Hotel Union Øye
Norangdal 41, Øye
Originally built in 1891 in a beautiful, remote region of Norway, Hotel Union Øye is stunning in its own right: The historic inn has 30 guestrooms outfitted with antique tapestries and clawfoot tubs, a verdant conservatory restaurant, and lushly appointed common rooms, including a working library dedicated to mountaineering and exploration. But it’s the surrounding landscape—dramatic alpine peaks and a vast fjord—that makes this property breathtaking. The hotel lends out kayaks to explore the fjord and distributes maps of some the country’s most iconic hiking trails, which begin right here. A mountaineering guide can help more intrepid guests summit the Sunnmøre Alps, as generations of explorers have before them. (Helicopter tours are also available, if that sounds more your speed.) After an active day, a hot/cold circuit is reinvigorating: The hotel has a traditional sauna floating out on the nearby fjord, and dips in the water are encouraged.