Like all of our favourite hotels, Manshausen Island has a strong focus on sustainability and the effect the hotel has on its surrounding environment. Their goal is to be climate neutral within the next five years, with a strong emphasis on supporting local food producers and sourcing local ingredients.
The sea cabins here at Manshausen are the main spectacle and most sought-after accommodation. Designed by Stinessen Arkitekter, a Norwegian firm, these glass-fronted huts are suspended over the water. Looking out at the incredible water views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, you'll feel like you're floating.
Remotely located on Manshausen Island, each cabin - be it an award-winning designer bungalow or dormitory - offers impressive sea or mountain views. You can relax in an open-air wooden hot-tub or take a dip in the adjacent saltwater dam. Snorkelling, kayaking, cycling and fishing are also on your doorstep.
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The restaurant serves incredible traditional Norwegian dishes. Typical ingredients are reindeer, elk and fresh fish, of course. Apart from breakfast, you need to order all meals 24-hours in advance so that the right amount of food is brought from the mainland (that’s how remote you are).
Options for boozing it up locally are slim. However, during the summer months Guava Bar, in Nordskot, is open Friday to Sunday and attracts a fun mix of locals and tourists. For the rest of the year, the hotel thankfully has a licensed bar exclusively for guests.
The calm waters around Nordskot are perfect for kayaking. Sigurd Schultz is a local kayak guide who knows the area like the back of his hand. Get his expert assistance as you navigate your way around via boat.