There’s something pleasing about seeing logs piled lengthways to form a simple, but strong and insulated wall both from the inside and out. In Finland timber is grown and sourced sustainably to create inviting log cabins hidden away in the forest. The cabins at the Arctic resort of Kakslauttanen benefit from this design and come complete with fireplace and sauna for an authentically Finnish experience.
Norwegian fisherman the length of the Norwegian coast sought comfortable retreats after days at sea. Their cabins built at the water’s edge and often on stilts were painted red with fish blood. Today they are still painted in red, and many of these cabins have been lovingly restored and converted to accommodation for guests. The fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands are famed for their neat collections of Rorbu cabins many of which offer sea and mountain views.