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The Sunken Restaurant

The Area

We are now in Lindesnes, the southernmost municipality of Norway. This area is most known for the Lindesnes lighthouse, the first sight of home many Norwegian sailors saw coming back to the motherland decades ago. The lighthouse might have been the area’s most known construction, but now that title is heavily challenged. About nine kilometres northwest we find, Restaurant Under Lindesnes a construction like no other. 

The Construction Process

During the spring of 2018, the construction of the 400 tonnes concrete shell began. After a few months of construction, in late July, Norway’s largest crane ship Uglen (the Owl) transported the shell of Under from the manufacturing facility to its final destination. The operation had to be precise because the colossal concrete structure had to be lowered onto a few dozen metal rods that were going to hold it in place in all kinds of weather. With a handful of divers in the water, they slowly manoeuvred the massive construction with millimetre precision. When the shell finally was secure on its base and emptied for water, the process of building the interior began. After a few months of construction, with around 80 companies and hundreds of employees, Restaurant Under finally was ready to open its doors in the early summer of 2019.

Under was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, which also designed the Opera House in Oslo and Tverrfjellhytta in Dovrefjell National Park. Read more about them on their respective blog posts.

The Interior

Just like the exterior, the interior was designed by Snøhetta, which did an amazing job creating the atmosphere inside. When entering the restaurant, you look straight down through the whole interior shell. The view from the top of the stairs is designed to mimic an aquascope, a handheld device you submerge in water to get a better sight of what lays beneath the surface. All the wood for the interior is made of wood from local forests, and it was put together just a dozen kilometres from the restaurant itself. It makes for a warm atmosphere in the cold water.

5,5 metres under sea level, guest sit and stare into the abyss that is the North Sea.

The Name

The name, Under might be self-explanatory for most. The restaurant is underwater, that’s it? Not entirely. In the Scandinavian languages, the word under also can be translated to wonder. Which itself has a double meaning. The magnificent construction clearly is a wonder. It might not be the Taj Mahal, but it is close. Could we call it the Taj Mahal of Sourthern Norway? In addition, guests arriving at Under are supposed to wonder. To wonder about what lives on the seabed and the reefs around the restaurant, and to wonder what smells and flavours they’re going to encounter throughout the night.

The Food

The restaurant’s head chef, Nicolai Ellitsgaard has put much work into the restaurant’s menu. Being an underwater restaurant, it is obvious that seafood should be your speciality. This, Nicolai and his team have taken it to a whole new level. Throughout the year, he experiments with new produce and preparation methods to give the restaurant’s guests the best dining experience possible. With ingredients ranging from Fucales picked in the water right outside the restaurant to locally harvested blue mussels, the menu will definitely impress most of us.

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Creating the World’s Lightest Alpine Ski

The Inventor

The snow splashes to the sides when the narrow wooden strip slides through it. From side to side, between frozen trees, over snow-covered boulders and down steep hills, we whizz down the mountain. On this February afternoon, we are in Burfjord, a small village between tall mountains and long fjords in Northern Norway. The 42-year-old that comes down the mountain first is a long-time alpine enthusiast, economist and inventor. The inventor of the world’s lightest alpine ski. Even though Bjarte Hollevik doesn’t look like a mad scientist or stereotypical inventor, he has a passion. And where there’s a passion, there’s room for innovation. After countless trips up and down the snowy mountains of Norway, he was getting annoyed by the weight of the skis. There had to be a way to make these skis lighter.

“The inspiration to make the world’s lightest ski simply is a result of me being terrible at losing weight.”

Proving Them Wrong

Bjarte started researching all the technical aspects of alpine ski making and decided to try out something that had been disputed in the skiing community. After extensive research, he started sketching. Despite experts and engineers claiming that his chosen material wouldn’t be able to withstand the intense pressure, he wanted to try anyway. He sent his sketch to a manufacturer in Sweden. After they made the first prototype, the Swedish manufacturer called and asked if he had forgotten something in the ski since it was so light. That’s when he figured that this could actually work. He tried them and continued tweaking until he had something light, yet durable.

Of course, the recipe is secret, but he reveals that the skis are made of a mixture between European beech, foam and the Chinese tree type paulownia. While the average ski weighs about 2,5 kilograms, Bjarte’s skis clock in at just 1130 grams, less than half of the average. He started Moonlight Mountain Gear in 2014 and has since sold a few thousand pairs of the world’s lightest ski. In 2018 and 2019, Moonlight won the ISPO-award for best alpine ski, becoming the first company to ever win two years in a row.


