Have you read the August issue of Viking magazine? Check out page 7 for an amazing place to spend a relaxing getaway. Fuglemyrhytta is a self-service cabin located in Oslo’s Nordmarka forest. It’s a perfect spot for unwinding, enjoying a meal or staying overnight. This cabin, along with many others, can be booked through the Norwegian Trekking Association. Here are a few more places to add to your bucket list.
If you’re looking for a Northwoods getaway, head to the PAN Treetop Cabins (Tretopphytter) in the Finnskogen forest 2 hours outside of Oslo. Two A-shaped cabins are perched 26 feet above the ground on steel poles. Each can accommodate up to six guests. It’s almost like staying in a fancy treehouse, and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of nature. The large glass windows not only allow lots of daylight in, they also offer extraordinary views of the forest and picturesque lake nearby.
For those wanting a fairytale experience of living in a castle in Norway’s winter wonderland, look no further than Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel—the world’s northernmost ice hotel. It’s located on the idyllic banks of the Alta River and is made entirely of ice and snow. It offers a serene escape away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and it’s the perfect place to chase the Northern Lights in the winter. The hotel is typically open from December through April each year. Don’t worry about being too cold during your stay! Reindeer hides, mattresses and sleeping bags keep visitors warm at night.
Set along the northern tip of Sør-Hidle Island is a magnificent botanical getaway, Flor & Fjære. Catch the 20-minute boat ride from Skagenkaien in Stavanger and arrive at the man-made tropical gardens ablaze with more than 15,000 colorful flowers. Grab a bite at the on-site restaurant, which specializes in local seafood.
For some seaside bliss, head to Manshausen. Located above the Arctic Circle, Manshausen is a 55-acre island at the top of the Steigen archipelago. Five of its sea cabins line an ancient stone jetty, with glass-encased portions that jut out over the water. Staying in these award-winning, modular structures gets you as close to nature as possible while surrounded by indoor comforts.