At 35km in length, cutting deep into the lush alpine Sunnmøre Alps, the Hjørundfjord is one of the longest fjords in Norway. Even though the highly popular and visited mountains here are regarded as a national treasure, the fjord is something of a secret, left out of all other tourist routes. This means you can travel past steep rock walls, green meadows, and isolated mountain farms, all offering a window into the past. You get an up-close view of small communities that have rebuilt themselves over and over again, after avalanches and landslides. All of this at your own pace, far from the rush of mass tourism.
When you reach the inner parts of Hjørundfjord, you are following in the footsteps of European royals. A short bus trip from Urke in the Norangsdalen, one of the wildest and narrowest valleys of the country, is the town of Øye and the charming Hotel Union Øye. This historic residence of the Belle Époque has hosted Europe’s finest since it was built in 1891. Notable guests of the past include Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, King Oscar II of Sweden and the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
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Today, Hotel Union Øye is part of “De Historiske” – historic hotels & restaurants – a unique membership organization containing many of Norway’s most charming hotels and restaurants. Here history forms the setting for the guests' own overnight stay and gastronomic experience. Union Hotel is one of the stops on Hurtigruten’s "A Taste of Norway" excursion.