A dreamy treehouse experience on an isolated island in combination with forest aromas, bird’s serenades and kayaking mornings.
You will lie if you tell me that you haven’t dreamed about having a treehouse as a kid. Who hasn’t? Some of y’all had it, but I grew up in a city, in a flat, so we didn’t really have a backyard with some cool trees to build a treehouse on. On my 23rd birthday, my amazing boyfriend made my dream come true!
Treetop island was the place! Wow, the only word that can fully describe this place is - MAGICAL. Okay, maybe as well peaceful, fairytale-like, you got my idea!
Treetop island is a tiny magical island situated in the south part of Norway, only a 40-minute drive from Kristiansand. On the island that is only for you, you will find a few trees, on top of which is built the beautiful treehouse. Take the stairs up and enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding lake and forest. As it is very isolated from everything around, the birds sing for you and you only.
The small house can easily fit five guests + 1. The + 1 is the lucky one as he will get to sleep on the comfortable hammock situated right in front of the fireplace. Yup, no one will be cold, the fireplace keeps the cute house warm and cozy.
Feel like dining inside, or actually, why not outside? On the veranda, you will find benches and a table with a view over the lake. Ahh, what a dream place.
The electricity comes from solar panels, meaning the sun will take care of everything for your stay. No sun? No worries, there is a hydro pump that will get you covered on a cloudy day.
The toilet was the most intriguing part for me. Located under the house, just down the stairs, there is a small wooden structure. There is no need for water or flushing, a bucket of sawdust in the hole will be enough to cover your business. No, it does not smell at all. The toilet has a big window reviewing marvelous views of the lake. No need for cell phones to keep yourself busy, enjoy the sound of the birds and the scenes of nature surrounding you.
A kayak and a small boat are at your disposal if you decide to enjoy the lake to its fullest. As well, I would totally recommend a dip in the water after sweating it all in the sauna. Located on the other side of the bridge, the sauna has an extraordinary cylindrical form with a window for amazing views while enjoying the heat.
Not a fan of saunas? Well, then what about a hot tub situated right at the corner of the lake? Sit in hot water and sip some wine while listening to the lovely songs of the birds or if you decide to experience it at night, the sky will be your cinema. The sky is packed with stars at night, and I mean millions and millions of them. Due to the nonexisting light pollution and darkness surrounding you, you will be able to see many shooting stars as well. Prepare your wishes!
Not a fan of the darkness? No worries, most of the trees around are accessorized with sparkling necklaces with tiny lights. It makes the place even more magical.
Last but not least - dinner time! The house has a fully equipped kitchen. Yup, that’s right, you have stoves and all the amenities you might need. You don’t have to worry about spices either.
Feeling more like bbq? Then you have two options- grill outside on the portable bbq, or if you choose to visit the place in the colder months, you can cook in the grill house. Enjoy the comfortable sofas while cooking a tasty meal on the fire.
We thoroughly enjoyed our few days there. Kayaking with the morning coffee, little naps in the sun, and evening walks in the forest surrounding us. On one of our evening strolls, we even saw a moose. I fell in love with the place. As we are huge fans of quiet and nature, it felt like the place was designed especially for us. You can quickly recharge your battery with the quietness, peacefulness, and calmness that nature gives when no one is around.