Juvet is a radical design of natural peace in the great wilderness of Central Norway
Close to the heart of Norway, near the cities of Molde and Alesund, the fjords reach deep into the mountain ranges, as far as the Reinheiman National Park. The park is where several local rivers are born, including the Valldøla River, which flows westward into the Norddalsfjorden, where the waters become salty. The Valldøla River flows through a deep forest in its valley, and in the heart of that forest stands the Juvet Landscape Hotel. The hotel is a project and an experiment, initially begun by the architects Jensen and Skodvin, who took ownership of the small cabin on a parcel of land in the heart of the valley, and then began to create small structures and other additions to the area, always with a view to designing a luxury resort invisible in a wilderness setting.
Today, the estate consists of a restored farm with thirteen unique guest residences. Seven are detached landscape rooms, small and set on stilts, darkly lit to encourage guests to seek the outside light. There are also two guestrooms called the birdhouses, small constructions based on Norwegian log storehouses called “stabburats,” which are no more than eight square meters in area, and perched above the estate on a hillside. The estate also offers the farmhouse for larger groups or parties, a reconstructed barn, a mountain cabin, and a concerted mill house of just two square meters in area, sitting on top of the river. The mountain cabin and mill house do not have running water.
All of the houses were constructed without earthworks or blasting. The estate also features a spa area, separate from the farmhouse group, and close to the waters of the river, with a steam room, showers and changing rooms, a communal fireplace area, and an outdoor hot tub. Massages can be arranged with bespoke consultants. The Juvet Landscape Hotel has completely realised a new way for travellers to rest and relax in a natural setting, with the air and the waters of the valley giving new life to visitors.