Off the beaten track, discover a national treasure far from the rush of mass tourism.
Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany visited this fjord and the famous Hotel Union Øye in the late 1800s. So did King Oscar II and Queen Willemina of Holland and many others from the European aristocracy. They were searching for a scenic and exciting destination, and that is exactly what they found in Hjørundfjord.
And then there were the climbers and hikers. The most famous of them all was the British mountaineer Charles W. Patchell, who was an annual guest at the Hotel Union Øye from 1923 to 1939. He was the first person to climb 15 of the routes around Hjørundfjorden. He even had a cabin built at the foot of Slogen, which today goes by the name "Patchellhytta" (the Patchell hut).
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. The hotel is one of the stops on our "A Taste of Norway" excursion.