Simplicity at its Finest

Reset Your Senses

An hour by boat west of Bodø, far out to sea you will find The Arctic Hideaway. Eleven unique cabins dancing from hilltop to shoreline: your invitation into this precious island landscape. 

Your senses will be reset by the absence of artificial noise, or visual clutter. This is a place designed for focus and we believe there is nothing more focused than simplicity. Every line has been consciously drawn to connect you with the coastal elements so that you leave closer to your own senses, your own intuition. Your contribution is to continue with awareness once you leave.

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

There are no cars or shops on the island, but you won’t miss a thing. 

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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.

Come with a project, discover yourself

Only you can decide what form your project takes, we invite you to The Hideaway to dive into it. This is a place where distractions are silenced by the elements and true natures can begin to reveal themselves. 

Come here to enjoy seeing your ideas and ideals transform; savour unexpected encounters with your deepest self as expectations melt away. Perhaps the rhythm of the waves will help you to hear yourself more clearly. Or a night owl discovers they’re an early bird now the northern light makes their schedule. 

We invite you to treat the place as a lab. Experiment with yourself, with your processes and let the architecture of the place facilitate intimate meetings with nature in every moment. 

The mono-functional cabins encourage you to see yourself as part of the island’s ecological economy, surrender to it as you move from one intended space to another. 

Flow between private and social spaces as you need to feed your soul in that moment and if you take a stroll with a smile don’t be surprised by conversations with those you meet along the way. We share this island with artists, fishermen, eider ducks and otters—they all have stories to share when you open your senses.

Sleep at the Hideaway

The Arctic Hideaway consists of 11 unique houses, including five sleeping cabins. The complex works for groups of up to 8 adults, or come alone and enjoy moving between private and social spaces as suits your needs. Long stay guests might invite their family to join them for part of their stay—with children we can increase capacity to 12 people in total.

The sleeping cabins are as follows:

  • 2x double cabins
  • 2x single cabins (with writing desk)
  • 1x ‘large’ single cabin

As well as sleeping cabins, you’ll have the use of our kitchen house, studio house, Njalla (tower house inspired by Sami design), wood-fired sauna and bath house (plus two toilets).

Food and Drink

A breakfast buffet is available between 09:00 and 10:00. Simple, fresh, good food to start your day. Bread baked daily by your host and a simple selection of continental and cooked options await you.

During the day you eat as your body tells you. The kitchen is stocked with local cheese, meats, fruit and more so you can come in and help yourself to lunch. 

Here the evening meal is not just about food; it’s about conversation so we encourage a shared meal, prepared by one of your fellow guests, or you. The focus is fresh, local meat or seafood sourced from our rich, blue storehouse of an ocean. You’ll be amazed how simple your cravings are when you enjoy fewer choices. 

Alcohol is at your discretion – bring what you want to drink. Bring one more from your locality to share with new acquaintances.

Sustainable days of travel

We want to practice true sustainability at all levels. For this reason we strongly encourage stays of four nights or more and our price structure rewards stays of over a week. We are part of a fragile island community and ecosystem which we have a responsibility to look after. Slow travel, fewer people for longer stays means less disruption for all.

In 2022 The Arctic Hideaway was awarded Norway’s Eco-Lighthouse certificate in recognition of our environmentally and socially responsible practices. But this is only the beginning. We continually assess the way we run to continue moving closer to our sustainability goals. We are not just about facilitating creativity, we are leaders in travel that nurtures place, with ripples going beyond as we teach you how to do the same in the place you call home. 

During the period of winter storms sustainable travel becomes increasingly difficult. For this reason we close to regular bookings in December & January. If this period speaks to your soul get in touch to discuss possibilities for long stays over wild days.

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    Public ferries run from the port in Bodø just 20 min walk from the airport. There are an average of 2 daily departures to and from the island which vary depending on the day of the week/season. We will assist you with choosing right boats, or even chartering a private boat should you wish.

    Please be aware that we can experience heavy weather all year round but especially in January, February & March when the ferries may not run. This is part of the reason advise minimum four night stays – if you arrive one day later than planned you still have time to be.

    We have built eleven houses; five houses are for sleeping (duvets & pillows), one is a bath house ( toilets & shower ) one is meant for cooking & eating ( kitchen table, gas & induction), one is a chill-out zone/open studio house ( cozy chairs, stereo & NU1 piano ), one is a sauna and changing room (wood stove), another is meant for outdoor cooking ( gas & fire place), and finally, the last one is the iconic Tower House, a hang out zone with a day bed.

    Your sleeping cabin will have either a single or double bed, complete with bedding/towels, space to store your belongings, a small entrance area for shoes etc. and in some of the cabins there is a working space/desk.

    Wifi exists in the kitchen and studio houses. We are working on connecting all the sleeping cabins soon.

    Let us answer with a question: Are you prepared to come without expectations? Of what you will experience, of how you will react to deep immersion in nature. If you come to compose and leave without writing a single note but still understand how valuable you time has been, then yes. It is up to you how you spend your time here, which is a rare and precious gift in our culture of busy-ness. Come prepared to do nothing and see how it feels in your body and your subconscious. We welcome you into space, time for yourself and pleasure in simplicity.

    Pack wool. Even in the summer. Pack for wind and pack for rain. And pack a pair of shorts for the sauna. Then you have packed perfectly.

    The beds will be ready for you when you arrive, we have towels for you, we have wood for the sauna.

    Our host will meet you at the dock upon your arrival to Fleinvær.

    This wonderful person makes sure that everything is running smoothly from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. They are here to give guidance on the facilities, and share advice on moving through and between our collection of houses.

    The host also acts as a liaison between you and the local people and environment. Please find time to chat with them and enrich your stay through the information and discussions you will have. Your host will help coordinate meals, come prepared to contribute to cooking and cleaning up of the communal evening meal. The host will prepare breakfast for all guests each morning but for the rest of the day you feed yourself.

    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 twelve small houses in our small village. Let´s see if it stops there…

    Still curious about something? Visit our frequently asked questions.