Soak Up the Best of Scandinavia in These Northern Norway Cottages

A waterfront setting, simple and serene design, and an attached sauna make this Lofoten, Norway, property a Scandi-lover's dream.

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Tranquil Digs

Experience this gorgeous archipelago in true Scandinavian style. These charming cottages perched right on the water’s edge are available to rent with hotel-like accommodations on site.

Norway Cottages

Vacationing in the Lofoten Islands of Norway can be an unforgettable, tranquil experience. This northern hotspot is popular thanks to its surprisingly mild climate, majestic mountains and idyllic lakes.

Weathered Patina

The Norwegian lifestyle is laid back and low-maintenance, preferring a more natural approach. There’s no need for stain when the sealed wood weathers to a lovely silver-gray patina over time. And cottage guests love stepping out onto their own private deck in the mornings with coffee.

Take a Dip

Whether you’re fishing, kayaking or just splashing around the lakes of Lofoten, you’ll find it easy to bliss out here. In the summer lake temps hover around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!

Classic Red

You can’t miss these bright red cottages when you’re out on the water. Their cheery hue is thanks in part to a durable paint mixture that incorporates cod liver oil, a common practice in fishing communities.

Nature Rules

This area of Norway is celebrated for its natural beauty and the people here take great care to tread lightly so the islands remain pristine. Even the unique deck design incorporates the existing landscape.

Indoor Outdoor Living

With awe-inspiring vistas all around, it’s no surprise most accommodations and private homes are designed with indoor/outdoor living in mind. Large decks and windows with unencumbered views make sense here. Even the cottage’s sauna has a spectacular view.

European Standards

Beds here are sized to European standards which can be a little confusing when you’re booking your accommodations (or bringing your own linens for a longer stay). While U.S. bedding has names (twin, queen, etc.), European sizing simply lists the bed’s dimensions in centimeters. But don’t worry: There are easy-to-use conversion guides that can be found online to ensure you know what you’re getting.

Tough + Pretty

To amp up the cottage vibe, the wood floors are painted a blue-gray that will remind you of Nordic winter skies. Marine-grade paint was used for added durability.

Rustic Charm

You won’t find drywall here. Many interior walls are clad in gorgeous tongue-and-groove paneling. Left natural or painted, all the wood adds to the cottage’s rustic charm.

Simple Pleasures

It’s easy to relax and shift your focus back to nature when all the distractions are pared back. The waterfront cottages are comfortable yet minimalist, in true Norwegian style. Using rope instead of wood molding along the ceiling’s perimeter is a cute nautical touch.

Turn Up the Heat

Saunas are a big part of Nordic culture and have actually been around for centuries. After a long day of outdoor fun and adventure, there’s nothing more relaxing than a refreshing sauna. Just remember to hydrate!

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