Taking a trip into the Arctic Circle defines escapism in its truest relativity to a traveler’s core goal; to break free and indulge in the infinite unknown.
orthern Norway encompasses a world unique to even the most well-traveled soul. It is a land of crisp, cool tones complimented by salted air and silent mountain-scapes. Taking a trip into the Arctic Circle defines escapism in its truest relativity to a traveler’s core goal; to break free and indulge in the infinite unknown.
Once an active fishing village, Hamnøy falls within the remote region of Norway’s Lofoten Islands. These islands are most known for arctic winters, cod fish and spectacular, untouched nature. The Eliassen Rorbuer hosts 35 restored fisherman huts straight out of a Scandinavian dreamland.
To book a stay at this hotel, a traveler simply chooses a Rorbu (fisherman’s hut) and is greeted with a lockbox holding a key to enter. No front desk or bell boy. These cabins are restored but still give a solid nod to Nordic culture. Clean lines and functional design flood the salted ocean air breezing in through open windows.
Eliassen Rorbuer feels like an oasis dropped in the middle of a coveted national park. It is the perfect launch point for all that the islands have to offer. In the summertime, this land plays host to a phenomenon known as the midnight sun. The midnight sky looks a lot like a never-ending sunset and is perhaps the most mesmerizing detail of traveling up North. Kayaking, deep sea fishing, hiking and surfing are the other activities that draw travelers to Lofoten. Winter months are dark and cold, but the sky lights up with magic in the form of Northern lights—and ever-changing weather conditions are just a part of the lifestyle in Lofoten.
This hotel is well-suited for a traveler that wishes to experience Norway beyond a cityscape. It offers a voyage to a remote land with a backstory of what the land once was. The history is almost tangible in the green grass that drapes picturesque cabins lining the open road. A trip to the Lofoten Islands will bring fresh intellect and perspective to the eager traveler amid a land of mystical sights.
Photography by Alex Conu
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