The Naerofjord and the Aurlandsfjord are picturesque.
We just got back from Norway, a country of stunning natural beauty. It’s known for its winter sports, but also for its unique architectural style, Viking history, summer midnight sun and, of course, the striking fjords and the northern lights, the country’s top attractions. We didn’t waste a second of our time there, and we’ve come back with 23 hotel reviews, nearly 10,000 photos, five knowledge-packed travel guides, numerous lists and slideshows of attractions and famous Norwegian staples, and roundups of the best hotels — whether you’re on business or a luxe getaway, with the family or with your honey. Follow the links to check it all out, or peruse some of our fabulous photos after the jump. Just be warned: They’ll make you want to start planning your Norwegian vacation right away!
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The Fretheim's cozy lobby, complete with a roaring fireplace, keeps guests warm and far from the wintry cold outside.
The Fretheim Hotel has long been a destination for tourists looking to explore Norway’s natural wonders. In the late 19th century, English lords came to Flam and stayed at the farm of Christen Fretheim while they fished for salmon or hunted for nearby game. The farm soon developed into a hotel, and today it welcomes tourists who flock to Flam for fjord cruises, hiking, and in the winter, cross country skiing. The hotel’s common spaces have charm to spare, with cozy fireplaces, lots of wooden accents, and quaint antique furniture. Rooms, however, are a mixed bag; 80 percent have basic mid-range decor, while the rest are higher-end. (American Wing Rooms are contemporary, while Historic Wing Rooms — though lacking TVs for added authenticity — are lovely.) The hotel makes the most of its unique, naturally beautiful location with soaring glass windows in the lobby and restaurant that frame the steep surrounding mountains. See more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now »
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