The Arctic Circle evokes pictures of outrageous climate conditions, however one family has figured out how to make their own comfortable house in the furthest reaches of Norway. The Hjertefølger family has been living on Norway’s Sandhornøya island, where they began their adventure into reasonable living, since 2013. Their three-story cob home—worked from sand, water, dirt, and other natural materials—is encased in a tastefully satisfying, and practical, sun oriented geodesic vault.
Setting the 25-foot-high arch around the five-room and two-bathroom home gave the six-man family insurance from solid breezes and overwhelming snow loads, and also eliminating warming expenses. The geodesic arch, which additionally covers a garden zone, gives the family the fundamental nursery condition to develop quite a bit of their sustenance. Apples, fruits, plums, apricots, kiwis, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, and melons are recently some of what they can develop in a region where for three months per year, there is no daylight.
The comfortable, provincial inside makes a warm, inviting condition far from the Arctic Circle’s frosty atmosphere. What’s more, the awesome perspectives of nature and the Northern Lights surely give remarkable excitement to the family on cool winter evenings.
After four years of living here, Hjertefølger family is more than happy. “We love the house; it has a soul of its own and it feels very personal. What surprises us is the fact that we built ourselves anew as we built the house. The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking in to any other house. The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness. It is hard to explain. But it would have been impossible getting this feeling from a house someone else has planned and built for us, or a house with corners and straight lines,” said Ingrid Hjertefølger.
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