The Nordic Nomad

Norway

Cabincore: the top 14 remote cottages and cabins in Norway

Cabins in Norway: unveil a world of remote adventure

Norway is a land of enchanting beauty and rugged wilderness and offers a unique retreat experience with its luxurious cottages and cabins, often found in remote areas. Tucked away in the country’s stunning landscapes, the cottages and cabins in Norway provide excellent conditions for immersive nature getaways. Embracing the traditional Norwegian lifestyle, these stays are not just accommodations but rather a journey into a world of serenity and adventure. Imagine waking up to breathtaking fjord views, spending your days hiking through pristine forests and evenings under the mystical Northern Lights.

Overview: Norway’s top 14 cottage and cabin stays

01

Elva Hotel & Restaurant

02

The Arctic Hideaway

04

Aurora Fjord Cabins

06

Naustet Stokkøya

09

Juvet Landscape Hotel

11

Flokehyttene

13

Nullmeteroverhavet

14

Øyna Kulturlandskapshotell

What is ‘cabincore’ and why does the Nordic region do it so well?

‘Cabincore‘ is a lifestyle and design aesthetic that celebrates the cosy and nature-inspired elements of cabin living. This trend is deeply rooted in the appreciation of simplicity, natural materials and a harmonious blend with the surrounding environment. The essence of cabincore is to create a warm, inviting space that feels like a retreat from the modern world, often featuring elements such as exposed wood, warm textiles and earthy colours. It‘s about embracing a slower pace of life, where moments are savoured and there‘s a strong connection to the natural world.

The Nordic region excels in embodying the cabincore aesthetic due to several reasons. Firstly, the Nordic countries are renowned for their breathtaking natural landscapes, which provide the perfect backdrop for cabin-style living. With vast forests, serene lakes and rugged coastlines, these environments inspire the cabincore ethos of living in harmony with nature.

Additionally, the Nordic cultural emphasis on hygge – a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality – aligns perfectly with the cabincore philosophy. This combination of stunning natural settings, cultural values that prioritise cosiness and simplicity, and a skilful blending of functionality with aesthetics, makes the Nordic region particularly adept at capturing the essence of cabincore.

01

Elva Hotel & Restaurant

Elva, in Voss, seamlessly combines extreme sports experiences with top-tier accommodation and cuisine. This boutique hotel has 14 rooms dispersed between a main building and five smaller houses, each offering unparalleled views of water, forest and mountains. Every structure is named after a Voss river, with rooms echoing renowned waterfalls and rapids. The main building, Strandaelva, contains a sports café, bar, conference facilities and a restaurant overlooking Lundarvatnet. Elva Restaurant emphasises fresh, local ingredients, and there‘s a unique seven-course tasting menu. Elvatun Café & Bar, with its traditional Norwegian design, offers a cosy atmosphere, seasonal lunches and a diverse bistro menu.

Elva Hotel & Restaurant
Nedkvitnesvegen 25
Skulestadmo
Norway

Affiliate link (what is it?)

Photography courtesy of Elva Hotel & Restaurant

02

The Arctic Hideaway

The Arctic Hideaway, located in Norway‘s Fleinvær Archipelago, offers a rare blend of architectural elegance and natural serenity. Designed by the visionary Norwegian firm Fordypningsrommet, in collaboration with TYIN Tegnestue and Rintala Eggertsson Architects, this retreat features eco-friendly cabins. With accommodations ranging from double to single cabins, guests are invited to immerse in the tranquil Arctic environment. The culinary experience centres on communal cooking with local ingredients, encouraging social interaction and culinary creativity. Awarded for its eco-conscious approach, The Arctic Hideaway is not just a stay but an experience in harmony with nature, ideal for those seeking deep connection and creative inspiration​​​​​​.

The Arctic Hideaway
Sørværet 2-4
Fleinvær
Norway

Photography courtesy of The Arctic Hideaway

03

Woodnest

Woodnest, a striking architectural feat in Odda, redefines treehouse living. Perched six meters above ground and anchored to living pine trees, these 15-square-metre cabins merge traditional Norwegian hytta style with modern design. Created by Helen & Hard, the structures feature panoramic views of the Sørfjorden and mountains, offering an intimate connection with nature. Interiors boast black alder wood and bespoke Norwegian furniture, including Eikund chairs, blending luxury with the landscape. Modern amenities like underfloor heating, Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchenettes ensure comfort. Accessed via a forest trail, Woodnest symbolises a harmonious balance between innovative design and environmental sustainability​​​​​​​​​​.

