Some people live in ridiculously beautiful places. Luckily, I'm one of them. But if I didn't have the privilege of living in southern California, I might take myself off to this island in Norway.
Husøy, aka the House Island, is really small – 1000 meters long and 500 meters wide, and connected to the big island of Senja by a 300 meter long pier and road.
It's been inhabited since 1950 and currently has about 200 residents, mostly fishing people. It's said that it if you live on Husøy, you have to like people. The houses are so close together that getting to know your neighbor is obligatory. It also helps to huddle when the harsh winters kick in.
Best of all, this little island is the ultimate village. Nowhere is more than a five-minute walk away – the local store, the school, the cafe (which we suspect has not yet been turned into a Starbucks), or the shore. And what a shore. RM