Scan Magazine, Issue 134, March 2020

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Hotel of the Month, Norway

Slow living and slow adventures among the fjords of Norway 29|2 Aurland is a boutique hotel located in the picturesque Aurland in the heart of the fjord country, among the splendour of unspoilt nature. The family-run lodge has a unique and interesting history and offers a warm and welcoming home away from home for travellers.

lers could come to experience a little piece of Norway – and with sustainability at the heart of it. “We want to show people that it’s possible to make a living from sustainable tourism,” Tone says.

By Maria Vole  |  Photos: 29|2 Aurland

29|2 Aurland is a true gem, located in a green valley beside the beautiful  Aurland River, with cascading waterfalls and stunning mountains surrounding the historic farm. The owners, husbandand-wife team Bjørn and Tone Rønning Vike, offer an authentic Norwegian welcome within this beautifully decorated lodge, which is also their family home. Once a family farm, the spot has been lovingly converted into a collection of 106  |  Issue 134  |  March 2020

lodges where travellers can enjoy their perfect Scandinavian slow adventure. This is traditional living, in modern style. Tone and Bjørn used to live in the city but left to pursue their dream: to offer a boutique hotel experience set in a picturesque spot close to home. They sought a simpler life, closer to nature, and to create their own beautiful, quiet little corner of the world where travel-

The couple set about converting the farmstead buildings with love and care into an excellent, modern boutique hotel, while retaining plenty of nods to history and the past. Tone, who has a keen interest in interior decoration, and Bjørn, a craft builder, combined traditional furnishings with modern style for a unique, homely décor. The rooms at the lodge have all been designed individually with the help of acclaimed Norwegian interior designer Gunvor Røkholt. The result

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