The World’s lightest ski is not the only innovation Bjarte and Moonlight Mountain Gear have in stock. They also make and sell the world’s brightest headlamp, blasting a whopping 16000 lumens. Lumen is a measurement used to calculate the brightness of a light source. An average light bulb emits about 250 lumens, making Moonlight’s headlamp 64 times brighter than your normal bulb. Now, Bjarte and the others at Moonlight Mountain Gear are currently working on a new project, which is yet to be revealed, but as far as we know there will be innovation in the driver’s seat.

Harvesting the Fruits of the Trip

For decades, Bjarte has spent his winters in slopes and mountains, with different skis strapped to his legs. Like many Norwegians, this sport is a favourite. The feeling of adrenaline rushing through your veins, snow in the air, and the wind flowing through your hair is truly a great feeling. And after hours of ascending, what better way to end a great journey by whizzing down the mountain? 

“The best thing about descending is the feeling of harvesting the fruits of your ascend up the mountain and have fun in new and perfect snow.”

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Lodging in a Magical Landscape

Inspiring Design

The sky lodges’ design is inspired by the surrounding fjord, Lysefjorden. During thousands of years, a giant glacier slowly carved its way into the mountain under it and shaped the fjord as it is today. On its way down, it brought large boulders and placed them around the fjord. Fascinated by this phenomenon, the architects chose to make The Bolder resemble the boulders around the fjord. Unlike the actual boulders, the sky lodges were thought to have a minimized impact on the surrounding flora, therefore they are built on a single column with two additional supports for the stairs, making its footprint the size of a bucket. This practice is an example of a modern Norwegian design ideology; creating great moments in the Norwegian nature, with as little industrial impact as possible. With large panoramic windows, the sky lodges feature a magical view of the Lysefjord.

Interested in unique architecture in the Norwegian mountains? Then we suggest reading our story about Viewpoint Snøhetta, The Box in the Mountains.

Scenic Surroundings

The Bolder is located in Lysefjord, one of Norway’s most iconic fjords. Carved by ancient glaciers, the 42-kilometre long fjord is surrounded by rocky granite walls rising a thousand metres above sea level. Lysefjord is home to grand mountains and picturesque viewpoints, as well as Preikestolen, the cliff that has become one of Western Norway’s most visited attractions. You can see the resemblance of the Lysefjord’s steep cliffs in The Bolder’s design.

Close to The Bolder we find Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock), a 604 metre high cliff falling straight into Lysefjorden.
On this day in late November we arrived at the Bolder surrounded in fog, with almost no vision out the large windows.

A Sporadic View

Located in the heart of Western Norway, The Bolder has to serve great experiences in all kinds of weather. A night surrounded in fog as thick as porridge has to be just as great as a morning with sunlight shining through the panoramic windows. Here, the weather changes every time you turn around. This is a region where you can experience all four seasons in a day. During a stay you may arrive in thick fog, cozy up in the warm bed while the autmn rain splashes on the windows. When the clock strikes bedtime, the clouds fade away and the cold winter night appears.

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A Tour of Scandinavia’s Street Art Capital

In Bergen’s street art database there are already registered over a thousand artworks and there are probably just as many unregistered ones scattered around the city. And with new ones appearing literally every day it is no doubt why Bergen is said to be the hub of street art in Scandinavia. The city is the home to many of Europe’s most reputable street artists like AFK, Argus, M.u.M and Dolk. For the average Joe, these names may not be recognizable, but in the world of street art, these are well-known and highly respectable.

Promoting the Craft

Although street art has been present in the streets of Bergen for decades, it wasn’t before the early 2010s the art form really took off and became a part of the cityscape. In 2012 the city council adopted a subsidy scheme to fund and promote street art. The “Grafitti and Street Art in the culture city of Bergen 2011-2015” opened up for artists to apply for permits and funds to create artworks in different scales around the city. The city’s decision to rather promote than crack down on the art form has had an overall positive outcome for both the city’s artists and its residents. Companies and cultural institutions around the city are now investing in decorating their walls with this kind of art, and the museums have had several street art exhibitions, thus giving the city its artistic status.

“Our task is to keep it clean and simple. We never thought that graffiti and street art would be this valuable for our city.”

