Norway, beautiful Norway. Conjuring up images of dramatic scenery, the magical Northern lights, snowy peaks and over one thousand fjords, what’s not to like? And with a flight time of two hours from London to Oslo, then it couldn’t be easier.
Behind the clouds, the sky is always blue
Storfjord Hotel sits on top of a tree-covered hill, looking out over the namesake town’s little harbour. Domestic and international flights land at Ålesund Airport, Vigra, which is a 50-minute journey away. There are plenty of activities that the hotel can organise – kayaking, hiking, fishing, boat trips, sightseeing by car or by helicopter and skiing – so you really are spoilt for choice. Or if that all seems a bit too energetic, then indulge yourself with a selection of spa treatments and settle into the alfresco hot tub.
The two historic buildings that make up boutique Hotel Brosundet were originally a pair of warehouses. This sleek hotel sits right above the town’s main waterway; you can watch fishing vessels pass by on their way to unload the catch of the day as you enjoy breakfast. Explore the colourful town or sail through the dramatic fjords, then return for multi-course, mod-Norwegian dinners and warming digestifs by the fire. At Apotekergata No. 5, the menu revolves around unique local produce. Indulge in tasting menus that explore the topography of the region – which means you’ll have dishes inspired by the fjords, the sea, the garden and the fields. Ingredients are dictated by what’s in season and the catch of the day but expect a fishy focus.
With an internal flight from Oslo to Tromsø, followed by a 3 hour car journey, it isn’t the easiest place to get to. But my god is it worth it! Sleeping 16, the lodge is shared (although can be booked for a private group or family use) meaning that your meals and daily activities will be with other guests. That isn’t for everyone but again, it’s worth it. Lyngen Lodge is a family run, boutique lodge hotel and they have thought of everything. The meals are mouth-watering (and include breakfast, tea and a three course dinner made from the finest local ingredients) and the activities are once in a lifetime; winter ski safaris, husky sledding, snowmobiling, ski touring to name a few. Not to mention the hauntingly beautiful Northern Lights which are frequently seen directly over the lodge itself as it is perfectly positioned, far from the disruption of city lights. All you have to do is put your coat on and step outside to enjoy the show with your glass of wine.