Unique places to stay

Explore the essence of Trøndelag through unique accomodations. Stay the night in unique lodgings, rustic forest cabins or modern fjord-side retreats.

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UFO Cabin

Imagine an inhabitable 40-tonne wooden sculpture balanced on top of a hill, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It’s as weird and wonderful as it sounds! And as if that wasn’t enough, it happens to be in Hessdalen, the valley which is home to an unexplained light phenomenon. UFOs perhaps? Who knows, but one thing’s for sure, architect August Schmidt has created a unique overnight experience, which sleeps seven people across four bedrooms. It’s also handicap-friendly and you can drive to the entrance, although when the snow settles, it’s a 3.5km ski or snow-mobile ride from the carpark.

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Naustet, Stokkøya

Tap into end-of-world vibes on this vibrant, picturesque island location. The main draw is the ever-present Stokkøya Sjøsenter, a unique coastal experience on one of Norway’s finest beaches, with a great restaurant and a quirky hotel. For the style conscious however, it is hard to look beyond Naustet. This luxuriously updated boathouse is set in stunning surroundings, suspended over the crystal-clear sea, with a private sauna and hot tub.

Fuglekassehytta

You are never far from nature in Norway and even when you are in town you will be amazed by the prevalence of wooden buildings. Fuglekassehytta however, (‘The Birdhouse Cabin’) takes this experience to the next level. A beautifully-designed wooden retreat, nestled in the treetops looking overlooking the fjord. And although it resembles a birdbox, it’s anything but primitive, with a stunning fireplace, sunken bathtub and ‘Instagram-able’ views out of the round window. The cabin is fully equipped with all amenities and breakfast is also included; local products delivered to the door at the time of your choosing.

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Salmon & Namsen Experience

Just when you think you’ve seen it all in Trøndelag, you come across this pearl of an accommodation. Looking for something out of the ordinary? Well, look no further than this retired sleeper carriage from the 1960’s which came to rest on a disused bridge above the famous Nansen river. Today, it is a basic hotel with ten rooms, all with twin bunks very similar to when the train was in operation. This is one of Norway’s best salmon fishing rivers and as such it is quite a seasonal affair with opening limited to the summer season.

Wild River Glamping

A passion project by a teenage entrepreneur, Wild River Glamping is an homage to the exciting landscape of Oppdal. The main focus is on the beauty of nature and the simplicity it brings, with three different overnight options to bring guests closer to the earth. Choose between the cosy dome tent where you can view the night sky from under the warmth of your duvet, or the glass-enclosed cabin offering nature on all sides, or the peaceful A-frame cabin (new for 2024). Each accommodation offers peace and privacy in equal measure, with a commitment to sustainability and maintaining a uniquely spaced out experience.

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Treetop Cabins

There are several treetop accommodations in Trøndelag, with a variety of views and settings to choose from. Whether you are looking to get sky high with friends and family in the well-equipped Himmelhøy cabin near Namsos, or prefer to get back to nature in a simple hover tent in the troll forest of Ekne in Levanger, there is something for all tastes. The Hytta I Treet south of Trondheim is like a hobbit house in the canopy, not dissimilar from Kraggbua which is even further south, very secluded and perfectly placed for wildlife viewing.

Britannia Hotel

Britannia Hotel was established in the centre of Trondheim in 1870 to accommodate travelling fishing enthusiasts from the UK. ‘We speak English and serve afternoon tea’ read the sign placed outside the grand entrance. In 2019, new owner Odd Reitan reopened the hotel following a three-year, top-to-toe renovation, as Norway’s newest member of The Leading Hotels of the World. With the country’s best breakfast, legendary Hästens beds in all rooms, and six wonderful food and drink outlets (including the famous palm court and home of said afternoon tea, Palmehaven), it is fair to say Reitan has achieved his goal of reigniting the most prestigious hotel in the country.

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Øyna Kulturlandskapshotell 

A property with an intriguing name – ‘Øyna Cultural Landscape Hotel’ – which is truly justified upon arrival. Eighteen spacious and spectacular rooms atop a hill in Inderøy, facing outwards and each with a unique view over fields, fjords and mountains. The area is known as the Den Gyldne Omvei (‘The Golden Detour’) because of its plentiful supply of local artisanal food and drink producers, including some of the world’s best cheese from Gangstad. So, you know you will receive an excellent breakfast and a fine dinner in the restaurant, which prides itself on showcasing the best of the region.

Dome Smiberget 

One of the most memorable ways of spending a night in Norwegian nature is to reside in a glass-topped dome, with the stars twinkling above and the sea lapping at the rocks below. The clifftop Smiberget Dome at Hjellup Fjordbo is a perfect example, reassuringly secluded and luxuriously kitted out with comfy furniture and deep carpets. You can also rent the jacuzzi on the beach and maybe, if you’re lucky, witness a private viewing of the Northern Lights. 

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Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage on Sula

Trøndelag is a corner of the world defined by its waterways. Whether it is the famous salmon-rich rivers which weave through the state, the wide-open fjords or the relentless North Atlantic coastline, water is never far from the experience. But to really transport yourself to a community in harmony with the sea, you must make the long journey out to the archipelago of Sula. This cluster of fishing islands offers a real slice of Norwegian coastal life, with a rich history dating back many hundreds of years. There is a variety of accommodation on offer, including two cute apartments in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage.

Leka Brygge

At the Northernmost tip of Trøndelag there is the geological wonder of Leka. The red serpentine mountains have earned the island municipality the designation of Norway’s Geological Monument, drawing visitors from far and wide. There are also fantastic fishing facilities and so it is little wonder that Leka Brygge is a very well-equipped accommodation option. There’s a wide range of apartments and fishermen’s cabins, including the impressive 120m² penthouse which sleeps eight. 

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Namsskogan Family Park

In a county full of spellbinding and exciting overnight options, there is one experience which will leave your family with memories for life. Namsskogen’s Predator Camp offers five lavvus in the middle of their Nordic safari park, meaning you can sleep up close with the wolves and bears, if you dare. The wooden structures are quite basic, but there is firewood provided and reindeer skins to sleep on. You can try your hand at fishing and canoeing in the summer too, just be prepared for wolves howling at the moon at night!