Strand Hotel Fevik, Sørlandet, Norway

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Strand Hotel Fevik.
A tale of the unexpected.

The historic Strand Hotel Fevik is beautifully set on a short stretch of white sandy beach in a small cove in the small coastal town of Fevik in the eastern part of Southern Norway  just one hours drive from Kristiansand. The cove is surrounded by fir trees clinging to stark red & grey granite cliffs together with appealing white painted timber clad houses.  The hotel and the surroundings are strikingly appealing offering a sense of escape and adventure. The setting has a strange Mediterranean feel but in a clean refreshing nordic sense with a more tolerable and comfortable temperate climate.

The Dane who became Norewegian hotel royalty.
The original part of this gem of a hotel with its 40 rooms and pavilion restaurant, was built by the Dane Axel Lund from Nibe in North Jutland, he made a glorious name for himself on the Norwegian hotel scene and was known as the Norwegian Hotel King. King Axel challenged the Norwegian strict alcohol policies that did not allow hotel restaurants to serve alcohol.  He disputed the hotel-industry damaging policy saying that “drinking alcohol in a restaurant was not part of a drinking culture but part of a dinning culture”. The policies where changed and today you can enjoy alcoholic beverages in hotel restaurants.

Axel Lund advocated for a more lenient alcohol policies in Norway.
The Strand Hotel Fevik offers a suitable selection of wine
starting at NOK 95  a glass and NOK 425 for a bottle.

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Nøgne ø is a artisan brewery in Gimstad makes supreme unfiltered craft beer.

Axel Lunds beach hotels and the early Norwegian functionalist movement
In 1914 Axel Lund built the Sola Strand beach hotel on the dune-clad beaches outside Stavanger and opened  the Fevik Strand Hotel 23 years later in 1937. Both hotels are members of Historic Hotels of Norway a group of unique and historic hotels and restaurants.

Lund hired Norwegian architect Eilert Smith to design the Strand Hotel Fevik. Smith beautifully blended national norwegian traditions with the new functionalist mode. Functionalism had become a force in Norway at the same time as in the rest of Europe. The Stockholm Exhibition in the summer of 1930 was a display of the new ideas circulating among scandinavian architects and designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Gunnar Asplund, Aalvar Aalto and Poul Henningsen, but several years earlier Norwegian works are clearly functionalist.  The Ekeberg restaurant in Oslo designed by architect Lars Backer was completed as early as 1928.  The Ekeberg restaurant is still a restaurant today and also a member of Historic Hotels of Norway Hotels. The National Museum in Oslo is currently showing the exhibit  Lars Backer – Architect. A Pioneer of Norwegian Modernism. On show until 14th August 2016.

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An early example of Nowegian functionalist architecture. The Ekeberg restaurant in Oslo designed by architect Lars Backer in 1928

Extension built in 2010
In 2010 the Strand Hotel Fevik was extensively renovated  and architect Roger Hampton from the architect firm Halvorsen & Reine created an extension true to the original architectural ideals with a further 42 guest rooms, a wellness area and pavilion style function and conference facilities.

The famous regular guest
During the 1970’s the beach hotel was frequented by British born author and  master of the twisted tale Roald Dahl and his family. Roald was born in Wales, but was of Norwegian decent and enjoyed spending his summers at Strandhotel Fevik with his family. He always stayed in room 306 with a small wooden balcony overlooking the beach through the Norwegian pine trees. This year in September celebrates the centenary of the birth of Roald and the hotels has a series of events and special offers.

DSC_2112.jpgRoald Dahl’s favorite room at The Strandhotel Fevik “306”

Room in the new section
We stayed in the new section in room 400 , an “Eikeli Suite” on the fourth floor. This penthouse suite has a sea-facing balcony with a dreamlike view over the beach and cove. The suits interior radiate New England Cottage style and atmosphere furnished exclusively with Rivièra Maison furnishings. It is tremendosuly relaxing laying in your comfortable bed with the windows open listening to the gentle surf on the beach and letting the soothing sound lull you to a perfect sleep.

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Fourth floor penthouse Ekili Suite overlooking the beach.

The hotel is frequented by a good mix of young and old holiday and get-away couples and families predominately from Norway. It is also an enchanted and popular venue for wedding parties. The romantic setting caters for over 60 wedding parties a year.

