On every trip, there’s a crew’s favourite, and Vatnahalsen was voted “best place to stay” by the Great Railway Journey team, a vote that was celebrated with a cold tasty drink on the hotel’s terrace right above the Flam Railway, overlooking spectacular mountain scenery and serene lakes. Situated 820 meters above sea level, the hotel was originally meant to be a sanatorium but turned into a hotel quickly once the Bergen railway had become popular and the Flam Railway had been finalised in the 1940s.
Vatnahalsen can only be reached by train and provides facilities for normal tourists, seminars, workshops, as well as for the sporty bunch that come out to Flåm for hiking, skiing and biking. Biking is especially popular on the old Rallar Road, which was originally built around 1900 for transportation of food and construction supplies. The hotel has a superb kitchen and a very warm and friendly staff, which may just treat you to some delicious home made Norwegian waffles with jam and sour cream, if you ask really nicely. It is literally 100 meters from the railway station and if the bustling village of Flam is too crowded for your taste, this is just the perfect mountain hideaway. We’ll be back!
This destination is wonderful all year round, perfect for biking or skiing tours. Find them on Facebook.
Flåm is a small village situated on the inner end of the Sognefjord, and the Fretheim Hotel can safely be mentioned as the place to stay in town. During the summer months, large cruise ships anchor in the harbour for visitors to experience the spectacular scenery and engage in activities such as sea kayaking, salmon fishing, hiking and skiing. A stone throw from the harbour and Flåm railway station, this historical hotel, which has been welcoming guests ever since the mid-1800s, enjoys a tremendous popularity. The hotel rooms overlook the spectacular fjord and the whole hotel provides a wonderfully relaxing and warm atmosphere. Staff are excellent and friendly, and each room is tastefully decorated with all modern day facilities one could wish for. This is certainly not for the budget traveller, but if you are already here, then you can’t miss it.
The Comfort Hotel Borsparken is situated in the up-and-coming Kvadraturen District and only a 3-5 min walk from Oslo Central Station. The newly renovated building has a superb check-in area with a large lounge for breakfasts and for leisure time. The rooms vary from standard single to a deluxe double suite, but all are kept in the same contemporary funky but comfortable style that gives the hotel a unique mixed atmosphere between youth hostel and art nouveau boutique hotel. It’s easy to go and explore the city from here, the city centre, the harbour, pubs, restaurants and main attractions are all within walking distance. Staff are super friendly and helps with practically anything.
Comfort Hotel Borsparken
Tollbugaten 4, NO-0152 Oslo
Ph: +47 (0) 22 47 17 17
Fax: +47 (0) 22 47 17 18
As experienced in The Great Railway Journeys of Europe