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Bestebakken Hotel

Bestebakken Hotel

The Norwegian fjords, Norway

Nestled in the Hafslo mountainside within the innermost section of Sognefjord, Bestebakken Hotel was originally a small mountain farm that’s now been converted into a charming boutique hotel. The bright-yellow building retains much of its welcoming, intimate character, with just 14 rooms.

You can choose to eat all three meals in the dining room, which serves a menu that features ingredients from the hotel’s own garden as well as local distributors. Dinner is a set menu, with either three or six courses, which are served at the long, banquet-style table where you have the chance to mingle with other guests. You can also enjoy the Jacuzzi or book treatments at the spa.


We love this hotel for its traditional Norwegian character and intimate atmosphere, as well as the exceptional food. And, of course, the main draw is the photogenic setting overlooking Lake Hafslo.


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Each of the 15 rooms is individually decorated in styles that retain the hotel’s traditional farmhouse charm while embracing the Scandinavian love of bold palettes. You’ll find airy white-and-cream rooms as well as some that are painted deep blue or warm red. Many have four-poster beds, and they all share a full suite of modern amenities, as well as en suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi.


Perched on a gentle slope just above Hafslo, the hotel overlooks the town's namesake lake, just a short drive from Lustrafjord, a branch of Sognefjord, or the Jostedal Glacier. You can also hike to local sights, like the Urnes Stave Church.

Food and drink

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available daily in the dining room, which dates back to 1910.
  • Dinner is a set menu, with either three or six courses, which are served at the long, banquet-style table.
  • Ingredients are locally sourced, with many coming from the hotel’s own grounds.

Facilities and activities

  • Massages.
  • Jacuzzi.
  • Gardens for your use.
  • Fishing.

Tour ideas in The Norwegian fjords

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Bestebakken Hotel as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

Location & places nearby

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

    • Fjord safari & hike
      Village in Nærøyfjord

      Fjord safari & hike

      Fjord safari & hike

      Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and striking natural scenery of Norway’s fjordland on this privately guided tour. You’ll travel across two fjords by Zodiac boat, stopping on the way back for a hike to a traditional farm, where you’ll enjoy a homemade lunch.

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    • Kayaking in the fjords

      Kayaking in the fjords

      Kayaking in the fjords

      Spend a morning or afternoon kayaking on the mirrored waters of Sognefjord, Norway’s largest and deepest fjord, with a private guide. You’ll also navigate a smaller branch of water for a quieter experience, spotting wildlife and waterfalls as you go.

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    • Seven Sisters kayaking tour
      Kayaking from Balestrand

      Seven Sisters kayaking tour

      Seven Sisters kayaking tour

      There’s nothing quite like experiencing the Norwegian fjords from a kayak. On this private, guided tour, you can view Geirangerfjord’s celebrated Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls from a kayak, recommended by Audley specialists as part of your trip to Norway.

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    The Norwegian fjords and nearby places