Eplet is in the idyllic town of Solvorn on the Lustrafjord. In Norway in general you get an overload of natural beauty. In Bergen and Flåm (as well as other places) you also get an overdose of international tourists and mass tourism. On the Lustrafjord you can get away from it all.
Those before me have described the delights of Eplet very well, so I will concentrate on the practical aspects, so you know what is provided, and can arrive prepared to enjoy your visit to the fullest.
Solvorn is an isolated town, reached via a small road. If you don't have a car, you will have to arrive by bus (check the schedule), or get a ride from Eplet, or book a taxi. A taxi from Solvorn costs about 350 NOK. A ride from Eplet costs 100 NOK per person.
Solvorn is a tiny town, protected for its historical aspects. There is only a small shop and cafe in town, and they close at about 6 or 7pm. Therefore, if you get there in the evening you'll want to have had dinner first. There is no 24hr Narvesen or 7-11 in town. Trond keeps a "shop" with basic foods items in his office, so you won't starve. He even has refridgerated items such as milk and yoghurt. There is a lovely shared kitchen where you can prepare food.
Other than the cafe, the only restaurant in town is at the Walaker hotel. You must book in advance, and the prices are not cheap.
Although Eplet is listed in tripadvisor as a bed and breakfast, no breakfast is served. Again, you can buy breakfast items in the office and use the kitchen. Coffee and tea are provided free of charge.
Once you are in Solvorn, the only way to get around is by bus, or through the excursions offered at Eplet. Unfortunately we didn't have time to participate in any of these, but they looked nice.
The ferry to visit the Urnes Stave Church is just 100 meters away, and that is a lovely outing which you can do in about 3 hours total. There is a nice beach on the "Costa del Solvorn", and plenty of hiking trails to enjoy around the town.
Eplet is a lovely property made up of 2 buildings with bedrooms, shared baths and common areas (kitchen, dining room, living room) surrounded by orchards, vegetable gardens, and lawns. The rooms are small, but clean and cheery, with an incredible view over the orchards to the fjord. You can hear your neighbors in their rooms, so just hope to have quiet ones.
The beds are made (don't bring your own bedding), and you are provided with a very small bath towel.
Everything was very very clean, and yet I never saw anyone cleaning anything. There are about 5 young people working at Eplet, but to me it looked like they were just having fun, which is a wonderful thing. They must be doing something right, because everything worked, and everything was clean. Whistle while you work!
Trond does have some rules, which is a good idea when living in shared areas. I don't remember them all, but getting drunk (and out of hand) and theft are not tolerated. You are invited to take off your shoes when you enter the house.
We really didn't stay long enough to fully enjoy the atmosphere at Eplet. I would definitely go back.
Free wifi is provided in the living area, and there is a shared computer available.
- Also Known As:
- Eplet Bed & Apple Norway/Western Norway