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About Hostelling International Norway - For good - not for profit

Hostelling International Norway (HI Norway) is a network that unites hostels from all over Norway, and is proudly part of the worldwide organisation Hostelling International.

HI Norway is the umbrella organisation for over 50 hostels all over Norway. What unites us, is our common goal: To be much more than just a place to stay.

As a nonprofit membership organisation, we have a long and proud history. From the day our very first hostel opened its doors in Trondheim in the 1930’s, we have had our very own philosophy. Our hostels, that are now to be found across the whole country, from the North Cape region to the gentle southern shore, have become places to meet people from all over Norway, and all over the world.

Our mission is to provide affordable and qualitative accomodation and activities to members from abroad and from Norway, to create experiences and interaction between travellers, as to promote better understanding between different people and their cultures. Read more about our values.

HI Norway is a membership organisation that builds on both personal membership, and membership for companies and organisations. Everybody’s welcome to join the club, regardless of age, cultural or religious background. With a membership, you can enjoy our membership benefits, both in Norway and in the rest of the world, although membership is not necessary in order to stay at our hostels. 

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About Hostelling International

HI Norway is a proud member of Hostelling International (HI), a global network of more than 4000 hostels worldwide. Because of HI’s focus on intercultural contact, we are recognised by UNESCO as an nonprofit organisation. With our 4 million members, we are one of the world’s largest membership-based and youth organisations.

Hostelling International (HI) is a non-governmental and nonprofit organisation that represent hostelling organisations in 89 countries in all parts of the globe. Together, we are:

  • 4 million members
  • 69 member associations
  • 3 associate organisations
  • Licensed hostels in 23 countries
  • Around 35 million overnights per year
  • 330 000 beds

Hostelling International was founded in 1932 and has its main office in London. We are recognised by UNESCO (United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and have been an Affiliate Member of UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) since 2014.

HI Norway has since many years been one of Hostelling International’s most succesful member organisations. When it comes to the total number of overnights, Norway has been on the fifth place worldwide (after the USA, France, Iceland and the UK). In 2014, two of our hostels were voted among the ten best hostels in the world: Oslo Hostel Central and Flåm Hostel!

“As passionate guardians of the youth hostelling movement since its creation over one hundred years ago we are committed to communicating the benefits of worldwide youth travel and the values of Hostelling International for the next hundred years and beyond.”

Angela Braasch-Eggert, HI President

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