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Vacation in Norway? Here are some great places to stay

Stay at one of our folk high schools when you travel around in Norway. Picture: Lofoten Folk HIgh School

Are you going on vacation in Norway? Check out the hostels at the Folk High Schools. They offer bed and breakfast all over Norway, often with breathtaking views and close to everything you want to see in Norway.

Folk high schools are boarding schools for young adults, but in the summer xx schools turn into hostels and offer guests a cheap and cozy stay. Check out the map of all the hostels and find your perfect stay on the list below.


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Map of all the folk high schools that have summer hostels

Kristiansand folkehøgskole

Only 10 kilometers from Kristiansand, you will find Kristiansand folkehøyskole, located in the idyllic area «Sørlandet». Kristiansand folkehøyskole is located at Kristiansand feriesenter, Dvergsnestangen.

Kristiansand feriesenter is a 5-star camping, and offers rental of motel rooms, apartments and summer cabins by the sea.

Summer in Southern Norway is a favorite family vacation destination. Beach life, boat trips, fresh shrimp on the dock, give you a taste of the Southern Norway experience. In Setesdal, you can enjoy action-packed adventures like rafting, mountain biking, river kayaking, and experience Norwegian cultural heritage at its best.


Molde Folkehøgskole

Just outside the center of Molde, and with lovely view of mountains and sea, you will find Molde Hostel.

You will find more information about Molde Hostel and how to book here.

Or you can send your booking directly here: aase@molde.fhs.no

Molde Hostel offers rooms of all kind: everything from dormitory to rooms with private bathrooms. Included in the price is bed linen, towel, good breakfast and access to the guest kitchen where own meals can be prepared.  

The hostel has free Wi-Fi and free parking on site.  The hostel's pleasant outdoor area is at the disposal of our guests.  Our guests also have access to a fitness center and a nice lounge.

Molde Hostel has its main season from 01.06. – 10.08. every summer, but has a few rooms for renting  rest of the year as well.










Molde is called the fjord city, the jazz city, the football city and the city of roses.  Molde offers a fantastic panorama with 222 mountain peaks, the Romsdal Museum, Kongebjørka, football in the best league in Norway and a Jazz festival with an atmosphere you just have to experience.

The magnificent nature invites activities for both young and old: everything from demanding hikes in the mountain, to relaxing fishing trips by the coast.  In recent years, the association "Friends of Moldemarka" has created beautiful hiking trails in the local area - to the delight of both the city's residents and tourists.  These are suitable for both exercisers and cyclists, and for those who just want to drink their afternoon coffee outside.

Molde city center is intimate and cosy.  Feel free to visit Plassen - the city's beautiful cultural center.  The library is also located here, as well as a pleasant cafe.  Feel free to enjoy your morning coffee here or at another of Molde's coffee bars.  A little west of the city center you have Aker Stadion and Scandic Seilet Hotel - also buildings that should be visited.  Molde's water park is the closest neighbour to Scandic Seilet Hotel. 

If you move slightly up towards the forest, you can walk through Reknesparken.  From the music pavilion in the middle of the park, you have a fantastic view of the city.  From this park you can continue to Romsdalsmuseet.  This was established in 1912, and is one of the country's largest and most contentrich folk museums.

Just one kilometer west of the museum, we find Kongebjørka.  This is where King Håkon adn the Prince Olav hid when the Germans bombed Molde in 1940.  From the museum, we can follow the path that goes up to Varden.  This is a viewpoint 407 m.a.s.l., and it takes just under an hour to reach.  Here you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city of Molde and the 222 mountain peaks.

The Atlantic Road is a national tourist route and is referred to as the world's most beautiful road trip.  In 2005, it was voted to Norway's building of the century.  It is just under an hours drive from Molde in the direction of Kristiansund.

Molde Hostel is located to the west of the center of Molde - in the immediate vicinity of both Kongebjørka, Varden, Romsdalsmuseet, Scandic Seilet and Aker Stadium.  From the hostel it only takes 20 minutes to walk to the city centre.  The local bus passes the hostel 2 times every hour.

Below you will find links to some tourist attractions that are worth a visit:




Nordiska folkhögskolan

Nordiska folkhögskolan in Sweden offers a perfect place to stay for those who want to experience the buzzing citylife of Gothenburg and still have nature right at the door.

