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Haaheim is situated in a beautiful area of Tysnes, and the garden surrounding the hotel boasts over 1,500 roses.

Hotel of the Month, Norway

Creating magical moments As much as we love to travel, there really is some truth to the famous saying “there is no place like home”. To some people, a posh five-star hotel simply cannot compete with the comfort of their own home. But Haaheim hotel in Norway is the exception to that rule. They have managed to create a homely yet magical atmosphere in which everyone feels welcome and at ease – and most importantly, at home. By Kjersti Westeng | Photos: Haaheim Hotel

Haaheim has only been a hotel for four years; before that it was an old, desolate but beautiful farm with a fascinating history. Haaheim is situated at the foot of Mount Tysnessåta in Tysnes, an area that consists of a group of islands and has for a long time been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southwest of Norway. The name Haaheim means “town of those who serve the Gods” or “the town up high”, but in the 10th and 11th century, Haaheim was actually sit-

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uated a bit further down and was used for the poaching of deer. After the Black Death left the area deserted, the farm was moved to where it lies today. The Haaheim family bought the farm in 1770 and owned it until Torstein Hatlevik bought it in 2000 – without electricity or water. Hatlevik redecorated it and decided to open up a small hotel in 2009. Hatlevik says: “I thought Haaheim was such a lovely place to live, so I wanted to share it with others. It started out as a

Profile for Scan Group

Scan Magazine | Issue 66 | July 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Lars Mikkelsen.

Scan Magazine | Issue 66 | July 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Lars Mikkelsen.