Hotel Union lies at the heart of the small village of Geiranger, with popular sights right on the doorstep. The original timber hotel was built in 1891, in Swiss-chalet style. Since then, the hotel has been expanded and renovated several times, and currently has 197 guest rooms (including 17 suites), several restaurants and bars, its own pool and spa with indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, children’s playroom and dedicated conference facilities.
Attractions close by
The hotel has several popular attractions close by. Right on the doorstep is the popular waterfall walk that takes you past the Storfossen waterfall and down to the fjord, letting you experience the falls and the forces of nature at close proximity. The hotel is also a good starting point for many great walks in the area, including Storsæterfossen waterfall, Vesteråsfjellet and Løsta viewpoints, and Skageflå mountain farm. Opposite the hotel is the Norwegian Fjord Centre, the visitor centre for the Geirangerfjord World Heritage Area. The hotel is also centrally located for various excursions and activities/experiences in Geiranger.
Union Bad & Spa
Hotel Union in Geiranger is home to one of Norway’s best spas. Union Bad comprises a fantastic indoor heated pool, children’s pool, heated outdoor therapy pool and sauna. All guests staying at the hotel have complimentary access to the pools during their stay. If you’re visiting Hotel Union, don’t miss Union Spa, offering 1500 m2 of well-being. The wet zone includes experience showers, a Japanese hot bath and various saunas. In the relaxation zone you’ll find inviting lounges with big, comfortable chairs where you can lean back and enjoy the beautiful mountain and fjord views. An admission charge is payable for Union Spa. A spa breakfast is included, as well as coffee, tea and fruit throughout the day. If you want to get a bit more out of your spa visit, why not book a treatment with one of the hotel’s skilled therapists – you’ll feel the benefit!
Food and drink experiences at Hotel Union
As a guest at the hotel you’ll enjoy delicious food prepared using high-quality ingredients from carefully selected suppliers locally and across Norway.
- Restaurant Fjorden serves both breakfast and dinner buffets.
- Kafé Løsta in the pool area on Level 3 serves light lunches and refreshing drinks.
- Restaurant Julie serves both hearty lunches and a three-course evening meal. The hotel boasts its own wine cellar and sommeliers.
Part of ‘De Historiske’
The hotel is part of ‘De Historiske’, a unique member organisation representing many of Norway’s most charming and distinctive hotels and restaurants.
Vintage car museum
Geiranger has a rich tourist history, with the first cruise ship sailing into the fjord as early as 1869. Geiranger’s farmers were quick to start driving the tourists up from the village to the popular viewpoints – initially by horse and cart, but in time they clubbed together to invest in open seven-seater cars. Several of the cars used to convey those early tourists have been restored and are on display at Hotel Union.Guests staying at the hotel enjoy complimentary admission.
Sustainability is in strong focus at the hotel, which is certified under the Eco-Lighthouse scheme. Hotel Union works continuously on sustainability and the environment, and among other things has switched to smaller plates for the buffet to reduce food waste and invested in a waste management system that includes composting.
Geiranger – a year-round destination
Geiranger is a popular place to visit in the summer, but is just as beautiful at other times of the year. Each season has its own charm – summer with its lively buzz, green mountainsides and turquoise fjord. Spring with its snow-capped mountains, vibrant green mountainsides and prolific waterfalls. Autumn, when the mountainsides are arrayed in shades of green, yellow, orange and red, and the pace of life in the village slows. Winter is a magical time, when you can almost have the whole village to yourself to enjoy snow-capped mountains and frozen waterfalls.