Living on remote island in the Arctic Circle sounds more cold than dreamy, but one Norwegian family just might inspire you to seek higher latitudes. The Hjertefølgers took a cue from their family name (it translates to "heart followers") and designed their own North Pole retreat.
The result? A three-story, five-bedroom home sheltered by an enormous geodesic dome. The glass shield forms not only a greenhouse for growing their own produce, but also a front-row seat for some of nature's most breathtaking spectacles.
Inside the dome is a central building is made of cob, an earthen building material that "lasts forever," no paint required. Solar panels provide power for the family of six, and the extensive garden supplies most of their food.
"The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking into any other house," told . "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."
The Hjertefølgers moved in , and so far they haven't looked back. And with views like this, why would you?