On the island of Sandhornøya in northern Norway, the Hjertefølgers are making living in the Arctic Circle look easy! It was four years ago when Benjamin and Ingrid Hjertefølger initiated their family home, a cob-house sitting within a geodesic dome.
The family moved in on December 8, 2013. Their ‘green’ home allows them to live sustainably in harsh conditions. They have managed to grow their own food (apples, plums, apricots, cherries, grapes, tomatoes, herbs, melons and cucumbers) although not all year round. In the Hjertefølger’s home, all household products are biodegradable. They also utilize grey and black water (for watering and fertilizing plants) and keep scraps on a compost.
As it is snugly protected by their glass dome, the house is expected to ‘last forever’. However, the Hjertefølger family do imagine some future improvements to include a ‘double glass skin’ that would allow the creation of a tropical garden and avoid dripping in winter (due to temperature difference between inside and outside).
Whatever you think about their sustainable endeavors, living in such close vicinity to nature means the atmosphere of their home will always remain truly unique.