Nordiska folkhögskolan, or "Nordiska" as we say, offers courses within the arts and culture. As the only folkhighschool in Sweden, Nordiska is part of the Norwegian folkhighschool-association. Every year we welcome students from Norway and the other Nordic countries.

You will find Nordiska in the historical town of Kungälv, only 20 minutes from Gothenburg and three hours from Oslo. Kungälv has a rich history with the Bohus castle built during the 14th century. The castle is known as one of the region's seven miracles.

Nordiska folkhögskolan runs Bed and Breakfast all year around. During the summer we offer 157 beds in varying standard and roomsizes. It is a good fit for one or two people but even larger groups. You may also rent one of the school's apartments, equipped with kitchen and comfortable patios close to the woods around the scool. We offer easy self check-in 24/7 and are happy to help out if you have questions about activites and sightseeing. If you have questions, please contact info@nordiska.fhsk.se

A warm welcome to Nordiska folkhögskolan!

  • Nordiska is close to the Swedish archipelago.
  • Explore the Swedish coastline, a short trip from Nordiska.
  • Enjoy a boatride around Marstrand.
  • Only a bussride away from Gothenburg. Credit: Jeska Hearne-Lobster
  • In Gothenburg you'll find something for every taste. Credit: Jonas Ingman
  • Nordiska has a beautifull view towards the Bohus castle
  • Enjoy the historical views of Bohus castle.
  • Wake up to a lovely breakfast buffet.
  • Relax and enjoy a peacefull morning.
  • Apartments next to the woods, with kitchen and patio.
  • 157 bookable beds during summer.
  • Nordiska folkhighschool is part of the Norwegian Folkehøgskolene.
  • Every year we welcome Norwegian students.
  • A warm welcome to Nordiska!

Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city

In Gothenburg you will find may activities suitable for families, couples and single travellers. The expressbus X4 takes you comfortable to Gothenburg center within 30 minutes. The bus departs often from Kungälv, even in the evening – and you will avoid the hassle of looking for a parking spot.

Bohuslän archipelago

A short trip in the other direction from Nordiska you will find the Bohuslän archipelago and the islands Marstrand and Tjörn, where the ocean glows and glitters. Here you can take a swim in the salty, fresh water and relax on the smooth rocks. In the Bohuslän archipelago you will find a wide selection of activities for people who loves the ocean:

Sjøholt Folkehøgskole

Are you visiting Møre and Romsdal this summer? Sjøholt Bed and breakfast is located midway between Molde and Ålesund, with a short distance to Geiranger, Trollstigen, Åndalsnes and the new tourist gem Nordøyane. From our B&B you can enjoy the view of the beautiful fjord and mountains

At Sjøholt bed and breakfast, all rooms have a private bathroom with shower. You have access to the gymnasium, fitness room, outdoor area, and free parking.

Here it is perfect for families with children and nature-loving tourists. It is a short distance to beautiful nature, fjords, and mountains, as well as activity parks and water parks.

Read more about our B&B and book a room at our webpage Sjøholt Bed and Breakfast

Contact? Email: booking@sjoholtfhs.no or phone +47 70 23 90 90.

Sogndal folkehøgskule

Welcome to Sogndal Folk High School's summer paradise: Sogndal Bed & Breakfast! We are open from June 17th until the night of August 11th, 2024. Here, you can enjoy a good book in our apple orchard, sit around the fire in our amphitheater, or take a swim at our beautiful pier.

We have three buildings: the Mountain Dormitory (new in 2013), the Garden Dormitory (newly renovated), and the Office Building. The Mountain Dormitory has en-suite bathrooms in the rooms. This building consists of 10 double rooms and 4 single rooms. In the Garden Dormitory, we have 24 double rooms and 8 single rooms, which are divided into sections where there are 3 double rooms and 1 single room per section. Each section shares 1 bathroom, 2 toilets, and 2 showers. In the Office Building, we have 12 rooms with private bathrooms, where 6 rooms share 1 kitchen, often rented out in the summer for long-term stays.

In total, we have 104 beds at Sogndal Bed & Breakfast, and all rooms in the Mountain Dormitory have a sofa bed.

Sogndal Bed & Breakfast is located in beautiful surroundings just a few hundred meters from the center of Sogndal. We have a stunning view of the mountains and fjord, and lovely outdoor areas that you as a guest can use. Here you will find a sand volleyball court, an artificial turf field, and an amphitheater. Recently, a pier was built by the fjord just below us, with built-in sun loungers/beds and the possibility for swimming.

