The Arctic Hideway

Far out to sea you will find The Arctic Hideaway – a destination unlike anything else you have seen or experienced.

A deep cleansing of the senses

An hour by boat west of Bodø, far out to sea you will find The Arctic Hideaway. Twelve unique buildings, which together form a holiday destination unlike anything else you have seen or experienced.

Your senses will be reset through the absence of artificial noise, or visual clutter. Changeable weather massages you in peace, and provides relaxation that heals. Our guests sleep deeply and grow in appetite out here in the arms of the ocean.

The Norwegian name for the place is Fordypningsrommet, which means “The Immersion Room”. It is precisely that, a place of immersion in the beautiful natural world of northern Norway.

There are no cars or shops on the island, but that does not mean that you will be missing out on the important things.

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«Here we are reminded that immersion, calm, and silence is something that nowadays needs to be raised as an intrinsic value. That it is something we must seek out. »

President of the Norwegian Parliament Olemic Thommesen in his opening speech in August 2016.

Food and drink

A breakfast buffet is available between 09:00 and 10:00. Simple, fresh, good food to start your day. Lunch is ready at 14:00. The weather determines whether the meal will be hot or cold, but either way it will be local and fresh. Dinner is served at 19:00, and focuses on seafood sourced from our rich, blue storehouse of the ocean ( please inform us of any food allergies before you arrive and we will adjust the menu accordingly. )

We also have wine, and a selection of local beers for sale.

Sleep at the Hideaway

The facility consists of 12 unique detached buildings, including five sleeping houses. The Arctic Hideaway is perfect for a group of friends, or for families who want to spend the summer holiday’s finest holiday week together. The five sleeping houses have different features:

• One bedroom with double bed (180 cm)

• One bedroom with double bed (120 cm)

• One bedroom with two single beds (90 cm), spread over two floors

• One bedroom with one single bed on the top floor (90 cm)

In addition we can configure our iconic tower house, the Njalla as a double bedroom, sitting room or workroom .

The other buildings comprise:

• A kitchen with a long table seating 12

• One building for indoor / outdoor dining (wood slat screen offer shelter)

• One living room with large windows facing the sea, and glass doors opening onto the deck

• One bath house with shower and toilets

• A wood-fired sauna on the quay

• One dressing room on the quay (can be convert to an additional bedroom with a single bed 90 cm)

• A tower house inspired by a Sami Njalla (storage cage) (day bed, 120 cm)


If you need help with transfers  from the airport or station in Bodo, let us know well in advance and we can advise you about the fast-boat ferries to reach the island.

Once here activities are decidedly slow paced, and up to you to do as much or as little as you feel you need.

We can take you on trips in our beautiful archipelago, and collect heart mussels, elbow mussels or scallops for the freshest seafood pasta dish.

We can arrange guides for you to climb nearly 1000m to the peak of Sandhornet for sweeping views of Nordland.

We can also take you on a boat trip to the crazy beaches in Gildeskål, not to mention Nord-Fugløy with a 200 meter flying sand hill up the mountain, and eerie and beautiful natural phenomenon.

We are very happy to arrange artistic meetings with graphic artist Are Andreassen. His airy studio is just a stone’s throw from the Hideaway.  AreA will create graphic prints with you, while telling you about the area he has lived in his whole life in his gentle but booming northern Norwegian accent. Coming home with your own art is also a great experience.

Many of life’s simple pleasures here do not require planning; we have sea bathing from the sauna quay, strolls to the beaches, the whole island is about 2km long. The walking and cycling path on the island is approx. two kilometers long, and is a lovely walk.

The highest point on the island is only 49m above the sea (and home to an Andreasson sculpture) but the summit gives a panoramic view of the archipelago, the mountains of the mainland and the lslands of Flugloya, Landegode and Lofoten, as well as hundreds of tiny uninhabited islets.

The island is home to white tailed sea eagles which often fly past the windows of the kitchen and studio. We have snipe, cormorants, gulls, ptarmigan and eider ducks, as well as migrating songbirds. If you’re lucky  you might spot the local family of otters, hunting on the tideline, or sliding down the slopes if there is any snow.

Our rowing boat can also be a beautiful way to get around the archipelago slowly.

Sustainable days of travel

We want to fill out the sustainibility as a term to something more than a fancy cosmetic term. You need to stay three nights summer 2021, but already in 2022 we dont offer shorter stays than 1 week.  Summer 2021 we offer you the entire The Arctic Hideaway for yourself – for NOK 38,000. Food comes in addition.

Come with your cohort. Transforming experiences are waiting for you!

Get in direct contact with the general manager, Håvard Lund

tlf. 00 47 97 15 97 26 /

Booking request

Phone: +47 971 59 726

How to get to the island?

We will assist you by either chartering a boat for you, (choose between rib & closed boat (Targa)), or help you with the time schedule for public transportation to Fleinvær. Speed ferries runs from port of Bodø, on average 2 daily departures to and from the island.

NOTE 1: november and december may see days with heavy winds with may course transport delays and cancellations in public transport.

NOTE 2: purple skies, northern lights, and heavy winds can suddenly become a reason to stay for longer. Don´t book to short a stay. We recommend at least two nights to enter the wonderful state of mind.

What's in the houses?

We have made ten houses, where five houses are for sleeping (duvets & pillows), one is cleaning sessions ( toilets & shower ) one is meant one is for cooking & eating ( kitchen table, gas & induction), where one is a chill out zone open studio house ( cozy chairs, stereo & NU1 piano ), where one is a sauna and changing room (wooden fired ), and where the last one is ment for outdoor cooking ( gas & fire place).

Are there any peculiarities to know about?

The bedrooms are stripped of curtains, to give guests an experience of being in nature. Sleeping masks are provided on arrival.

Water is an awareness factor in Fleinvær. We have osmosis plants that make fresh water from salt water, but still not in unlimited quantities. We challenge guests to become aware of water consumption.

Our walking and cycling path is about 2 km long, jogging is entirely possible. But the birds will be scared as its not a normal thing for them to see.

What's to pack?

You pack wool. Even in summer. You pack for wind, and you pack for rain. And, you pack a pair of shorts for sauna. Then you have packed perfect.

We have done the beds when you come, we have towels for you, we have wood for the saunas.

What is a caretaker?

Our caretakers are your personal guide to our community of buildings and the surrounding environment, whilst on hand for more practical matters like get your saunas going and keeping the place running smoothly.

The caretakers is here to assist you and guide your stay here, in addition to offering a full range of activities within the area, from foraging to wildlife tours.

About Fleinvær

We bought the first estate in the arctic archipelago of in 2004, then we dug with spoons and forks the first years before we met Yashar & Andreas from TYIN architects in 2013 ,who immediately introduced us for their need for prof. Sami Rintala from RintalaEggertson arch. as a mentor. Which where totally perfect for us. Suddenly we had the two most published architect offices in Norway in our team. After ideas thrown forth and back, we started in august 2014 with a workshop for architect students, and after six workshops with students from all over the world and two years of building process led by multiskilled architects and designers Andrew Devine & Ruben Stranger, we now have ten small houses in our small village. Let´s see if it stops there…



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