Manhausen in Northern Norway

Manhausen in Northern Norway

These stunning glass and timber holiday cabins by Norwegian architect Snorre Stinessen are perched on the beautiful coastline of Norway's Manshausen Island. They provide a unique base for Arctic Circle explorers drawn to the region, or those who prefer more tranquil pursuits of fishing or bird watching (the area has the world's largest population of sea eagles). 

The cabins form a resort, commissioned by the celebrated Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ouslan. Three of the four cabins cantilever over the stone quays that formed moorings for fishing boats, while the fourth is set at an angle to the coastline on a rocky shelf. The huts feature one glazed end that projects out towards the sea, while timber-clad ends face toward land.

Manshausen Island was historically part of one of Northern Norway´s largest trading posts for the fishing industry, today only visible in the massive stone quays on the Island. The modern, minimalistic style of these cabins contrasts will the historic, industrial past of the island, but beautifully complements the natural, rugged coastline features. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views over the bay, and are perfect for Northern-lights spotting in the winter months. The Scandinavian designed, minimalistic furniture is the perfect accompaniment for the overall design of the cabins, which effortlessly combine clean lines and uncluttered spaces with cosiness and warmth. 

You can stay in these cabins throughout the year, and it's difficult to imagine a more spectacular place to spend a summer holiday! See more here. 

Photography: Steve King

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