The Hjertefølger family has been living on Norway’s Sandhornøya island since 2013, where they started their sustainable lifestyle, They live in a three-story cob home built from sand, water, clay, and other organic materials that is inside a beautiful (and functional) solar geodesic dome.
They placed the 25-foot-high dome around the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home to give the six-person family protection from strong winds and heavy snow loads, as well as to cut down on heating costs. This was built entirely by the family and their friends.The geodesic dome, which also covers a garden area, gives the family the necessary greenhouse environment to grow much of their food. Apples, cherries, plums, apricots, kiwis, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, and melons are just some of what they can grow in an area that is without sunlight for three months a year.
The cozy and rustic interior creates a warm, welcoming environment away from the Arctic Circle’s cold climate. As a bonus, the beautiful views of nature and the spectacular Northern Lights provide unique entertainment for the family on cold winter nights.After three years of living in The Nature House, they are thriving. “The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking in to any other house,” Ingrid Hjertefølger told Inhabitat.