LOG CABINS 3 traditional grass roofed Norwegian log cabins, set in the mountain forest overlooking the Sognefjord. Cabins are self-catering, built to an extremely high standard and include all modern facilities; Free Wifi, fitted kitchen, shower room/WC, log fire, under-floor heating and lashings of hot water. Bedlinen and towels available to hire. Baby things available (free) please ask.
On our farm we have our own hydro-electric power plant which provides all our electricity and a working water mill dating back to the 1749
Our farm lies on the edge of the Stølsheimen National Park; breathtaking views of mountains & Sognefjord with walking trails for all abilities. Set in a stunning rural location, local wildlife includes deer, sea eagles & whales & seals in the fjord. Rowing boat, fishing gear, bicycles (& sledges in winter) available to borrow. Outdoor hot tub available to hire.
DAY TRIPS & SIGHTSEEING include Fjærland Glacier and Glacier Museum, Vik (Hopperstad Stav church, world heritage site) Voss, Flåm and Flåm railway. Bergen, Førde,Balestrand, Sognadal, Lærdal and Skei. Ferry trips on the Sognefjord can be taken as day trip to enjoy the fjord from the water, or to reach a destination. A car is recommended but not essential.
HIKING - Plenty of easy, medium or harder walks. Some walks are easy on flat terrain, serious altitude for those who like mountain walking. Something for everyone.
GEOCACHE - There are several geocaches in the village area see the geocaching website for details.
BEACHES - there are several beaches, both here in Ortnevik and the neighbour villages, plenty of areas along the fjord side for BBQ's, fishing and relaxing. Day trips with the local ferry to VIK and MÅREN (great south facing beach).
We had a wonderful stay in Ortnevik back in February 2009 and we left feeling like we’d spent a few days in another world.
The setting is idyllic, set into the hillside surrounded on all sides by snowy peaks and alpine forest, it’s like something out of a Norwegian fairytale. We stayed in the wooden cabin and immediately thawed ourselves in front of the open log fire while we became acclimatised to our new surroundings, it didn’t take long as the cabin is so well equipped it felt like a home away from home.
Ortnevik itself is a tiny village/hamlet so you shouldn’t expect a bustling nightlife or even anywhere to buy milk of a morning! The local store may not have been open daily but this only adds to the charm of the experience, plus Heidi and Eldar (our gracious hosts) were always on hand to help in any way that they could.
We spent our days wandering the hillsides and admiring the breathtaking scenery but always enjoyed retreating to our cabin when it began to get dark (about 3pm in February I think!). We were even able to borrow sleds which was a great way to re-live a small part of our childhoods – I don’t remember it being quite so exhausting then though!
Don’t be put off by the seemingly remote location of Ortnevik or the potential difficulty you might have in getting there, I guarantee that it is worth it. We spent a week in Norway, sandwiching Ortnevik in between stays in Oslo and Bergen and as enjoyable as both of those cities were it will be our cabin on the hill that will provide the lasting memories of our holiday.
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I wanted to make sure I added a review for this accommodation because it really is a little gem. My wife and I escaped for 5 nights over Xmas and our only regret was that we did not stay longer. Roaring log fire, stunning view over the fjord, all the appliances you could need, clean and pristine.
The walks in the local area are so lovely we never went on any of our planned day trips. The snow that fell made the whole thing perfect!
We had a bit of hire car trouble but Elder and Anders were on hand to get us on the move again, thanks again.
We've spend the Christmas-weekend in Ortnevik, and it was wonderful! Just a few hours drive (if you don't try to take the mountain road in winter, as we did..) from Bergen. Lovely situated, between fjords on one side, and mountains on the other. The cottage is the perfect place to have Christmas, with a fireplace, but also the necessary luxeries (like a dishwasher etc.). Very cosy. Heidi and Elder are truly the warmest and most helpful people around, a one-hour drive back to the busstation because our car was broken, was no problem at all! It was a wonderful period, and hopefully, we will return some day.
Wow! War das ein Urlaub! Wir waren das erste Mal in Norwegen. Die erste Woche verbrachten wir in Ortnevik – es war ein Traum! Am Ende der Straße, eingebettet in traumhafte Berge und trotzdem nahe dem Wasser. Wir haben alles genossen. Um Zeit bei der Anfahrt und Abfahrt zu sparen, sollte man möglichst die Fährzeiten von Vik berücksichtigen.
