In a world of its own, Manshausen Island is situated only 500 meters away from the small village Nordskot. With activities such as diving, cycling, kayaking and of course fishing, this unique getaway has an eco-retreat you want to experience.
Having a well-protected harbor, Manshausen was once an important part of the old trading post - Grøtøy, which was established in 1698. Recently designed by Snorre Stiness, the creation of the Seacabins has been a great addition to the general ambiance of this incredible location. Including beautiful views overlooking the sea and mountains, with natural ledges in the terrain, one is able to indulge in the peaceful nature of the island. Large glass windows serve as great elements to the rooms, with specially designed bathrooms and kitchen.
The main house was originally built in the 1800s but over the years has seen a complete revamp including a library with books from, owner and polar bear explorer, Borges' personal expedition collection and a variety of National Geographic Magazines. The open plan kitchen and dining area serve as great areas for relaxation and hold a sense of calmness as natural light flows all the way through the glass front.
The saltwater dam is extremely crisp and next to it is a hot tub that has a stairway down to the dam so one can easily cool off. An expedition loft was also built in 2015 to cater to groups of up to 30 people. Including a conference room, with a projector and sound, this loft can handle a lot of equipment on the island. Many exciting activities are available for all levels of adventuring to lay the foundation for refill and creativity. For more cultural activities, guests can also be involved in cooking courses lead by professional chefs and yoga courses.
"Good ideas often come when the head is emptied of distracting thoughts."
Their constant support towards local producers of food continues to be a driving force behind their strong ambition to be climate neutral within 5 years. On the north side of the island, families can find a private beach with special white sand that comes from the deep coral reefs in the West Fjord, which over thousands of years has washed up.
Where sea and mountains meet, this island truly captures both adventure and elegance. Above the Arctic Circle, guests can only access the island via boat. If you are lucky enough, you might even get to see the Northern lights from your bedroom - a phenomenon created from a collision between electrically charged particles from the sun that have entered the atmosphere of the earth.
Norway has everything from cities, museums to fishing villages and vast tranquil spaces. There is no doubt that a retreat to Manshausen Island is a destination to put on your bucket list.