Fed Up With Society? This Arctic Hotel Will Let You Escape From It

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by Annabel Fenwick Elliott, The Telegraph, December 6, 2017

If a break from the shackles of society is on your wishlist for the near future, consider this: an Arctic hotel perched on its own isle, an 18-mile ferry ride away from any shops, restaurants or roads.

You'll need £3,000 for a week-long stay (isolation comes at a price), but you'll get nine cabins to yourself; four with beds, as well as one used as a kitchen, one as a bathroom, and one as a sauna. So lots of hopping through the snow between them.

Also boasting a single cabin on a pillar designed solely for sitting and being "inspired", Fordypningsrommet - quite the mouthful - bills itself as "a mono-functional cluster of houses" designed for world-weary creatives to retreat.

Fleinvær, the island on which it rests, is only accessible by boat, or a small twice-daily ferry from the coastal town of Bodø.

The smattering of cabins are minimalist in style - think reclaimed wood, gleaming windows and pared-down furniture - with all the beds arranged in single formation.

You'll have to bring your own supplies, though food can be organised by the management team for an extra fee, and you'll have a "host" in the shadows to help with practical matters should you require it.

Thanks to its position above the Arctic circle, guests visiting from around September have a decent chance of spotting the Northern Lights dancing over the archipelago.

Between mid-December and mid-January, the sun never rises, so those not partial to the dark might want to give this month a swerve.

It's also risky, the owners advise, to book a stay of less than three days, owing to the region's tempestuous weather which can leave guests stranded due to transport cancellations.

If you do find yourself at too much of a loose end, tours can be arranged to neighbouring islands for activities including fishing, bird watching and shell picking.

The site was first purchased in 2014 by musician and composer Håvard Lund. It was developed in 2014 at a cost of 8 million Norwegian Krone (£7.25m) by two Norway-based agencies, TYIN architects and Rintala Eggertson, as well as designers Andrew Devine & Ruben Stranger.

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Keen to venture elsewhere for the Northern Lights? Read our expert guide for where to stay before the season ends.

 

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