10 Unforgettable Hotels to Visit in Scandinavia and the Baltics and Where to Find Them
Check out our personal list of go-to unforgettable hotels to visit in Scandinavia and the Baltics—complete with options for touring—below!
10. Fjällnäs Hotel | Lat: 62.604756, Lon: 12.161608, Sweden
Established in 1882, Sweden’s first sanctuary mountain resort is an attractive mix of 8 different seasons ( ‘Frosty Winter’, ‘Crusty Snow’, ‘Departure of Ice’, ‘Eternal Sun’, ‘Harvest Season’, ‘Colorful Autumn’, ‘Black Snow’, and ‘Yuletide’), locally sourced cuisine, an international award-winning spa, and awe-inspiring nature with more than 60 surrounding mountain peaks.
How to get here: tap into our super-secret bag of travel tricks and plan an independent tour.
9. Kviknes Hotel | Balestrand, Norway
The renowned first fjord hotel in Norway (1877) is getting a small facelift over the next few years, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in the ‘Best Historic Hotel of Europe by the Water’ (2014) and experience incredible views of the Sognefjord, marvel at the distinct ‘Swiss’ style architecture, hike through the mountains nearby, and crush on the hotel’s vintage car collection.
How to get here: give our Fjords & Glaciers Self-Drive Tour a whirl. It’s pretty incredible.
8. Hotel Brosundet | Ålesund, Norway
An intimate, designer experience hovers right on the waters of Brosundet in Ålesund—47 rooms, complete with a private ‘penthouse suite’: a 150-year-old lighthouse about a 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Ålesund’s Art Nouveau architecture and charming small-town, boutique feel surprise and delight in both summer and winter, but with its exceptional restaurant and incredible design (the same architecture firm designed the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo, as well as the Ground Zero Pavilion in NYC), Hotel Brosundet might just steal the show.
How to get here: Time to reach back into our bag of tricks. Ålesund is a port city, so you’ll be able to reach it by land or by sea on an independent tour—for example, a Hurtigruten coastal voyage (highly recommended).
7. The Corinthia Hotel | St. Petersburg, Russia
One word: palatial. Located directly on Nevsky Prospect—on which some of the city’s most memorable cultural sites, like the Winter Palace and the Peter & Paul Fortress, roost within walking distance—and constructed from three 19th-century buildings, Corinthia’s majestic façade, staircases, and luxurious city-central location are sure to please.
How to get here: we recommend the Baltic Vision escorted tour, one of the most comprehensive yet affordable explorations of Estonia, Finland, and Russia that we offer.
6. Arctic SnowHotel | Rovaniemi, Finland
Finnish Lapland is best known for its exotic wintertime views, plethora of fun snowbound activities, and a beautiful snow-and-ice structure containing furniture made from the same. The Arctic SnowHotel also features an Icerestaurant, snow sauna (who knew?), 15 glass igloos, and optional ‘Aurora alarm’ service free of charge for its guests.
How to get here: Winter Lapland – The Ultimate Arctic Adventure is your ticket to winter paradise and a lot more, with tons of optional extras.
5. Kokkedal Castle | Hørsholm, Denmark
C’mon—who doesn’t want to stay in a castle? This stunning Danish gem located within a sprawling golf course and forest isn’t the only one in the area: it’s nestled in the countryside near Frederiksborg Castle, Fredensborg Palace (countryseat of the Queen of Denmark), Kronborg Castle (fictional home to Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and a host of manor museums. Helicopter tours of the area, golf, and the sizzling vibe of nearby Rungsted Harbor are all on the menu!
How to get here: This castle, and many more like it, are featured indulgences of our Castles & Manor Houses Self-Drive Tour.
4. ION Luxury Adventure Hotel | Near Nesjavellir, Iceland
This might look like the middle of nowhere (and it’s close to that), but it’s not too far from some of the countryside’s most culturally-rich heritage sites and natural wonders: Iceland’s popular Golden Circle Tour (Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir hot spring area), the capital of Reykjavik, and frequent appearances of the Northern Lights. Still, you might want to just relax and enjoy the luxury accommodations, award-winning bar, the Lava Spa, and the simple, ‘slow food’ concept of Silfra Restaurant.
How to get here: Customized tours or potentially a self-drive are the name of the game here.
3. Hotel Kakslauttanen | Saariselkä, Finland
Eight full months of Northern Lights viewing, clear glass igloos, and lots of snow activities? Winter vacation heaven! The indigenous Sámi have been in this area for about a century, and there are plenty of cultural and active experiences to be had nearby—husky safaris, reindeer farm tours, and cross country skiing among them. And a five-minute drive away? Santa’s Home, a fully-realized winter village complete with Santa himself.
How to get here: the 5-day, independent Night in an Igloo under the Northern Lights in Finland is by far the best way to enjoy this unique hotel and the surrounding area—it even includes some of the activities mentioned above!
2. Juvet Landscape Hotel | Valldal, Norway
The very first landscape hotel in Norway boasts 7 cube-on-stilts rooms, each with panoramic views of the flush Norwegian countryside into which they’ve been meticulously built. The floor-to-ceiling windows reflect the colors of every season and keep things indoors fairly private, and the exterior of each cube blends perfectly with the wooded surroundings. Spa-like in its simplicity, each room near a stream leading to the Valldøla River breathes a unique mixture of relaxation and tranquility.
How to get here: Within 2 hours of great locations like UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, you’ll want to plan a custom tour to stay at this hotel.
1. Treehotel | Harads, Sweden
Last, but not least: this funky collection of suites are suspended high atop the Swedish forest and near the Lule River, soaking up views of the Midnight Sun in summer and the Northern Lights in winter. Room names (and styles) cover the gamut of the fantastic and ordinary: The Cabin, The Mirrorcube, The Bird’s Nest, The Blue Cone, The UFO, The Tree Sauna, and Dragonfly. Activities in this area are just as fantastic—dog sledding, snowshoeing in search of the Northern Lights, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and more!
How to get here: This is another custom-fit independent or self-drive tour, but don’t let that deter you. The most amazing tours are the ones that no one else can replicate!
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The links under how to get here for each of the hotels above can help you find the perfect tour for you.
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