THESE ARE THE ANSWERS TO
So Many Questions
… About Catogården
Exactly, because Mother Earth is calling. For the sake of feeling a bit more grounded and down to earth, we invite you to take a time-out from your endless driving and give yourself a well-deserved break in a gorgeous setting. That’s why.
Here, you will sleep in a cozy room in a historic building within walking distance from everything of interest in the picturesque fishing village of Reine.
Travel portals have us listed as a favourite among both singles and couples, and adventurous people tend to like our creative style. Groups appreciate that they can have the entire house more or less to themselves.
Finally, Catogården is not not just an another bland, flavourless corporate hotel. This is a family owned company. You share the space with us, and we embrace you with all the warmth we can muster.
The accommodation category boutique home is a funky fusion of a small hotel, a Bed & Breakfast, and somebody’s home. I actually live here with my family and my crew.
We define the concept of home as a cheerful and happy place to live, laugh and learn. We want our home to be a safe space where you are loved, respected, and cared for.
So your interactions with me and my crew will colour your experience significantly, hopefully in bright, warm, and happy nuances. That alone makes Catogården way more boutique and personal than your average hotel chain.
Yes, we offer an intimate set-up for minor project teams, courses, and workshops complete with AV equipment and catering.
My crew would bend over backwards to help you arrange a romantic wedding. We are only a five-minute walk away from the church if that is part of your plan.
We have ten unique guest rooms with comfy beds, retro looks, and stunning views.
On top of that you have full access to a sunny balcony, a well-designed kitchenette, a cozy living room complete with fireplace and free tea and coffee at the self-service barista machine.
Finally, an exclusive fitness room with stylish, wooden, NOHrD exercise equipment may inspire you to flex your muscles.
We share our bathrooms, so that’s a fair question. But you have access to no less than seven toilets and four showers.
Close to your own room, there is a spacious bathroom with shower and toilet. In the basement, you’ll find two small restrooms and three bathrooms with showers and toilets. On the first floor, a handicap friendly toilet is at your disposal should you need one of those.
All baths and restrooms are furbished with high-end fixtures and hygienic floor-to-ceiling tiles which we clean and desinfect with a venom using environmentally safe soaps and steam.
We keep all bathrooms well stocked with free soap, shampoo, shower gel, and allergy tested hand disinfectant.
This is a historic villa, mind you, designed and constructed as a domicile for one family only. So when we started redefining and reshaping the building to our purpose, adding separate bathsrooms to the guest rooms was not a viable solution. However, you will find that the kind of travellers who gravitate towards our house tend to be considerate, respectful, and generally pleasant to be around.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE FOR ONE ROOM?
All amenities in the bathrooms.
Tea and coffee in the living room.
Unlimited use of the fitness room.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE FOR ONE ROOM?
Breakfast and other meals (we still lack the kitchen facilities).
Transfer from ferry or airport.
Kayaking (but guests get a discount)
DO YOU HAVE FREE PARKING?
Yes, parking is free, and you can leave your vehicle right outside our main door.
When you stay with us, use of the fitness room is included in the price whereas members and walk-in users pay for their access. We encourage you to follow your heart and make the most of it. Read more details of the studio at the webpage of Reine Muskler
Yes, we invite you to join our daily kundalini yoga classes, free of charge, during your entire stay with us. Members and walk-in users have to pay, though.
No prior knowledge or training is needed. Anybody can participate. We start at 8:00 and carry on to 9:30 every morning.
How often do you use more than two burners on your kitchen stove at home? This may very well be the smallest kitchen you have ever seen, but we challenge you to give it a go and whip up a proper home-cooked lunch or dinner anyway. If you don’t go overboard, the wall-to-wall counter should be large enough to prep most foods. So avail yourself of our gourmet copper cookware to boil, steam, or fry a tasty dish on the twin-hub, glass ceramic table top stove. Or surrender and chuck something ready-made in the microwave. The dishwasher will do the chores afterwards.
