Walaker Hotell

Location: Bergen & the Western Fjords | Norway

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Scenic and peaceful, the family-run Walaker Hotel in Solvorn, overlooking the Sognefjord, is the oldest hotel in Norway and has been in the family for nine generations. Traditional and luxurious while retaining a friendly, homely atmosphere, this is a beautiful retreat from which to explore Norway’s famous fjords.
Perfect forAnyone wanting to fill their lungs with fresh air and take in some stunning natural scenery.
In the know
  • Owned by the same family since 1690
  • The oldest hotel in Norway
  • Voted the best tourist destination by National Geographic
  • Nærøyfjorden is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list
  • 10 minutes’ drive from a nearby ski resort

Recommended for...

  • Food & Wine
  • History & Heritage
  • Setting & Views
  • Guesthouse or Inn

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Set on one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords, Sognefjord, Walaker Hotell is Norway's oldest established hotel hotel and has incredible views. Nine generations of family hospitality are evident in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Rooms at Walaker Hotell

The main hotel building has stood in its current form since 1934, and its rooms reflect its heritage, with a traditional design, antique furniture and old English-style bathrooms. In the Tingstova building, which dates back to 1630, rooms are similarly elegant and traditional, share a pleasant veranda, and boast views over the gardens and the fjord. The new annex building, dating from the 1960s, lacks the history of the other two but is home to the hotel’s Superior Rooms, which are particularly luxurious, with views of the fjord.

Food & drink

The hotel’s family-like atmosphere extends to dinnertime, when a 4-course set menu is served every evening with excellent wine and locally sourced food from farmers or small scale producers. The local countryside is bountiful, as is reflected in the fjord langoustines, mountain venison, foraged berries and countless other fresh, seasonal goodies that crop up on the menu.

Facilities

Walaker is home to a charming garden, complete with cute tables and chairs, which is the perfect spot to spend leisurely afternoons in the sun. There’s no pool, but with the still, crystal waters of the fjord on your doorstep, who needs one?

Activities at Walaker Hotell

Visit Norway’s most beautiful bookstore in Fjærland, Book Town, where you can browse an astonishing four kilometres of bookshelves. Take the ferry across the spectacular Nærøyfjorden and continue on to Kaupanger stave church and the boat museum for a dose of history. Or trek up to the Mørkridsdalen valley and onto the old farm on the mountain for more spectacular views of waterfalls and the fjord.

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Hotel location

To get to Walaker Hotell, you can fly in to Sogndal airport, and from there it is a drive of approximately 40 minutes. Alternatively, by helicopter it is a short journey of 8-10 minutes. 

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