Union Øye Hotel

Norwegian Fjords, Alesund & West Coast Fjords, Norway

At a Glance

  • 27 totally unique rooms, with not one like the next

  • Legend has it that the Blue Room is haunted, and even comes with its own silver salver of garlic to provoke an encounter should you wish

  • The list of past guests is a veritable who’s who from Karen Blixen to Kaiser Wilhelm and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • There are dozens of amazing items to check out from rocks, to shrapnel to gold goblets

  • You can reach the hotel by private rib, helicopter, public ferry or by road

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Depending on the activity that you are most keen on doing while staying at Union Oye Hotel, different times of year would be appropriate. For those wanting to set off on foot and hike the end of spring 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 relax then the whole year is fine to go and put your feet up. The temperature in the summer is around 22 degrees.

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Insider's View

Head downstairs in the early evening to the warm sitting room for a game of cards by the fire before dinner

Make sure they tell you the wonderful ghost story of the blue room and ask for Consul Andresen with its beautiful bathroom and balcony.

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Union Øye is a truly special hotel with a rich history and countless incredible stories. Time spent here will be memorable for all the right reasons and will rank as a once in a lifetime experience for sure. Expect Norwegian hospitality at its very best.

It's hard to do justice to Hotel Union Øye for it is one of a kind and a truly incredible place. You could spend hours checking out the objects of interest housed here from the World War II stone and the shrapnel from the bomb that set it rolling down the mountain on course for the hotel roof. Katrina, who was practically raised in the hotel will regale you with stories to accompany the objects such as Kaiser Wilhelm's golden goblets or his own crested bath over a steaming cup of coffee by a roaring log fire.

Make sure you explore the three floors of rooms, each named after a famous past resident and left open when not in use for guests to peep into. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Karen Blixen lead the charge on the literary front, while Kaiser Wilhelm, Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Alexandra make sure the royals are well represented.

Each room is unique, channelling the past guest's persona with memorabilia as well as wonderful trinkets, four poster beds, vast bedspreads and painted wooden panels. The bathrooms, though not modern, are spacious and prettily decorated. Among the 27 rooms are some bunk rooms, perfect for children who will love playing hide and seek along the corridors and among the three sitting rooms.

The Blue Room deserves a mention for it is claimed to be haunted by a beautiful girl called Linda with a rather poignant tale. Katrina will divulge more but we will note that if you do end up in the Blue Room you are given the choice of taking a silver salver of garlic with you which allows you to decide if you want a brush with the ghostly being!

Log fires abound, as do cosy corners for reading and relaxing. Come summer time, the garden is dotted with wicker chairs and tables near the weeping willow and you are always but a stones throw from the water.

Union Øye has to be one of the most remarkable hotels on our whole portfolio and worth a visit without a doubt. Belle Époque grandeur, history and charm await.

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Each of Union Øye's 27 rooms are totally unique and decorated to emanate the person after whom they were named. Kaiser Wilhem's own claw footed bath stands in his room, while the Karen Blixen room is dotted with African memorabilia.


The hotel's restaurant is a pretty, light-filled room that serves breakfast, lunch and a set three course dinner. Picnics can be arranged if you plan a day trip.


There is so much on offer in the area; rib rides, sailing, helicopter tours, food safaris, abundant hiking and biking. The list is endless. You can even venture in to explore Alesund and lunch at restaurant Maki at the sister hotel, Brosundet.

Hiking gear is highly recommended – boots or trainers, waterproof kit and gloves will be essential if you want to venture on proper hikes.



Jules Maury (Staff)

Situated in a wonderful spot at the head of the Norangsfjord, the Union Oye hotel is a charming historical testament to some incredible characters. Suites and rooms are named after famous people like Karen Blixon, Arthur Conan Doyle, Kaiser Wilhelm, Queen Victoria and more and look out onto the Sunnmore Mountains. The most famous being the Slogan Mountain which forms the backdrop of the Union Oye. The friendly staff all dressed in Norwegian national dress make your stay all the more memorable with tales and stories so come for a few days, hike in their beautiful mountains, kayak on the hidden lake and taste their delicious svele - no you have to go and find out what it is! Stunning sunsets and views and peace are the ingredients of this lovely hotel.


Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)

Quite an amazing and unique hotel, steeped in history recounted expertly by Katrina, beautifully styled rooms, all individually decorated, amazing food, warm and cosy sitting rooms with open fire places and a great location for hiking. Not for those looking for a modern hotel, more for those in search of something different and interesting.


Sarah Byrne (Staff)

Hotel Union Oye is incredible. It is the most memorable place I have stayed in a long time and the staff the most charming. Choose your room carefully based on your preference for actor, royalty or writer, or even whether you fancy an encounter with a ghost!


  • Hiking the Fjords

    Set off on a guided hike around the rugged alpine peaks in the heartland of the Sunnmøre Alps. Enjoy the stunning scenery at your own pace as you marvel at the striking hues of blues and greens and relish the fresh mountain air.

  • Kayaking on Hjørundfjord

    Head south of Ålesund to Hjørundfjord and explore its beautiful scenery with your private instructor leading the way. As you paddle along the calm waters, admire the incredible views of the surrounding mountains from this unique perspective.

  • Private boat trip on Geirangerfjord

    Climb aboard a private boat and head towards Geirangerfjord, one of Norway's most beautiful fjords, and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Wildlife RIB Sea Safari

    An exciting safari on a RIB boat out to sea to Runde Island to see seals and puffins in their natural habitat. Experience the dramatic coastline at high speed on the open boat!

Location & directions

Norwegian Fjords, Alesund & West Coast Fjords, Norway

Union Oye is located in the town of Oye on the eastern shores of Narangsjorden, west coast Norway.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Alesund International Airport Vigra, taking about 2-hours and 30-minutes to Union Oye by car.

If you would like to go by boat then you can go from Alesund City Centre to Union Oye which will take 1-hour 30-minutes.

Helicopter transfers can be provided on request by the hotel.

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