When you think of a European vacation, what comes to mind? For some, it’s going to Paris and visiting the charred remains of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Too soon? For others, it might be walking around Barcelona with an upside down map with a perpetual confused expression on your face. Not because you’re lost or haven’t heard of GPS before, but because you’re looking for sympathy anyway you can get it. We aren’t here to write about a conventional travel destination; we want to open your horizons. So let’s talk about Manshausen Island, located in the Steigen Archipelago off the coast of Norway. It’s got the Barents Sea and breathtaking mountains.
Hoping to do some fishing there? You betcha! Manshausen Island is the ideal spot for those who know their way around a bucket of chum. In the summertime, the sandy white beaches are nice for laying out, although the water tends to be cold throughout the year. So if you are a penguin or simply get a thrill from icy water, knock yourself out! Of course, swimming isn’t the only way to enjoy the nature. The rocky hills provide hiking opportunities for beginners and experts alike. Once you reach the top, you are rewarded with incredible views.
So I guess that’s about it. All bases have indeed been covered. Hope you enjoyed this article. Have a nice day. :)
Oops. I forgot to tell you where to stay. I’m such a knucklehead sometimes. Make your way to the Manshausen Island Resort! Duh, guys! Located on 55 acres and formerly a trading post, you can book a room in a series of modern, minimalist bungalows.
Getting there from Oslo via car/train/ferry will take around 20 hours, but it’s well worth the lengthy journey. Founded by Børge Ousland, a renowned polar explorer, the resort was designed by architect Snorre Stinessen, who for our money has the Norwegianest name in the history of Norwegian names. Once you arrive, you’re greeted by an old, fully restored 18th century farmhouse and stone quays. The farmhouse includes a kitchen and dining area on the first floor and a library on the second floor where you can come one step closer to enlightenment.
What about the rooms themselves? The sea cabins protrude over the island’s natural topography and contain glass floors and ceilings that allow you to soak in the surroundings in all its glory, including the Northern Lights above and the massive sea eagles that inhabit the area. At the same time, you get to experience all of this while remaining in a warm, cozy, comfortable shelter. So whether you choose to go in the winter, spring, summer or fall, you’re in for quite a sight! The bungalows are extremely functional, with plenty of space to put your luggage and equipment. Each comes with its own fully equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as a comfortable bathroom. Private bungalows can be booked for couples, trios, um…quads (?) or even families of five while the dormitory is perfect for solo travelers or those looking to save a few Norwegian kroner. But come on! If you’re going to Norway in the first place, are you really all that budget conscious. We would hope not!
One final, important note: keep in mind that if you do choose to book a place, you should plan things a bit in advance. When tinkering around on Booking.com, we found that every single room is booked through the end of January, more than 3 months after this article was written!