Located at the southernmost end of a series of majestic Norwegian fjords and encircled by a mountainous stretch exists a landscape where even the most oversized personality can be made to feel humbled by nature’s grandeur. Lysefjord, renown amongst hikers, campers, kayakers, mountain bikers, and adventurers drawn to its awe-inspiring scenery, was till now mostly off the radar of the design-first traveling set. The Bolder Lodges is a small enclave of architectural cabin-style retreats furnished into a warm womb with a view that may tempt the architectural set to “rough it” within the gentlest of accommodations.
Designed by Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, four 35m2 cabins – Stylten, Myra, Stjerna, and Eldhuset – are snuggly situated on the mountainside to offer guests exemplary views of Lysefjorden from above the tree line. Sheets of glass maximize the sensation of being part of nature even when safely nestled into the comfortable confines of each structure.
While the cabins themselves are comfortably cozy in dimension, the architecture’s tall ceilings and large panoramic windows create a “cliff’s edge” effect, inviting the sensation of hanging over a naturally occurring edge.
Natural materials such as wood, marble, and leather lean toward the darkly minimalistic, accentuated by an earthy palette and organic textures across the built-in bed and bathroom located on the ground floor. Each of the cabin’s upper floors is dedicated to a kitchen and dining area appointed by Vipp.
Clad in untreated red cedar, the cabins’ exteriors reference the surrounding forest and are intended to patina into a natural gray finish as the elements blend the structures into the surrounding landscape. In contrast, oak wood dominates within, but Snøhetta has made sure to avoid uniformity in the layout to give returning guests a unique experience within each cabin structure with every visit.
The site is off the grid except for electricity powering the light and the amenities in the cabins. The naturally sourced spring water from the treatment plant under the parking is cleaner than the water in the local river running over the mountain.
What: The Bolder Lodges
Where: Ryfylkevegen 251, 4110 Forsand, Norway
How much: From $371/night for two occupants; a newly opened Grand Lodge offering two double bedrooms and two bathrooms is available with prices made available upon inquiry.
Highlights: The glacial carved landscape draws thousands of hikers and outdoor adventurers, with numerous trails to explore and 4,444 steps of ascending the world’s longest wooden staircase situated in the nearby village of Flørli. The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) in Ryfylke is a popular vantage point made even more famous by Mission: Impossible – Fallout; the view requires a moderately demanding 4–kilometer hike during the warmer months, but a guide is recommended during the winter.
Design draw: Each of the four cabins are dramatically furnished with Scandinavian designs from Vipp and Eikund, the dark interior palette resulting in a stark contrast to the glacial-bright views.
Book it: The Bolder Lodges
Photos courtesy of The Bolder Lodges
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