Norwegian winter adventures await you
TEXT: INGRID OPSTAD | PHOTOS © ODD ERIK RØNNING
Right in the middle of some of the most beautiful nature Norway has to offer, between the pic-turesque Geiranger Fjord and the impressive Troll Wall, you will find Hotel Aak. Although it is a year-round holiday destination, the winter months make for a truly magical time here. The hotel has become a popular place for ski enthusiasts who want the full package: guided ski touring, food and accommodation.
Hotel Aak was the first tourist hotel in the Norwegian countryside when established back in 1860. Now, the resort is in the hands of Kristine and Odd Erik Rønning, who are working hard to pre-serve the historic character and recreate the atmosphere of the 19th-century hotel within a modern framework. “We recently renovated parts of the building, and the interior is in a Scandinavian style but still with a nod to the past – a mix of rustic, modern and minimal with a homely feeling,” says Kristine Rønning.
With fantastic views and a prime location, Hotel Aak has become a favoured spot for tourists and locals to relax at after skiing. A particularly unique element is the long-table, where visitors can eat superb Nordic cuisine with a rustic gourmet theme, while sharing stories and tips with other guests. “It creates an intimate, relaxed and personal atmosphere, and many people are amazed at how deli-cious the food here is. Guests keep coming back year after year,” Rønning explains. “We want to be somewhere you can drop your shoulders and enjoy moments with like-minded people, whether that is in the sauna, in front of the fireplace, for an après ski or eating gourmet food.”
Are you longing for high mountains, fjords or airy views? With plenty of activities and packages available, you can join in on one of the many tours arranged to discover Romsdal and all its gems. “In the winter months, we have a range of ski touring groups for everyone from beginners to more experience skiers. Our excellent, locally known guides can show you the hidden gems and are al-ways on the look-out for the best snow,” says Rønning.
Romsdal is considered one of Europe’s best areas for skiing, with an excellent range of mountains in close proximity. You can ski up to as late as June, as Trollstigen is fantastic for spring skiing. “Our weekend packages consisting of skiing, accommodation and food are very popular and a great way to relax and have fun surrounded by stunning nature,” Rønning continues. “It’s everything you need for an active Romsdal adventure.”