Photography: Adrien Giret

Guests sleep above the freezing Barents Sea at this arctic circle resort, where cabins are raised over the shoreline on wooden stilts.

Tromsø-based studio Stinessen Arkitektur designed the eco-retreat, dubbed Manshausen 2.0, as an extension to polar explorer Børge Ousland’s original outpost, opened in 2015. This addition has a trio of aluminium-covered huts, which are located at a former trading outpost in Norway’s Steigen Archipelago.

Manshausen 2.0 eco-resort in Norway
Photography: Adrien Giret

One end of each cabin is intended as a glass-covered viewing platform and takes advantage of the uninterrupted views over the Barents Sea. The eco-resort is completely reliant on hydropower, minimising its carbon footprint. In keeping with this ethos, its kitchen also serves guests locally grown food.

Manshausen 2.0 eco-resort in Norway
Photography: Adrien Giret

In total, Manshausen 2.0 offers just seven cabins, as well as a sauna – with an open-air saltwater pool – restaurant and library. And if the prospect of an icy plunge isn’t so appealing, there’s no shortage of birdwatching to do: the island is home to the world’s largest colony of sea eagles.

Manshausen 2.0 eco-resort in Norway
Photography: Adrien Giret
Manshausen 2.0 eco-resort in Norway
Photography: Adrien Giret
Manshausen 2.0 eco-resort in Norway
Photography: Adrien Giret

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