Scan Magazine, Issue 93, October 2016

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Norway’s best Christmas party It is no small claim that Sundvolden Hotel presents, but with its modern take on Christmas food with sushi platters and rock bands in place of traditional sausages and karaoke, perhaps it is no surprise that this has been dubbed Norway’s best Christmas party. By Helene Toftner | Photos: Sundvolden Hotel

Sundvolden Hotel dates back to 1648, and thus has a long tradition of hosting guests. Fast-forward 368 years and the place is still offering excellent accommodation, not least a Christmas party to write home about. In fact, they claim to host Norway’s best Christmas party, and with dedicated sushi chefs operating the kitchen, and big Norwegian bands such as Staut and Return playing, in addition to overall excellent organising, they seem to be the perfect place for companies wishing to spice up their Christmas parties. “Because we are a family-run hotel with years of experience, we can easily adapt to trends,” says owner and manager Cecilie Laeskogen. “Over the past few years we have seen that companies often 110  |  Issue 93  |  October 2016

need professional content to legitimise the party, which we can easily arrange. Equally, the days of heavy Christmas food of pork belly and sausages are on a break, and we offer fresh sushi as well as crispy duck.” She adds: “But we do also make traditional food for those who so prefer.”

host companies of 400 people as well as those of just 20. We want to be a place for everyone,” Laeskogen says. “After one call to us, they have sorted their Christmas party. We arrange everything from transport and food to accommodation and meeting facilities.” Sundvolden Hotel is located 35 minutes from Oslo, and around one hour from Oslo Airport.

With a foodie focus, one would think that the party was a done deal – but not at Sundvolden Hotel. Over the years they have invited some of the biggest musical names in Norway to play at the parties. “It is meant to be an entertaining experience, and long gone are the days of home-made party hats and tricks,” Laeskogen says. The hotel has 272 rooms and caters to big and small companies. “We

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