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“On top of the world @ Finse 1222” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Finse 1222
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Finse
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Lancefield, Australia
2 reviews
“On top of the world @ Finse 1222”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

Our time in Finse was too short, but it left a delightfully strong impression. The dinner was a real surprise; the best meal we had during our stay in Norway. The room was spacious and warm; in Finse you need warm. The early morning views over the lake to the higher mountains fired up our spirits to get out there and enjoy this very rare world. But before we got on our bikes we enjoyed a very hearty breakfast; great variety and fresh. Only one night, so we will have to come back to Finse for we only scratched the surface of this very special place. And when we do, we look forward to staying at Finse 1222.

Room Tip: Room with a view over the lake
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Phillip M
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

Our stay at Finse 1222 started after a wonderful train ride steadily climbing from Oslo. We arrived, walking from the train straight to a warm greeting at the Hotel reception at the station. Comfortable lodgings, delicious food and friendly staff all left a strong impression that this is as much a labour of love by all involved. Ask about the history of the place. Even George Lucas used Finse 1222 as his base when filming some Star Wars scenes! You must take the bike route to Flam. 58km of incredible scenery. Beyond the altitude it really does take the breath away.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank Graeme C
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

Finsee is a very special place – rugged beauty away from the rest of the world. With such a rich and interesting history, makes me wish I was there when the skating rink was in full swing!

Waking up with a view of the lake and mountains was stunning. The hospitality and food especially the breakfast were excellent. Even if the weather appears daunting, you must do parts or the entire bike ride to Flam. Venture over to the friendly and helpful bike shop, they can set you up with a great bike but suggest you purchase gloves if it’s the slight bit chilly!

Treat yourself and experience Finsee.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

Finse 1222 is like no other place that I have been to. A mini-adventure to arrive, a very warm welcome when you get there, no unnecessary frills, original Norwegian-inspired cuisine (the best I had on my trip), but above all an encounter with nature that will make you think and will stay with you long after you have left. We took the bike route down to Flam, and this is a must if you like your outdoors rugged but not TOO challenging.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Nicholas R
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

If you want to be in the middle of nature in a landmark lodge, you should head to Finse 1222. This is a 100 year old lodge is located right at the train stop. There are no cars, as a matter of fact the only means of transportation for all visitors and supplies is by train. You go here to appreciate untouched nature in its most pure form. That being said, the Finse 1222 has a very cozy bar and dinning rooms with views over the lake that boast of its rich history. The food is excellent...(no cans of baked beans here!). They bake their own bread...the best breakfast in Norway, in our view. One can expect a delicious dinner and excellent wine list. The rooms are simple as in any mountain lodge, but the point is to be outside. This is a great location for hiking or skiing. One can also rent mountain bikes and helmuts, and with a sack lunch from the hotel, ride to Flams on the old Navvy road. The scenery is spectacular! There is a drop off point in Flams where the bikes are sent by train back to Finse. Those less athletically inclined can take the train along the same path. If you enjoy rugged nature and good food this is a place you shouldn't miss!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Patricia S
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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

The common areas of this hotel are very comfortable and have beautiful views. This is a fantastic hiking and biking area and this is essentially the only place to stay. The food is top notch.
So what's the problem? Our room was on the floor below the common areas and we could hear Loud walking noises above till 2 am from both guests and staff cleaning up. We had to use earplugs and that was not quite good enough. Worse than that, the hall on that level smells strongly like a sewer. In fact, we suspected it was the septic system we were smelling. The hotel has placed platters of coffee beans and some (unlit) candles in that hallway in some lame effort to counteract this. When I complained the pleasant your woman said,"of yes, room 6 is one of our worst rooms!" (no apology). So if you go to this hotel for its plusses you must require an upper floor room or arrive with both earplugs and Fabrize.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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4 Thank garrkerr
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Trygvekn, Manager at Finse 1222, responded to this review, 12 October 2012
Thank you very much for your feedback, and we are glad to read that you at least partly enjoyed staying at our hotel, enjoyed the nice views, the possibilities and the good food. We want to be a place where people can come and relax, enjoy and explore the beautiful nature and eat good food. So we are very sorry to read that you could not sleep well in your room. We are also sorry for the response you got in the reception. We like to think that we would go the extra mile for our guests, but cleary you did not have that experience. We very much hope that you will come back to Finse and Finse1222 for its plusses and let us convince you that we also are a relaxing place to stay. On behalf of the staff we are very sorry for your experience!
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California, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

First thing I was met by when I came in to the lobby was a stressed receptionist who looked very unhappy. The phone was ringing constantly and she alone had to serve in the bar, answering the phone, checking in and out guests and open the shop that is attached to the hotel. So I gave up on getting my questions answered and decided to go to the room... Later that evening I got to ask my questions about my planned walks, just to find out that none of the staff had any idea about the surrounding areas and in general seemed uninterested to help me. The room was clean but very basic and boring. There is also quite a strange smell around. The food was good but pretentious. I ended up spending the evenings at the DNT-cabin across the lake where the local beer is good, the staff knowledgeable and the atmosphere a lot more relaxed. The price is better as well. I do not recommend this hotel - because of the depressing atmosphere and bad value for money.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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6 Thank Terje H
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Trygvekn, Owner at Finse 1222, responded to this review, 30 August 2012
We are sorry your stay did not come out as expected. We put pride into being knowledgable of the surroundings and trip options, but as most of our personnel is young people working with us for a season or two before they move on to studies or other careers, some may not have developed the personal experience of the Finse surroundings. We are a bit disappointed that you find the food pretencious as we strive to provide better than expected food and usually get encouragingly positive feedback. But we take your comments and will add that into improving the menues. Lastly we do feel it is a bit unfair to be compared with the DNT cabin as their product is based on a totally different concept, not providing a hotel product, but rather a mountain walkers hostel where nothing is included, but you pay for what you order. But again, the atmosphere was better that night over at Finsehytta - we will have to live with that. Thank you for tour response.
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Additional Information about Finse 1222

Property: Finse 1222
Address: Finse railroad station, Finse, Norway
Region: Norway > Western Norway > Hordaland > Hardanger > Ulvik Municipality > Finse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Finse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finse 1222 was built in 1909 as part of the Bergen Railway and has since been the gateway to some of Norway's most beautiful and accessible mountain areas. The Hallingskarvet National Park borders to Finse and across the lake Finsevann the mighty Hardangerjokulen glacier rises. Finse 1222 is a family owned hotel run by young and serviceminded people. Allthough the premises are old and some places worn by more than 100 years of service, focus is on providing a hospitable and keen service as well as very good food. The hotel offers bike rental and ski rental. Rooms are basic - we recommend the outdoors! ... more   less 
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