A sandy floor, a full size tree trunk, a profusion of green plants and a posse of endangered species — in cuddly toy form. The WWF room at Scandic Vulkan hotel in Oslo is wild! The only thing missing are the calls of rainforest birds. Although, if you are after a good night’s sleep, that’s is probably for the best.
Designed in partnership with WWF Norway, to raise awareness of environmental issues among hotel guests, the room also features recycling bins (yes, you’ll have to sort out your paper from your plastic waste), second-hand furniture, organic toiletries and long-life bulbs, among other energy-saving devices.
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There are no windows looking out, and the only light filtering into the room from the outside does so through a forest scene applied onto a large glass panel overlooking the hotel’s atrium, so the atmosphere in the room is very hush, and dim enough to evoke the inside an Indonesian rainforest. Perfect for honeymooning couples wanting to cuddle up for a couple of nights, but arguably not recommended for a longer stay.
Want to try it? Pack your flip-flops and book before August 2014 – after that the room will be dismantled and a new sponsor will take over – although who that will be is secret.
Other rooms in the hotel are more conventional, but light and well appointed. Many of them enjoy great views over the surrounding area, courtesy of large floor to ceiling windows, and all boast wooden floors and fee internet access. The hotel also has a ‘Blogger’s Inn’, a bedroom available free of charge to visiting bloggers from around the world intending to write about their stay in Oslo (and the hotel of course).
Planning your Scandic Vulkan stay
Where: Scandic Vulkan is in Grünerløkka, Oslo’s new happening neighborhood. The area is home to the newly opened Mathallen food hall, where you’ll find several bars and cafes and even a performing stage (Dansens Hus) in what was formerly a industrial area.
How much: Nightly rate start at 800NOK (or 1,200NOK if you want the ability to change or cancel your reservation). The rate includes breakfast, gym use and wifi internet. The WWF room can only be booked through the hotel’s website.
If you go: In house parking next door to the hotel will set you back 240NOK per night — expensive even by Oslo standards; use taxis or public transport to get there rather than a rental car.
Family friendly? The Scandic Vulkan in general is great for children — and those under 13 stay free. The WWF room in particular only has one queen bed, so not ideal for families.
For your bookshelf: Saving the World’s Wildlife: The WWF’s First Fifty Years