Vatnahalsen was originally built as a sanatorium in 1896, but it was never used for its intended purpose. Instead, it became popular as a hotel because of the Bergen Railway. After the Bergen Railway was opened in 1909, and especially after the Flåm Railway was connected with the Bergen Railway in 1940, Vatnahalsen became a great winter destination. The hotel´s guest books from the 1930s show how Norwegian, British, German and Dutch skiers enjoyed their stay. Due to steep mountains and the arrival by train, many of them called it the Nordic St. Moritz. For several decades winter was the most important season. Even today, the hotel can only be reached by train.
From the mid-1980s, biking along the old road next to the Bergen Railway became popular, and summer traffic at the hotel increased considerably. Today, the Rallar road is considered the finest bike road in Norway. But regardless of shifting trends, throughout the last 120 years, Vatnahalsen Hotel´s vision has been to create a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. Here you can arrive any time of the year and find a homely atmosphere, a comfortable bed, a hearty meal and a hospitable host. For the past 35 years, the hotel has been run by the Aksnes family, and today´s manager Jannet is second generation Aksnes at Vatnahalsen. Read the whole history of Vatnahalsen Hotel here.