Woodnest Cabin

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If we use this time in lockdown right, we’ll come out the other end with the best-planned vacation the world has ever seen. Here’s another log for the wanderlust fire: the Woodnests in Norway. Just completed this year, these two cabins are built onto a hillside overlooking the Hardanger fjord below. But instead of the usual clearing and regrading of the construction site, the Norwegian architecture firm responsible for the cabins, Helen & Hard, went for a design that worked with what was already there: the trees. 

Each cabin sits about 18 feet off the ground, fastened to the trunk of a living pine tree with a large metal collar. Inside, each of the two cabins has sleeping accommodations for four, and come with electricity, a kitchenette, wifi, and a flushing toilet and shower inside the cabin. And since Woodnest Cabins are situated where July high temps are generally below 65 degrees fahrenheit, the floors are heated and the entire cabin is tightly insulated. 

The cabins are about a 20 minute walk from the parking area, just outside of the city of Odda (less than three hours inland from Bergen) with prices starting at 2800 Norwegeian Krone, or about $320 US per night. Sleeping in a treehouse, above a fjord, in a far-off part of Norway? That sounds like a pretty amazing way to get away from it all. May as well start looking at 2021 flights to Bergen now.

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