A Slice of the Good Life Among the Cloudberries and Fjords

You can still experience ye olde Norway by vacationing at a farmhouse--and the government is making efforts to ensure it stays that way.

Johanne Marie Heggebø, who has lived at Eide Gard for 40 years, is more intent on protecting the past. The four small rooms that she rents out in her farmhouse feature carved wooden beds, duvet covers embroidered with daisies, and a shared bathroom with one unexpected note of flamboyance--a tub with gilded claw-feet. Eide Gard sits on a wide curve of the Ølensfjord, a sight that's framed in each room by the lace curtains. Johanne Marie serves meals in the medieval summerhouse, which was once used as the kitchen in warmer months. Guests sit on benches, enjoying roasted salmon topped with pesto, and pudding studded with fat cloudberries. "I pick my own berries high in the mountains," Johanne Marie says. "They grow in a different place each year. You have to have a nose for cloudberries."



  • Høiland Gard Hjelmeland, 011-47/51-75-27-75, hoiland-gard.no, from $56 per person, includes breakfast

  • Sanitas Hjelmeland, book through Høiland Gard, from $56 per person

  • Fossane Vormedalen, 011-47/51-75-15-32, fossane.no, from $96, add $8 for linens

  • Mo Feriehytter Sudal, 011-47/52-79-98-50, opplevsuldal.no, from $94

  • Mo Laksegard Sandsbygda, 011-47/52-79-76-90, molaks.no (Norwegian only), from $142

  • Eide Gard Ølen, 011-47/53-76-82-23, eidegard.no, from $120, includes breakfast
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