The recently opened tree houses sleep up to four guests.

By Jessica Poitevien
December 08, 2020
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Plenty of travelers visit Norway every year to admire its abundance of natural beauty, and now, the country’s newest accommodations make it even easier to do just that. Recently unveiled near the town of Odda are two new tree houses offering unobstructed views of the Hardanger Fjord.

These cozy accommodations, called Woodnest, are owned and operated by husband and wife team Sally and Kjartan Aano. According to Lonely Planet, when the pair met years ago in Sydney, Australia, they compared bucket lists and realized they both had written about their hopes of living in a tree house one day. 

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“We had a long-distance relationship for a while before I moved to Norway. Kjartan had always remembered that bucket list, and he actually secretly built a tree house on his own, with the plan of proposing to me in it! Of course, I said yes. It was 10 meters high, and you had to climb the branches to get into the trap door at the top. It became our escape, our recharge space, our date night, and weekend getaway, and from that first tree house came our plans to build something that others could enjoy,” Sally told Lonely Planet.

Working with Norwegian architects Helen & Hard, the couple created a hideaway that can be reached only after hiking about 30 minutes into the woods. The tree houses are 15 square meters, with a sleeping capacity of up to four people. 

Though the Woodnest tree houses strive to be as natural and eco-friendly as possible, this doesn’t mean sacrificing any comforts on your woodland getaway. Both on-site tree houses include electricity, a small kitchenette, a stove top, a mini fridge, and high-speed Wi-Fi. They also have flushing toilets and showers, as well as under-floor heating — perfect for those cold Norwegian nights.  

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“We wanted to create something that people saw and said ‘wow’. They have breathtaking views over the Hardanger Fjord and can put their feet up and relax in the woods,” Sally told Lonely Planet. “We want it to be an experience, not just an overnight stay.”

For more information on Woodnest, including how to make reservations, visit the property’s official website

Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but always on the lookout for the next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.