Photo by Bjørn Moholt, courtesy of Røisheim
RøisheimFrom the outside, Røisheim looks much like it did in 1858, when it opened as a coach station for travelers making the trek across Norway’s highest mountain pass, Sognefjellsveien. The rooms in this historically protected hotel – Norwegian law prohibits changing the exteriors of historical buildings – are housed among 14 different buildings, dating back to the 1700s when the property was originally a farm. Inside, the rooms have been modernized without forsaking the rustic charm that greeted guests like Edvard Grieg and Henrik Ibsen. Beds are strewn with soft, warm sheepskins, a few rooms have fireplaces, and most have one of the most unique soaking tubs you’re likely to encounter in a guesthouse: large wooden barrels that you climb into from a small stepladder – a nod to the 19th century, but with the luxury of running water. The four-course dinner, served in front of a fire in the cozy dining room, is based on local game and produce and should not to be missed; the traditional Norwegian breakfast buffet will set you right for the morning, and if you desire sustenance for the day while exploring nearby Jotunheimen National Park, they’re happy to make you a lunch bag.