In light of my husband’s imminent move to Copenhagen, I can’t help but increasingly glance at Denmark and its Nordic neighbours for … well, everything really: food, design, shopping, restaurants, jobs, real estate, kids activities, museums, schools … you name it, I have checked it out. During one of those, let’s call them “research sessions”, I was looking for some inspiration as to where in Scandinavia we could spend our holidays in the coming years, and I came across a true gem, an epitome for mindful living: the Juvet Landscape Hotel, located at Valldal near Åndalsnes in North-Western Norway.
This little treasure in rural Norway consists of nine detached rooms spread amidst the impressive, rugged landscape with birch, aspen and pine trees as far as the eye can see. Also part of the hotel are the mill house, the authentically restored farmhouse and the old barn where the meals are served.
The Juvet Hotel is proudly owned and cherished by Knut Slinning who lives locally. The architects behind the project are Jensen and Skodvin who “wanted to create a hotel that would not intrude upon nature, but rather exist in harmony with the landscape of which it is a part.” Have they succeeded? From what the photos tell me, oh yes, they have! But I am very keen to find this out personally, one day soon when checking into the hotel.
If you are looking for an example where nature, cultural history, and modern architecture happily and calmly coexist, a place where modern innovations and traditional workmanship go hand-in-hand, then look no further.
Photos: © Knut Bry (Source: Juvet Hotel)
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