Perched high above the Arctic Circle, an award-winning retreat on a remote, 55-acre private island is paradise for adventurers and architecture enthusiasts alike.
Breathtaking sea views, wild landscapes, and front-row seats to the Northern Lights await guests at the acclaimed Sea Cabins at Manshausen Island, a one-of-a-kind vacation destination that has recently expanded to include three additional glass-walled cabins and a new sauna.
Founded in June 2015 by Børge Ousland—an acclaimed Norwegian polar explorer who circumnavigated the North Pole and trekked solo across the Arctic and the Antarctic—the Sea Cabins are an environmentally sensitive getaway with seven low-impact cabins designed by Tromsø-based architect Snorre Stinessen.
“Respect for nature and the site is fundamental to this project, and the strategy for sustainable development has also focused primarily on these fundamental principles: minimum impact, size, materials, re-use, traditional and natural principles, waste management, low energy and self-sustainability,” explains Stinessen.
The new extension, completed last June, introduces three new minimalist cabins set on rocky formations on the island’s north end. Similar to four preceding Stinessen projects, the Sea Cabins are fronted with walls of glass that immerse guests in nature and are strategically placed to minimize site impact and to maximize views.
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