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Panoramahyttene – the Sea as Your Neighbour

Panoramahyttene at Sandhåland (Karmøy) is finally ready to welcome its first guests.


Experience some of the best that Western Norway has to offer; fresh, wild and beautiful nature. Panoramahyttene gives you the opportunity to get close to the coastal landscape, with high skies and wide-open horizons, and constantly changing weather, wind and light. The experience changes with the weather: from stormy days when the waves crash against the rocks, to calm days when the sunset is reflected in the sea.

The architect behind Panoramahyttene, Roald Bø from Holon Arkitektur, has been inspired by the landscape with the view as the main focus. The architecture allows you to get close to nature without the cabins taking up too much space or leaving too many traces. To really take in the stunning surroundings, all the cabins have large windows that lean towards the sea.

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There are a total of three cabins on the site, but the location on the rocky outcrop still gives you the feeling of being completely alone. The cabins, Hagbart, Helga and Håkon, all have a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower and toilet, fireplace and comfortable beds. Each cabin can accommodate up to four adults and one child. The cabins are furnished with comfort and the spectacular view in mind, which can be enjoyed from all angles of the cabin.

Panoramahyttene at Sandhåland is the perfect starting point for exploring the region’s rich offerings, whether you’re looking for cultural or nature experiences. A short drive from the cabins you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches such as Sandvesanden and Åkrasanden, both of which have been awarded the Blue Flag eco-label. If you prefer to leave the car behind, Sandhålandsanden, a little gem of a beach, is within walking distance of the cabins. The cabins are also close to the charming little coastal town of Skudeneshavn. If you’re interested in the region’s rich Viking history, Avaldsnes with Nordvegen History Centre and The Viking Farm is just 25 minutes away by car.

The cabins are only a 40-minute drive from Haugesund, and Haugesund Airport Karmøy is a half-hour drive away. From Stavanger, you can reach the cabins in about two hours by car, while the journey from Bergen takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Photos by Ida Kristin Vollum.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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