Situated at the water’s edge overlooking the spectacular scenery of the Steigen archipelago, this striking collection of Achitizer award-winning cabin rentals in Norway was commissioned by renowned polar explorer Børge Ousland in partnership with architect Snorre Stinessen.
Inspired to design a unique exploration and adventure resort, Ousland purchased the 55-acre island of Manshausen in 2010, creating a vacation destination and concept that combines the rugged adventure of the arctic and the striking artistry of modern design. Constructed and assembled on site, the prefabricated structures were designed to limit the impact on the pristine environment and highlight the beauty of the landscape.
Each of the four cabins are placed to maximize the views while providing privacy for the occupants with floor to ceiling walls of glass facing the sea. Three of the four cabins are cantilevered over the stone moorings above the water, while the fourth is set on a rocky ledge at an angle to the coastline. Inside are a double room with main bed ideally positioned to experience the stunning scenery, and a second bedroom which is perfect for kids, or adults.
A restored 18th-century farmhouse was converted into a communal kitchen and dining lounge for guests with an expedition library stocked with books from Borges’ personal collection. There are two relaxing hot tubs, a salt water pool and a private beach along with endless wilderness for adventure.
These modern shelters bring out the arctic explorer and chic nomad in all of us!
Breakfast is served daily in the main house with optional lunch and dinner menus available for purchase. Optional guided adventure touring services with fees including: sailing on the trimaran “Northern Passage” used by Børge Ousland and Thorleif Thorleifsson to sail round the Arctic, diving, kayaking, cooking courses, yoga instruction, fishing, trekking and climbing. Kayaks, dry suits, climbing equipment avaiable to rent. Mountain bikes and small rowing boats provided to guests free of charge. Wifi in the main house. Sauna available for private use with fee.
Situated in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Northern Norway, the island of Manshausen lies in the middle of the Grøtøy strait between the dramatic peaks of the Lofoten mountains and the Barents Sea. Comprised of 55 acres, the island and surrounding archipelago are an outdoor adventurer’s dream, with endless winter and summer sports and dramatic unspoiled natural beauty. The former 17th-century harbor was a bustling trading post and fishing port and at one time one of the biggest in Norway. The small village of Nordskot is the heart of the islands commercial center with a coastal museum and a shop or two but for more services, shops and cafes you can grab a short boat or car ride to neighboring Leinesfjord or Helnessund.
Manshausen Island, Norway. Nearest Airport: Bodo regional airport is a 3.5 hr drive or the ferry from Bodo to Nordskot (1.5 hr).
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Winter for northern lights and summer for midnight sun and adventure. The cabins are closed 1 November to 1 February each year.
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