Off the beaten track, discover a national treasure far from the rush of mass tourism.
Famous visitors and wild valleys
The pointed, jagged peaks have names reminiscent of European climbing history: Saksa. Kolåstind. Kvitegga. Slogen. They are so-called nunataks, meaning they are so high that they rose through the ice during the last ice age.
Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany visited this fjord and the famous Hotel Union Øye in the late 1800s. So did King Oscar II and Queen Willemina of Holland and many others from the European aristocracy. They were searching for a scenic and exciting destination, and that is exactly what they found in Hjørundfjord.
And then there were the climbers and hikers, those who came here to experience the alpine landscape. The most famous of them all was the British mountaineer Charles W. Patchell, who was an annual guest at the Hotel Union Øye from 1923 to 1939. He was the first person to climb 15 of the routes around Hjørundfjorden. He even had a cabin built at the foot of the mountain Slogen, which today goes by the name "Patchellhytta" (the Patchell hut).
Now it is your turn. You can stand on deck of a Hurtigruten ship and just feast your senses on the breathtaking scenery the lush hillsides, the snowy peaks, the green-blue sea. And you may wonder: How deep is the water under me? How high are the mountains above me? Why did nature turn out like this, right here?
Join the excursions
Today, Hotel Union Øye is part of “De Historiske” – historic hotels & restaurants – a unique membership organization containing many of Norway’s most charming hotels and restaurants. Here history forms the setting for the guests' own overnight stay and gastronomic experience. Union Hotel is one of the stops on Hurtigruten’s "A Taste of Norway" excursion.