Scan Magazine, Issue 130, November 2019

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Visit Norway — Vesterålen

The modern house by the sea An architect-designed holiday home that offers nature and serenity in combination with art and culture on its doorstep: the perfect getaway is waiting for you to discover it. Are you dreaming of exploring the north of Norway, with its famous midnight sun, northern lights, whale safaris as well as small villages off the beaten track? Get to know Lofoten’s lesser-known neighbour, the Vesterålen islands, with Huset på Skåltofta as your perfect base. The hiking trail Dronningruta (The Queen’s Route) leads right past the house, taking you along pristine, white sandy beaches and over tall mountain peaks, offering an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean. Only a stone’s throw away is the historical fishing village of Nyksund, today a thriving community with its own art gallery, cafe and restaurant. Originally a fisherman’s house, the self-catered Huset på Skåltofta is the perfect home away from home, with capacity for up to seven guests across four bed-

rooms. It has recently been meticulously refurbished in a stylish yet functional design. Enjoy the outdoor patio on sunny days or stay cosy indoors in front of the open fireplace. Generous panoramic windows

provide lots of natural light, as well as unparalleled views of the breathtaking landscape and wildlife. Huset på Skåltofta is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway for two, or spacious enough to gather family and friends. It can also cater well for company off-sites, for those looking for an away-day with a difference.

Photo: Ruth Anne Steffensen

Photo: Ruth Anne Steffensen

A nostalgic holiday in Norway Nestled away in Vesterålen, Loviktunet offers guests the opportunity to stay in one of two historic holiday homes. This is a great place to find peace when visiting this part of northern Norway. Loviktunet consists of two traditional Norwegian houses from the olden days. “The red house is from 1918, while the yellow one dates back to 1750. They are both old farmhouses adjoining our farm,” says owner Tor-Ivar Grav, who together with his wife welcomes guests all year round to this idyllic place. Newly restored and renovated, the houses have kept their original charm but are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The atmosphere is homely, with a calm colour palette and vintage furniture. Located in the small village of Lovik in Andøy, with only 13 inhabitants, Loviktunet is a quiet place where you can easily find peace. “We are close to the sea, with great views, and since there are limited lights around it is an optimal place to experi-

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to be a nostalgic place where people come to learn old techniques and enjoy themselves together.”

ence the northern lights,” Grav says. The area also offers plenty of activities such as mountain hikes, whale safari, fishing and day trips to Lofoten. With plans for expansion, a new building is set to be completed in the summer of 2021. “We have designed a large space where cultural gatherings, conferences and courses will take place. It will be modern but still look like an old barn, with a style that matches the yellow and red house,” Grav explains. “We want it


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