Named for its location 1,222 meters above sea level, the Finse 1222 is a full service hotel in the remote and tiny village of Finse, Norway. The town, only reachable by train or on foot, is the gateway to the spectacular Hardangerjøkulen glacier, known to locals as Hoth as it was the primary filming location for the 1980 classic, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
In 1979, cast and crew stayed at this hotel while filming scenes on the glacier, in the nearby valley, and in the immediate area on the back side of the hotel when snowfall was too intense to shoot further away.
“If you turn the cameras around from that scene, there’s people out on their balcony sipping cocoa watching us”
– Mark Hamill
The hotel’s lobby has a display of Star Wars related memorabilia including a screen-used Rebel Trooper hat and a copy of The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
A room on the second floor houses a small museum displaying production photos and local news-clippings related to the filming of The Empire Strikes Back in Finse. A full-sized replica Snowtrooper costume is also on display and makes for a great photo-op. The room is free to visit, just ask hotel staff for directions on how to find it.
This room is also used as a venue for hosting talks related to their VISIT HOTH program, an annual event hosted by the hotel for Star Wars fans and cosplayers to come together and celebrate the locations visit to the infamous movie.
If you ever plan to VISIT HOTH, be sure to pick up a special edition Star Wars Empire™ Crew Parka by Columbia Sportswear, inspired by the blue jackets worn during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back.
- Read more about our visit to Finse in our blog post: Hiking to Hoth: Finding Star Wars in Norway
- This location made our list of the 10 Most Unique And Coolest Disney Related Locations Where You Can Spend The Night
Finse, 5719 Finse, Norway