Unser Wooden-Cabin war für uns eine tolle Unterkunft. Das Haus ließ keine Wünsche offen und auch den Hot-Tub nutzten wir mit Begeisterung. Ortnevik selbst bietet sehr gute Wandermöglichkeiten von leicht bis anspruchsvoll. Die Wege sind nicht nur vom DNT sehr gut markiert und die Bergziele bieten tolle Aussichten auf Berge, Wasser und Ortschaften in der Nähe und der Ferne. Die Karte des Vermieters war dabei sehr detailliert und hilfreich. Für die tolle Brücke zwischen Vassdalsvatnet und Furedalsvatnet sagen wir dem Schöpfer und Sponsoren Danke!
Auf jeden Fall haben wir auch nicht bereut, dass wir einen Tag mit der Fähre nach Vik gefahren sind, uns die Kleinstadt mit ihrer 800 Jahre alten Stabkirche angesehen haben und dann wenige Stunden später wieder mit der Fähre über viele Seitenarme des Fjordes zurück nach Ortnevik gefahren sind.
Dem Geschäft von Kristi B. sei hier auch gedankt, denn wenn wir etwas brauchten, hatte sie es und was sie nicht hatte, besorgte sie uns von einem Tag auf den anderen.
Tja, Fazit des Urlaubes ist, dass wir nächstes Jahr gleich wieder nach Norwegen fahren werden, denn wir haben ja soooooo viel noch nicht gesehen.
Vielen Dank nach Ortnevik an Heidi und Eldar B. und auch an Familie Kristi und Anders B. von
Conny, Lucy & Jörg
My wife and I spent four days in the wood cabin on the Brekke farm in Ortnevik and they couldn't have been better! The cabin itself was lovely, nice little kitchen, wood fireplace and fantastic views of the fjord from the front porch. Heidi and Eldar really went out of their way to make us feel like guests rather than just customers. They even let us take out their sail boat to go fishing in the bay (careful, when they warn you to stay in the bay there's a reason! The current in the main fjord is quite challenging to sail against!).
We wished we could have stayed longer. It was four days of peace and quiet in a beautiful surrounding. One note: the village does have a small store and it's quite well stocked for a small town grocery but it's not a supermarket. If you're planning on cooking a lot and need particular ingredients, it may be better to shop before arriving in town.
Overall, we just can't say enough positive things about this place. We'd go back in a heartbeat.
My wife and I stayed in the Wood Cabin for 5 nights starting 18 May as part of our honeymoon. We had a bit of bad luck as we stayed during some unusual bad weather, but it was a great way to see how well built the cabins are as there we no leaks or dampness inside despite all the rain.
As for the town of Ortnevik, it was very peaceful and is great for people looking to get away from congested city life. There are several hiking trails that are suitable to people of all levels. We often strayed from the path to explore and feel more in nature. We were lucky enough to spot a fox and quite a few deer early in the morning.
If you want to explore other towns, there is a car ferry that goes from Ortnevik to Vik on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We took the ferry on Friday but based on our experience would have gone twice. TIP: In order to not feel rushed, I would recommend spending a trip just to explore Vik without your car and then a second trip with your car to visit other sites. The Aurland Viewing Platform was a fun drive up, also a quick visit to Undredal for cheese and a boat ride in the Naeroyfjorden will be well worth it.
There is a small shop in Ortneivk that had enough choices for food, but it certainly is cheaper if you bring your own. We were flying in from out of the country so we couldn't bring much, but we didn't mind supporting the local shop.
I would not hesitate to stay here again and would highly recommend this cabin for people looking to see some beautiful country!
ORTNEVIK is a small village of 40 people with a village shop and car ferry, lies on the south side of the Sognefjord, heart of the Norwegian fjords, west coast of Norway, north of Bergen.
HIKING - Lying next to the Stølsheimen National Park there are walking trails for all abilities. Rivers, waterfalls, forest tracks & mountains, fjord experience.
FJORD - Ortnevik offers sheltered swimming in the bay plus + swimming in the fjord, a rowing boat, fishing and whale watching. Sledges in winter.
DAY TRIPS - Vik to the Stave Church, and on to the Flåm fjord, Flåm railway and glacier for day trips. Balestrand, Sogndal, Salmon Museum at Lærdal and the Glacier Museum at Fjærland
BERGEN - Most visitors start their holiday in Bergen, gateway to the fjords which is 2.5 hours drive away. Bergen Harbour is a World Heritage Site, in addition to this Bergen offers many other tourist attractions.
Other Activities: Hiking, walking, row boat, fishing, outdoor Hot tub. Cycling