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The Extraordinary Igloo Home in Beautiful Northern Norway

 If you think it’s cold where you live now, try to think about voluntarily living in one of the coldest regions in the world - the Arctic Circle, where the average temperature doesn’t exceed 0 degrees most of the year. This is exactly what couple Benjamin and Ingrid Hjertefølger and their four children did when they moved together in an unusual homemade of a mixture of earth and straw, wrapped in a special solar dome, located on the isolated island of Sandhornøya in northern Norway. If you think the cold makes them regret their choice, you should look at the breathtaking pictures of this house and know the unique story of the family that lives there. In the end, you may even hope to one day have the opportunity to live in a home like this.

 
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The Hjertefølger family, whose Norwegian name means "heart-followers," moved to what they call "the house of their dreams" five years ago in 2013. They worked on the construction of this extraordinary building with a little help from family and friends, in no less than a year and a half, using only natural materials. Just installing the specially shaped dome, which was manufactured especially for them in England and is called a "geodesic dome" - took no less than three full weeks.

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igloo home
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igloo home
The investment yielded a unique home of about 240 square meters, with a size of 175 square meters and a total of three floors. The house ended up costing them about 300,000 pounds - but it seems that the investment was worth waking up to breathtaking northern landscapes.
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igloo home
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If you think that the Hjertefølger family’s life is dull and depressing because of the cold weather they live in most of the year - you're wrong. Although the sun doesn’t shine here for three full months, life in this natural greenhouse continues as usual - thanks to the unique solar dome, which accumulates energy during the summer months and in the winter gives the house its warmth; Their natural diet, which is based mainly on fruits and vegetables, is afforded by the family also because of the solar dome, which makes the home a sort of greenhouse where they can grow their food throughout the year, even during the cold and dark season.
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igloo home
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You can imagine the peace of mind that can be achieved in a kind of natural home, which is at the heart of a pearl that has hardly been touched by humans, and the family continues to speak about how satisfied they are with their decision “The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness. It is hard to explain. But it would have been impossible getting this feeling from a house someone else has planned and built for us, or a house with corners and straight lines,” says mother Ingrid who together with the rest of the family spends her time practicing yoga.
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igloo home
igloo home

So, what do you say, would you like to live like the Hjertefølger family in this wonderful natural dome in the face of breathtaking nature, or do you think you’d find it difficult to live without a drop of sunshine for three months out of the year? If you’d like to ponder this some more, you’re welcome to watch the following video which will provide you with another glimpse into this unique home.

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