Henning Warloe, fromer member of the Bergen City Council

The Artworks

Bergen has a rich flora of street art with motives ranging from fairytale figures to political statements to artsy creations. One of the most well-known works was created by one of the city’s best established artists M.u.M. “The Biking Troll” was created as a tribute to the Norwegian fairytale culture. The work was ordered by the city council as a part of the city’s decorations celebrating world championships for bicycle road racing back in 2017. Even though the championships where a catastrophe for the Norwegian bikers, the artwork still is a proud symbol of Bergen and Norwegian culture.

The Artists

As mentioned, Bergen is full of both expereinced and aspiring street artists. On top of the podium, next to M.u.M you find AFK. AFK is internet slang for the phrase “Away From Keyboard”, which fits his artistic chracter well. Few really know who AFK as a person, but most of Bergen’s inhabitants have seen one or two of his works. He is known for both large political statements and smaller more innocent artworks. Although his works has been known since 2013, he still remains anonymous to this day. No one knows when or if he will reveal his identity, but we do know that his work will keep inspiring new artists, both in Bergen and around the world.

“Anonymity gives me the freedom to be myself and the freedrom to express my art…”


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Not just any Opera House

The Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo is a truly special building with a lot of unique features. One of the most noteworthy is that its roof angles down to ground level, opening up for people to use the roof as a plaza or a walkway. The marble and white granite roof which extends from sea level to its 54 metres high peak is often used for social gatherings, concerts and other cultural events, making the opera house a cultural cub in the Norwegian capital.

An Epicentre of Culture

Naturally, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet is not just a building, it is an international cultural landmark. In addition to opera performances and ballets, the Opera House hosts concerts and cultural experiences for people of all ages. Here you may experience classical masterpieces like Hamlet, The Valkyrie, and Suor Angelica, as well as solo concerts with Norwegian artists. They also offer baby opera, school projects, and guided tours.

Not Just Architecture

In addition to being an artwork in itself, the Opera House is filled with both small and large artworks. With a ceiling height of up to 20 metres in the foyer, naturally, it is room for artworks. The wall surrounding the lobby’s bathroom facilities is a large illuminated wall with hexagonal patterns creating an illusion of melting ice. The waving wooden walls and stairs in the lobby symbolize the waving seas along the Norwegian coast.

In the fjord right outside the Opera, we find She Lies, a sculpture of stainless steel and glass inspired by Caspar David Friedrichs painting, Das Eismeer. The sculpture is 12 metres tall and covers an area of 17×16 metres. The sculpture turns on its axis in line with the tide and wind, resulting in a different look and experience depending on the weather.

A Century-Long Process

The idea of a national opera house in Oslo was almost a century old before the Opera was completed in 2008. Its story starts way back in 1917 when shipowner Christoffer Hannevig offered to finance a dedicated opera building for the capital. Back then, the Opera was a part of the National Theatre, and many believed that the Opera should have its own building. Unfortunately, the plans were put on hold when Hannevig went bankrupt a few years later, but the idea was planted in people’s minds and there were several attempts on planning the Opera during the 20th century.

In 1989 an official process of building an Opera started, and it sparked a decade-long debate of if and where the Opera should be built. It wasn’t before in 1999 the Norwegian parliament issued the permits to build the opera in Bjørkvika in downtown Oslo. The building process started in 2003, and five years and four billion NOK later the opera house was completed. And it quickly became a symbol of both Norwegian architectural and cultural pride.

The Oslo Opera House was designed by the Norwegian architectural bureau, Snøhetta. Being one of Norway’s leading architect firms they have designed countless of buildings around the world, including Viewpoint Snøhetta, which you can read more about in our story, The Box in the Mountains. Here at Nuet, we publish weekly blog posts about everything Scandinavian. Read more at and follow our Instagram @nuetaquavit to get instant updates on new posts.  

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The Twisted Gallery

Walking Through Art

This is The Twist, an art gallery located in Kistefos sculpture park, one of Europe’s largest sculpture parks of contemporary art. Walking through the Twist you are surrounded by the gallery’s ever-changing exhibitions while walking through a sculpture of itself, a quite outstanding experience on its own. The 15.000 square feet park features sculptures and art installations by some of the worlds largest artists like Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson and Yayoi Kusama, among many others. With such a rich fauna of art pieces, there is no wonder why the small-town museum has become so internationally recognizable as it has today. A walk through the park is a journey through one of the world’s most unique art collections. 

International Recognition

In its short lifetime, The Twist has gotten a lot of international attention for its groundbreaking design. People from all over the world have come to visit the architectural masterpiece, and worldwide media has sure coved the museum once or twice. British news website, The Telegraph listed the museum as one of 2019’s most beautiful buildings. While across the pond, the New York Times ranked it number 21 on the list of the world’s best places to visit. And this year, The Twist won the most prestigious award in the architectural world. Awarded  Leading Culture Destination Awards 2020, the Twist won what is said to be the Academy Awards of Architecture, the best of the best around the globe.

