Not far from Jotunheimen National Park – where, according to folklore, the trolls live – nestled by fir trees, lies the Herangtunet boutique hotel. But while the hotel’s buildings look like something out of a Norwegian fairy tale, the risk of meeting trolls is very low.

The story behind this former farm, now a boutique hotel, truly has elements of a fairy tale to it: In 2023 Danielle Jagtenberg and Dennis Koot began their very own adventure when they left their home, friends and family in The Netherlands. The destination was a small village called Heggenes, in Norway.

Herangtunet: A fairy tale escape

A true winter wonderland.

It was quite a life change, one that some might find scary, but not this couple. “This new journey brings us closer to our true selves,” says Danielle. “And allows us to blend our passion for hospitality with our love for nature and outdoor adventures.”

Herangtunet: A fairy tale escape

The owners of Herangtunet Boutique Hotel, Danielle and Dennis.

The couple chose the right place for outdoor adventures: For slalom skiers, Beitostølen ski resort is only a twenty-minute drive away. Beitostølen also has 180 kilometres of trails for the cross-country skiers.

But Herangtunet is not just a winter destination. There are mountain tops for every experience level to summit, endless trails to walk, and mountain trout to catch. Sitting outside, sharing food prepared over an open fire and listening to old stories of gods and warriors, is another truly special experience available in both summer and winter. Another option is to enjoy dinner inside Herhangtunet’s restaurant.

“With our move to Norway, a new chapter began at the beautiful Herangtunet Boutique Hotel,” Danielle says. “We love sharing the magic of this place and the beauty of the Valdres region with our guests.”

Herangtunet: A fairy tale escape

The guest rooms are a mix of modern luxury and traditional Norwegian style.

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