Juvet Landscape Hotel
Alesund & West Coast Fjords, Norway
Juvet Landscape Hotel is a contemporary architectural feat of elegant, modern design built using traditional techniques and local expertise. Juvet is set in an idyllic, raw riverside location with mountain views in Valldal, two hours east of Alesund.
At a Glance
Unique architecture and design
No televisions, computers or anything that could distract you from nature
Uninterrupted forest, river and mountain views from all landscape rooms
Fantastic hiking and challenging ski touring on your doorstep
Lagoon pool below the spa to dip in and out of during the summer months
At the edge of the small village of Alstad in the Norwegian countryside, seven landscape rooms and two birds' nests are dotted amongst the birch, pine and aspen trees and ancient boulders that make up Burtigarden farm where the Juvet Landscape Hotel can be found.
The landscape rooms are all double rooms built into the background, on stilts with glass walls to give an uninterrupted view of the surrounding nature. The interior is starkly simple; a colorful, small wet room bathroom with a loo, basin and shower, a cosy double bed, a seating area and dark floors and walls to draw your eyes to the remarkable views outside.
There is a small spa area a few steps further down towards the river built in dark concrete with several relaxation rooms, a steam room and an outdoor hot tub that perches above the river with stunning mountain views of the Alstadfjellet peaks.
The barn is the hotel’s central building that is one hundred years old, and the cowshed, pigsty and hay store that occupied it have now transformed into the dining room, kitchen and lounge area. Typical Norwegian breakfasts of eggs with smoked salmon and delicious dinners are served here, while lunch is taken with you up on the mountains or in the local village. Evening meals are a social affair, taken around a long wooden dining table, with an emphasis on quality locally sourced produce.
The surrounding area is a haven for outdoor activities across all seasons. In the winter, cross country and Northern Europe’s best off-piste skiing can be done at Stranda ski resort, 45-minutes from Juvet. For the more adventurous, skin up for some ski touring in the surrounding mountains such as Trollkyrkja measuring 1762 meters above sea level.
Spring brings the beauty of snow capped mountains and flourishing valleys, and skiing in the bright sunshine is possible until May. Summer brings a hive of activity from rafting to canyoning to fishing and hiking, and the autumn often brings dry sunny days, perfect for hiking as well. One of Norway's most spectacular fjords, Geiranger, is easily reached from Juvet, and the scenic views along the way are not to be missed!
All of the rooms are starkly designed in dark wood with floor to ceiling glass windows offering stunning and uninterrupted river and mountain views. All have WiFi access, two chairs, a double bed and a compact bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower.
The renovated barn is where breakfast and dinner are taken together at a long wooden table. The food is simple and delicious, locally sourced and seasonal. For breakfast, served from 9am, expect freshly baked bread, Norwegian cheese and homemade jams, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Dinner at 8pm is a 3-course, hearty affair with local meat and fish and seasonal vegetables. A picnic lunch can be made at breakfast and taken with you up the mountain on a hike, or at a local restaurant.
The hotel spa is a haven after a day of exploration with its steam room, outdoor hot tub and relaxation room.
Activities available in the local area are extensive and include river and fjord kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, climbing, abseiling, canyoning and caving. The surrounding mountains are ideal for hiking, trekking, ski touring and off-piste skiing at Stranda depending on the season.
Location & Directions
Alesund & West Coast Fjords, Norway
Located in the heart of the northwest coast of Norway, Juvet Landscape Hotel can be found on the Valldola river which flows through the Norddal municipality.
When to go
Juvet is open to groups all year round apart from January and February. Individual guests can stay between March and November.
Depending on the activity that you are most keen on doing while staying at Juvet, different times of year would be appropriate. For those wanting to set off on foot and hike March until late October would be perfect, as this is generally before the snow arrives. If you would like to go skiing then winter would be best. For those just wanting to go and make use of the spa and hotel to relax then throughout the hotels opening period would be perfect. The temperature in the summer is around 22 degrees.