Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon has refused to name the 'friend' courtesy of whom he enjoyed a stay on a luxury yacht which normally costs $280,000 a week.

Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht
The Mia Elise superyacht, which costs $280,000 a week to rent. Photo: Charter Index

The heir to the Norwegian throne has faced growing media pressure in his country after revelations that he spent a long weekend in early August aboard the Mia Elise superyacht. 

In a meeting with journalists during a scouting event in Asker, he would only say that he hadn't paid anything for his stay and that the person who had lent the vessel was one of its owners. 

“A friend invited us on a boat trip and we stayed there for three days. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “I do not think he owes us anything, or that we owe him anything.” 

Haakon went on the trip with Crown Princess Mette Marit directly after the couple attended the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi, Princess Caroline of Monaco’s youngest son, to Beatrice Borromeo. 

Haakon said that staying on such a fuel-guzzling vessel did not mean he no longer took environmental issues seriously. 

“I still believe the climate is important,” he told reporters.  “I fully agree that emissions are a bad thing. We must try to do something.” 


Snøhetta unveils stunning Lofoten hotel

Another day, another mind-blowing building from Oslo architects Snøhetta. The firm last week unveiled the first images of the Lofoten Opera Hotel, which will snake over a rocky outcrop on the far-west of Norway's Lototen islands.

Snøhetta unveils stunning Lofoten hotel
The Lofoten Opera Hotel. Photo: Snøhetta
The hotel will loop around an inner courtyard, offer views of the Norwegian Sea in several directions, while providing sheltered space in its centre. 
"The location is spectacular; sunny, right in the middle of majestic landscape elements, but at the same time connected to already populated areas and shielded harbours," the company said on its website. 
"The form creates an inner and outer space, and enhances the site’s inherent potential of an architectural expression," it added. "The organic form protects and opens at the same time."
The 11,000 square-metre building will house several hotels and apartment complexes, spa facilities, seawater basins, hiking resources and an amphitheatre.
It is expected to cost as much as 400m kroner ($66m) to build, with work expected to start later this year. 
The complex is designed to cater to extremely wealthy tourists who have increasingly been choosing to holiday in Norway.