If a hotel is exciting, well-designed, and offers unforgettable amenities, it can reach a rarified level—becoming a home away from home. Read on for the best boutique hotels in Norway: those uniquely beautiful, charming, extra-special properties that will make you wish you could stay forever.
Riverside Farm Lodge
Tucked away in the Aurlandsdalen Valley, the setting of this mid-range hotel checks every box on your Norway nature list, including majestic mountains, wow-worthy waterfalls, and glassy fjords. Locally sourced meals in a historic smokehouse and a wood-fired outdoor hot tub round out the list of amenities, and the friendly owners organize hikes to the area’s natural wonders or visits with artisans in the nearby town of Aurland.
Tokvamsvegen 12 – 5745 Aurland, Norway
Juvet Landscape Hotel
The Juvet Landscape Hotel is an architect’s dream, both complementing and enhancing its setting. A cluster of sustainable buildings, each individually designed, include sleeping, dining, and relaxing spaces, as well as a spa. Panoramic windows let in stunning views of the surrounding nature reserve, and historic buildings, including a farmstead, orchard cabin, cow barn, and mill, complete that perfect mix of old and new. A stay here is definitely a splurge, but worth it.
Alstad, 6210 Valldal, Norway
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
This hotel isn’t just made out of ice, it’s also the “Brigadoon” of Norway’s many popular ice hotels: Every winter, Sorrisniva is built from the ground up in a matter of weeks, and ever summer, as the snow begins to melt, it disappears once again, like a frigid dream. Rooms are outfitted with reindeer pelts and extreme weather gear, each booking includes a visit to the sauna, and the restaurant serves local Nordic cuisine.
Sorrisniva 20, 9519 Alta, Norway
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Hotel Union Øye
This nearly 130-year-old romantic hotel feels like something out of a fairytale, with its age-old yet somehow timeless details and secluded setting on the Hjørundfjord. Antique-filled rooms are named after past visitors, including Kaiser Wilhelm and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hotel Union Øye staff can organize countless activities for you, including fjord skiing, sea rafting, and even a helicopter tour.
NO-6196 Norangsfjorden, Norway
Set on its own island – Tjuvholmen or Thief’s Islet – Oslo’s Thief Hotel is perhaps one of Norway’s most luxurious properties. Owned by a billionaire art collector with a penchant for indulgence, this hotel pairs views over Oslo’s harbor (even more stunning from the rooftop bar) with sleek, near-futuristic design touches. Lavish works of modern art are everywhere, and a stay here includes free entry to the nearby Astrup Fearnley contemporary art museum.
Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway
If you want to feel like a member of the nobility from days gone by, taking in the sea air and sun for your health and complexion, this spa hotel near Bergen is like a (salty) blast from the past. The glam coastal property still retains its painted wooden exteriors from a century ago, but now offers extensive, 21st-century spa services as well as exciting activities like a seaplane ride over Folgefonna glacier or a tour of Lysøen, the exquisite 19th-century villa of violinist Ole Bull.
Solstrandveien 200, 5201 Os, Bergen, Norway
If you’re looking for historic charm, look no farther than this Ålesund hotel, set within a landmarked warehouse building, and offering a special surprise for those who book early: a single room inside a lighthouse at the end of a nearby jetty. Cozy old-world touches like exposed beams and arched windows have been preserved by famed architectural firm Snøhetta, and the hotel’s MAKI Restaurant is one of the city’s most beloved seafood spots.
Apotekergata 1-5, 6004 Ålesund, Norway
This cozy, family-owned Oslo hotel is set in a gorgeous wooden mansion right next to the Royal Palace Gardens. Named after 19th-century novelist and women’s rights activist Camilla Collet, the hotel offers spacious, high-ceilinged rooms perfect for dreamers, creatives, and intellectuals. A tablet in every room, luxe L’Occitane bath products, and elegant French and Italian cuisine at the hotel's Park29 Restaurant are just a few of the inviting extras.
Parkveien 31, 0350 Oslo, Norway