A Constructional Challange

As you may imagine, constructing a unique building like this is easier said than done. Being a combination of a fully functional gallery building, a 60-metre long bridge, and a sculpture in itself, the construction has to check off many constructional boxes.  Because it works as a bridge, the building has to be able to adapt to the river’s constantly changing water levels, and contracting and expanding soil depending on temperature. The construction of the gallery-bridge-sculpture hybrid met a lot of obstacles on the way and experienced a few minor setbacks. But with some help of exceptional engineering and architectural skills, the gallery stands safely on the ground.

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Bringing Modern Norwegian Design to the World

Finding a Market

Throughout history, Norwegians have been good at design and good at making quality products that last. Sadly, the problem has always been that carpenters and businesses have lacked interest in international marketing, thus making many products almost exclusive to the Norwegian market. Before and during the 20th century, what was designed in Norway, stayed in Norway. This is still the case for some businesses today; they have an unexplored market where their products may be of high demand. This is where Fram Oslo want to make a change. Founded by the two sisters Annette and Sunniva Hoff and Christoffer Kverneland in 2016, the Oslo-based interior brand’s mission is to show what Norwegian designers have to offer, and the potential of Norwegian design and products.

“We Norwegians have always been good at beautiful and high-quality designs and products, but not as good at marketing them. And that’s where we saw the potential for a change.”

Annette Hoff

Diverse Inspiration

Norway is known for its rich and beautiful nature. Grand forests, long fjords and majestic mountains are the trademarks of Norway. So there is no suprise these elements are key inspirations for Fram Oslo’s designers’ work. One of their latest collections is called Norwegian Forest, a name clearly describing its inspiration. Norwegian Forest a collection of table cloths and tea towels encapsulating the Norwegian pine forests and the memories and experiences created within. With stylish, minimalistic patterns resembling pine needles and pine bark, the collection captures the essence of forests in a single piece of cloth. The products are made to bring a little nature to your everyday life, whether it is in the Norwegian countryside or in an American metropolis.
As well as the stunning nature, the designers also gather inspiration from Norwegian culture and history. Patterns, colours and shapes are based on both everyday items and extraordinary events special to Norwegian culture. One of their most sold designs is the bunad blankets and pillows, an interpretation of the bunad, a Norwegian traditional clothing used for festive gatherings, like weddings and The Constitution Day. Annette loves the blankets and says that they bring a little part of festive moments to everyday life, a small part of celebration to the couch or the bed.

What they see as modern Norwegian design is an interpretation of what defines this country and the people within it. An interpretation of our nature, history and culture.

Made to Last

In a society characterized by consumerism, a society where an item is used and thrown away in an instance, Fram Oslo’s vision is to break this habit and make products that last. With a focus on an environmentally friendly production done exclusively in Norway, made with Norwegian materials by skilled people passionate about their craft, they assure that their products are made to last. For some, these products may seem a little expensive, but they are made to last, a long term investment in your home. You would rather have a blanket outliving you than twenty different blankets in your lifetime, right?

“We want people to rather buy just one item that lasts, than ten items that break and are thrown away in an instant.”

Anette Hoff

A Welcome Addition

In their four years of business, Fram Oslo has grown substantially and has gained a lot of attention on the international design stage. They have experienced that their high-quality Norwegian products are a welcome addition to the market. Some may even call them a little exotic, a taste of a partly unknown design culture. Their mission of showing off Norwegian culture to the world is going well and they are gaining lots of attention from consumers around the globe. With steady growth and more interest in the craft, they hope to one day make Norwegian design a leading player in the international interior design game.

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The Scent of Norway

Doing Something New

In the early 2000s, a woman from Bergen grew tired of her everyday job and moved to Fitjar, a beautiful archipelago in Western Norway. She started a small project of making different natural soaps, selling it to local handicraft stores and venues. In just a few years, the business had grown substantially and the founder was not interested in doing such a large scale production as it had become. This is where Colombian Monica Piedad Sanchez Parrado came in. A mutual friend of Monica and the founder pitched the idea of buying and running the brand, then called Fitjar Soap. At first, she was not convinced of the idea. Work with soap? Where was the fun in that? But after some convincing, she hopped aboard and joined in on what was going to be an adventure.

