While you're likely familiar with tropical overwater villas, we seldom encounter overwater cabins in colder countries. But don't let that fool you; they do exist and they're just as beautiful.
Nestled on Manshausen Island in Norway, the Sea Cabins by Boutique Homes are a super pretty escape for travelers looking for a less conventional hideaway. Designed by Snorre Stinessen and commissioned by renowned explorer Børge Ousland, they integrate the island's rugged, adventurous landscape into the design, while limiting impact on the environment.
There are four cabins in total, each capturing the stunning surrounds through full glass walls that face the sea. The main bedroom hogs the best views, while the second claims a cozy spot for additional guests. There's also a restored 18th-century farmhouse you can rent, which features a communal kitchen and dining lounge, a library stocked with Børge’s books, two hot tubs, and a salt water pool. The private beach, endless coastline, and Norwegian wilderness are also ripe for exploration, should you go beyond the cabin's grounds.
An underrated adventure destination, guests can also partake in many popular outdoor activities such as fishing, scuba diving, climbing, and more. Better still, the weather stays moderate all year, ranging from the 30s in winter to the 70s in summer (on average). Whether you come to witness winter's Northern Lights or summer's midnight sun, the cabin prices start at kr2400 ($290 USD) for single occupancy and kr2900 ($350 USD) for double. At this point, you only have two decisions to make: which cabin, and which season.