Up Norway, the leading curator of sustainable luxury travel experiences in Norway, now offers a Wittgenstein-inspired workcation. Recognised as one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein sought inspiration amidst the Norwegian fjords, spending significant periods of his life in the remote region of Skjolden in a wooden hut, away from the complexities of urban life and academia.
Wittgenstein’s legacy is arguably more relevant than ever, as his research into cognitive semantics serves as the foundation for today’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, such as ChatGPT. Up Norway’s latest concept takes travellers through the same serene landscapes that once fostered the philosopher’s insights, inviting creatives on a journey of cultural enrichment, philosophical exploration and creativity.
The unique five-night workcation invites travellers to contemplate in Nes Gard, close to Wittgenstein’s retreat Skjolden. With panoramic views of dramatic fjords, majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls from a large private terrace, this charming guesthouse offers a haven for creativity and introspection. In addition, the journey includes a range of enriching experiences such as a private guided visit to Wittgenstein’s cabin, forest bathing or a private guided nature hike tailored to the season and the guest’s desired level of challenge, and a private harbour fjord sauna session for self-reflection on the water.
Being near, in or under water is known to be physically and mentally beneficial. Overall well-being is increased, stress and anxiety are reduced, and heart and breathing rates are lowered. Other nearby activities include cycling, waterfall walks, RIB adventures on the fjord, paddle boarding and, of course, curated time for contemplation.
Up Norway offers the option to book this trip independently or as part of a more extensive exploration of Norway. Guests are provided with a comprehensive pre-trip digital guide with insider tips and recommendations, all travel details and a 24-hour direct chat to access the Up Norway team with any questions. The best times to go on the Wittgenstein-inspired Workation trip are May and September, but it’s also possible to arrange this experience in October, with only the occasional home-cooked dinner in the apartment.
The journey includes: five nights’ half board accommodation in Lusterstova; the Wittgenstein book; a visit to Wittgenstein’s cabin with a private guide and packed picnic lunch, as well as transport to and from Nes Gard; a private guided nature walk or hike, depending on the season and level of difficulty, with a packed lunch; a private harbour fjord sauna.