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Beautiful and unique places to stay in Nordland County

High skies and broad horizons. The wind in your hair and surrounded by sea spray. And naturally, heavenly beds. Everything in place for fantastic nights at these hotels along the Norwegian coast outside Bodø.

Contemplative accommodation. Photo: Martin Losvik

Creative Retreat

A few years ago, musician Håvard Lund from Gildeskål in Nordland County had the idea of creating the world’s most beautiful work room for musicians and creative souls. A place that they could rent as a retreat for a period and immerse themselves in their art. Obviously, such a project had to be by the sea, with Lofoten as a backcloth, namely in the Fleinvær archipelago, 20km southwest of Bodø. TYIN Architects and Sami Rintala of Rintala Eggertsson Architects have designed ten small and narrow houses that let in what they were aiming for, the magical north Norway light. The development has been named after its purpose, The Arctic Hideaway.In partnership with the Nordland County Culture Department, the location offers a place to stay for creative souls.

The Arctic Hideaway - Fordypningsrommet

Sørværet 2-4, 8094 Fleinvær

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The Arctic Hideaway is a 75-minute journey on the hurtigbåt ferry from Bodø and you get off at Sørvær. Rates on request.

Get back to nature at Manshausen. Photo: Steve King

Wow cabins

Polar explorer Børge Ousland is the man behind this cabin development on the island of Steigen in Nordland. The design of the cabins is absolutely spectacular. They open onto the sea – and with eagles as your only neighbors. The sea is literally within touching distance. Award winning architects Stinessen of Tromsø have designed the development. Here, the only food to eat is seafood, reindeer, elk, birds and wild lamb. Maybe you should spend a moment thinking of the Lofoten fishermen who used to stop off here to trade, as you can still see traces of them.

Manshausen

Lille Manshausen, Manshausen

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Rate per night in the low season is Nkr1,850 per person in a double room and Nkr2,250 in high season.

The walls of Villa Haugen Hotel in Leinesfjord exude the exciting history of the Norwegian coast. Photo: De historiske

Smått og godt

Grøtøy i Steigen ble etablert som handelssted i 1690. Det var siste stoppested før Vestfjorden for fiskerne som skulle på Lofotfiske. Her lånte de utstyr, som kunne betales tilbake med fiske når de returnerte fra fisket. De kunne også leie soveplass, dette ifølge Wikipedia. Her ligger altså Villa Haugen Boutique Hotel, bygget i 1908, som er en del av hotellsammenslutningen De historiske. Det er bare fem rom i dette hotellet, men de er staselig innredet, og minimalisme har de aldri hørt om. Elsker du derimot tapet, tunge gardiner og senger med svungne linjer, kan du fråtse her. Rundt deg har du barsk nordnorsk natur med fjell, hav og til og med hvite strender.

Villa Haugen Boutique Hotel

Grøtøya 11 8283 Leinesfjord

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Fra cirka 1 075 kroner per natt. Du kan ta hurtigbåt fra Bodø eller Svolvær.

Wander in the landscape that inspired Knut Hamsun on Tranøy. Photo: Roger Johansen/www.nordnorge.com

Hamsun’s House

The tiny Edvardas Hus Hotel has nine small rooms with sea views. The hotel is situated on Tranøy, north of Hamarøy. Originally built as a bank, it has been so delightfully updated that it has won an Olavsrosa Prize, awarded for experiences of high standard. Author Knut Hamsun sat and wrote here in the period 1874-75, and what he experienced became key motifs in his works. You can learn more about his life and works at Hamsungalleriet or at Hamsunsenteret at Presteid.Hungry guests can order home-baked bread, fish, soup and berries from the hotel's grounds and surrounding area.

Edvardas hus

Nicolai Walsøes vei 2, 8297 Tranøy

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Rates: Single room from Nkr1,150, double room from Nkr1,490. Breakfast: NKr60.

Beautiful Støtt along the Helgeland coast. Photo: Nordnorge-com

Støtt brygga

This island south of Bodø was a hive of fishing activities in the 17th Century. The rich fisheries helped the island to grow from a mooring point to become a trading place with a thousand fishermen in the harbor, according to Støtt brygge. However, you won't have to endure 17th Century standards when you stay here, you can relax in stately old furnishings behind lace curtains and paned windows. Outside the window is the spectacularly beautiful Helgeland coast. In summer, you can sit on the quayside and enjoy seafood, you can't get more locally sourced than that.If you want some physical exercise, you can go kayaking, cycling or fishing.

Støtt brygge

Støttveien 20, 8159 Støtt

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Take the hurtigbåt here from Bodø. Rates from Nkr1,190 per person per night.

You can feel the nostalgia in the old lighthouse at Tranøy. Photo: Nordnorge-com

Lighthouse Holiday

Back in the 19th Century, they needed a lighthouse to guide ships towards Tjeldsund, Ofoten and Tysfjord, and in 1864, the lighthouse went into service at Stangholmen. It was manned until the last lighthouse keeper retired in 1991. Two years later, a new adventure was started on these bare islets. The lighthouse was opened to travelers who wanted a break with the wind in their hair. Today, you can rent the lighthouse keeper houses and the caretaker's house. Rock climbing, birdwatching and kayaking are some of the things you can experience here. If you're lucky you may spot pilot whales, minke whales and killer whales.If you get hungry, you can try stock fish, dried cod and meatballs.

Tranøy fyr

Tranøyveien 1286, 8297 Tranøy

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From Nkr1,095 for a room with a shared bathroom.

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