Woodnest
Kleivavegen 21
Odda
Norway

Photography courtesy of Woodnest

04

Aurora Fjord Cabins

Aurora Fjord Cabins in Lyngseidet, Norway, are an exquisite blend of tranquillity and modern Scandinavian design. These cabins offer a unique retreat with stunning fjord and mountain views, ideal for a peaceful getaway. Located near the world‘s northernmost distillery, Aurora Spirit, they provide a perfect blend of nature and culture. Each cabin is designed with floor-to-ceiling windows for an uninterrupted view of the Arctic landscape. Equipped with modern kitchens and cosy bedrooms, they cater to couples, business guests and small groups. The cabins promise a close encounter with nature, be it the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun​​​​​​​​​​.

Aurora Fjord Cabins
Årøybuktnesset 44
Lyngseidet
Norway

Affiliate link (what is it?)

Photography courtesy of Aurora Fjord Cabins

05

Trekronå

Located in the enchanting Ogna in southern Jæren, Trekronå offers a whimsical escape amidst nature‘s splendour. Dreamt up by Henrik Stokkeland and Lene during the quietude of 2020, these treetop cabins, crafted by architect Manuela Hardy are a dance of comfort and nature. With windows that capture the forest‘s soul and moonlit serenades, each cabin is a cosy cocoon, boasting mini kitchens, plush bathrooms and a mini spa to unwind. Here, the adventurous can surf the Jæren waves, cycle scenic trails or swing a golf club in the nearby course. A stone‘s throw from Stavanger, Trekronå is a hidden gem where tranquillity meets modern luxury, creating a perfect symphony for the soul​​​​​​​​.

Trekronå
Ogna
Norway

Photography courtesy of Trekronå

06

Naustet Stokkøya

Naustet Stokkøya, designed by TYIN Tegnestue, Agraff Arkitektur and Fur Arkitekter with interiors by SJ Design, offers a luxurious retreat on Norway‘s serene coast. This modern boathouse, with matte black spruce cladding and reflective windows, features a gourmet indoor kitchen, an outdoor barbecue area and a private bar. Dive into culinary delights with a private chef or cook your own catch. Unwind in the loft beds, private sauna or hot tub with sea views. Enjoy local culture with pop-up restaurant events at The Beach Bar, showcasing seasonal local produce. Reach this architectural marvel by plane, car or helicopter for an unforgettable experience​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Naustet Stokkøya
Langstranda 11
Stokkøy
Norway

Photography courtesy of Ivar Kvaal and Naustet Stokkøya
The Bolder Forsand Rogaland Norway hotel stay
The Bolder Forsand Rogaland Norway hotel stay

07

The Bolder

Few Nordic hotels can compete with the view from The Bolder, a unique retreat located on a cliff edge overlooking Lysefjorden in Norway. The complex is made up of two types of cabins – Star Lodges and Sky Lodges. Star Lodges were designed by Norwegian studio Snøhetta and homeware brand Vipp, while Sky Lodges were designed by Norgeshus. Commissioned by local developer Tom Bjarte Norland, the project is designed to immerse hikers in the nature surrounding the fjord. The cabins are scattered across the natural setting and elevated on large concrete pillars to reduce their impact on the site. The architecture and interiors of the Star Lodges are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings, featuring untreated red cedar for the cabin’s structure and cladding that greys with time, blending in with the rocky terrain. Sky Lodges offer an even more elevated experience and provide an even more panoramic view of the surroundings.

Read the article on The Bolder.

The Bolder
Ryfylkevegen 259
Forsand
Norway

Photography courtesy of The Bolder

08

Laagen

Laagen in Norway, a slow-paced nature resort an hour from Oslo, is a retreat where design meets nature. Surrounded by the Norwegian landscape, its accommodations include glass containers and forest cabins. The interiors boast sleek Scandinavian luxury with cosy fireplaces, inviting guests to experience the outdoors comfortably. The treetop cabin, suspended eight meters above the ground, offers an adventurous stay with suspension bridges and tents. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the cabins provide panoramic views of the river and forest, seamlessly blending the indoors with the surrounding nature. Activities include hiking, biking and fishing in the nearby area. The Laagen hub, designed for meetings and workshops, features panoramic windows and modern facilities, integrating work and nature.

Laagen
Lågendalsveien 3388
Steinsholt
Norway

Photography courtesy of Laagen

09

Juvet Landscape Hotel

Juvet Landscape Hotel is a boutique hotel surrounded by western Norway‘s spectacular nature. Its minimalist architecture, the epitome of a harmonious union of nature and modern design, does not distract from its natural surroundings but instead provides strong visual effects that only enhance these incredible views. It‘s all about what you see on the outside here, as the rooms are decorated with only the most essential furnishings and details. As the spaces are also quite dark on the inside, the experience gives you the impression of being inside a camera, with the window acting as the lens. At Juvet, you can choose from seven landscape rooms, two minimalistic ‘bird houses‘ or the ‘chalet writing room‘. Juvet Landscape might seem familiar to some, as it played a role as a business retreat for the fictional Roy family in the Netflix series Succession.

