Manshausen Island, Norway
The 55-acre private island Manshausen lies off the north coast of Norway, far above the Arctic Circle. Accessed by boat, this retreat owned by explorer, writer and photographer Børge Ousland is a destination that pairs adventure with breath-taking aesthetics. Designed by Snorre Stinessen, the striking cabins here extend out over the water with walls of glass on three sides ensuring maximum views of the mountains, sea, and if you’re lucky, Northern Lights.
Breakfasts and meals highlighting local ingredients such as freshly caught fish, as well as lamb and reindeer, are served in the retreat’s restored farmhouse, which is home to a library and reception area in addition to the restaurant. Additional facilities include hot tubs, a protected saltwater pool and sauna. Adventurous activities and excursions from here range from snorkelling, scuba diving and sea kayaking to fishing, climbing, caving and hiking on bigger islands in the region.