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Heidal Hotel, Heidalsveien, Norway

This charming historic roadside hotel on the edge of the village of Heidal is over 100 years old and constructed of wood with beautiful carpentry in traditional Norwegian style. Unloved for a while it was bought a few years ago by a local farmer who set about restoring it to its former glory. He and his family have worked incredibly hard to reinstate this piece of local history, whilst still running their farm and collaborating with other local producers.

The result is a lovely family run hotel with views over the stunning valley and upwards to the mountain farms. The menu is all local produce, farmed or wild – there is even a farm shop in the foyer where you can buy his meats, salamis and sausage, alongside local honeys, jams, apple juice and cheese.

If you fancy exploring Norway this is the perfect place to tour from and on its doorstep are cheesemakers, stave churches and dramatic scenery. Heidal is famous for its ancient timber dwellings and the river Sjoa, one Europe’s best rafting rivers, runs through the village for the brave among you!