Juvet Landscape Hotel
Alstad 24
Valldal
Norway

Photography courtesy of Juvet Landscape Hotel

10

Manshausen

Manshausen Island in the Steigen archipelago, blends culinary expertise with modern architecture. Chef Ondrej Taldik, known for his minimalistic yet flavourful dishes, emphasizes local ingredients like fresh seafood and homegrown produce. The retreat‘s sea cabins, designed by Snorre Stinessen, boast panoramic views and minimalist luxury, encouraging guests to connect with nature. Activities range from kayaking and hiking to relaxation in hot tubs and a salt-water pool. Manshausen stands out as a sanctuary where nature‘s tranquillity and culinary finesse unite, offering a unique blend of adventure, serenity and gastronomic delight​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Manshausen
Manshausen 3
Leinesfjord
Norway

Photography courtesy of Manshausen

11

Flokehyttene

In Sveio near Haugesund, the Flokehyttene cabins offer a harmonious blend of nature and innovative architecture. Designed by Holon Arkitektur, these cabins, named after Viking Floke Vilgerdsson‘s family, respect the environment with minimal impact construction, using just four steel columns anchored in rock. Their triangular design withstands the region‘s strong winds, while large panoramic windows provide breathtaking North Sea views. Inside, the minimalist interior features wood, concrete and a cosy fireplace, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. Accommodating up to ten people, these cabins are perfect for immersing oneself in nature‘s tranquillity​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Flokehyttene
Mølstrevågvegen 137
Sveio
Norway

Photography courtesy of Flokehyttene

12

Pan Hytter

Pan Hytter, perched amidst the verdant Finnskogen, presents an architectural marvel with its award-winning, tree-top cabins. Celebrated for their eco-friendly design, these cabins offer a fusion of luxury and nature. The culinary experience is a highlight, featuring locally-sourced, sustainable fare that reflects the forest‘s essence. Adventure seekers can indulge in diverse activities ranging from serene river paddling to exhilarating wolf safaris. The location is a haven for hiking, skiing and fishing, promising an encounter with the untouched beauty of the wilderness. With spa treatments adding a touch of indulgence, Pan Hytter is the epitome of a rejuvenating escape, harmoniously blending adventure, relaxation and gastronomic delight​​​​​​.

Pan Hytter
Joger Hansens Veg 2280
Gjesåsen
Norway

Photography courtesy of Pan Hytter

13

Nullmeteroverhavet

Nullmeteroverhavet in Norway is a distinctive coastal retreat, initiated by architect Per Erik Aadland, to connect guests with the natural seaside environment. The project, initiated in 2017, features minimalist cabins in Duøy and Ånesvika, accommodating up to four guests each. These eco-friendly cabins, accessible only by non-motorized means like kayaks or on foot, are crafted to complement the surrounding seascape. Alongside the immersive natural experience, this unique modern and rustic simplicity offers a tranquil escape, inviting visitors to intimately engage with Norway‘s stunning coastal beauty​​​​.

Nullmeteroverhavet
Duøy
Norway

Photography courtesy of Nullmeteroverhavet

14

Øyna Kulturlandskapshotell

Magnificently located in Inderøy, Øyna Kulturlandskapshotell offers an appealing blend of nature and luxury. With 18 rooms, including two exclusive suites, each features expansive windows and private balconies that extend over the landscape, providing a sensation of floating above the breathtaking Trondheimsfjord and Fosen Alps. The hotel‘s restaurant, Litjstua, celebrates local gastronomy, sourcing ingredients from The Golden Road in Trøndelag. Øyna Kulturlandskapshotell stands as a beacon of Norwegian ecotourism and sustainability, inviting guests to immerse themselves in cultural and outdoor activities.

Øyna Kulturlandskapshotell
Øynavegen 60
Inderøy
Norway

Photography courtesy of Sigurd Loseth

Share this

Book your stay

Stay in the know

Sign up for the latest hotspot news from the Nordics.

Advertisement
48 h city guides

The discerning traveller’s guide to Kastrup Copenhagen airport

48 hours in Bornholm, Denmark

48 hours in Malmö, Sweden

48 hours in Copenhagen, Denmark

48 hours in Stockholm, Sweden

Freebie!

Get our free on-the-go Nordic hotspot map!

Please check your inbox!