Man­shausen

NORD­LAND, NOR­WAY

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WHERE AM I HEAD­ING?

Man­shausen is well above the Arc­tic Cir­cle, set on its own 55-acre is­land – one of thou­sands that dot this re­mote stretch of the north­ern Nor­we­gian coast. Once part of an old trad­ing post, the is­land has a small se­lec­tion of sleeping op­tions, the best of which are three sea cab­ins built along the stone jetty, with a fourth set a bit higher up the hill be­hind.

WHAT WILL I FIND THERE?

The sea cab­ins look like Space Age vis­i­tors ten­ta­tively set­tled on the land­scape, the boxes some­times jut­ting out over the wa­ter. There are no log walls, but rather im­mac­u­lately planed blonde wood. Wrap­around win­dows look out onto rocky fjord­land land­scapes, or the north­ern lights in the depths of win­ter. The two-bed­room cab­ins have small kitchens, though break­fast is served in the main house, and other meals can be taken there depend­ing on the sea­son.

WHAT’S OUT­SIDE?

There are few set­tings more epic than Nor­way’s coastal fringe, with the Kys­triksveien driv­ing route be­gin­ning south of Man­shausen and run­ning for some 400 miles. (sea cab­ins from £300; man­shausen.no)

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