Nestled quietly along the eastern shore of the Hardangerfjord, the Tyssedal Hotel is the perfect launch pad for thrill seekers and casual hikers alike. If you’ve spent much time on pinterest, you’re sure to have seen an inspirational quote or two overlaid on a picturesque photo of Trolltunga. The hike averages 8 hours round trip, and in order to prepare and/or recover, you are going to want to rest comfortably in this lovely lodge.
A grand edifice
Built in 1913, this Art Nouveau style hotel overlooks the fjord with a stunning view of dramatic rock towering above the water. Located across from hydroelectric power plant, this establishment originally served to house workers after a long day on the job. Over time, the building has been converted into a hotel, housing travelers from around the world.
Tyssedal Hotel is one of the only non-tent based accommodation near the Trolltunga trailhead. From Bergen Airport Flesland, public transportation requires two ferries and several bus transfers to reach the hotel door. However, if you spring for a rental car, it makes the journey a lot easier, and will save you a 45-minute walk up to Skjeggedal where the hike begins.
The hotel features 26 rooms totaling 52 beds. The rooms facing the fjord boast a better view at no additional cost, so be sure to request it so you can wake up with a view. The majority of rooms have bathtubs, some are jetted tubs which are perfect for soaking your soon-to-be sore muscles after a long day of hiking. A few of the rooms only have a shower, but it’s certainly enough to get you clean. The rooms do have cable television, and you’ll be watching on slightly dated 32-inch flat screen televisions. Most channels are in a variety of nordic languages, so if you aren’t fluent, you may want to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi. For the ladies, a hair dryer is available in every room.
The hotel is also a full service restaurant, with breakfast included with your stay. The breakfast is a fantastic spread of fresh fruit, veggies, cheeses and, of course coffee. It’s a refreshing variant of the continental breakfast. If you forgot to pack a snack for the day, just ask and they will likely let you pack up some food to take with you. Dinners are not included in your room price, but it is literally the only option in Tyssedal. If you don’t have a car to head back to Odda, don’t worry because their food is actually really good. The fresh fish is highly recommended.
A great base camp
The Hardanger region is full of exciting adventures, most notably the hike to Trolltunga. If you are staying for a few days, it’s also home to ice cave climbing, scenic kayaking, zip lining, and via farrata, which is less strenuous than rock climbing but every bit as fun. Taking public transportation? No problem! The hotel staff will help you plan your bus route to make sure you reach your destination safely.
Clean, comfortable, and convenient!
Norway is a beautiful country with a lot of options for every kind of traveler, so why not stay somewhere clean, comfortable and convenient? Sure, the decor is dated, but it adds to the charm. Whatever this establishment lacks in style, it makes up for with exemplary customer service. Their small staff is quick to help and very knowledgeable. While it’s not as cheap as camping, but it is certainly worth it’s weight in convenience and comfort.
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