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Getaway :: Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær ‘The Arctic Hideaway’

The coast of Norway is dotted with ethereal clusters of islands, remnants of the last glaciation that blanket the mainland like a protective barrier from the icy Norwegian Sea. This windswept landscape of rolling hills and countless fjords is an explorers’ paradise of spectacular beauty and makes an especially stunning backdrop for a cluster of modern tiny dwellings known as Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær or The Arctic Hideaway.

Fordypningsrommet retreat

Norwegian musician and composer Håvard Lund is the creator of this eco-friendly outpost that can accommodate up to 10 people (book your visit). Lund was motivated by the spectacular landscape and wanted to create a place where people could come to immerse themselves in its supreme beauty. He hired TYIN Architects and acclaimed architect Sami Rintala to design the unique group of buildings, all of which are encased in sustainable Kebony wood and elevated on steel support structures to reduce their impact on the landscape.


If you find yourself making the journey to the Lofoten Islands and continuing north to Nordkapp, making a quick stop at Fordypningsrommet is a worthwhile side trip to add to your itinerary. A chartered boat will take you from the mainland to this enchanting miniature village which is made up of five bunkhouses, one bathhouse, one studio/open space, one sauna/changing room, and one outdoor cooking house with a range and fireplace.

Visiting this unique retreat is a great way to relax, recharge, and perhaps even find inspiration for your next artistic pursuit. Fordypningsrommet offers four one-week stays in collaboration with the culture department at Nordland County Council for artists in residency. If your application is accepted, your stay is free in exchange for providing a presentation detailing your work.


Photos: Pasi Aalto

Learn more about Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær – https://thearctichideaway.com/en/


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Matthew Swartz is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he passionately pursues rock climbing, trail running, and skiing. Matt’s love of travel has inspired him to through-hike the JMT and part of the PCT, bike across the United States, and explore the West coast of South America from Ecuador to Patagonia. Matt and his partner Amanda have also travelled across much of the Western US in their 1964 Clark Cortez RV, which they lived in, on the road for the better part of three years. Matt has worked for the USFS as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and Matt's photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.