can explore like a local.  Just steps from the hotel is the Aker Brygge promenade, full of shops, cafes and museums. Rooms also come with complimentary admission to the Astrup Fearnly museum, located just next door.

The Thief also boasts wonderful amenities. Inside the hotel, you’ll find their beautiful spa oasis, including a hammam, traditional spa, steam room, sauna and fitness center. The hotels’ restaurant, Fru K, is an up and coming hot spot of Oslo, showcasing Nordic cuisine at it’s finest.  The Theif Foodbar on the rooftop is also not to be missed, by guest and visitor alike.  Open during the summertime, The Theif Foodbar has a wide range of gastronomic choices, as well as lengthy bar menu for guests to choose from.  The views over Oslo fjord and Akershus Fortress from the Theif Foodbar are simply breathtaking.

The hotel doesn’t follow the typical Scandinavian aesthetic of stark minimalism, resulting in a contemporary and quirky hotel unlike any others in the region.  The rich design and color scheme of this hotel balance harmoniously with it’s world famous art collection on display throughout every part of the hotel.  Working closely with the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art next door, the hotel’s curator has personally selected a number of pieces to display in the hotel.  The hotel has received numerous recent accolades and acclaim from the New York Times and Conde Nast.

For more information, and to book, contact one of our experts.

Kirkenes Snowhotel, Northern Norway

Kirkenes Snowhotel is a unique mixture between some of Arctic Europe’s most famous accommodations.  Located 8 km outside of Kirkenes, the Snowhotel is not only the northern most Snowhotel in the world, but also a secluded hideaway perfect for guests traveling in not only during the polar nights of winter but also during the continuous sunshine filled days of summer, as well. 

Boasting 20 Snow Rooms rebuilt, redesigned and re-carved by international artists annually, each room showcases a number of themes local to the arctic area. Each room is uniquely different and changes each year. The Snowhotel half of Kirkenes Snowhotel, has rooms to accommodate families (up to 5), as well as, couples.   There are several restaurants at Snowhotel but the main restaurant house is "Fjøset" or the barn. Here guests can experience local tastes and the meals of Lapland.   For those looking for a nightcap, the hotel is also home to Norway’s largest ice bar!

The other half of Kirkenes Snowhotel boasts luxurious cabins, called Gamme Cabins. These cabins were designed in the traditional style of a Sami hunting or fishing hut.  The cabins boast spacious accommodations and include underfloor heating. Large windows allow for optimum Northern Lights viewing from your private cabin.

Kirkenes Snowhotel also showcases some of the best artic activities from husky safaris and northern lights tours to snowmobiling and snowshoeing adventures.  Trying to explain the feeling of being pulled across a frozen lake across by a team of huskies is impossible!  Uniquely the property also has a heard of resident reindeer too, allowing guests to interact and feed them.  King Crab Fishing and Ice Fishing are also among the resort’s more popular activities. 

Snowhotel also combines well with Hurtigruten cruises taking guests further afield into Northern Norway.  It’s possible to jump onboard for a day of Arctic Char fishing, followed by a visit to Kongsfjord, before returning back to the Snowhotel in the evening.

Northern Norwegians are also notorious for being generously hospitable.  During your stay, it is possible to visit with a local family to enjoy a traditional meal and learn about their lifestyle, livelihood and cuisine.

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Wolf Lodge at Polar Park, Northern Norway

Wolf Lodge, located in the heart of Norwegian Lapland, boasts an experience unlike any other.  Situated within Norway’s Polar Park, Wolf Lodge allows visitors to interact up close and personal with some of their resident gray wolves.  The wolves of Polar Park are not completely wild, but do have the freedom to roam in an extremely large enclosure in their native habitat.  Sadly, wild wolves are scarce in Norway these days.  This sanctuary offers an opportunity for visitors from all over the world to learn about wolves and experience their curious nature.  The wolves are allowed to come and go at their leisure within the enclosure.

Polar Park’s primary purpose is to educate locals and foreigners alike on the native species of the artic region, from wolves to reindeer and everything in between.  The park opened in 1994, but Wolf Lodge opened in early 2016.  The accommodation is built right in the middle of the wolf enclosure with windows all around for maximum viewing. Wolf Lodge is only available a few days each month, so it is imperative to reserve well in advance.  The rooms are luxurious and comfortable.  Guests enter through a tunnel from the outside of the enclosure, as to make as little impact as possible on the wolves.  The lodge is small accommodating only a handful of guests at a time, and is recommended for a one night stay.  Polar Park, however, is open year-round, with midnight sun during the summer months and is a spectacular winter wonderland despite the short days, in the winter.  We encourage guests who are staying at other properties in the area or passing through enroute to their next destination to stop by to view some of Arctic Europe’s spectacular wildlife   in an intimate setting.

Wolf Lodge is also positioned perfectly for Northern Lights viewing, in and of itself. With minimal light pollution from the surrounding grounds of Polar Park, the lodge offers a very clear chance of viewing this magnificent natural phenomenon. Alternatively, guests can take a short gondola ride to the top of Narvikfjellet (the Narvik mountain) for an unobstructed view of the aurora borealis. The top of the mountain has both an outdoor viewing platform and an indoor space for viewing.

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Hotel Continental, Oslo

The Hotel Continental is located in the heart of the city right across from the National Theater. The hotel has been run by the same family since its opening in 1900. The intimate setting maintains its historic traditions combined with all the modern day amenities.  The property’s Theatercafeen is still the best spot to “see and be seen”, one hundred years later. All rooms are individually decorated.  The Junior Suites feature a large living room area, with a courtyard or city view, some offering balconies.

For more information, and to book, contact one of our experts.

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Clarion Havnekontoret, Bergen

The Clarion Havnekontoret is a small boutique hotel set right on the historic wharf in Bergen.  This location provides easy access to all the sights if the city. The hotel building is the former harbor master’s office with original frescos still decorating the ceilings. Complimentary breakfast and lite dinner buffets are offered to hotel guests. Our favorite rooms are the deluxe harborview which afford great views of the lively harbor.

For more information, and to book, contact one of our experts.

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Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand

The historic Kviknes Hotel, run by the Kvikne Family, since the late 1800s, offers a fantastic setting right along the banks of the Sognefjord. The hotel combines the charming historical elements of yesterday with today’s modern amenities. The property features a large collection of Norwegian artwork and antiques from throughout the years. The stunning surroundings offer ample opportunities for hiking and biking. The Fjord View rooms all have balconies and provide magnificent views of the fjord.

For more information, and to book, contact one of our experts.

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