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A hidden gem located high above the Arctic Circle of Norway, the small island of Manshausen is far removed from the hustle and bustle of 21st-century living. 

To reach it, you have to fly to Bodø and then take a fast boat to the fishing village of Nordskot, where a small craft meets you to take you to the private eco-retreat.

Guests stay in award-winning contemporary sea cabins with exceptional views of the sea, sky and – if you are lucky – of the Northern Lights. After admiring the magnificent views, head outdoors and choose from one of the many nature-based outdoor activities, from hiking and climbing to fishing, snorkelling, sea kayaking or sailing. There's also a chance to spot wildlife, including otters, seals and white-tailed sea eagles. 

At the end of the day, enjoy dinner in the main house (from January to November), choosing from a menu of mainly local produce, including fresh fish and reindeer. As you sample these gourmet delights and reflect on your day in this remote and wild getaway, you’ll understand the real appeal of Manshausen – the opportunity to appreciate all around you with no distractions. “There are plenty of places you can go to sit beside a pool or a beach, with your phone,” says renowned polar explorer Børge Ousland, who owns the resort. “But I wanted to create this sense of the here and now.”

The prize for two people includes:

• A five-night stay in a sea cabin Manshausen, with breakfast included.

• Dinner on one evening.

• A foraging experience with the chef.

• A guided nature-based adventure expedition.

• Meet and greet at Bodø airport to help with onward travel to Manshausen.

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