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Hotel Ullensvang

Hotel Ullensvang

The Norwegian fjords, Norway

Perched on the shores of Sørfjorden, the Hotel Ullensvang is a relaxing retreat deep in the heart of fjord country. This historic hotel, located two and half hours east of Bergen, was built in 1846 and has been run by the same family for five generations, with an eye toward sustainability and respect for the dramatic surroundings.

The 170 rooms and suites are spacious and stylishly simple, many with balconies and all offering sweeping views over the fjords, Folgefonna Glacier or the Hardangervidda mountain plain. You can relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi, or take a dip in the indoor pool, which is connected by a long swimming channel to the outdoor fjord-side infinity pool.

The grounds are generous and well manicured, inviting long rambling walks, or you can take advantage of the many hikes and fjord cruises that the hotel offers. After a day out exploring, enjoy dinner and drinks in one of the hotel’s two restaurants and two bars.


We love this hotel as a place to unwind and explore the landscapes of Sørfjorden, and especially for the views over the water from Ullensvang Bath.

OUR RATING: First Class

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The 170 rooms and suites feature a simple but classic style, dominated by shades of blue, to provide a restful backdrop for the sweeping views out the windows. East-facing rooms overlook the gardens and mountainside, while west-facing rooms look across Hardangerfjord to Folgefonna Glacier. Most rooms have a private balcony, and they all have modern bathrooms, most complete with tubs. All rooms are provided with hair dryers, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.


Situated on the shores of the Sørfjorden branch of the Hardangerfjord, the hotel offers an excellent base for exploring the region just two and half hours from Bergen. You’re just a short drive from Folgefonna National Park and about a half-hour’s drive from the start of the hike to Trolltunga.

Food and drink

  • Overlooking the water, Spisesalen restaurant serves an extensive buffet of local dishes.
  • The more formal Zanoni restaurant offers an à la carte menu featuring both Norwegian and international cuisine.
  • Lobby bar and main bar.
  • Munkens Trøyst wine cellar has rustic stone walls, a stone-slab floor and exposed beams.
  • All food focuses on local produce and culinary traditions.


  • Various family rooms of multiple configurations.
  • Child-friendly private beach.
  • Children’s play area.
  • Ten-pin bowling, table tennis and other activities.
  • A ten-minute drive to Kinsarvik, which has an amusement park and go-cart track.
  • Family-friendly section of Ullensvang Bath.

Facilities and activities

  • Can arrange hikes, glacier walks, helicopter tours and fjord cruises.
  • Squash, ten-pin bowling, tennis court, children’s play area.
  • Gardens, private beach.
  • Gym and wellness area.
  • Ullensvang Bath contains a sauna with panoramic views, indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis.

Environmental and social responsibility

  • Some rooms are wheelchair accessible.

Tour ideas in The Norwegian fjords

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Hotel Ullensvang 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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    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.

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      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