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Rivingen Lighthouse by Grimstad, Southern Norway | Credits: Johan Wildhagen - Visitnorway.com

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Lighthouse Holiday in
Norway

A night at
a night house sounds to be a legendary experience, right? But it is possible to
do all over Norway. Lighthouses offering accommodation can be found all along the
coast of Norway, from Vardø in the north to the Grimstad in the south.

Until quite
recently lighthouses were manned and keepers lived in them. But by the 1990s
automation had largely taken over and the living quarters were abandoned.

Today more
than 60 historic lighthouses have found new roles offering accommodation to
travellers in search of something a little bit different.

For a fan
of fresh air and sea views, a lighthouse is a unique holiday home. Usually you
live in the keeper’s cottage where you can make your own meals.

Among many,
Haugjegla Lighthouse in Smøla in Nordmøre,Ryvarden Lighthouse near Haugesund
and Kråkenes Lighthouse in Stryn and Nordfjord are three lighthouses that offer
accommodation.

At some
lighthouses you will be entirely alone on your own personal rock. Elsewhere you
will become part of the local community. The small coastal villages tend to be
extremely hospitable places, and a stay at a lighthouse may also involve late
nights at the local pub or fishing with the local fishermen.

The
lighthouses’ extraordinary locations and striking designs have enormous
evocative power. In Norway the sense of history is especially powerful. After
all, the sea and ships have for ages been the very lifeblood of the coast.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in
Alta

Couple at
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Finnmark | Credits:
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life – Visitnorway.com

Another
dream like place to stay is Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta. All interior and
exterior is made of snow and ice in this luxurious hotel, even the glasses in
the bar. The front door of Norway’s Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta would be
indistinguishable from the rest of its snowy surroundings were it not covered
in reindeer fur. Step through the door and you enter a long corridor leading to
a bar, chapel, gallery and 30 bedrooms; all are carved from ice.

Sorrisniva
Igloo Hotel opens its door in January each year and melts away again in the
spring.

The beds
are made of reindeer fur and warm sleeping bags to keep guests comfortable in
the hotel’s constant inside temperatures between 24.8 and 19.4 degrees
Fahrenheit.

But do not
worry, no icy toilet seats here. A large wooden building next to the hotel
houses the bathrooms. They are warm and link through to the sauna. Take a stint
there, before running outside across icy decking and into the bubbling hot tub.

As for the
food variety, The Lakesestua Restaurant, constructed from wood in the shape of
a tepee, stands next to the igloo and serves breakfasts of porridge, eggs,
cheese and ham and dinners of reindeer stew and fish dishes. The hotel bar
serves one drink only, bright blue vodka served in ice glasses.

Kirkenes Snow Hotel

 

Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Finnmark | Credits:
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life – Visitnorway.com

Alta is not
the only destination you have to go to experience an icy stay. You can
alternatively go to Kirkenes and spend a night with David Spinx in a snow hotel
in Northern Norway. And be sure to order a northern lights wake up call before
you sleep. You will not freeze when you stay here. The beds are warm and
comfortable with reindeer fur, and there are toilets and showers with hot water
in a building next door. Here you will also find a restaurant serving local,
Arctic food.

The
Kirkenes Snow Hotel is built from scratch every year. This year it has more
than 40 rooms, a bar and a chapel. All made out of snow and ice. You can choose
between queen and king size beds, and all rooms have snow decorations on the
walls. Ice sculptures are also on display throughout the hotel. And the hotel
offers northern lights wake up calls.

In addition
to the snow hotel, Radius Kirkenes offers Sami experiences, dog sledging and
snowmobile safaris. You should definitely sign up for a northern lights safari
while you are here. Start by watching David Spinx hunting the northern lights.

Cottages and Holiday Houses
in Norway

 

Cottage at
Beitostølen | Credits:
C.H. – Visitnorway.com 

Last but
not least, cottages and holiday houses are popular hire accommodation among
both Norwegian and foreign tourists. You will find cottages and cabins to hire
along the coast and fjords, in the woods, valleys and mountains. Some are
available for very short periods, others for a minimum of one week.

Standards
vary from the extremely simple to the very luxurious. What they all offer,
however, is the opportunity to experience the traditional Norwegian cottage
cosiness that just cannot compare with staying in a room in the city or at a
hotel. At the cabin you organise your time as you like. Or more to the point
not organise it at all.

Cottages
and cabins can be hired through local and regional tourist offices or
professional agencies like Norgesbooking and Norbooking.

For those
interested in hiking in Norway, more than 400 cabins throughout the country is
offered by The Norwegian Trekking Association. Also BookNorway offers the
largest available selection with more than 2500 cottages, apartments and
holiday houses in Norway.

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