Founded by Norwegian couple Knut and Line Flakk, 62oNORD is a leading experiential travel company committed to offering highly personalised, world-class adventures on the North West coast of Norway. Dedicated to supporting the local community, the Flakks have taken their love and passion for their home region, Sunnmøre, to a whole new level, tailor-making all aspects of an itinerary, with a team of local guides and experts to reveal the awe-inspiring beauty of the region.
From breathtakingly beautiful hikes, world-class skiing and helicopter adventures to deep-sea fishing, wildlife safaris and destination dining, visitors will instantly disconnect from the stresses of daily life and connect with this area of unmatched natural beauty. In addition, 62oNORD’s privately owned collection of restaurants and boutique accommodation located in and around the region will further enhance the guest experience, drawing on the distinct Art Nouveau and traditional Norwegian architecture, fresh coastal cuisine and noble Viking heritage.
SUNNMØRE – NORWAY’S HIDDEN GEM
Sunnmøre, the southernmost district of the northwestern Norway region is renowned for its pristine nature, beautiful fjords, remote villages, spectacular waterfalls, vast glaciers and varied wildlife. Steeped in history, Sunnmøre is home to the small town of Ålesund, a fishing port town that was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style following a devastating fire in 1904. Today it is considered to be one of the most beautiful small fishing ports in the world. Easily accessible, Sunnmøre is home to two airports, making it a perfect option for those looking for an off-the-beaten-track adventure, without having to venture too far to experience it.
TAILORMADE ADVENTURES – ALL YEAR ROUND
62°NORD offers a range of bespoke experiences whatever the season from skiing, fishing and kayaking to sea rafting, cycling and hiking, so there is something to suit adventure-seeking aficionados of all ages. With a collection of boats, helicopters and expert local guides, the team is able to design bespoke itineraries to create once a lifetime adventure. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord on board the MS Fjord Adventurer, stopping off at spectacular waterfalls and historical fjord farms along the way.
Explore the Sunnmøre region by air, landing in remote, untouched areas for a destination dining experience like no other. For the ultimate activity, enjoy a five-hour heli-adventure, which combines an exhilarating birds-eye view of the region, followed by a guided kayaking venture around the Hjørundfjord, one of Norway’s most enchanting and beautiful fjords. Wildlife fans will also love the opportunity to visit Runde Island, which is home to over 500,000 birds including eagles and puffins.
THE FRESHEST TASTE OF NORDIC CUISINE
When it comes to dining, more casual experience guests can dine alfresco in the summer months on the resident barge. 62°NORD prides itself on offering the freshest cuisine across its hotels and standalone restaurants. Guests can dine at Apotekergata No. 5, located in Hotel Brosundet, a converted warehouse in the heart of Ålesund. Inspired by the destination, the ‘topographic menu’ showcases ingredients sourced from the surrounding mountains to the deepest sea. For a more casual experience, guests can dine alfresco in the summer months on the resident barge.
Visitors looking for something a little different should head to Skotholmen, just a stone’s throw away from Ålesund and Fosnavaag. Reachable only by boat or helicopter, you will be greeted by the chef on arrival to discuss the revolving menu, which is centred around the catch of the day.
62°NORD boasts an interesting collection of boutique accommodation, from a converted warehouse in the heart of the Ålesund and a one-bedroom lighthouse, just steps away, to a four-bedroom ‘Owners Cabin’ in Staurneset, Giske – the land of Viking nobility. A rural mountain lodge in the popular Øye hiking district and a traditional Alpine retreat in the Sunnmøre Alps will ensure that guests experience an authentic slice of Nordic living.
Hotel Brosundet offers a central base to explore the iconic Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, whilst still being surrounded by the sea and fjords.
For something more intimate and quirky, book to stay in room 47 at Molja Lighthouse, part of Hotel Brosundet. Featuring just one room, guests can fall asleep to the sight of passing ships and wake to a delicious breakfast delivered to their door.
Larger groups and families can enjoy the same level of privacy by staying at the ‘Owner’s Cabin’. This Nordic base sits on the untouched island of Giske, which has played home to noble Viking families years ago and is now home to colonies of seals and passing orcas.
In contrast to this sea-facing accommodation, Hotel Union Øye, located by the Norangsfjord, offers a gateway to some of the most beautiful hikes in the world. A firm favourite with mountaineers since its opening in 1891, the rooms are individually designed with handpicked antique furniture and have been named after previous historic visitors including writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, composer Edvard Grieg and former king of Sweden and Norway, King Oscar.
For the ultimate escape to the country, check into Storfjord Hotel, a 29-room lodge, which embodies a home from home feel and boasts unrivalled views of the fjord and Sunnmøre Alps.
The nearest airport is Ålesund Lufthavn Vigra, which offers direct flights from Amsterdam and Oslo. For more information visit www.62.no