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.
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)