Yes you can, and we gladly supply firewood if you want to use the fireplace. The fire itself, however, will be lit and maintaned by way of polite, friendly, and fortcoming self-service. And please do not leave the room before the fire is reduced to ember and ashes. This house is all wood.
WHAT CAN I FIND NEAR CATOGÅRDEN?
Bringen Kaffebar 0.1
Maren Anna 6
Circle K 0.1
Coop Extra 3
(distances measured in kilometres)
WHAT IS YOUR CHECK-IN TIME
We promise to have your room ready no later than 3 PM. Most days we do way better than that. If not, just unload your bags in the reception area and go out and have some fun.
If you arrive late, we’d appreciate if you will let us know in advance. Normally we only wait up till 11 PM, but we have been known to make exceptions.
If you don’t mind, we prefer to get the money matters out of the way right off the bat. That serves to make your check-out completely hazzle-free. We accpet major credit cards and cash, off course. I you want to pay with foreign currency, though, we may have to add a nasty surcharge.
Then we show you around the house, help you settle in, and try to answer any question you might have about your stay, both here in our house and in Reine and Lofoten in general.
Your formal check-out time is at noon, but if your room is not spoken for until later, we’re are usually flexible enough to let you overstay a bit if you are waiting for a bus or a ferry. Should we need the room on time, then you are more than welcome to bring your luggage to the reception area and to hang out in the living room or the gym in the meantime.
If you have paid aready, just leave the key in the door as a signal to the crew that you have vacated the room.
Absolutely not. You are already in our system.
You can cancel your booking free of charge untill 7 days before your arrival date. When you book a room we may have to turn down other guests who would have loved to stay here. Most travellers book a long time in advance so we are hard pressed to find another guest for the cancelled room.
… About Reine And Moskenesøy
How long time do you have? You could spend your entire vacation here and still not get to do everything on your list as Reine and Moskenesøy offers a wide range of outdoor activities all year. Off the top of my head, you can go kayaking, hiking, swimming, fishing, diving, surfing, or geocaching if you don’t want to just sit on a rock in the sun and marinate in all the beauty that sourrounds you here.
I have written detailed explanations and sage advise about a long list of activities HERE.
I would recommend a hike to Reinebringen, to walk among the Rorbuer, sit down on a stone and with the spectacular view, go kayaking to the Reinefjorden with us at Reine Paddling, build a sandcastle or run into the ice fold water on a day hike to the Bunes beach, fishing trip, go waterfall hunting in Sørvågen, eat a fish burger at Anitas, go treasure hunting or join a speed boat safari, look at the birds, drink a coffe at the cozy Bringen Coffebar, visit the Fishing Village museum in Å, take pictures of the stockfish, get a book in the Little Free Library that we are hosting visit one of the small galleries… You can find so many things to do here!
Reinebringen is not a recommended hike for children. Ask the local tourist information about alternative hikes.
I would say kayaking trips, fishing trips and the ocean rib safari to the maelstrom. Pluss the ferry to the National Park.
It depends who you are. The stairs are really beautiful, but the trail is 45 degrease steep. The last part of the trail has no stairs, so you have to walk carefully.
… About Public Transportation in Lofoten
It is possible to travel by public transportation In Lofoten, but there are few departures, so remember to plan well or you might find your self waiting for the bus ..
If you plan to TRAVEL FOR DAYS, I reconmend to buy a Nordland Travel Pass
Read more about the tickets HERE
There are plenty of things to do in Reine, and you can also rent a bike within the island of Moskenes. But if you want to do visit several attractions in a radius of Moskenes, Flakstad, Vestvågøy and Vågan on one day the answer will be yes –
A local Car rental company by the ferry of Moskenes is RENT A CAR MOSKENES
You can also find other companies, at the airports of Leknes Lufthavn, Svolvær Lufthavn, Narvik Evenes Lufthavn. A quick search on the net, should give you a good overview. There is also a site called Nabobil, where private people rent out their cars.