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).
I cannot say enough about how helpful, friendly, and hospitable the family Brekke(all members encountered) were to my friend and I. Heidi is a superb host and as down to earth as a landlady could be. The owner's even had their mother open the local shop after hours on our arrival so that I could buy my groceries for the week. The cabin(hytte) defines cozy and views from the dining windows would cost a fortune anywhere else. If nature and the outdoors are your close companions then you've stumbled upon some of their greatest performances in Ortnevik. There are not enough stars for the rating this little gem deserves.
We enjoyed a wonderful 5 night stay in the stone cabin during the Easter holidays and my only complaint is that it was not long enough - we had such an amazing time and the area is so beautiful I only wish we could have stayed a whole lot longer.
We arrived in Ortnevik by rental car from Bergen and made the mistake of blindly following Google Maps which took us off the E39 and up a mountain pass. This route is much shorter and I'm sure is very beautiful in the summer but was not much fun when we encountered heavy snow near the top.. suddenly finding yourself in 3" of snow on a narrow, winding mountain pass is not a good moment to discover that the snow tyres promised by the rental company had not been fitted but it certainly made the journey more exciting!
The cabin itself is small but perfectly formed. It's clean, warm and cosy, well equipped, comfortable and most importantly surrounded by the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Eldar is really friendly and helpful. If there's anything you need that isn't already in the cabin you just have to ask, he even let us raid his enormous DVD collection one evening.
Our 5 year old son absolutely loved it here - going off exploring the forested hillside behind the cabin, playing down by the water's edge, taking the rowing boat out on the fjord, trying his hand at fishing and playing with Eldar's cute friendly cats.
Knowing how expensive food and drink can be in Norway we took most of our supplies with us which worked out really well however we did visit the village shop a couple of times and were impressed by the range of goods and the quality of the fresh fruit and vegetables
Me and my wife spent 3 nights in the Big Cabin and it was the best time during our 3 week long Scandinavian tour. The house is spacious, clean, properly equipped but the most important is the location, the panorama, the atmosphere. The owners were very friendly and helpful to us. We can recommend this place to those who don't mind the self-catering and want to spend some quite time at a wonderful place.
My husband and I spent a delightful week staying in the stone cabin. It was comfortable, well equipped and reasonably priced.
We loved the idyllic setting where we could walk and hike along wooded paths and rivers enjoying the lush green vegetation Norway provides. We loved walking through the small village past the red wooden church, the former school house and on to the village shop, and we loved the view from our cabin of village homes and barns along the hillsides culminating in the blue-green waters of the fjord. We enjoyed taking the ferry to Vik and seeing the stave church and watching the ferry deliver mail on our return.
We so appreciated the hospitality extended to us by our host Eldar and his parents Kristi and Anders. They let us know that it was possible to travel to this location without a car(we took a bus from Bergen to Oppedal where Eldar picked us up) by providing both information on transportation-train, ferry and bus- sight-seeing possibilities and shopping. For those of us new to Norway who planned our own itineraries, this assistance was invaluable. It provided us with peace of mind by not having to worry about travel details while enjoying the beauties of Norway. All this was done because they genuinely care about their guests. We are so grateful for this hand of friendship which was extended to us.
We heartily recommend these rental cabins.
I planned this Christmas holiday, without my partner knowing where we would be going. He was so nicely surprised, that we are thinking of doing the same thing next year. The only problem is that we both agree that it will be almost impossible to find such a perfect location and accommodation again. The Fjord landscape is really unique, with its mountains rising almost straight out of the water into steep hillsides; and the Brekke's cabins provided the perfect home, from which we could appreciate this.
We had initially hoped to do plenty of day hikes, but the weather wasn't so optimal to do this. We had also hoped for a white christmas, but got 10 days of rain with only 2 "dry" days- and no snow. This unfortunate (and unusual for this time of year) weather didn't stop us from enjoying the beautiful views around the Fjord. During our stay we explored most of the trails that go through Ortnevik- but taking our time- and went fishing in the rain! I think the very short daylight time (about 9 to 3) and the longer hours of darkness made for a very special atmosphere. You can't "do" as much in the day, so you have to slow down and do less. We didn't try to plan in too much for the day (also because of rain) and so ended up taking our time walking and enjoyed the scenery. It was so nice at the end of the day to come back to a warm (floor heating was great!) cabin and be able to cook a warm meal. The stone cabin itself is really nice and cosy. We also spent a few days in the wood cabin. Both cabins are wonderful and I would love to stay in either one again. But I have to say that the fireplace in the wood cabin really was a bonus- especially at this time of year, when it gets dark so early and we found it very relaxing in the evening to watch the fire burning. Otherwise both cabins had everything we needed- such as cooking ustensils and warm showers.
All the members of the Brekke family that we met (Heidi, Eldar, Anders and Kristi) gave us a warm welcome and they each helped us with our queries and questions throughout our stay. Heidi was extremely helpful in the period prior to arrival, replying to my many questions. Altogether we spent 11 nights in Ortnevik and really wish it had been longer. We were shocked how quickly the time went by and hope that we will one day come back- perhaps at a time of year when the mountain trails are more accessible. A stay in one of the cabins and a hot tub would be the perfect end to a 10 day trek in the mountains!
Eine sehr schöne, modern eingerichtete Hütte mit allem, was man zu zweit braucht. Die Lage ist wunderschön, sodass man Ruhe und Abenteuergefühl zusammen genießt. In der Umgebung läßt es sich wunderschön und wenn man will auch sehr anstrengend und lange wandern. Die Gegend entschädigt aber für alles.
Der Service der Vermieter ist sensationell - sowohl vor der Reise als auch während des Aufenthalts.
Vielen Dank für einen wunderbaren Urlaub am "Ende der Welt"!!!!!!
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