Turns out the word ‘Hjertefølger’ means ‘heart follower’ in Norwegian, which couldn’t be more appropriate for the Hjertefølger family who have followed their name’s calling. The family of six dropped everything in their life back in the December of 2013 to build their own sustainable life by constructing a dome in the middle of the Arctic Circle.
The entire Geodesic dome (which is a partly spherical structure comprised of a complex network of triangles, to the layman) took the family two full years to complete, but as wise folks say, sometimes the end justifies the means. The finished dome is three-stories tall, and it features a five-bedroom, 25-foot-high solar geodesic dome on Norway’s Sandhornøya island, located just north of Oslo. This particular dome is comprised of various organic materials including sand, water, and clay, and the shape manages to retain heat while effectively blanketing the family from the strong winds and heavy snowfalls common in the region.
An addition, the dome also sits atop a garden area of fruits and vegetables the Hjertefølgers started themselves in order to a accomplish a self-sustainable living. And as for the view, frankly, it’s in a class all its own with panoramic views of the pristine & untouched wilderness, and unobstructed views of the yearly Northern Lights.
“The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking in to any other house,” Ingrid Hjertefølger told Inhabitat. “The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness.”