The hotel is extremely popular for wedding receptions.

In addition to stylish rooms and natural stunning surroundings the hotel offers a small spa section with jacuzzi both in- and out-door, sauna, turkish steam bath and rain dance and waterfall showers. There is also a small but sufficient gym, with rowing machine, spinning bike, treadmill and weights.

The hotel offers small spa section with direct access to the beach.
The coastline surrounding the hotel offers good possibilities for sea angling.

 Restaurant Neptun & Roald Dahl Bar
The pavilion style restaurant Neptun echoes the hotel’s past and the welcoming interior sets you back to the era of Agatha Christie. The restaurant offers a dinner menu of 15 dishes from which you can build a one to three-course meal. At lunch, you can choose between 9 hot and cold meals. The food is  fuss-free and attractively presented using fresh seasonal quality local produce. The vegetables are sourced from nearby family run Hesnes Gartneri. The scallops, cod and salmon are delivered from seafood experts Reinhartsen in Kristiansand and the succulent and juicy chicken is sourced from Vestfold Fugl . The restaurant atmosphere is cosy, relaxed and friendly. Try to get a table on the canopy part of the pavilion with a lovely view of the sea.

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Restaurant Neptun

 

You can visit the nearby Hesnes Gartneri and have a leisurely lunch or buy fresh produce and interior design in the farm shop.

Next to the restaurant, you can enjoy a leisurely drink in front of the open fireplace in the historic bar named after Roald Dahl or on the wide terrace or lawn in front of the beach.

 

Scrumptious Breakfast
The hotel’s breakfast buffet is nothing short of exceptional with a well-presented array of smoked and gravad salmon, crayfish, eggs and shrimps, cold cut meats and liver pâté, a selection of classic Norwegian cheeses Jarlsberg, Norwegia, the sweet brown cheese Gudbrandsdalen and Norzola. All served alongside bread, rolls and cakes and pastries. There is also a cooked breakfast on offer of fried or scrambled eggs with bacon and sausages. Finish off with freshly made pancakes with local honey or cherry syrup or an artisan dairy yogurt from Tjemsland Ysteri with home made granola and fresh fruit.

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Colourful and cheerful General Manager Agnes Berntsen has been at the helm of Strandhotel Fevik since 2003 and is part owner. You may meet Agnes during your breakfast as she likes to take a round greeting all guests and pouring coffee. Her business card title reads hotel manager and enthusiast. Her enthusiasm and drive have given her the nickname turbo Agnes.  Her passion and commitment clearly rubs off on the young smiling and attentive staff.

Early hotel brochure illustrations of holiday pastimes by
Stavanger illustrator Henry Imsland

Take a hike.
You can pick up a map in the hotel reception and take an invigorating and refreshing 6 km hike through Fevik and the surrounding nature. The route takes you past the marina, past beautiful timber houses and several enchanting coves, rock faces, island skerries and ocean vistas. Along the way through the conifer forrest, you can pick blueberries, bramble, cranberries, and if your lucky find chanterelles and hedgehog mushrooms.

 

Day trips to nearby Grimstad and Arendal
You can reach the coastal towns of Grimstad to the west and Arendal to the east in less than half an hour. Both towns offer historic city centres with charming white painted timber houses on cobblestoned streets dating back to the 18th century together with harbour areas with restaurants and a good selection of shopping possibilities. Start of with a visit to the Grimstad or Arendal Tourist information Centres for maps and inspiration.

 

Weather
The  South Norwegian late summer weather is changeable one minute the sun is shining from a blue sky the next it can be raining heavily. So bring weatherproof clothing and check the weather report before planning your day. YR is the most reliable on-line weather forecast.

 

Getting there

We travelled to southern Norway with the modern cruise like SuperSpeed connection across Skagerak from Hirtshals in Denmark to Kristiansand with Color Line. (3hrs 15 min). Don´t miss the excellent value buffet in the restaurant “Catch Me If You Can” You can sit in the restaurant for the full duration of the crossing and enjoy unlimited food and drink (book in advance).

There are flights from Oslo and Copenhagen to nearby Kristiansand Airport Kjevik KRS
(45 min)

Info

STRAND HOTEL FEVIK
N-4870 FEVIK

Tel.: 0047 37 25 00 00

www.strandhotelfevik.no

booking@strandhotelfevik.no 

 

 

 

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