Hotel Union Øye, one of Norway’s most legendary hotels, is getting a new wave of attention as it emerges from a historic transformation and major expansion. For the Norwegian travel company behind this heritage property, 62° Nord, this is part of an ongoing effort to enhance the collection of unique hotels that form the basis of their endeavor to make it easier to explore the great outdoors of Western Norway while also giving guests a taste of the Norwegian way of living.
In this unmistakable Nordic hotel group, the newly improved Union Øye, set amid the mountains in Norangsfjord, joins the grass-roofed Storfjord Hotel overlooking the Storfjord and Sunnmore Alps, where the more urban Brosundet takes over two historic buildings in the heart of Alesund and a cabin The owner of a three bedroom apartment on the island of Giske.
Each property expresses Norwegian style in its own way, from the log cabin aesthetic of the Storfjord Hotel to the cozy warehouse conversions of the antique décor of the Brosundet and Hotel Union Øye whose past is a haven for mountaineers and Norwegian royalty. At each hotel, the stay is enhanced by Norwegian wellness offerings and culinary experiences highlighting local dishes and ingredients.
Above all, 62 Degrees Nord sees each of its hotels as a platform for organizing excursions in the surrounding areas. Accommodation at the Brosundet is separated by a windswept sea safari to watch the distant cliff sides intertwine as thousands of seabirds and puffins dive underwater. A stop at remote island restaurant Kami Skotholmen can be followed by a visit to the former textile mill turned retail and arts hub, also connected to 62° Nord, DevoldFabrikken.
A short drive from Alesund, the Storfjord is then the base for hiking and cycling through fjords, valleys and mountains, driving an electric Porsche through these dramatic landscapes and setting off on scenic fjord cruises. Locally inspired dinners are served by the dining room’s cozy fireplace followed by a nightcap on the panoramic terrace overlooking the fjord, forest and valley.
A boat ride from Stranda to Hellesylt takes you near gorgeous waterfalls like Seven Sisters Waterfall, a delightful cycle of Hellesylt through the scenic Norangsadlen Valley and then leads to Hotel Union Øye where you can swim in the nearby fjord or enjoy a scenic helicopter ride.
Established in 1891, Hotel Union Øye reopened in June following a two-year renovation and also saw the expansion of this legendary property that had long been at the heart of the area’s close-knit community. In this remote fjord-side hideaway, guests are given an immersion in the local area with a design that reflects the hotel’s past, and a culinary experience that celebrates local produce and experiences ranging from nightly storytelling sessions to outdoor activities that connect you with the environment.
Every space throughout the hotel has been restored to its original charm, with every detail from the fabrics to the curated book collection and handpicked artwork to represent its identity. Each individually designed suite takes its name from a respected former guest such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Three new wings – the King’s Suite, the William Cecil Slingsby Suite, and the Queen Suite – occupy an extension of the main building with details including open fireplaces and the Queen’s Suite Click on the champagne A button that places each one separately.
Additional accommodation was then added through the creation of Cluster Farm which includes five independent guest houses with modern Norwegian interiors. The Conservatory has been added to the hotel’s main restaurant, and The Palm Room now offers an all-day bar and lounge with garden views where herbs are selected for the bar’s innovative cocktails. The new wine cellar provides space for wine tasting while the library and game room provide a place to relax.
For 62° Nord, there are more hotels – yet to be announced – on the horizon now as existing experiences and properties continue to be enhanced in order to immerse themselves further into this stunning enclave of Norwegian landscapes.