In North-West Norway, on an amazing river bank surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lies Juvet – Europe’s first landscape hotel.

Considered as the finest cabin retreat, Juvet offers unusual five-star-luxury suites. From the outside, the seven 30 sqm cabins look like giant shoeboxes made of pine strips and glass. On the inside, the timber walls are bare of any decoration and the only furniture is a bed, a lamp, a couple of lounge chairs, and a huge panoramic window.

Designed by Oslo-based firm Jensen & Skodvin, Juvet was conceived with one main objective in mind: To showcase the nature surrounding the hotel rather than focusing on its own architecture. “When you open the door and go in, it’s as if Nature rushes in to greet you through the massive panoramic windows. You can almost feel the trees brushing against you, and the snow-white drops of spray from the river Valldøla on your face…”

The premisses are on a picturesque farm that dates back to the 16th century. The restored farm buildings provide an interesting, traditional frame around the modern cubes. The sheep barn has been converted to a no-frills lounge with an open fireplace. The cowshed is now a dining room seating 50 people, while the farmhouse can sleep 20 people. The reception and the events area are located in the barn.

Guests are offered ski trips in the winter or guided walks, rock climbing and rafting, but they can also enjoy the hotel’s spa. “According to legend, those who drink the water from Olavskjelda (St. Olav’s Spring) will remain healthy and young forever. Thus when enjoying our spa, you are practically bathing in holy water…”

The fastest way to get there is to fly from Oslo to Ålesund, and then take the road for 90 minutes to Juvet. If you have some time, the drive from Oslo to the hotel is totally worth it!

Doubles start from $285, and a stay with all meals and activities costs $570 per day per person.

Photos: Juvet