Nestled along an old stone jetty, overlooking the spectacular scenery of Norway’s Steigen archipelago, lies the stylish, sleek and sustainable Manshausen Island Resort. Once a large, bustling trading post, the island now serves as the perfect destination for those with a thirst for Arctic adventure. Experience the Midnight Sun in the summer and be amazed by the Northern Lights during the rest of the year. No matter when you visit, the Manshausen is a bucket list-worthy destination that should be experienced at least once in your lifetime.  

Location

Why is the Manshausen Island one of the best places to stay during a trip to Norway?

Manshausen is located on the Steigen archipelago off the coast of northern Norway, which is as remote as it gets up there. With nothing but you and the wilderness on this majestic island, you will feel as though you have ventured to an entirely different world where crystalline waters and dramatic landscapes beckon to be explored. The former 17th century harbor has been transformed into a unique island resort that combines unspoiled natural beauty and the brilliance of modern design.

Key Facts

  • the 55-acre private island is home to Norway’s largest colony of sea eagles
  • located a 1.5-hour scenic ferry ride from the airport on Bodø Island to Nordskot; followed by a quick boat transfer
  • during summer, the midnight sun creates a 24-hour surrounding of sun and light

What is special?

  • embark on Arctic expeditions to neighboring islands where fine beaches, trails, and unique rock formations await
  • enjoy some of the best fishing on the island where cod, pollock, mackerel, halibut and sea trout are plentiful
  • hikers of all levels will enjoy the breathtaking terrains: from leisurely hikes to challenging climbs, there’s something for everyone

What do the guests say?

  • travelers suggest this destination for adventure seekers and lovers of the outdoors
  • Manshausen is the perfect way for guests to experience the Norwegian wilderness
  • with its laid-back atmosphere, guests can’t wait to return for more quiet days at this beautiful place

Accommodation

What is the lodging like at the Manshausen Island Resort? Will there be ample space for my family?

Børge Ousland, polar explorer and brainchild behind the Manshausen, had a vision to create a space for exploring the harmony between people and nature. This vision was brought to fruition with seven stunning seaside retreats, nestled along the edge of an old stone jetty and natural ledges of the terrain. These cabins are designed to offer guests luxurious quarters while simultaneously offering the dramatic visual experience of the outdoor elements. Floor-to-ceiling windows paint the perfect panoramic picture of the glistening sea, lustrous landscapes and ever-changing lights.

Key Facts

  • the property is comprised of 7 cabins, each accommodating two to four guests or a family of five
  • each cabin consists of two bedrooms with double beds, a small alcove, bathroom, shower, and a small kitchen
  • the structures were designed to limit the impact on the unspoiled environment and highlight the beauty of the landscape

What is special?

  • witness the power of nature and the magic of the Northern Lights, as you are given a front row seat to the most spectacular light show dancing across the Arctic night sky
  • relax in your bespoke hut, enjoying the serenity of the surroundings and intimate seclusion with your partner
  • gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows at the striking scenery of towering mountains and deep blue-green fjords, without ever having to leave the comfort of your bed

What do the guests say?

  • the cantilevered cabins made guests feel like they are floating on top of the water
  • guests appreciate not having to choose between comfort and the Aurora Borealis; they were able to enjoy both at the same time
  • the additional trundle is perfect for families traveling with kids

Pools & Spa

What’s the best way for me to relax during my stay?

Long exciting days are best complemented with long and relaxing evenings, luxuriating in the bliss of nothingness. Whether you are basking on the paradisiacal beaches, splashing around the azure waters with the little ones or indulging in a little “me time”, Manshausen provides sublime settings to suit every need. So, leave the stress of everyday life behind and immerse yourself into the peace and tranquility of nature, and re-emerge refreshed and rejuvenated.

Key Facts

  • the resort features a sauna and natural sea water pool
  • an open-air wooden hot tub is available for guests to use at their leisure
  • the combination of the hot tub and refreshing saltwater swimming pool is part of a Scandinavian tradition of hydrotherapy used to energize and detoxify the body

What is special?

  • unwind with a soothing soak in the hot tub and watch as the sun uses the sky as a canvas, painting it in bright hues of red and orange
  • after you have warmed up in the hot tub, retreat to the cool and refreshing salt-water dam, just mere steps away
  • detoxify your body in the reinvigorating sauna and leave with an overall feeling of calm, peace and purity

What do the guests say?

  • travelers especially enjoy relaxing on the private beach and watching the sunrise and sunset over the calm waters
  • spending time in the sauna is the perfect way for guests to warm up on cold winter days and nights
  • a dip in the hot tub is the perfect way for guests to relax and soak in the scenery

Culinary

What type of culinary experience can I expect at the Manshausen Island Resort?

An 18th-century farmhouse turned open kitchen and dining area is where guests come together and delight in unforgettable gourmet experiences. The Manshausen invites you to get a true taste of Norway with speciality dishes heavily centered around seafood, such as bacalao, “lutefisk” and fresh cod. All meals are served in the Main House; however, if you prefer a more intimate and private dining setting, small kitchens are available in your private cabin for you to prepare a feast of your choice.

Key Facts

  • the Manshausen only uses the freshest seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers
  • breakfast is included in the rate of the stay
  • guests must order lunch and dinner 24 hours in advance

What is special?

  • after a day of adventuring, refuel and recharge with a delicious meal prepared in the Main House
  • indulge in Norwegian delicacies such as reindeer, elk and wild sheep from Steigen
  • savor a home-cooked meal prepared in your very own kitchen while looking out over the uninterrupted sea views

What do the guests say?

  • guests love the fresh homemade bread served at breakfast
  • the three-course meal is deliciously satisfying for visitors
  • guests rave about the talent of resident chef Astrid and how fresh the ingredients are

Activities

What is there to do at the hotel and in the surrounding areas? What is the best way to spend my days?

Thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts won’t have to wander far to experience adventure-filled days. Whether you spend warm sunny days kayaking, snorkelling and biking or you are braving the winter cold whizzing down snow-covered slopes, the Manshausen is the ideal adventurer’s paradise. After you have had your fill of high-impact fun, treat yourself to some low-impact rest and relaxation. From the cozy confines of your cabin to a steamy retreat in the sauna, your options of places to enjoy endless lounging are plentiful.

Key Facts

  • from mid-February to early May, Alpine ski trips are available in the Norfolda area
  • on the north side of Manshausen, guests will find a private beach to lounge at their leisure
  • the shallow waters surrounding the island are most clear during the winter and springtime, making it ideal for snorkelling

What is special?

  • enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and surrounding mountains, while burying your nose in a book from Børge’s personal expedition collection
  • lose all track of time taking dips in the crystal-clear waters of the fjord or relaxing on the white sandy beaches where you can enjoy balmy breezes and beautiful sunsets
  • take your adventure to new heights by making your way up and around the mountain crags on an adrenaline-inducing rock climbing adventure

What do the guests say?

  • guests are thankful for the staff that gives incredible recommendations for the best tours and activities
  • history buffs enjoy the Viking-era and World War II Tours; as well as, the coastal museum on Nordskot Island
  • guests recommend staying at least 2-3 nights to experience all that Manshausen has to offer