“The two first times he asked me I denied it right away, but the third time I had to look into it, and for three months I did research on the product and the industry. After a lot of thought, I finally gave in and joined, and I have not regretted it once.”

Monica Piedad Sanchez Parrado

Peeling off the Layers

The three women currently working at the soap factory are from Colombia, Ukraine and Poland. And with a Russian on her way, the company has a wide variety of nationalities and cultures with different perspectives on Norwegian culture. Monica believes that the composition of these nationalities working at Fitjar Islands is perfect to understand the essence of Norwegian culture, extract it and make a brand without the typical Norwegian national romance Norwegians tend to have. Their mission is to take care of the real story of Norwegian culture, with a modern twist to break the international market.

“The Norwegian view on Norwegian culture is so romantic that many tend not to see the essence of it. Therefore I believe that we foreigners in some ways have a better understanding of what is Norwegian culture is. We are able to see it without all the history and national romance, we are able to peel off the “unnecessary” layers and focus on the essentials.”

Memorable Scents

Their interpretation of Norwegian culture focuses on the beautiful nature Norway has to offer. Therefore, Fitjar Islands’ make their products with pure Norwegian smells in mind, the smell of nature. The soaps’ fragrances are based on Norwegian outdoors experiences; hikes in grand woods, boating in long fjords, and life on the Fitjar archipelago. The soap is a bottled interpretation of the surrounding Norwegian nature. The scents are made to evoke memories of the Norwegian outdoors, made to bring you back to a walk through wild spruce forests or a hike over majestic mountains.

“We get a lot of great feedback from customers around the world praising how our scents brought them back to past outdoor experiences”

The Production Boom

Late 2016, the then small soap factory got a contract with a group of independent restaurants and hotels in Bergen. The group was looking for local, classy and high-quality soap and personal care products to compliment their facilities. They said yes to the contract almost right away, before understanding the scope of such a deal. And almost overnight, the production mass doubled. It was an intense task, but with some restructuring and some good old hard work, they made it through it and came out of it even stronger. Today, as much as a third of Fitjar Island’s income is from deals with the local service industry.
Following the deal, the production’s extent has grown massively and in 2019, they produced and sold over 15.000 products in the relatively small factory in Fitjar, and they estimate to hit the 20k mark before the end of 2020. Many of the thousands of bottles are sent all around the world, indicating the success of their mission to share a little bit of Norway to the world.

The women at Fitjar Islands are some of the many people interpreting Scandinavian culture in their own way, and that is what’s beautiful about the Scandinavian culture; the many ways to interpret it and make it your own. Here at Nuet, we focus on every aspect of Scandi culture and we publish weekly blogposts about everything Scandinavian. Read more at and follow our Instagram @nuetaquavit to get instant updates on new blog posts straight to your feed.

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A Fresh Boat Building Passion

It is a relatively warm day in Billefjord. The spring has just begun, and the sun is shining upon the small fjord through a layer of clouds.
33-year-old Ove Stødle, a local Sámi craftsman is in the garage working on a small boat. The dream is to one day have a boat building workshop, but for now the garage works just fine. Chips fly when a sharp plane is led along a plank destined to become the keel of the traditional wooden boat. This is Ove’s second boat in the making. He just finished his first one, the first of a total of four. Last year, Ove received a grant to make four of these traditional boats as a part of a marine culture initiative. He was used to working with crafts but had never made a boat when he got the offer. A breeze blows through the wide-open garage door, but the man in the plaid shirt does not seem to mind. He is way to busy telling everything about the boat’s production process. Smiling from ear to ear, the eager man educates in how his new passion is made.

“How long did it take to make the first boat? Well, way too long.”

The Spisse

Ove works on a traditional Northern Norwegian spisse. The spisse was developed in the late 1800s meant to be a hybrid between a recreational boat and a fishing boat. The practical boat was widely used by Norwegians in the arctic for almost a century. Being sturdy and steady the boat was a key part of the transportation of goods and people on the arctic fjords of Norway. Depending on the size, a group of five to seven people can fit comfortably on a trip over the fjord. The seats are removable so you can fit goods and animals, as well as a yarn when you are fishing. Just like many other wooden boats, the spisse’s fate was to be replaced by cheaper, mass-produced plastic boats. Today, Ove is one of two remaining men in the Finnmark area building the traditional boat.

