It is quite a feat to get to Hotel Finse 1222, a hotel edged in between the Finsevatnet lake, the Hardangerjøkulen glacier and the Hallingskarvet mountain range. As the only means of transportation is the train (there are no roads in Finse, and the train only stops at the station four times a day), the tiny mountain village of Finse has greatly remained untouched. Hotel Finse 1222 was originally built as a mountain lodge in 1906 but was converted to a hotel for railway builders in 1909. In 2020, Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta revamped the property, bridging the gap between past and present and offering its take on a contemporary mountain retreat.
The 45 rooms of the property are sparsely decorated and feature custom-made wool blankets. For guests wanting to enjoy the landscape to its fullest, the floor-to-ceiling windows in the two Jøkulen suites offer spectacular views from both the bed and the bathtub.