Succession locations unlock some of Norway's hidden gems
The Norwegian hotel in the woods used in the filming of the Roy family saga saw its website crash following screening.
The success of the TV series Succession has seen fans of the drama develop a keen interest in all things associated with the Roy family, the locations where it was filmed attracting huge interest.
Following the (spoiler alert) death of patriarch Logan Roy, the siblings gather for a summit with Lukas Matsson in a unique setting in Norway, many of the scenes shot at the picturesque hotel, Juvet Landskapshotel, located in the woods near Valldall between the UNESCO world heritage sites of Geiranger Fjord and Trollstigen.
The use of the award-winning hotel with its remarkable architecture on the south west coast of the Scandinavian country saw its website crash – its usual daily hits increasing from 400-500 to 18,500. The bad news is that it is now fully booked for the summer, but while some of the secrets of south western Norway are out there for all to see, there are plenty of others; Falstaff takes a closer look at some of the hidden, and not so hidden, scenic gems:
The 550m hike up to the Rampestreken viewing platform may look daunting but it is well worth it, and it gets even better with an even fuller panoramic view if you climb all the way up the Romasdalstrappa steps to the peak of Mount Nesaksla, offering one of the best sights you are likely to encounter in your life – the Romsdalsfjord in all its glory. Lonely Planet named it one of world’s most scenic hikes. And if you fancy grabbing a bite while you’re in the vicinity, why not pop in to the Eggen-restaurant with the 360-degree fjord view; the good news is that you can avoid the two-hour hike by riding the Romsdal gondola to the top. You can also check out the train journey from Åndalsnes to Dombås, taking you through some of Norway’s most dramatic scenery.
The Atlantic Road
A spectacular unique 36km coastal journey, located around 550km north of Oslo, takes you along the edge of the ocean and over it in parts, the entire stretch running between Bud and Kristiansund with the road connecting Averøy to the mainland. Whether it’s a beautiful peaceful sunny day or you’re in the middle of a winter storm blowing in from the north west, its magical in both conditions, and there are plenty of stops along the way where you can park up and enjoy the magnificent views. A trip to Håholmen is recommended with daily boat trips operating during the summer from Geitøya, and by arrangement off season, with the fishing village largely made up of 17th and 18th century buildings, a location of genuine coastal history.
Trollstigen (Troll’s Ladder)
Located 70km north of the Geiranger fjord, the serpent-like mountain road is described as a visual masterpiece, so dangerous in the winter that it only opens from the end of May until the autumn. Built back in the 1930s to connect Vestland and Åndalsnes, it descends from the highlands into a valley among waterfalls, containing numerous hairpin bends as it drops from around 850m. The largest waterfall on the Troll Ladder is Stigfossen, considered one of the most beautiful in a country with more than its fair share of waterfalls. There a number of stopping points along the route and the architecture of some of the viewing points is reason enough to visit.
The town is famous for its art nouveau architecture, created following a devastating fire in 1904 that left much of it destroyed, and you can find out about the incredible details of how Ålesund was rebuilt early in the 20th century at the Jugendstilsenteret Museum. Many visitors opt to explore it by boat, a kayak adventure available with a round-trip option for those with strong arms that covers around 7km. The area is renowned for its seafood with The Storfjord Hotel and Hotel Brosundet two locations where you can unwind and enjoy some of the finest local produce served in relaxed surroundings.
The country boasts some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, and while it won’t be a budget holiday, you don’t need the bank accounts of the Roys to enjoy the sights and sounds of Norway.