Nestled among 170 hectares of untouched land with unspoiled views and floating high above the Lysefjord, in Fjord Norway, are three brand new exclusive wooden cabins, known as The Bolder Starlodges.
The five-sided cabins were the dream child of Tom B. Norland and designed by architects from Snøhetta, to leave guests feel they are alone with nature by embracing the natural landscape. Hovering high above one of Norway´s most beautiful fjords, the experience is perfect for those seeking a truly romantic getaway or quiet self reflection.
Each light filled and lofty cabin is nestled at the front of the rocky outcrop, offering guests a jaw dropping view of the fjord and its often broody skyline through the enormous floor to ceiling panoramic windows.
A release from Fjord Norway explains that the foundation on which the cabins ‘float’ uses rock from the granite mountain on which it rests, allowing the mountain to blend into the foundations. Further, the rough style of timber used in each cabin is from the same type of trees found in the immediate surroundings.
“Staying in these lodges really does something to you. It’s a whole new way of experiencing nature and seeing one of Norway’s finest fjords. You can drive right up to the lodges, so the accommodation is accessible throughout the year. The experience is perhaps most magical in the autumn, winter and spring,” – notes Norland.
Guests can stay indoors and absorb the views at the dinner table, in bed, in a comfortable chair or venture outside to follow the newly crafted and much anticipated trail to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock). Kjerag, Fantahola, Fantapytten, Flørli, Lysebotn are also within stones throw of the accommodation. In the evening, they watch the stars come out to play with a bottle of wine.
“It’s not often we get to work on projects on such a small scale as this one, but it’s been a very important and exciting project for us. It’s been challenging, but in a positive way. We normally try to find clients who have a vision and leave room for the creative process. What excited us about this project was the commitment to quality, luxury, and the desire to create something in harmony with nature” says Frank Denis Foray, Starlodge project manager at Snøhetta.
The Bolder, Starlodges, Ryfylkevegen 251, 4110 Forsand, Norway, opens February 1st, 2023.
Images: Henrik Moksnes and Elin Engelsvoll, supplied by Fjord Norge AS/Fjord Norway
by Amanda Johnstone