Sogndal is ideally situated for many attractions. About 1 hour from Sogndal Bed & Breakfast, on the south side of the Sognefjord, you will find Aurland. Here lies Stegasteinen, a beautiful viewpoint on the mountain, and in the same municipality, about 15 minutes from Aurlandsvangen, you will find the world-famous Flåm Railway. You can also take a boat trip to the Nærøyfjord and end up in Gudvangen where the Viking Village is located.

Northeast of Sogndal, towards Sognefjellet, you will find several other attractions. Here you can drive down to Solvorn, a beautiful summer gem, and take the ferry over to Ornes. Here you can visit Urnes Stave Church (which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List), and Urnes Farm and Deer Farm. Additionally, it is possible to buy locally grown strawberries and raspberries on the way up to the church. On the same side of the fjord, towards Skjolden, you will find both the Feigumfossen waterfall and further on at Sørheim, the house where Lerum Factories started. Continuing towards Sogndal again, you will find Lustrabadet in Gaupne and the turn-off to Jostedalen, where you can visit the largest glacier on the mainland of Europe: Jostedalsbreen.

In Sogndal, there are many great hiking trails. For example, you can take a hike to the Dagsturhytta Stedjestova or go all the way to the top of Nuken, which is 919 meters above sea level from the center. The Fjord Trail, just below the center, is a lovely walk. You can walk all the way from us to Sjøkanten. Additionally, the region's largest shopping center is here with 50 stores. There is a bustling life in the center of Sogndal, which is colloquially called Fjøra. Experience park life, shops, and cafes; such as Dampskipskaien, Lustrabui, and Park Café Sogndal.

Not least, you must visit the Sogn Folkemuseum - De Heibergske Samlinger, which is a 10-minute drive from Sogndal towards Kaupanger! Here you will find the exhibition for the 150th anniversary of Sogndal Folk High School, the fairytale forest with the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and many lovely animals.

Here you are in the middle of a region with plenty of opportunities and experiences! You can ride a RIB boat on the Lustrafjord, explore stave churches throughout the region, such as Urnes, Kaupanger, and Borgund. Kraftgata in Kaupanger is a well-known area for trail biking, as well as the newly paved pump track in the same village.

We hope you spend your summer vacation in Sogn!

Stavern folkehøyskole

A stone's throw from sandy beaches, coast and forest, you will find Stavern Folk High School.

Stavern is located right on the water's edge with historic buildings and a charming center with cozy enigmas full of cafes, restaurants, bakeries and small niche shops.

Throughout much of the summer, we offer RV-parking in our beautiful park facilities.

The campsite is the perfect starting point for a beach holiday, for nice walks along the coast or for adventures at sea.

Sunnfjord Folkehøgskule

We can offer a family- friendly and reasonable accommodation in Sunnfjord. Your stay at us are in quiet surroundings, and a short distance to what Førde has to offer. We have rooms in different price ranges, with or without private bathroom. Breakfast buffet is included.

We have great outdoor area and own area for barbecues. We hava a gym and a outdoor beach volleyball court. Or what about a hiking- trip nearby? There are numerous of possibilities.

Førde Sommarhotell is located about 2 km from Førde city centre. It is 300 m to haldeplass for city bus and airport bus. 18 km to Førde Airport Bringeland.

Ålesund Folkehøgskole

Ålesund Folkehøgskole uses their premises to run BORG Sommerhotell. They take in many guests during the summer in their boarding rooms. Here you get made-up beds and breakfast included, in addition to the rooms having their own bathroom. They also have some simple pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents, where you get access to the sanitary facilities in the school’s sports hall.

24-hour reception, free parking, access to community kitchen, opportunities for laundry and frisbee golf are just some of what BORG Sommerhotell has to offer. Read more about Ålesund Folkehøgskole’s summer hotel and book accommodation here.

The center of Ålesund is a 16-minute drive away, and has a lot to offer. Here you can climb the stairs to Fjellstua to enjoy the view over the city or visit the shops and cafes in the Art Nouveau streets. Large parts of the city center are built in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) and you can see more about this at the Jugenstilsenteret. You can also visit the aquarium, go kayaking, climp Via Ferrata, or you can try one of the many other top attractions in and around Ålesund.

AMFI Moa shopping center is just a 7-minute drive from the summer hotel. The area is also known for its many great mountain walks and beautiful nature.

Read more about everything you can do in Ålesund and the surrounding area here.