We’re all fantasising of travel, and I like to dream big. So I made a list of the top hotels in Norway.
Some of these are on my bucket list; others I’ve visited. Several of these hotels are so elite that I doubt I’ll ever visit. Perhaps.
Many of them are pricy (though some are surprisingly reasonable! ), so check your Norway itinerary (you can see all my Norway itineraries here) to see if you can stay at one or a couple of these to make your trip memorable.
My Norway cheap accommodation guide might help you save money.
If you want more Norway information, I’ve compiled my best recommendations for organising an amazing journey across Southern and Northern Norway in two 95-page booklets. Can
My family had a poster of Henrik Ibsen in the Grand Café while I was growing up. If it’s good enough for Ibsen, it’s good enough for us all.
The Grand Hotel is Oslo’s most famous and distinguished hotel, so if you want to experience the city’s history, stay here.
The Thief is a renowned luxury hotel in Oslo, especially among influencers and celebrities.
Camillas Hus was erected in 1845 as part of Linstow’s proposal for the Royal Place neighbourhood. Camilla Collett, an author and women’s rights campaigner, was an early tenant. Camillas Hus is described here.
This hotel’s historical motif doesn’t compromise luxury. It’s like sleeping on a set! It’s the most distinctive luxury hotel I’ve been in Oslo, and it’s worth the money since it immerses you in Norwegian history and culture. Check pricing and availability.
WonderINN is a popular among Norwegian Instagram celebs. Mirrored glass cabins give a wonderful view of nature while keeping seclusion. If your cabin’s view isn’t snug enough, there’s a wood-fired hot tub outside.
WonderINN is just 30 minutes outside Oslo, so it’s simple to get there if you want a quick nature break after experiencing Norway’s city.
My mother is from Telemark, and my grandfather constructed B Hotel, which is wonderful but hardly epic. First on my list was Telemark’s Dalen Hotel.
This fairytale-like castle is popular for weddings and gatherings. The Dalen Hotel was previously popular with European nobility and is one of the best-preserved 1800s hotels of its size.
It’s in a picturesque valley off the usual route, excellent for a quiet getaway.
The Utne Hotel lies on Hardangerfjord, one of my favourite Norwegian fjords. The Utne Hotel dates to 1722 and offers unique, historical lodging.
The Hardanger Panorama Lodge is a popular treetop hotel on Instagram. The views across Hardangefjord look spectacular, and this sounds like the perfect way to enjoy nature without camping.
Bergen’s Det Hanseatiske
Det Hanseatiske Hotel is in Bryggen, Bergen’s most picturesque neighbourhood. I adore the bookcases, paintings, leather sofas, and deep baths.
This is a great place to learn about Norway’s culture. You’ll be near all the big sites as it’s downtown.
The Fretheim Hotel is the best hotel in Flm (particularly if you don’t have a car).
The Fretheim Hotel is a magnificently designed, renovated 1800s manor home with mountain or fjord views. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the train station and ferry port. Fretheim Hotel often fills up for the summer months, so book early.
This 18th-century hotel has a contemporary wing and an antique-filled historic wing on the lake. Here you’ll enjoy one of Norway’s greatest breakfasts and stunning views of Sognefjord.
The nicest aspect about Kviknes Hotel is its magnificent setting and central position; the beach, shopping, and cafés are all within walking distance.
The Hotel Union ye is in Norway’s Sunnmre Alps and at the end of Norangsfjord, a branch of Hjrundfjord, which many consider Norway’s most beautiful fjord. Hjrundfjord is described here. Here’s more on my Hotel Union ye stay.
The 1891 Hotel Union ye was a favourite of authors, artists, and royals. Now, rooms are named after famous guests.
It was like staying in a museum, but in a pleasant manner.
The Hotel Union Geiranger was renovated in 1979 and appears distinct from the Hotel Union in ye. This spa hotel overlooks Geiranger Fjord and has indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, and hot tub.
The Hjelle Hotel, established in 1896, sits on the turquoise Oppstrynsvatnet lake. White sand beach! It’s distant enough from Geirangerfjord to avoid the crowds, yet close enough for easy access.
This 9th-generation family-run hotel dates back to 1640. The hotel has antique furnishings and old-world design, but also luxury mattresses and clean baths. In Svolvorn, it’s a minute from the beach.
Walaker Hotel’s 4-course Norwegian meals overlooking Lustrafjord are a must. Urnes Stave Church and Jostedalsbreen Glacier are close.
This 1930s family-run hotel radiates character and grandeur. The hotel’s location on the fjord, great Norwegian food, and vintage Norwegian furniture make it the perfect place to explore Norway. Private beach!
If you wish to experience Norwegian culture, the Fjrland Fjordstue Hotel is suitable.
The Britannia Hotel has entertained royals from Norway, the UK, and the US (Beyoncé and Jay-Z, of course).
