Day 1: The only way is up
This short trip starts with a beautiful journey on the Telemark Canal from Lunde to Dalen Hotel. There are separate parking spaces at Lunde where you can park your car before boarding the boat. Departure from Lunde is at 13.00.
Enjoy a 2-course lunch on board, including a glass of wine or mineral water. Sit back, relax and take in the spectacular view!
From the pier to the hotel there is an approximately 10 minute walk. Check in at Dalen Hotel, popularly known as the “fairytale hotel”. The unique hotel dates from 1894 and is built in a lavish romantic style with dragon heads, towers and spires, balconies, elaborate projections and cornices. Find a comfortable seat and soak up the atmosphere of the central hall – the heart of the hotel – with its magnificent stained-glass painting towering ten metres above you. Large areas of parkland open up looking eastwards towards the Bandak inland fjord. The mountainsides rise perpendicular to the north, south and west.
Step back in time and enjoy the hotel’s old-style luxury, paired with high-quality beds and gourmet meals. The hotel's ambitions are to deliver dining experiences out of the ordinary. With Michelin-star Executive Chef Mikael Öster and his highly decorated team, the restaurant experience is in focus during a visit to Dalen Hotel. In line with the hotel's history and founding, the menu is French inspired with the use of local and Norwegian ingredients. In the evening you will be served a refreshing aperitif and storytelling before enjoying a 3-course dinner in the restaurant. The restaurant is inspired by Telemark as a region with exciting ingredients and traditional recipes.