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Manshausen
For centuries a bustling fishing outpost in the far northwest corner Norway, 55-acre Manshausen Island had outlived its glory years when renowned polar explorer Børge Ousland bought it in 2010. Ousland enlisted architect Snorre Stinessen to design accommodations that would preserve the environment while putting it front and center: Manhausen and the surrounding islands in the Steigen archipelago are these days a destination for outdoor enthusiasts who want to kayak, dive, fish, and rock climb, as well as home to the world’s largest population of sea eagles. Four simple wood-and-glass cubes were assembled off-site to mitigate any damage due to construction, then placed to so that three of them cantilever just over the crystalline water and one on a low ridge above. All enjoy 270-degree views thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides in the front, and all are sited so as not to be looking into your neighbor’s cabin. Each of the cabins has two bedrooms – the master lookd directly out through the huge front windows, the other hsd double bed and trundle – a bathroom with shower, a small kitchen area, and sitting area for gazing out at the sea. Budget-minded visitors can book a sleeping alcove on the second floor of the Exploration loft, which includes a communal shower, kitchen, and bathroom. The renovated main house is where meals are served, and where, on the second floor, guests can enjoy some quiet time in the library perusing Ousland’s personal books
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Mannshausen, Lille Manshausen, 8283 Leinesfjord, Norway
+47 23 38 22 00