The hotel’s interior is now spectacular after a 2019 refurbishment. Here’s my Britannia Hotel review.
Breakfast is great. Beautiful breakfast room. The high-end hotel is surprisingly inexpensive.
Farm stays are a great opportunity to experience Norwegian culture. Sterstad Farm in Helgeland is one of my favourites on Booking.com. Here’s my Sterstad Farm review.
If you’re lucky, you can see them make Norwegian brown cheese or feed their goats, but the accommodations are exquisite. The view from the sauna and jacuzzi is stunning.
My favourite hotel was Lovund Hotel on the wonderful island of Lovund, where I resided for nearly two years. In fact, I stayed twice! Here’s my Lovund Hotel review.
Lovund Hotel sits on the ocean, thus it provides views of Lovund and other islands. Lovund hotel boasts one of the top restaurants in Helgeland, therefore foodies should visit.
I’m not sure what The Arctic Hideaway is since it’s so artistic and cool. The Hideaway is a collection of homes on a tiny island south of Bod utilised by artists and tourists. I just read they accept dogs, so maybe I’ll come sometime.
Arctic Domes are the ideal spots to watch the northern lights or connect with nature. The Arctic Dome in Narvik is positioned atop a mountain, offering amazing views in winter and summer. Here’s my Narvik Arctic Dome review.
This has gone up in price since I was here, and the standard isn’t as excellent as the cheaper Arctic Dome in Alta, but if you’re near Narvik, it’s fine. Check pricing and availability.
Nusfjord Arctic Resort is one of Lofoten’s best hotels.
Nusfjord is a lovely Lofoten Island town (read about my visit to Nusfjord here). The Nusfjord Arctic Resort features waterfront accommodations and an outdoor spa with a wooden bath, sauna, and outdoor shower.
I was going to stay here in December but decided to wait till after the epidemic.
Wolf Lodge is at Polar Park, the world’s northernmost wildlife park, where wolves walk up to your window.
This stay is so special that the website discourages customers from asking about the price, saying it’s “one of the most elite, highly wanted experiences in the whole Nordic area, and is charged accordingly.” 15 stays per year are available.
A stay here seems wonderful if you’re mega-rich.
The lighthouse at Norwegian Wild on Senja is one of my favourite stays in Norway. Here’s more about Senja.
Norwegian Wild has year-round camping and cottages, but if you want a particular experience, reserve the lighthouse. It’s nicely crafted with adorable Norwegian details and located on the sea for northern lights (or midnight sun) views.
The Clarion Hotel The Edge is the nicest hotel in Troms, according to everyone I’ve questioned. The Edge has Troms’s lone skybar. Check pricing and availability.
Sommary is one of my favourite islands near Troms. The turquoise ocean makes you feel like you’re in the tropics.
Samantha and I stayed at the dog-friendly Sommary Arctic Hotel. We stayed in a regular (dog-friendly) room, but there are other fantastic alternatives. Amazing three-bedroom waterfront homes.
The hotel features a sauna with a pathway into the sea and a rentable jacuzzi. The restaurant has magnificent sea views.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is made of snow and ice and has ice sculptures. They give comfortable sleeping bags and reindeer skins for igloo nights.
The Aurora Canvas Dome at Gld Explorer is the most comfortable Arctic Dome I’ve stayed in. It has an attached shower and wakes you up with coffee and a fire in your wood-burning oven. Here’s more about my Arctic Dome stay in Alta.
Kokelv’s Turf House, Arctic Dome
The Arctic Dome in Kokelv is the most stunning I’ve stayed in. Here’s my visit.
Unobstructed vistas from a hilltop point. For those who don’t wish to sleep in the Dome, your booking includes a Sami-style turf home with a kitchen and shower.
Kirkenes boasts a snow-and-ice igloo hotel. You may tour the ice hotel during the day and sleep in a heated cabin at night. Here’s my SnowHotel experience.
They have huskies and reindeer and provide king crab fishing, husky sledding, and northern lights trips. I stayed here on a single trip and had a blast since there’s so much to do and the staff is very pleasant.
Svalbard is the northernmost permanently populated place on Earth (apart from research outposts), with pristine glaciers and Arctic fauna including polar bears, walruses, humpback whales, orcas, and narwhals.
Mary-Polarrigg Ann’s is in an old miners barracks that has been turned into a hotel with odd things including a red miners bus that serves as a smoking shelter and a boxing polar bear.
This is the most Svalbard-like spot to stay in Longyearbyen, as it was once home to coal miners. The breakfast buffet offered whale and seal meat while I was there. Here’s my Mary-stay. Ann’s
Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel is a lonely outpost with no road access. In winter, arrive by dogsled or snowmobile; in summer, by boat. The 1933 radio station has been restored into a contemporary hotel with guided activities. I’ll absolutely do that.