Sleep high above Norway’s Lysefjord in these beautiful mountain cabins

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With a distinctive, modern design that blends into the natural environment, a handful of wooden cabins have quickly become the most sought-after accommodations in the Lysefjord region near Stavanger.

Now the company behind the cabins has announced three new ‘star lodges’ that will join the two original ‘sky lodges’ to offer even more people the chance to really connect with the very best of Norway’s nature.

Designed by renowned Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, The Bolder’s three new cabins feature panoramic windows that give guests the impression of floating high above one of the world’s most famous fjords.

Another highlight of the Lysefjord

Norway’s Lysefjord is known for its fantastic hiking opportunities, such as the famous Pulpit Rock, Kjerag boulder and Flørli wooden stairs, not to mention the waterfalls and mountain goats you can see on cruises down to fjord level.

But places to stay around the fjord are limited, and many people choose to camp or drive there for day trips, so these new accommodation options are sure to be in high demand.

Despite the seemingly remote location, the lodges are surprisingly easy to reach by car from Stavanger. After driving for 40 km, guests park their car just a few hundred meters away. The last steps are taken on an atmospheric wooden walkway as both the cabin and the fjord come into view.

There are many thousands of cabins all over Norway, ranging from simple wooden cabins for mountain shelter to family lodges with all the comforts of modern living.

In recent years, architects have been busy reinventing what a traditional Norwegian cabin can be using modern design trends and eco-friendly materials, while respecting nature and the traditions of cabin living.

Using elements from the landscape

Despite gaining fame with major projects such as the Oslo Opera House, Norway’s Under underwater restaurant, Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Calgary Central Library, and New York City’s Westchester Square Library, Snøhetta’s architects plunged into this with equal enthusiasm. much smaller project.

Architects spent several days in the area from an RV to help them appreciate the wildlife and landscapes and how to work within these natural boundaries.

“You have to feel that you are a bit alone in the landscape. At the same time, we wanted to use elements from the landscape in the design and blend the mountain into the foundation wall and the rough style of the wood,” explains Snøhetta project manager Frank Denis Foray.

A luxurious retreat for nature lovers

While the original sky lodges sleep up to four people, the new star lodges have been designed with couples in mind.

A stay at The Bolder is not for budget travellers. Overnight stays start from 3,900 Norwegian kroner ($400) for a couple. For the money, guests can expect panoramic views, designer kitchens and quality materials from brands such as Vipp, Expo Nova and Eikund with a focus on nature that is visible everywhere.

In the area, guests can explore the network of trails leading to viewpoints over the fjord, including a trail that forms part of a new route to the famous Pulpit Rock.

“The purpose of these log cabins is to be able to use the beautiful nature outside the log cabins. It is important that this is a 24-hour experience where you can enjoy a high level of living in and with nature,” added Foray.

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