A scenic place for meetings and conferences
TEXT: LINE ELISE SVANEVIK | PHOTOS © SISSEL ELDAL
Norwegian hostel Munkeby Herberge, located northeast of Trondheim in gorgeous surroundings near the small town Levanger, is currently building an extension to its facilities. The ambition is to accommodate local businesses as a place for meetings and conferences.
The hostel currently accommodates businesses, sports teams, students, schools and those taking a pilgrimage on St. Olav’s Way, leading through beautiful scenery to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.
“We get a lot of visits from companies who are working in the area, and tourists passing by,” says owner Håkon Fiskvik, who runs the hostel with his partner Sissel Eldal. “From October onwards, our new meeting room facilities will be available, where we’ll be able to welcome meetings and conferences for more than 100 people, and we’ll have overnight facilities for around 20.”
Plenty of activities
Fiskvik and Eldal explain that the hostel is situated in an ideal location for companies who are in need of team-building activities, as there are plenty of things to do in the surrounding area. “There are pathways for walks where visitors can enjoy the fresh air, and we also have outdoor cooking activities, allowing guests to barbecue and cook food themselves,” says Eldal.
The national wooden house town of Levanger is also filled with activities, including the local art gallery Fenka, and you can embark on a guided two-hour trip to the pre-historic graveyard Munkrøstad, or visit the old ruins of the Cistercian Munkeby monastery from the 12th century. At Munkeby Maria monastery, visitors can buy the famous Munkeby cheese and participate in a prayer – as part of the St. Olav’s Way pilgrimage that many embark on.
There is also a photo museum, a sports complex with a swimming pool, and tennis and football courts, in addition to the town’s own beach. “For those who prefer a walk, the paths along the river are really nice,” Eldal adds.
The hostel also features a kiosk, which sells local crafts and a few drinks, and the café serves traditional dishes including the very popular ‘lovage’ soup. “We only use local ingredients and serve traditional food that can best be described as your grandma’s cooking,” Eldal continues.
At the very heart of the hostel, and one of the reasons why visitors return, is the fact that the owners are incredibly generous with their time. “We set aside time to take care of each individual guest,” explains Fiskvik. “There’s a good atmosphere here, and we give our visitors the attention they want.”
Thursday 5pm to 7pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm.
Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 7pm.
An ideal course and conference venue, Munkeby Herberge is in the process of building an extension to be able to welcome more guests.
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