This must surely be one of the most dramatic hotels in the country, made up of a series of glass-fronted freestanding cabins carved out of spruce and placed slap-bang in the middle of a canyon, with views of the gushing Valldola river below and spectacular peaks above. Rooms feature deep, dark woods, playful chartreuse bathrooms and Japanese-Norwegian designed Stokke Tok recliners perched voyeuristically to gaze out at the stunning natural surroundings.
Pros & cons
Gregarious manager-owner makes sure you have a wonderful stay
Hotel presides over 16 guest hunting licences for visitors
Proximity to nature and unique, innovative design
A car is almost essential
Takes time to get to; not the easiest place to find either
Immediately outside the windows is Gudbrandsjuvet, a luxuriant canyon deep in the fjords east of Alesund. The mountains that lead to Geirangerfjord shoot up from the valley – you can hike up them and ski back down if you want.
Ski in a T-shirt
A short drive away is Stryn, where you can find excellent downhill skiing on a glacier throughout the summer months (or Stranda in the spring/autumn). Both rent equipment.
Invite the owner
Juvet’s owner, Knut, is a consummate outdoorsman and knows these backwaters like the back of his hand. He’s a gem to have along when you’re out exploring the wilderness.
The hotel organises fishing, trekking, caving and boating excursions. On one trip, you climb a mountain then ski down to the fjord – without encountering a soul along the way.
Thirty minutes away by car is the dramatic Route 63 road, known as Trollstigen ('Troll Ladder') and recognised as one of the world's most scenic drives.
- Type Boutique hotel
- Place Ålesund
- Star rating
- Price guide $$$$$
- Rooms 7
- Character Design chic
- Atmosphere Quiet
- Children allowed All ages
- Pets allowed Yes
- Design hotel Yes
- Eco hotel Yes
- Beach Not applicable
- Main attractions Not applicable
- Nightlife Not applicable
- Restaurants Not applicable
- Shopping Not applicable
- Ski slopes Travel time: 5-30 minutes
- Luxury level
- Location setting
- Location convenience
- Ambience, service & friendliness
- Room decor, comfort & style
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