We love exploring our own backyard. 🗺 When you live in a city, it is so easy to always stay within its limits. However, when you venture further out, there is so much more to see and experience. The charming village of Norheimsund is only 90 minutes from Bergen, but a world away from inner-city life. ☺️
Are you an active person looking for active adventures? If so, @norway.active has you covered! Whether you want to reach the beautiful town of Flåm by bike instead of train, experience a thrilling whitewater rafting trip in Voss, kayak on the Nærøyfjord, bicycle through Bergen or enjoy an exciting RIB boat safari to Gudvangen, Norway Active has an option for all adventures. Though round trips can be booked, so can single activities making for an easy addition to any adventure.
Today we received a pleasant surprise at our office, Mr. @steinarsoerli stopped by with this beautiful bouquet 💐, to thank us for being @villaamot 2018 best customer. We are definitely lucky and grateful to work with Åmot. We value all the hard work and dedication you put to make our clients, your guests, experience a little bit of Norway’s luxury heaven. 🇳🇴
The decision to visit Scandinavia is not heavily influenced by the desire to see strange or exotic animals. Yet one small critter who you may not know exists here outside the famed video game character is the hedgehog. Found across Scandinavia, it is a favorite in gardens both for its endearing appearance and its preference for eating a large variety of garden pests. With a steady population, hedgehogs are likely to be found scurrying around woodlands, meadows and pastures. If you would like to observe one of this adorably prickly mammals, we recommend adventuring out at night as hedgehogs are largely nocturnal. Here in Scandinavia, hedgehogs are protected under the Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, so the next time you go out for an evening walk, don't forget to look down! 🦔
Christiansborg Palace is one of several castles to sit on Slotsholmen, or Castle Island, in the middle of Copenhagen. Christiansborg houses the Danish parliament (Folketinget), the office of the Danish prime minister, the Queen and the Danish Supreme Court.
Photo credit: Martin Heiberg @meetmartin
Within a mere 20-mile or 30-minute drive from Copenhagen, you will find Roskilde – a city of both kings and Vikings. Roskilde is one of Denmark’s oldest towns and served as capital from the 11th century until 1443. Amongst Roskilde’s famous sights, you may wish to explore the Viking Ship Museum to learn about the Vikings, their ships and their travels. Roskilde is also home of a beautiful medieval Cathedral, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Photo credit: Martin Heiberg @meetmartin & Christian Alsing.
A must do whilst in Copenhagen is to pay a visit to Tivoli Gardens. Built in 1843, Tivoli is the world’s second oldest amusement park and is located right in the heart of the city. Of course, there are the standard spinning rides, merry-go-rounds and rollercoasters, but the park is so much more with quieter attractions such as the aquarium, the pantomime theatre and green areas complete with lakes, fountains and flower gardens. There are several restaurants and bars within the park, and there is live music every day, and fireworks every Saturday night.
Photo credit: Anders Bøgild / Tivoli
Our post today is dedicated to Hotel Sanders, a beautiful boutique hotel centrally located in the historic part of Copenhagen. The interiors have been carefully curated, much like a personal residence, resulting in a remarkably warm, authentic & homey vibe.
The hand-picked and personalized furniture offers hints of colonial décor, Parisian flair and Danish design. With both vintage and bespoke furnishings centered around green spaces and wooden textures, Hotel Sanders stands as a master in the art of intimacy.
Photo credit: @hotelsanders & @_jessicazimmer
A must do whilst in Copenhagen, is to visit the Round Tower. At the top, you will find an observatory, encircled by an outdoor platform that allows you to enjoy superb views of the city.
Photo credit: Martin Heiberg @meetmartin
There are many ways to reach @villaamot but the most spectacular way is by helicopter! Our trusted partner @fonnafly can literally take you to the doorstep. Along the way you will enjoy stunning views of the spectacular fjord scenery.
Norway is filled with fables and fairytales, many of which revolve around trolls. Trolls are said to dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, and caves, leading to many geological formations to take on a troll-theme. One such example is this jettegryte, or “giants kettle”, which trolls are said to cook their food in. These potholes are formed when loose boulders swirl in circular, downward motions due to the pressure of water currents or passing glaciers. Have you ever seen a jettegryte?
Many Scandinavians call the sea home, and this we mean quite literally. It is common for people of all ages to live in sailboats instead of conventional houses or apartments. It is often cheaper, forces a minimalist lifestyle and provides an incredible sense of freedom. Would you want to give this type of home a try?⛵️
It is easy to come to Norway and visit one of the major cities, claiming to offer a taste of traditional Scandinavian food, culture and sights. Yet there are plenty of small gems along the coast that may not boast the same city vibes, but are sure to share a truly authentic Norwegian experience. One of these sites is the Svenner lighthouse, off the coast of sunny Stavern in Vestfold county. First lit in 1874, today it is a protected site that fills with Norwegians all throughout the summer months. With a small boat that takes passengers on a 2 hour round trip tour out along the coast and into the Oslo fjord, it is an experience that shines a light into the everyday life of many coastal families looking for a fun day out in the sun! 🌞