Surviving in the Arctic Circle isn’t easy. The weather can drop incredibly low. You might even say that your odds of surviving in such frightfully cold conditions are slim if you don’t find shelter right away. But one Norwegian couple decided to accept the ultimate challenge and live in the Arctic, but they’re not exactly freezing or roughing it. Benjamin Hjertefølger and his wife, Ingrid, built a three-story cob house, which they call Nature House, and the structure is wrapped in a solar geodesic dome, which makes it the most self-sustaining building that you would ever want to live in when you’re in the middle of the freezing Arctic.
The Hjertefølgers decided that the best place to build their cob house was in Northern Norway.
To that end, they moved to the island of Sandhornøya and started to design the property so that it could accommodate their entire family, Now, all six of them live in absolute comfort, despite the frightful cold weather outside.
The house is environmentally friendly and was designed to meet the family’s every need.
When the family moved into the home on December 8, 2013, they already had all that they would need, like the ability to grow their own food inside the structure, because the conditions outside aren’t always ideal for growing crops.
It took the help of friends and neighbors to move this 3-story cob home to where it is today.
Now, this home is pretty much like everyone else’s home in the neighborhood. It has a beautiful view, a garage, and children playing. But there’s something different when you walk into this house that other homes don’t usually have.
The self-sustaining dwelling was ideal for the Hjertefølgers, who also have four children.
The inside is made up of a combination of clay, sand, straw, and timber, but it’s surrounded by a dome made up of 360 glass panels that protect the family from the cool weather. And inside the dome, the home is eerily reminiscent of a Hobbit house from “The Lord of the Rings.”
The eco-friendly dwelling includes all sorts of nifty little features, including solar panel technology.
Using solar panels, the family is able to power their amazing home in the Arctic. The home itself was built with the help of Solardome Industries, and that includes the glass and aluminum dome.