At 21 miles in length, the Hjørundfjord is one of the longest fjords in Norway, cutting deep into the lush alpine Sunnmøre Alps. Even though the popular and widely visited mountains here are considered a national treasure, the fjord itself is a bit of a secret and omitted from other cruise-line routes.
This means you will travel past steep rock walls, green meadows, isolated mountain farms offering a window to the past, and small rural communities that have fought their way through many avalanches and landslides without the extensive traffic from other cruise lines.
The only things you’ll be lining up for are the wondrous things to experience here.
When you reach the inner parts of the fjord you are closing in on the path 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(Beautiful Era) hosted Europe’s finest since its construction in 1891. Notable guests have included Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, King Oscar II of Sweden, and the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
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Today, Hotel Union Øyeis part of ‘De Historiske’, a unique organization of historic hotels andrestaurants, where history forms the setting for the guests’ own overnight stay and gastronomic experience. Hotel Union Øye is one of the stops on Hurtigruten´s ‘A Taste of Norway’ excursion.