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Just like most destinations these days, Norway offers some spectacular alternatives to your typical hotel, with many vacation rentals to choose from. Whether you’re looking to stay in the heart of the big city with ultra-modern architecture or a cozy cabin in the wilderness surrounded by mountains and fjords, you’ll find plenty of fantastic options here. These rentals, from Oslo to the Lofoten Islands are sure to offer the perfect fit for an unforgettable trip.
Nestled in a tranquil nature reserve just a 25-minute drive from the center of Oslo, the WonderINN Cabin is like a fantasy come to life. It offers breathtaking views over the biggest inland delta in Northern Europe, a hidden treasure in the wilderness yet close to civilization. You’ll be able to look out at the magnificent scenery from the inside, but when looking at the structure from outside, only nature can be seen as the walls are reflective mirrors. You’ll have modern comforts like a kitchenette with a small oven, mini-fridge, toaster, and espresso machine along with heated floors for winter and a/c for summer. Another highlight is the wood-fired hot tub for soaking while gazing out at the delta.
The unique Birdbox showcases a stunning view of nature – you might have to pinch yourself to believe it’s real, with a truly epic view of the mountains and fjord. You’ll be immersed in the Norwegian wilderness, with silence only interrupted by the sounds of the river, the songs of the birds, and the rustling of leaves in the breeze. It sits on an old farm and offers guests the perfect opportunity for hiking, swimming in the fjord, and meditating among nature. It includes one king-size bed, comfortably accommodating two, although up to two adults and two children can stay. In the barn next to the Birdbox, which once housed dairy cows, there is a minimalist bathroom.
A kayaker’s paradise located right on a fjord, Pearl at Water’s Edge is the ideal rental for those who want to spend time on the water as it comes with a complimentary kayak. Or, if you’d rather head out in a boat, a rental is available too. There’s also a small pier for fishing and multiple hikes nearby, while guided walks, kayak, and seaplane excursions are all easily accessed too. If you’d rather just relax and soak up the scenery, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the landscape from the outdoor patio and the bedroom. You’ll have a full kitchen, cable TV, and laundry facilities as well. while the town is just a two-minute drive or about a 20-minute walk for dining out and grocery shopping.
Located in the Lofoten Islands in the town of Leknes where you’ll find one of the archipelago’s two airports with direct flights from Oslo, this three-bedroom home provides a convenient stay and a stunning view. Enjoy the pristine white sandy beach, ideal for evening bonfires, while fabulous hikes are only steps from your door. It includes a large garden and hammock for napping or just relaxing, a well-equipped kitchen, and a wood-burning stove that adds warmth and ambiance.
This newly built two-bedroom home accommodates up to five and offers jaw-dropping sea views from the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows while being less than 200 feet from a beach. Outstanding fishing and hikes in the mountains will be right out your door while kayak rentals are available nearby for getting out on the water too. You’ll also have an outdoor Jacuzzi for memorable soaks and all the modern comforts like a kitchen with high-end appliances, including a dishwasher, cable TV, and Wi-Fi.
Built in 1850, this small house offers lots of Scandinavian character, originally used as a stable and cottage as a spot to stay when bringing animals up to the mountains in the spring and back down again after the summer season. It’s just a 5-minute walk to the metro making it easy to explore Oslo, yet you’ll enjoy the sounds of nature rather than traffic, sleeping next to a small river basin, with water flowing more powerfully in the spring and autumn providing an ideal soundtrack for rest. Deer often visit the garden and you’ll be close to the Nordmarka woods for peaceful walks. It has a fireplace for warmth and ambiance, and some kitchenette items like a small oven with two stove-tops, a small fridge, kettle, and coffee-making machine.
Container houses have become increasingly popular as they’re not only practical but many are absolutely stunning. This one is located in Ramberg, just 30 minutes from Leknes Airport, and sits at the tip of a peninsula on a large property with panoramic vistas of the open sea. It’s a “tiny house,” comfortably accommodating two and you can even watch the northern lights right from bed. Central to many hikes, one of its notable features is a wood-fired hot tub for a magical soak. While the hot tub isn’t available in the winter, the fact that you see the aurora from here more than makes up for it. You’ll have a full kitchen with basics for cooking provided like oil, salt, and pepper, and access to a beach too.
Families will love this four-bedroom home. It accommodates as many as nine guests and sits in one of the world’s best places for aurora viewing, an hour outside of Tromso in the north. Your host offers guided mountain day trips for ice fishing in the winter along with meals and other activities. You’ll be able to book private time at the ocean spa which includes a wood-fired saltwater hot tub and sauna, set on an expansive outdoor deck that has a fireplace and an indoor chill zone. During the warmer months the outdoor BBQ kitchen is ideal for cookouts. Complimentary guest use of bicycles, a 12′ row boat with a 6 hp outboard engine and fishing gear are available too.
This villa will put you in the heart of one of the most famously stunning fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands, Reine. You’ll be steps from the sea and the center of town with a supermarket, cafe, and coffee shop while enjoying a quiet setting. The spacious rental itself accommodates up to nine in four bedrooms and offers a mix of retro decor and modern amenities with all the comforts of home like a full kitchen and BBQ grill for cookouts, TV, and Wi-Fi. Complimentary bicycles are provided for guest use as well.
This beautiful cottage offers breathtaking sea views just a stone’s throw from Storjuvika which has a beach and jetty. It’s a great place to enjoy fishing from the dock or a boat, kayaking, and hiking with multiple treks that are easy to reach nearby. Guests can also rent a motor boat for an additional fee. Or just hang out and watch the wildlife, including sea eagles that frequently soar through the skies and foxes that visit in the evening. Inside you’ll have a full kitchen with a dishwasher, a washing machine, TV, and Wi-Fi.
Located in the mountains between Oslo and Bergen, this spacious and luxurious mountain cabin was built in traditional style but has been renovated to include all the modern amenities. Hiking trails, lakes for fishing, and ski slopes are steps from your door and you’ll have your own outdoor hot tub to enjoy after a day of play too. It has two fireplaces, a large kitchen with high-end appliances, and a cinema room with a 55″ TV, Blu-ray, projector, and canvas screen.
A luxurious seaside home for up to a dozen guests, this magnificent rental is for those who want to have it all in a very private location immersed in nature. It’s nestled within a shallow bay and has its own private beach, vast lawns, and a pool in the backyard. You’ll have your own dock with a motorboat to take out fishing and a wealth of other high-end amenities.