While Succession’s Lukas, Kendall, Roman et al may be in the billionaire league, you can now follow in their footsteps for £500 by staying at the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway. The 24-bedroom hotel, located in the midst of a birch forest on the stunning northwest coast, was the chosen location to double as GoJo’s annual retreat, which features in series four of the hit series. Here’s everything you need to know about this Scandinavian bolthole.
Everyone who is gripped by the latest season of Succession will have devoured last night’s episode, not least GoJo billionaire Lukas Matsson’s company retreat, which is actually the Juvet Landscape Hotel. While Kendall and Roman Roy negotiating the sale of Waystar to the slick media mogul played by Alexander Skarsgård was undoubtedly nail biting, what really caught our eye were the stunning wilds of Norway where the cliffhanger scenes were filmed.
The media tycoon’s mountainside HQ – aka the Juvet Landscape Hotel – is yours to visit for £500 a night. Situated in Valldal on the west coast, this 24-room hotel bills itself as a once-in-a-lifetime escape, inviting guests to open their soul and connect with nature. Indeed, the hotel is remote, surrounded by endless forests of birch and pine, towering mountains and crystal-clear rivers with banks of moss and blueberry heather; located 90 minutes away from the closest city, it is only accessible by gondola.
The hotel itself is as striking as the landscape. The brainchild of hands-on owner Knut Slinning, the idea was to create a property that’s minimalist in design with little-to-no-impact on its environment. Slinning commissioned Oslo-based architects Jensen & Skodvin, who created a hotel spread across seven stilted glass-and-wood pods, as well as a series of birdhouses and the old farmhouse, which sits at Juvet’s heart.
The pods (where the Roys stay) – also known as the Landscape Rooms – are scene-stealers; perched high above the forest floor, their huge glass walls open out onto the dramatic natural vistas beyond. The Writer’s Lodge is also a standout, sleeping four people in two bedrooms, with a living room, kitchen and of course incredible views. Interiors throughout have been designed purposefully dark so as not to steal away from the scenery (the only colour comes in the form of the yellow bathrooms) – though this in no way detracts from their comfort.
Days at Juvet Landscape Hotel are spent outdoors hiking, climbing, skiing and doing riversports, before soothing tired muscles in the Bath House, the hotel spa. The dark concrete building contains a series of rooms painted in rich colours to give the impression of being a cave. There’s a hot tub, sauna and quiet room – though you may prefer to just sit by the 15-metre window and watch the river wend its way past.
Meals take place in the 100-year-old farmhouse, with the cow byre transformed into a dining room and sitting room where guests feast on a local, seasonal menu at a long table next to a roaring fire; the pig sty is now the kitchen, and the old hay store has been transformed into an outdoor lounge space.
“When we saw images of the remarkable architecture and setting of Juvet we got really excited,” Succession producer Scott Ferguson told Variety. “Norway is a glorious, natural setting. It immediately seemed like a perfect place for a family gathering in the series. We studied different countries, but we realised Norway just has this exceptional landscape – like nowhere else in the world.”