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Fru Haugans Hotel

    Fru Haugans Hotel
 in Mosjoen


On December 13, 1794, at the age of 33, sloop skipper Erik Sjursen was granted a royal licence to run an inn and a business by King Christian VII. Leasing a stretch of land on the Vefsna river, Sjursen built and established a flourishing trading centre.

In 1823, Sjursen’s clerk, Peter J. Heitmann, took over the enterprise until his death in 1827. Heitmann's wife Anne Christine Clausdotter remarried to sloop skipper O. H. Schrøder and took over management of the inn. The couple added a general store to the property and maintained successful operations until 1868 when the land was bought. From then, the Schrøders Hotel was established which became a posting station from 1879.

Falling in love with the property after a visit, 36 years old Ellen Schistad Haugan purchased the property and land in 1885, registering it as Fru Haugans Hotel for 2 million NKR. The hotel was in a poor condition when she bought the building, but with hard work and persistence, Fru Haugans Hotel became a distinguished establishment famous for its delicious food, service, and warmth. After Ellen's passing in 1914, her youngest daughter Eli took over the business adding a new modern concrete wing, adjacent to the traditional wooden site, with 40 spacious guestroom.

In 1962, Eli died handing over the management to her niece, Eli Marie Jürgensen, who began the third generation of women to maintain the tradition of quality food, service, and hospitality at Fru Haugans Hotel. Professionally trained in hospitality, Jürgensen was an extremely successful manager and created a sound financial foundation for additional hotel and restaurant development.

Eli’s niece, Bjørg Jürgensen Johannessen came from Kristiansund with her family in 1991 to run the business and and took over the hotel permanently after Eli's death in 1997. She renovated the entire property in 1999, adding conference rooms, two restaurants, a bar, elevator, and an additional floor with 17 guestrooms. For the improvements, Johannessen was awarded the Local Council’s Building Tradition Award and the Business Award. Unfortunately, after a short illness, she died in 2004, only 57 years old.

Today, representing the fifth-generation of women managing the Fru Haugans Hotel, Bjørg's children Ellen and Alf, as well as her husband Alf Gilroy, continue to provide a luxury experience for guests.

Fru Haugans Hotel, a charter member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2012, dates back to 1794.


International Numbers

Austria 08000706176
Belgium 080081830
France 805542721
Germany 8007241217
Ireland 1800995320
Italy 800979444
Netherlands 08000200956
Norway 80054304
Spain 900814719
Switzerland 0800001798
UK 8009179622
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