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“Unique ambiance, outdoor activities and attractions, food, talks. Good view, good meal, good friends.” Easy decision. This gorgeous white building hugs the water’s edge in Fjærland, an upper branch of Western Norway’s spectacular Sognefjord. The hotel is open from April until the end of September, or by prior arrangement during autumn and winter.
•6856 FjærlandSogndal, Norway fjaerlandhotel.com
Wake up in a room sculpted from ice and warm up with a hot lingonberry juice and a sauna session. Founded in 1989 and located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, ICEHOTEL is a unique experience. The hotel offers “warm and cold accommodation” — as unappealing as it may seem, a cold night is a must! Launched in 2016, ICEHOTEL 365 also includes luxury suites and art suites, all sculptured by selected artists.
•Marknadsvägen 63981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden icehotel.com
Sweden’s oldest mountain hotel promises pure air and dramatic wilderness. Established in 1882, the first guests 130 years ago came for the unspoilt wonder — nothing has changed. The architecture in tune with the surroundings and the rooms range from modest to lavish, but all clean and comfortable. Treat yourself to a night in The Grand Ugglebo, a separate wing on the shore of Lake Malmagen.
•Malmagsvägen 33840 98 Tänndalen, Sweden fjallnas.se
RADISSON BLU RESORT TRYSIL, NORWAY
Sat in the shadow of the mountains, Radisson Blu’s Trysil hotel is a smart option for outdoor enthusiasts. Trysil is Norway’s largest ski destination with 29 lifts, 67 slopes and 100 kms of cross-country tracks. When guests are not out alpine skiing, snowboarding or dog sledding they can enjoy the four swimming pools, a glass rock-climbing wall and the surfing wave pool. The Alpine Spa also includes a hot pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam room and aromatic laconium.
•Hotellvegen 12420 Trysil, Norway radissonblu.com/hotel/trysil
Superb international design indoors, dramatic nature outdoors. Perched on top of Förberget and open all year round, the views from this 420-bed hotel are sensational. In winter, guests can enjoy Ski in/Ski out access to the whole ski area and Åre Björnen ́s scenic cross-country ski trails are also nearby. The architect, Peter Bohlin, has succeeded in his aim of creating ”a fantastic building in interaction with this scenic place”.
•Copperhill Mountain LodgeÅre Björnen837 97 Åre, Sweden copperhill.se
(16) Borgafjäll hotel adventure & spa Avasjövägen 10 917 04 Borgafjäll, Sweden borgafjallhotell.se
(17) Hotell Fjällgården Fjällgårdsvägen 35830 14 Åre, Sweden jallgarden.se
(18) Sauda fjordhotell Sjøen 2, 4208 Saudasjøen, Sweden saudafjordhotell.com
(19) Sapmi nature Fjällnäsgränd 15C, 982 39 Gällivare, Sweden sapminature.com
(20) Norefjellhytta Norefjell Alpingrend 3536 Noresund, Norway norefjellhytta.comThe Scandes