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29.2 Aurland sits beside the legendary sea trout fishing River Aurland and near the fjord of the same name, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.
Once on the main route linking east and west Norway, the farm at 29.2 Aurland has provided food and hospitality to travellers and anglers since Viking times. Guests can spot the initials of the old cattle drovers carved into the timber walls of the 'fish house.' Today, what was once a family farm has been turned into a luxurious, sustainable collection of lodges where guests can enjoy the hospitality, sport, and beauty of the Norwegian fjords.
The nine rooms are found in the Goat Barn, the Fisherman's Lodge and in the East Wing of the main building. Each room has been individually designed, often with help from the renowned Norwegian interior designer Gunvor Røkholt, to create a warm and welcoming blend of traditional and contemporary Nordic styles. The family who owns the farm have taken their time to ensure that each of the buildings has been renovated with the upmost care and attention to detail, they have worked on each building one at a time. As a result, the varying style of buildings creates the impression of a small village which has grown over time. The oldest of the guest buildings is the Fisherman's Cabin, which houses five of the rooms, including two single rooms. Two further rooms are found in the East Wing and the Goat Barn house the final two junior suites, which each come with a king size bed and a sofa bed - ideal for families.
Breakfast is served in the Goat Barn, and dinner is served in the Smokehouse, which has been converted from a traditional smoke house, where once the catch from the river was preserved, into a warm and welcoming dining room. Complete with roaring fires and long communal benches at the tables, it is the perfect place to relax with friends after a day of fishing or walking with a warm bowl of soup and a glass of wine before enjoying a soothing dip in the hot tub.
Activities on offer include fly fishing on the Aurland River, biking trips, treks around the Aurlandfjord and to the extraordinary Stegastein lookout point designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen or kayaking on the fjord.
Why we love it
The family which now runs 29.2 Aurland Lodge are the grand- and great-grandchildren of the family who have farmed, and given hospitality to passing travellers, here for centuries.