A historic Norway bolthole set in the secluded fjord hamlet of Oye, Hotel Union Oye is a place of true tranquillity thanks to its remote location amidst pristine natural surroundings.
Opening in 1891, HUO has hosted many a distinguished adventurer over the years, attracting writers, mountaineers, artists and royalty to experience the extraordinary beauty of off-grid Scandinavia.
There are endless outdoor adventures right on your doorstep; the Sunnmore Alps are a breathtaking, pristine landscape where guests can enjoy expertly guided ski-touring, snow-shoeing, hiking, climbing (Mt Slogen is amazing!) and cycling for all levels (on/off-road cycling with e-bikes or hybrid bikes can be arranged). Breaking up a daytrip with coffee heated on a bonfire in the mountains is an unforgettable experience.
The fjord scenery of this region is unbelievable and it’s the perfect destination for wild swimming and snorkelling to see kelp forests, amazing marine life and the famous dive site, lake of Lyngstøysvatnet. Kayaking can be done year-round, as the waters of Hjørundfjord are protected by the sheer cliffs that flank this ocean inlet. A daytrip on one of the hotel boats is recommended to explore the region’s beauty and discover its cultural heritage – these lands and waters were once inhabited by Viking seafarers and incredible local guides really bring the region’s history to life and show you the wonders of the Norwegian wilderness and lifestyle.
The Sunnmore Alps offer unbelievable road trips and we highly recommend exploring on an Electric Porsche driving adventure via the most breathtaking and dramatic roads, including flyovers, scenic ferry transfers across the fjords, or sub ocean tunnels.
The hotel also has a fleet of helicopters to take guests on exciting rides over the mountain peaks, fjords and Nordic open ocean, seeing the axis Ålesund – Geiranger and flying over the Hjørundfjord, Øye, Norangsdalen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Sunnylvsfjord and Storfjord. Hotel Oye is an enchanting and comfortable place to stay.
Rooms and suites are all individually styled and offer modern luxuries, starting with Standard Rooms in the main building with mountain views, then Deluxe Rooms have mountain, garden or fjord views and sitting areas, some with balconies, bathtubs and writing desks. The Junior Suites and Suites in both the main building and the Garden houses have plenty of space, lovely interiors and amazing views. The Suites are beautifully decorated with King-sized beds, comfortable sofas, heavy curtains, stand-alone bathtub, traditional furnishings including tapestries, lampshades, beautiful wallpaper, some with reading corners and writing desks, a balcony for admiring the view, fireplace, and the softest bathrobes, Slippers and L.A Bruket amenities. The Garden Suites are built in an old traditional architectural style in keeping with the village, including wood-pannelling, log burner, sheep-skin reading chair and copper bath tubs. For a family, we’d recommend Torestova, a 3-bedroom House in the garden with a sitting room and Kitchenette.
There are beautiful communal areas to enjoy throughout the hotel. The Palm Room is a peaceful, conservatory-style space with traditional patterned furniture and a beautiful painted panelled ceiling – decorated by Henrik Koppen and xel Charles Dahlgren - overlooking the kitchen garden and Mt Slogen in the distance; ideal for relaxing after an excursion and indulging in a signature cocktail.
The Game Room is a stylish, low-lit, cosy space with squashy armchairs, local coffee table books, a fireplace, dark wood-panelled walls and a snooker table dating back to 1891. Retreat here for a laid-back evening of cheese, wine and reminiscing over the day’s adventures.
Mountaineers will appreciate the hotel’s Alpine Library, which is home to the only complete collection of the Alpine Journal in Norway, with the first edition dating back to 1863, as well as a Climbers Book which will show the history of mountaineers enjoying all of the mountain trails from this ideal base. Hotel Union Oye is known for fine-dining and is a member of Relais & Chateaux.
The dining room is set in the Conservatory and always feels atmospheric, particularly with a fire roaring in the evenings. Executive Chef, Knut Edvard Kjersem produces traditional dishes from the region using local produce of the highest quality. Weekly wine tastings are hosted by sommelier Jon Skaset in The Cellar, which is home to a curated collection of vintages designed to perfectly complement the menu.
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