The Second Maiden Voyage

The sun is still high on the sky on this spring day in Billefjord. The wind is stronger by the shore than at the garage. It is not that cold, but most people definitely would want a windbreaker and some gloves here. The bay we are at is sheltered from the worst winds, so it is good conditions for a little row trip. Ove pushes the boat down the rocky shoreline and onto the narrow bay. This is the first time the boat is on the sea since the maiden voyage just two weeks ago, but this is the first time with a passenger on board. Because this is a transportation boat, in a way, this is the maiden voyage. The spisse lies sturdy on the water while we hop aboard. The boat is designed with two rowers in mind, but someone has to man the camera, documenting the voyage. Captain Ove takes responsibility for steering and propulsion with a smile. After around 20 minutes rowing back and forth in the bay, we go back to shore. The passenger voyage has been a success, and he now knows that the work has paid off. Now he just has to follow the winning recipe for the three remaining boats.

“I should probably use a life jacket, but you know, a captain has to go down with his ship. Right?”

Despite some gusts and a little current, rowing the spisse is a breeze.

A Handicrafts’ man

During the winter, the temperature in the garage is unbearable. So instead of freezing in the garage, Ove spends his time in his workshop, working on duodji, traditional Sámi handicrafts. For five years he has worked as a full-time handicrafter, making belts, jewellery and other Sámi crafts. The demand for these crafts has increased in the past years, so earning a living from the art is possible. The jovial man smiles while engraving small pieces of reindeer antlers. At first glance, it is hard to see what he is making. But it seems to be some kind of token. Maybe it is for a necklace or maybe it is a decoration for the second boat. Who knows? We just have to wait and see.

“It is nice to have something else to twiddle with inside when it is freezing temperatures outside.”

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Inspired by Surrounding Nature

Alpine Inspiration

Straight through the region, the alpine mountain range The Lyngen Alps extends like a massive wall, defining a boundary between east and west. The spectacular mountains have become the region’s pride and attract thousands of visitors every year. When the restaurant was on the drawing board, the architects were mesmerized by the majesty of the surrounding alpine landscape, and there was no doubt that a building in these surroundings should honour the adjacent mountains. Directly motivated by the shapes of cliffs and mountain peaks straight across the fjord, the cutting edges and sharp outlines are symbols of nature’s greatness. 

Promoting Light

Inside of the spectacular building, almost all surfaces are darker-toned or completely black to minimize distraction. In the summertime, the darker inside stands as a contrast to the all-night shining, fiery red midnight sun in the horizon. During the dark times of the winter season, the restaurant’s interior colours emphasise on the colourful northern lights dancing over the restaurant. The design element makes for a spectacular view of the surroundings without any distractions at any time of the year. The adjacent area is completely free for artificial lights. No street lamps or other lights can pollute the clear view of two of the world’s finest weather phenomena.

Interesting read? Then we highly suggest reading our story Contemporary Scandinavian Design with a classic look. A story about Edda, a restaurant in Oslo designed in true Scandinavian fashion.

The Igloos

The story behind Solvind starts way before the restaurant itself was even thought of. Lyngen North, the company behind the restaurant started out building glass igloos to serve as an unusual accommodation experience for tourists in the area. The igloos feature the same panorama view of the surrounding arctic landscape, thus being an attractive place to stay when travelling through the North. Inspired by the arctic people, the people at Lyngen North wanted to modernize the design of a thousand-year-old building technique. After some time of hosting guests in igloos in the middle of nowhere, they saw a need for a dining experience at the same level as the overnight experience. And so, the work on building the restaurant started. Three years later, the restaurant stands on top of the hill in all its splendour, completing the unforgettable experience of sleeping and dining in fantastic nature. 

The hillside beneath the restaurants hosts a total of five glass igloos. Two with a 360° view and three with a 180° like this one.

An Ironic Name

The name Solvind means solar wind, which is the stream of charged particles released from the sun’s upper atmosphere. The stream hits the earth’s atmosphere and creates the beautiful aurora dancing over both of earth’s poles. Quite ironic, the sun’s upper atmosphere, where the solar wind comes from is called The Corona, the name of the virus that shut down Solvind just under a month after the grand opening.

Rethinking Cuisine

Solvind is not just about the architecture, but more importantly great culinary experiences. At Solvind, the chefs focus on combining the quality of local produce with the approach of international cuisine. With a menu featuring among other things, espresso marinated local salmon, the restaurant attracts visitors from all over Norway and all over the world. In a while, we will publish a blog post dedicated to the exceptional food at Solvind. In the meantime, we suggest reading our story, A Taste of the Wild in Downtown Oslo.

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