Something completely different to the cosy cottages I normally feature today. But sometimes you just see an idea that takes your breath away. And that dream of escaping to an idyllic seaside location for the next weekend break, becomes a fantasy of snow, clouds and fjords. I’m already packing my thermals.
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In 2010, Tom Norland bought 170 hectares of untouched land high above Norway’s Lysefjord. Complete with unspoilt and sweeping views. Initially, his plan was to build a series of small hermit huts, but he soon realized that this stunning location deserved something better. Something much more daring. The result is two cabins that float high in the sky. These fully equipped, compact holiday lets are now known as The Bolder Sky Lodges. And with views from this breathtaking vantage point, you are as close to sleeping on a cloud as you’ll ever get.
With this brief, architect John Birger Grytdal designed two-floor cubes with floor to ceiling glazing wrapped in Canadian cedar wood. They both balance on one steel pillar drilled 3.5 metres into the ground. “The cubes are intentionally placed on the edge of the sloping mountain. It’s like standing in a glass elevator without the familiar sinking feeling”, explains Grytdal.
The Sky Lodges both have 22 square metres of living space and both include a kitchen and dining space, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The interior is carefully curated to harmonise with the view and consists of dark oak on the ceiling and walls, concrete flooring and dark-toned furniture. Tom Norland chose the Danish design company Vipp for the kitchen, furniture, lighting, tableware and accessories. I’m already such a fan of Vipp for their timeless and functional design as you can see in this post here, and this post here.
“My intention was to give visitors a front row view to one of the best-known fjords in the world. The border between inside and outside had to be blurred to convey the feeling of floating in nature”, says Tom Norland.
More Reasons to Visit
Nearby is the famous Pulpit Rock, which is 604 metres above sea level. An icon of the Norwegian fjords. And incidentally where Tom Cruise hung off a cliff in Mission Impossible 6. The surrounding mountains are filled with magical pine trees and boulders placed by a glacier when the ice age came to an end. And Lysefjord is full of places to visit.
The Bolder has turned into a very special concept within the slow travel movement in Norwegian tourism. And the concept is continuously developing and growing. Soon more lodges and a common house with a restaurant will be added to the hotel in collaboration with renowned architecture practice Snøhetta.
The Bolder Sky Lodges – 3,700 NOK per night – Weekends min. 2 nights 6900 NOK