Kvikne’s Hotel – Balestrand, Norway
Immersed in the Beauty of the Sognefjord
Norway’s unique beauty lies in its fjords, and the Sognefjord is not only the longest and deepest, but also one of the most dramatic. After a four-hour sail from Bergen along a spectacular landscape, you’ll see the rambling Victorian carved-wood frame of Kvikne’s Hotel on a small peninsula jutting into the 127-mile-long fjord.
Dating back to 1752, the hotel has been the destination of poets and monarchs for the four generations that the Kvikne family has been at the helm. A modern wing has been added, but ask for a room in the original house, where some rooms have balconies and unforgettable fjord views.
Though it is full of day-trippers and tourists, the hotel maintains a family-run base-camp ambience, encouraging treks and bike rides into the extravagantly beautiful countryside. A sail up the gorgeous little Fjaerlandfjord north of Sognefjord to see the Jostedals Glacier is a wonderful day trip.