If, for whatever reason, the pressure and panic buying is all getting a little too much, then pop the kettle on, put your feet up and come with me on a virtual trip to the Lofoten Islands this Christmas.
Famous for its wild coastline, spectacular fjords and majestic mountains, this remote setting is my idea of the perfect festive getaway, and also where you’ll find Black Aurora Nook.
Designed to comfortably accommodate up to six people, as well as their very lucky dogs, this striking timber-framed holiday cottage is the creation of Austro-German architect Elisabeth Dirnbacher.
A leading name in wooden construction architecture, and also the proud owner of this unique cabin, Elisabeth offers her guests different spaces for rest, retreat and relax.
Firstly there’s a generous double height living space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the 13-kilometre long Austnesfjorden, as well as a cosy kitchen and spacious dining area complete with underfloor heating and a wood burning stove.
Alongside this are two airy bedrooms, as well as a beautiful bathroom that faces Higravstinden, the highest mountain in Lofoten. Plus, if that wasn’t enough a wooden staircase from the master bedroom up to two bespoke gallery areas from which you can observe the northern lights.
The interior of Black Aurora Nook meanwhile is filled with simple untreated wooden panelling and built-in furniture all handcrafted by a local carpenter. Paired with black powder-coated steel finishes, and an array of woven textiles that echo the calming colours found in the breath-taking landscape beyond, it all comes together to provide an unforgettable holiday experience.
So, if a magical few days in Northern Norway trekking, skiing and fishing is at the top of your Christmas list then look no further than Black Aurora Nook, I know it would certainly get my new year off to an inspirational start.
Want to know more?
Prices start at €270 per night based on a minimum 4 night stay.
To find out more and to book your stay, visit the Black Aurora Nook website.
All images taken by Paul Sebesta and courtesy of Black Aurora Nook.
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