See the Northern Lights from Manshausen Island Resort

The best part? Floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom that frame the wild Arctic scenery.

Photo: Manshausen Island Resort

Design-minded adventurers hoping to view the Northern Lights this winter might want to plot a journey to Norway’s lesser-known Steigen Archipelago for a stay at the 22-hectare Manshausen Island Resort (doubles from US$413), an eco-retreat founded by polar explorer Børge Ousland.

The first person to traverse both the Arctic and Antarctic on solo expeditions, Ousland tapped the designers of Manshausen’s original four sea-view huts, Norwegian studio Stinessen Arkitektur, to create an extension with three new aluminum-clad cabins on an outcrop overlooking the sheltered waters of the Grøtøya Strait.

Each one houses up to four people in warm larch interiors, complete with a kitchen and dining area. The best part? Floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom that frame the wild Arctic scenery and, come nightfall, skies ablaze with those dancing veils of light.

More information here.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“North to the Nordics”).

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