These quirky holiday hideouts in Norway will make you crave some me-time
Norwegians know how to get away from it all.
1. For stunning scenery
Perched on a rocky outcrop in the remote Steigen Archipelago, the secluded arctic sanctuary of Manshausen eco-retreat offers supreme me-time for people wanting to press “pause” on their busy lives.
“We wanted to give visitors an honest, immersive experience of nature, but in a sheltered, comfortable setting. The glass gives you a feeling of sitting on a shelf over the sea,” describes architect Snorre Stinessen.
⛺ Manshausen 2.0 is an extension of an eco-retreat founded by Børge Ousland 🧭 Manshausen Island, ferry from Bodø to Nordskot 💶 €225 per night
2. For style-seeking hikers
Heated by a wood-fired stove, the dome-like Varden cabin provides an off-grid retreat for hikers to warm up and share tales of conquered mountains.
“It’s part of a wider Norwegian preventive healthcare concept encouraging people to get off the couch and into nature. It’s even accessible by wheelchair,” says James Dodson of Spinn Arkitekter, the company behind the honeycomb structure.
⛺ Varden hiking cabin 🧭 Storfjellet mountain, Hammerfest 💶 Free access to members of the Norwegian Trekking Association
3. For lovers of the Moomin books
Do these mysterious “treehouses” look strangely familiar? They might if you’re a Moomin fan: They were inspired by Tove Jansson, the Finnish author of the famous Moomin books.
“I’m a fan of Tove and how she captures the ambiguous way that Nordic people relate to the daunting side of nature. I wanted to create a safe nest where you can feel sheltered in the dark forest,” reflects architect Espen Surnevik. The PAN treetop cabins are elevated high above the treetops on slender stilts and overlook kilometres of woodland.
⛺ PAN treetop cabins 🧭 Gjesåsen, two hours north of Oslo 💶 For up to six guests, from €390 per night
4. For an urban escape
Seeming to float upon the steep hillside, the Fuglemyrhytta cabin serves as a popular rest spot for trekkers near the Vettakollen panoramic viewpoint. Being just a 30-minute hike from Oslo’s nearest metro station, the cabin is often packed with picnickers, many popping in for a quick digital detox after their work day.
“Up above the city, you can really feel nature on your skin,” says Anne Cecilie Haug, senior architect at Snøhetta, the company behind the design.
⛺ Fuglemyrhytta 🧭 Vettakollen, Oslo 💶 Year-round free access for members of the Norwegian Trekking Association, sleeps 8
5. For an island retreat
“Let it all go. See what nature teaches you.” This is the ethos behind the Arctic Hideaway, a life-altering island retreat created by jazz composer Håvard Lund.
Accessible only via an hour-long ferry ride from Bodø, there are no cars, no shops, no small talk – just a village of ten cabins and a breath-taking landscape almost frightening in its surreal beauty.
⛺ The Arctic Hideaway 🧭 Fleinvær Island 💶 €200 per night per person
Text Silja Kudel
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