It is extraordinary times, we are all trying to stay safe for the Covid-19 virus and staying at home. Boarders are closed and countries locked down. We have to respect this and contribute to prevent the infection to grow. One of the effects are that hospitality business is almost totally closed down, hotels are empty and employees have no longer work.
When society begins to open up again, we will see a change from before. This year I am sure there will still be limited travelling across boarders. This gives us an opportunity to explore our own countries, and support the travel and hospitality business in our own country to get the wheels turning and start to grow again, and it is super important. These days we are taking responsibility to prevent infection of Covid-19 to grow, in a few weeks or months we have to take responsibility to get the economy moving again, we have to stay at hotels, eat at restaurants, start to use and support all the different businesses in our own countries so people can get back to work and the economy to grow.
I am living in the beautiful country of Norway. I am working in the hospitality business and I have visited a lot of beautiful places. I can’t wait to start exploring more of my own country, I get surprised time after time for all the wonderful gems I discover when I am travelling in Norway. And we have the most wonderful and beautiful nature. People are different, some prefer to stay at larger properties with more options, some at small properties with more soul, charm and ambience. Some prefers cities with shopping and culture, some prefers nature, silence and smaller towns. In Norway we have everything. When doing a road trip in Norway you can experience a little bit of everything. There are so many gems in Norway, and I just want to introduce some of the options for you.
At first, when you are road-tripping in Norway, do some research in advance to get to know your unique options. We have some smaller chains and hotel groups that you maybe don’t know so much about, and they are offering some unique experiences and some of them unique locations as well.., as De Historiske , Classic Norway, Fjordtind Hotels and many more.. in additions to many independent hotels. And then we have the larger chains as Nordic Choice Hotels located all over the country and mainly in the cities. Everyone have staff teams waiting for you, and want to give you the best experience.
I also recommend to visit the site to Up Norway who can assist you and suggest some unique experiences, not only for accommodation, but activities as well. I guess they are the ones knowing most about Norway and every small supplier of experiences. Visit their site, and get in contact with them to make your travel and holiday in Norway even more unique.
I have some wonderful hotels I want to share with you, but this is just a few of hundreds of wonderful, unique hotels in this country. We are so lucky, and this year is the perfect time to travel in Norway for Norwegians, and next year we are ready to welcome from all over the world again. (Hopefully, and maybe already this year.., but first stay safe)
Amerikalinjen is my new favourite in our capital Oslo. Perfectly located, in a building with history and ambience, a lovely staff team and great Bar and Restaurant. Everything you need for a city break. Please go stay and enjoy.. These days they even offer a very good discount if your book before end of April and stay before end of August. This is a great opportunity, just book for summer and go visit!
Why not visit The Well and give yourself a unique spa experience? Treat yourself with a day visit and try to explore as many as possible of the different rituals, and your mind will be completely changed and you will want to go again and again. You have to be prepared to have a bit open mind (at least Norwegians) because there will a bit more nudity than usual, just try to relax and enjoy the relaxing feeling and the experience of the rituals and then enjoy a good lunch or dinner in the restaurant. It is worth it..
Britannia in Trondheim.. member of Leading Hotels of the World, beautiful refurbished, plenty of choices for food and beverage. Even if it might be a bit more expensive than others, it is very good value of money. Just go visit! This is a must visit hotel..
Brakanes Hotel – is perfectly located by the fjord in Ulvik, Hardanger. My dream is to explore this hotel on a sunny day in summer. Enjoy the views, lower my shoulders, zip on a glass of white wine and breath the fresh air.. Fjordtind Hotels have two more hotels in Hardanger located by the fjords with great views. You should not miss out on one of these..
At Strand Hotel Fevik – you can get the feeling of being in the south of Europe on a warm and sunny summer day. The sand beach, the garden, the sea view. Eating lunch at the terrace. The hotel is situated in Fevik, between the towns of Arendal and Grimstad. Dyreparken just a 30 minutes drive away. Perfect for families. Stay for a couple of days.. one night is not enough.
Støtvig Hotel is beautiful situated at the seaside at Larkollen, another wonderful hotel to visit at summertime (or any time of the year..) Nice view from the Restaurant and terrace. Breakfast buffet is very good (if buffet will be an option in restaurants this summer..) Anyway a very nice place to visit.
Quality Hotel Sogndal – I have to add this hotel as well, if you are driving one west coast of Norway, Sogndal could be an option to stop for a night. At Quality Hotel Sogndal, which is a bit lager property, you can choose between to good restaurants, and you find a good fitness room as well 🙂 You have to keep fit as well…
Røros is worth mentioning, I only have pictures from the wintertime, but this charming town with so much history and ambience should be visited as well..
Once again this is just a very few of hundreds of beautiful hotels all over Norway, I will try to introduce some more later.
Take care, stay safe and stay at home until further notice… And when we can start travel again, support the hospitality business and help them get the wheels turning again..