This home is magical. Simply stunning. Our time on the island was one of my very favorite vacations (and rentals) to date. A gorgeous cottage from the 1800s oozing charm yet nicely updated with modern conveniences, a large secluded property with with the ocean at the doorstep, and a sparsely-populated island itching to be explored. My family couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Norway vacation.
This home is ideally suited to families or those seeking a quiet retreat from the hustle of daily life.
Our four year old son spent his time fishing off the pier, swinging in the hammock, and chasing the local herd of sheep (sorry sheep!). My daughter played on the sandy beach (nicely protected from large waves) and ate blueberries straight from the bushes. We BBQed every night, roasted marshmallows over a fire pit, and motored around the island in the boat. It was like summer camp, only way, way better.
We found the house quite by accident as we’d originally planned to stay near Gothenburg (Sweden) but thanks to my last minute planning, a Metallica concert, and the America’s Cup, the entire area of Sweden’s West coast was solidly booked so we looked a bit farther north for the archipelago part of our trip. The island of Nordre Sandoy is ten minutes from Skjærhalden (and probably 1.5 hrs south of Oslo).
Laura was a dream to work with, responsive, and helpful in terms of providing house/driving/grocery shopping instructions. The boat ride over to the island was short and her entire family made sure we were settled in and comfortable.
The house is great for families and is well-equipped with lawn, water, and sand toys. My kids are young (4 and 1.5) and due to the proximity of the ocean, we had them wearing lifejackets whenever they were down by the water. The beach is protected by the surrounding islands so the waves are very small (some days it looked like we were on a lake, the water was so smooth) so the lifejackets were mainly for the dock and boat. There are a few trails on the island so we did some nice walks down to the two ferry docks and another nice beach. But honestly we spent most of our time at the house, enjoying the view and the yard.
Thanks for a lovely trip Laura and Ragnar.