Don’t adjust your screen- the picture above is real.
If you’ve been following my posts on my visit to Norway last year, you’ll know that if nothing else, this Nordic country provides some stellar views. I’ve written about how Bergen bursts with colour, and how the dramatic fjords would render even the most jaded tourist slack-jawed and awe-struck.
Now, I want to tell you about this very cool hotel we stayed in: the Kviknes Hotel in the village of Balestrand. We spent one glorious night here while on our fjord tour; the view from our room continued this trend of “so crazy beautiful it can’t be real” surroundings that were abundant on the trip.
From our large balcony (it could have comfortably seated at least 8 people) a picture of tranquility stretched before us. Huge blue skies and placid waters made us linger outside, even though the air was chilly and we weren’t wearing jackets (the cool air in Norway is no joke- even in June).
I loved this hotel. The oldest in Norway, dating back to 1752(!) it is huge and endearingly rustic, despite the elegant, old school decor. You can feel the history here, feel the presence of days gone by. The staff is lovely (and good looking- Norwegians are hot!) and the food in the dining hall is varied and plentiful (lots of full, satisfied bellies after our evening meal).