A getaway on the edge of it all. Manshausen is a unique hotel comprising a collection of buildings on an island off the coast of northern Norway. Set on 55 acres, four seacabins boast dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that extend over the water, while the main house accommodates the kitchen, dining area, and library. Activities at this year-round resort include alpine skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, diving, cycling, fishing, and hiking. An outdoor adventure-lover’s dream location!


We are proud to announce that Manshausen has won four prizes in the prestigious Architizer competition—the largest web-based platform for architecture in the world. With entries from more than 100 countries presenting the best of architecture worldwide, these awards represent an unparalleled honour.


Situated at the water’s edge overlooking the spectacular scenery of Norway’s Steigen archipelago, this striking collection of Achitizer award-winning cabins was commissioned by renowned Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ousland in partnership with architect Snorre Stinessen. Inspired to design a unique exploration and adventure resort, Ousland purchased the 55-acre island of Manshausen in 2010 creating a vacation destination and concept that combines the rugged adventure of the Arctic and the striking artistry of modern design. Constructed and assembled on site, the prefabricated structures were designed to limit the impact on the pristine environment and highlight the beauty of the landscape.


Each of the four cabins are placed to maximise the views while providing privacy for the occupants with floor-to-ceiling walls of glass facing the sea. Three of the four cabins are cantilevered over the stone moorings above the water, while the fourth is set on a rocky ledge at an angle to the coastline. Inside are a double room with main bed ideally positioned to experience the stunning scenery, and a second bedroom which is perfect for kids, or adults.


A restored 18th-century farmhouse is converted into a communal kitchen and dining lounge for guests with an expedition library stocked with books from Borge’s personal collection. There are two relaxing hot tubs, a salt water pool and a private beach along with endless wilderness for adventure.


These modern shelters bring out the Arctic explorer and chic nomad in all of us!




Breakfast is served daily in the main house. Optional guided adventure touring services include: sailing on the trimaran Northern Passage used by Børge Ousland and Thorleif Thorleifsson to sail around the Arctic; diving; kayaking; cooking courses; yoga instruction; fishing; trekking and climbing. Wi-Fi is in the main house.



Situated in the Steigen archipelago off the coast of northern Norway, the island of Manshausen lies in the middle of the Grøtøy Strait between the dramatic peaks of the Lofoten mountains and the Barents Sea. Comprising 55 acres, the island and surrounding archipelago are an outdoor adventurer’s dream with endless winter and summer sports and dramatic unspoiled natural beauty. The former 17th-century harbour was a bustling trading post and fishing port and at one time one of the biggest in Norway. The small village of Nordskot is the heart of the island’s commercial centre, with a coastal museum and a shop or two, but for more services, shops and cafes you can grab a short boat or car ride to neighbouring Leinesfjord or Helnessund.



Manshausen Island, Norway. Nearest airport: Bodo regional airport is a 3.5-hour drive or the ferry from Bodo to Nordskot (1.5-hour)



Seacabin main bedroom has a 1.6m bed. The second bedroom has a 1.4m bed, plus a 90cm bed to be pulled from underneath.


Photographer: Steve King