Juvet Landscape Hotel

  • Location: Mountains
    Gudbrandsjuvet: In walking distance
    Trollstigen, the famous National Tourist Route: 18 km (25mins by car)
    The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord: 45 km (1h 15 mins by car)
    The Art Nouveau town of Ålesund: 100 km (1h 40 mins by car)
  • Vigara Airport (AES): 150km (2 hs by car)
    Åndalsnes Train station: 45 km
    Car recommended
    Free parking

The nature, modern architecture, wild rivers and canyon, local trails, local food.
Check out the National Tourist points like Gudbrandsjuvet, Trollstigen and Geirangerfjord.

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An introduction to Juvet Landscape Hotel

How would you describe Juvet Landscape Hotel in a nutshell?

Juvet Landscape Hotel is a boutique hotel immersed in the spectacular nature of West Norway. The epitome of a harmonious union of nature and modern design, its minimalist architecture does not distract from its natural surroundings but instead provides strong visual effects that only enhance these incredible views. A true adventurer’s paradise that is beautiful all year round.

What was your inspiration to open Juvet Landscape Hotel?

I grew up in Alesund, which is on the West Coast, about 100 kilometres from here, and in 1986 I bought a summer house here. Then, about 7 or 8 years ago there was a project called the National Tourist Route. The government invested 200 million Euros to improve the infrastructure along 18 selected stretches from the north to the south of Norway and all with very modern architecture.

As it happens in life, coincidence had it that I was part of a group discussing what sort of opportunities arose in this area due to this government project. The architects of Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor approached me with the idea of building a landscape hotel. I was not planning on doing anything like this but then the guy who owned the farm asked me if I wanted to buy it. After two weeks, I had signed the papers and I was owner of a 3 million square metre farmland with an old house. I thought I would never be stupid enough to turn my Shangri-la into the place where I had all my work and problems.

Do you have any regrets?

No, I am not that kind of guy. At the beginning it was planned to be rather small with no shower or toilet, only the container-like construction on stilts with futon beds inside and that’s it. I thought it was a good idea and an exciting thing to do. It completely changed the direction of my life.

Today I sometimes have to pinch my arm and ask myself if this is real. That I am in the middle of this fantastic nature. This has been a very exciting project. I’m just happy to be a part of it.

What was the idea behind Juvet?

Juvet Landscape Hotel is resting on three ideas. The first is nature and nature experiences. This is an adventurer’s paradise for people who love outdoor activity. You can do almost everything here in all 4 seasons. We have mountains, glaciers, summits; there’s the coastline, we have the fjords.

The second ideas is the cultural history of the place. I think a lot of people coming here see the surroundings and they can imagine life here has been a struggle for survival. We try to show what it would be like to live here 100, 200 years ago. So that’s why we restored the main house of the farm, which was built in 1870.

The third idea is we wanted to show what Norway is like today. That was actually one of the main goals of the National Tourist Route project. It was not allowed to copy our ancestors building copies of these wooden cottages for example. The aim was to show what Norway is like today when it comes to architecture and engineering skill.

What would you describe to be the essence of Juvet?

I have a feeling that it does something with people. The first thing they see when coming here is this well-restored farmhouse. Then they walk along and the beautiful river makes this turn, a very humble turn as if it is saluting the farm before it bends down again. Then they come past the barn and they first see the buildings scattered around the forest, you can actually see all of the big windows coming in from the outside.

At this point they usually get this ‘wow’ impression on their face. It is so strong. I can almost see and feel that they are lowering their shoulders, overwhelmed by the view. It is a harmonious marriage where nature and modern design bring out the best in each other. And the cabins are built on stilts, we are only guests in nature so it is a good idea to be able to take the hotel away again.

How would you like your guests to remember their stay at Juvet?

I would love them to have a feeling that this is a fantastic place, that they had been visiting friends and that they had a very, very nice time. And that I am sorry that they had to pay for it.

What are the Norwegian Big Five?

I have stolen this from South Africa where they say that unless you have seen the big five animals you have not been to South Africa. Our Norwegian Big Five are winter sports such as exhilarating skiing trips almost all year round, hikes, rafting through the raging waters of the Valldøla, camping in the wilderness around the campfire and a visit to Geirangerfjord, which in 2007 was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The scenery is magnificent and forbidding, and at the mountain farm you will see how people once doggedly carved a living for themselves in this area.

We would like to people experience nature hands on instead of coming just to have a look. It is not enough to just travel around and have a look, you need to experience it and create wonderful memories.

What feedback do you get from your guests?

It is really great, we have guests from all over the world staying with us. And what is amazing is that they don’t come to see all the touristic places or tourist traps, they are coming because they have seen Juvet in some magazine, newspaper or on the Internet.

And the feedback is really great. For example, there are no curtains in the cabins and in June and July it is quite bright outside. We considered to put in some drapes in front of the beds. But our guests told us that it is almost like waking up in nature. You can just stay in bed if you wake up at 6 or 7 in the morning and stare and relax. It is the most special experience and something they will remember.

Juvet Landscape Hotel
Juvet Landscap view
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Juvet Landscape Hotel
Farm
Bird house
Juvet relax room
Juvet spa area
Activities in the area
Village

Juvet Landscape Hotel rooms & rates

It’s all about what you see on the outside. There is hardly anything inside the rooms, no paintings for example, just the basics. It is also quite dark inside. In a way it is giving you the impression of being in a camera and the window is the lens. That’s what it’s all about. All the rest is only for your protection.

