With a distinctive, modern design that blends in with its natural surroundings, 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’ to join its two original ‘sky lodges’ to offer even more people the chance to truly connect with the very best of Norwegian nature.
Designed by renowned Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta, the three new cabins from The Bolder 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 include the famous Pulpit Rock, the Kjerag boulder and the Flørli wooden staircase, not to mention the waterfalls and mountain goats seen on cruise trips down at fjord level.
But places to stay around the fjord are limited, with many people choosing to camp or drive in on day trips, so these new accommodation options are sure to be in high demand.
Despite the seemingly remote location, the lodges are surprisingly accessible by car from Stavanger. After a 25 mile drive, guests park their car just a few hundred feet away. The final steps are taken on an atmospheric wooden walkway as both the cabin and fjord come into view.
There are many thousands of cabins throughout Norway, ranging from simple wooden huts to provide shelter in the mountains to family-sized lodges with all the conveniences of modern life.
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 life.
Using elements from the landscape
Despite earning fame for large projects such as Oslo Opera House, Norway’s underwater restaurant Under, Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Calgary Central Library and New York City’s Westchester Square Library, Snøhetta architects threw themselves into this much smaller project with just as much enthusiasm.
Architects spent several days in the area living out of a camper van to help them appreciate the nature, landscapes and how they could work within these natural bounds.
“You should feel that you are a little alone in the landscape. At the same time, we wanted to use elements from the landscape in the design, and let the mountain blend in with the foundation wall and the rough style of the wood,” explains Snøhetta project manager Frank Denis Foray.
A luxury getaway for nature lovers
While the original sky lodges sleep up to four, the new star lodges have been designed with couples in mind.
Staying at The Bolder isn’t for budget travelers. Overnight stays start from 3,900 Norwegian kroner ($400) for a couple. For the money, guests should expect panoramic views, designer kitchens and quality materials from brands such as Vipp, Expo Nova and Eikund with a focus on nature evident throughout.
In the surrounding area, guests can explore the network of trails leading to fjord viewpoints, including one that forms part of a new route to the famous Pulpit Rock.
“The purpose of these cabins is to be able to use and enjoy the beautiful nature outside the cabins as well. It is important that this is an experience that lasts 24 hours, where you can enjoy a high standard while living in and with nature,” adds Foray.