When nature plays a leading role – Cabin Efjord

Despite its modern and stylish exterior, the majestic Cabin Efjord naturally stands among shrubs and mountains in Efjord in Northern Norway.

– The cabin is our common space and our second home. It became our first big project together, Tone-Beathe says. Together with her fiancé Frode Kristian Danielsen, they built their dream cabin in Ballangen. Since they live on separate sides of the country, this has become the place where they meet on weekends and holidays. Tone-Beathe work as a teacher in Elverum, while Frode works in an audit company in Tromsø.

The dream of Cabin Efjord has its origin from 2014 when the couple visited Efjord for the first time.

– We went to Efjord to borrow Frode’s fathers cabin. I grew up surrounded by beautiful mountains and fjords in Sunnmøre, but this was a powerful nature-experience even for a “Sunnmøring”. I was completely speechless, Tone-Beathe says, and continues:

– After an amazing week in Efjord, our mind was made up – this was where we wanted to be. We had talked about building our own cabin prior to this trip, but by the end of the week there was no doubt.

After a long process of floor plans and preparations, the building process could finally start in 2016.

Nature plays a leading role

We wanted to create an interaction between modern architecture and nature in Northern Norway.– Tone-Beathe

– We like the simplistic expressions. When we built the cabin we consciously went for a dampened expression. For example, we barely have any pictures on the walls. We wanted nature to play a leading role, says Tone-Beathe. Inside the cabin are walls and ceilings of birch veneer. The floor has elements of stone tiles that reflect the foundation of the cabin, granite.

– In the hallway you can find Eine, a Heymat with simplistic lines. It looked perfect since there is a lot of scots pine around the cabin and on the island.

Architecture and nature

The cottage has panoramic views towards tall mountains and deep fjords. It was designed by the talented architect, Snorre Stinessen. Among his other works are the world renowned seaside cabins on the waterfront of Manshausen Island.

– It was important for us to make the cottage a part of nature, says Tone-Beathe. The most eye-catching of Cabin Efjord and the cottages at Manshausen is the structures made from entire walls of glass.

– It’s probably not a cottage for the shy, even the sauna has an open solution with ceilings and walls of stained glass, says Tone-Beathe.


If you haven’t checked out @Cabin_efjord on Instagram already, we recommend you take a look. That’s where Tone-Beathe and Frode Kristian share beautiful inspiration pictures you can really dream away in.

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