The whole project is an experiment to see if it’s possible to do things in nature and instead of bringing it down, harnessing or making nature come out stronger after you did something. There is a famous architect who once said that the best buildings are those in difficult terrain. The whole idea with the buildings is the place where they are. It gives a very strong visual effect.

  • Landscape room for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    3700 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The landscape rooms are double rooms built individually into the landscape. None of the rooms are the same, but all have dark interiors to avoid stealing focus from the natural surroundings, and all have glass walls with magnificent views of the river, the valley, the mountains, the yard outside or the dramatic gorge below.

  • Bird House for 1-2 people / 8 m²
    1850 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    The new single rooms, or “birdhouses”, are constructed in a slightly simpler way than the landscape rooms, and inside they are finished in light wood and notched logs in the style of the old Norwegian food storehouses.

Included in the rates
Rates include a delicious breakfast.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby cots are free of charge. Extra beds for children 2 to 14 years old are NOK 750 per night. Extra beds for 15+ years and adults is NOK 1250 per night.
Minimum stay
1 - 2 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00
Closed December to March

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Restaurant
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Central heating
  • Business facilities
  • Steam room/Hamam
  • Hair dryer
  • Spa

Down at the barn we have a kitchen and sort of restaurant where we can accommodate up to 50 people downstairs and another 150 people upstairs. The food we serve is mostly local produce. We have a lot of sheep and goats in this area and of course, seafood like the Norwegian salmon. But there are also other fish like the ‘Klip fish’ and the ‘Bacalao’, which is very popular.

Things to do in West Norway & Valldal

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

This is an adventurer’s paradise. There are so many things you can do here, it’s dramatic and full of contrasts. There is everything you can wish for, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, fjords, there are mountains for skiing and alpine climbing, we have wonderful hikes and the coast, which is only one hour away.

My favourite activity is skiing; especially in May and June where you can go skiing on the summits. You can drive 10, 15 mins towards Trollstigen, that’s a rather famous serpentine road just further out the valley. You can ski on mountains 1.700m, 1.800m above sea level. And during this time of the year it is beautiful, very sunny and you have an amazing view. It is green all the way up to where you put your skis on.

But we are offering all sorts of tours and activities. We will take you to the mountain tops for skiing, organize wilderness camps, take you on three day hikes or go rafting with you. And if there is something a guest always dreamed about doing, we’ll do our best to organize it.

Juvet Landscape Hotel reviews

4 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
I would rate my stay as a 3.75 out of a 5 rating. Beautiful atmosphere... loved the view from my room and from my sons room but I must say the rooms weren”t the cleanest and I wouldn”t want to take a shower in the open bathroom because the floors would be all wet. The spa was not functioning... when I asked the man who checked us in to please turn on the hot tub and the sauna he seemed like it was a bother. When my son, who is 37 years old, was 8-10 minutes late for dinner (he had a business call he had to attend to) the man who checked us in and was not happy about attending to the spa... pointed and tapped on his watch when my son walked in. We were on vacation and my son did not feel like being reprimanded (that”s how he felt). It spoiled dinner for him and he left midway into the meal. I felt like the spa and room could have been cleaner. Cobwebs and dust in room. But... the views were amazing and loved looking at all the buildings. Very creative!
Evonne A.
stayed at Juvet Landscape Hotel in May 2018
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good!
Sanby L.
stayed at Juvet Landscape Hotel in September 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
It was a magical experience and I can’t wait to come back in the future. Wow, absolutely stunning scenery and rooms were exactly as advertised. What I didn’t expect is how wonderful the meal would be. It was great to meet so many other travelers and share stories over the dinner. Chris is an amazing chef and was so attentive during our entire stay. It was a magical experience and I can’t wait to come back in the future. The only thing that could be improved would be the hot tub. It would be cool if it had jets and was hotter, but maybe they don’t want the noise of the jets. It that is so, then this is not even a comment. Thanks, Cindy
Cindy G.
stayed at Juvet Landscape Hotel in July 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good!
Niki F. (UK)
stayed at Juvet Landscape Hotel in July 2015
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
10 out of 10! Juvet Landscape Hotel was an amazing hotel and Knut was the best host. It is an absolutely magical place in the wilderness. Our cabin was simple yet thoughtfully designed to maximize the absolutely picturesque outdoors. Knut provided great advice on day hikes and activities in the nearby area. Our favorite part was sharing our meals with other hotel guests, who have come from all over the world to visit this special place.
Lisa J.
stayed at Juvet Landscape Hotel in July 2014

The location of Juvet Landscape Hotel

Juvet Landscape Hotel is located on the northwest coast of Norway, in Norddal municipality, approx. 90 minutes driving from Ålesund, one hour from Åndalsnes via Trollstigen, and one hour from Geiranger.

When is the best time to visit West Norway?

For most people, I think summer would be the best time. If you’re especially interested in hiking without skis, there is fantastic terrain for hiking in autumn as well. I was hiking last Saturday, it was just with all the fantastic colours. The leaves have started falling, so you see a a few morels when you go through the woods to reach the higher mountain areas. But of course if you like skiing, the spring is absolutely fantastic. There is something particular in every season. You know, we have 4 very distinct seasons. It’s winter when it’s winter and it’s spring when it’s spring.