Living the High Life in Norway

For an off-grid Scandinavian escape, look to these cliff-edge aeries.

Two of The Bolder StarLodges on their perch high above Lysefjord.

Two of The Bolder StarLodges on their perch high above Lysefjord. (Photo: Henrik Moksnes)

Here’s one for Mission: Impossible fans: Western Norway’s Lysefjord, where the climactic fight scene of the franchise’s Fallout film was shot, has a new trio of architect-designed cabins to check in to. The Bolder StarLodges (doubles from US$495) join two smaller units set up by entrepreneur Tom Norland on a granite mountainside overlooking one of the country’s most picturesque fjords. The work of Oslo-based practice Snøhetta, the cedar-clad lodges, like their neighbors, are perched on concrete pillars to minimize their environmental impact and give the illusion of floating, an effect enhanced inside by large panoramic windows that look down 600 meters to the water.

Cozy as a nest, the minimalist interiors come with midcentury modern furnishings and bathroom and kitchen fittings by Danish design company Vipp. (Food packages can be ordered in advance, or groceries can be picked up in the nearest town, Jørpeland, a 15-minute drive away.) And when it comes time to step outside, there are several walking trails leading directly from your doorstep, as well as nearby attractions such as Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), the famous granite ledge high above Lysefjord from which Tom Cruise dangled in Fallout.

The view over Lysefjord from a bedroom inside the cabin. (Courtesy of The Bolder)

This article originally appeared in the March/May 2023 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“A Fjord in Full”).

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