We are a well travelled family of four, being Australian, living in London and having travelled all around Europe, America, Iceland and now Norway!
This cabin is perfect. It cannot be faulted. We travelled for a white Xmas with northern lights and dog sledding. We got that and so much more.
The cabin and owner (Hanne-Lil) could not be better. It is private and beautiful, warm and comfortable with everything you will need. We shopped at the local supermarket and also brought in packaged food from England as we had heard that food is expensive in Norway and mostly this is true. The Wifi is free and very fast and efficient.
We saw the most spectacular lights (better than what we had seen before in Iceland) on 2 of the 4 nights that we were there. They were all colours - green, purple and even red. Spectacular!
Special Santa searching experience:
The local village do a traditional search for Santa Claus in the woods. The villagers walk through the dark woods "searching" for the Santas (there are lots of them). When we find them, they are in huts on the side of the mountain in the snow going about their "work" but then they see us and chase us down the mountain again. The children find the whole experience magical and exhilarating and we will never experience anything like that again. The owner of the cabin invited us along and that may give you some idea of her kindness. She wants to share local knowledge of the Norwegian way of life. What a lovely person that she is and her family also! On our first night of northern lights, they rang us to look (we were already outside looking in awe) and then her husband, Eirik, got in his car to come down to the cabin and show us. What lovely people. They love the lights as much as us and yet they can look at them all the time!
A must experience with Tommy Larsen. Lovely fellow with very good English. The dog sledding is also exhilarating and unique. We've never done anything like that before. The dogs are gorgeous, intelligent animals and our kids loved them. Tommy also took us down to the fjord near his house and gave us hot chocolate by a fire. The photographic opportunity is unbelievable.
There is a museum for the kids with local seals in it as well as films and local information. It is called Polaria and we really enjoyed going there on our way back.
We also went sledding one day in Lyngseidet. There's cross country skiing and walking through the forest with frozen waterfalls and all sorts of things to see. What a beautiful place. We enjoyed the fact that half of the day we could see outside (for about 6 hours of a twilight type of blue light) and half of the day we sat inside and ate, played games and looked for the lights. It was a wonderful holiday and we want to go back again for sure. Thank you to Sarah (British person who helps with the booking and answered lots of pre-trip questions), Hanne-Lil and her family (owner and resident in the house behind the cabin who is welcoming, kind and knowledgeable) and Tommy (dog sledding guru and nice bloke!).
We travelled in a group of 7 friends and stayed a week in this lovely house where our friendship got even stronger.
Great location by the fjord, close to the supermarket, info point and activities centre but with the feeling if being in the middle of nowhere.
We enjoyed the northern lights show on our balconies or windows, chatted by the fire stove, we cooked and ate together, even watched movies and play the play station when the weather kept us in.
Don't bring any appliances as the house has it all.
Many thanks to the owners and hope one day we ll be back for summer as well
It is a perfect place for marine biologists as "the office" is just in the backyard. Tranquility, quietness, picturesqueness, are the words that describe the place the best. We really enjoyed our stay time that we spent there. The owner, Hanne Lil, was really helpful and made us feel at home. Hopefully we will be back in the future.
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