Dragsvik Fjordhotel

A seasonal, family-run hotel with dramatic fjord views from the restaurant (and many rooms).

Overview

Steps from the Dragsvik ferry terminal, this seasonal hotel is situated on a narrow peninsula with fjord views in both directions. The historic interiors have modern updates, and a range of room types (including newer private cabins) have views of the sea and mountains. Nearby Balestrand offers shops, galleries, and restaurants, though most guests dine onsite for breakfast and dinner.

Kimkim's Take

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Lilly Graves kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, June 2022 (Learn more)
Pros  
  • Enjoy a peaceful hotel run by family members with stellar views from a restaurant where candlelit dinners take place, as well as free breakfasts that include made-to-order options.
  • Simple rooms (also with views) have original wood floors and antiques; some units have kitchenettes, including private cabins scattered across the hillside.
  • Choose between a range of free hiking trails nearby, or set up excursions through the front desk.
Cons
  • The remote location requires a drive to get to most places, (like a grocery store to stock the kitchenettes), so a car is recommended.
  • There is one electric vehicle charger onsite and it may be tricky to use; guests may have to find chargers elsewhere.  

Authenticity

Dating back to 1953, the Dragsvik Hotel is today run by the third and fourth generations, giving it stability from the older family members and a modern edge from the younger ones (like an Instagram account). When you check in, a family member, likely Vida Maria, the host, will give you a form for an advance breakfast order, as well as a dinner menu for an advance order as well—if you choose to dine onsite. This is the hotel’s way to minimize food waste. Complimentary cinnamon rolls and tea and coffee may be served in the afternoon from Uncle Magnar, and dinnertime is when candles are lit and the romantic music draws couples and the occasional families to the restaurant—all vying for tables with the best views (and the views are extraordinary). This is a seasonal hotel and each year introduces slight changes that have been agreed upon by the various family members—guests may even be asked for their opinion on a topic of improvement. 

Location

The Dragsvik car ferry is a few hundred yards from the hotel, with service to the eastern and southern shores of the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. You’ll want to be careful crossing the road when cars are entering or departing the ferry, as they speed by the hotel. Other than these occasional busy moments, the hotel enjoys a very peaceful location letting the fjord views take center stage—on a clear day you can even see as far as the Josdedalsbreen Glacier. Guests can get to Balestrand in about 10 minutes by car along a stunningly scenic drive, with access to shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Parking at the hotel is free and there is one EV charging station for a fee, though it can be tricky to set up. 

Rooms & Bathrooms

Simple, bright rooms with fjord views come in either standard size or comfort size for more space. Each one is unique with charming touches and configurations and is located either in the main hotel building or in the red clapboard house next door with historical significance (ask staff for the story). There are also five private cabins on the hillside below the main hotel overlooking the fjord in either standard or comfort size that have authentic details like wood-beamed ceilings. Cabins tend to draw couples, and they come with private decks, kitchenettes, lounges, and dining areas.

Other Highlights

The restaurant at dinnertime has a romantic ambiance due to the soft music, low lighting, and candles. Guests can choose between a handful of nightly options that will likely include fresh seafood and a house burger, as well as local beers and a wine list. Lucky ones will be seated next to the large window for extraordinary views. The free breakfast is also served in this space and offers made-to-order dishes along with self-serve fruit, yogurt, toast, and nuts. Staff members can arrange excursions in the local area like hiking and fishing trips that include packed lunches.

Hotel Information

3.5-star Hotel
+47 576944 00
Dragsvik 6

Traveler Reviews

Overall Rating (5 reviews)
5.0 out of 5
Feature ratings
Authenticity & Character
4.8
Location
4.6
Staff
4.8
Cleanliness & Comfort
5.0
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Shant H.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Great boutique hotel. We had the room with the balcony and sitting area and we loved it. View of the fjord. Also the dining room was so welcoming with an amazing view of the fjord and mountains. Highly recommended. Also nice grounds for strolling . Food and service was great read more

Great boutique hotel. We had the room with the balcony and sitting area and we loved it. View of the fjord. Also the dining room was so welcoming with an amazing view of the fjord and mountains. Highly recommended. Also nice grounds for strolling . Food and service was great

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Stayed in July 2022
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Jim J.
Live Oak, TX | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

wonderful staff; this is clearly a labor of love for this family. It was comfortable, quaint, but with all the services you'd want. read more

wonderful staff; this is clearly a labor of love for this family. It was comfortable, quaint, but with all the services you'd want.

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Stayed in July 2022
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Kenneth G.
Wells, ME | Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022
Tips for future travelers

We had a separate cabin/cottage which has an amazing view through large windows, it felt brand new, very comfortable. The diners were excellent but probably the most expensive of the trip. read more

We had a separate cabin/cottage which has an amazing view through large windows, it felt brand new, very comfortable. The diners were excellent but probably the most expensive of the trip.

Tips for future travelers

We did not know the location was as remote as it was and would have been nice to have a car if we were staying longer

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Stayed in June 2022