We are Guri and Arne, two friends both anchored in the outdoor community on the Lofoten Islands. In addition to our passion for the outdoors, we share a common dream: creating a space where outdoor-minded locals and travellers can come together and fully experience island life above the Arctic Circle.
While out adventuring in late autumn 2018, we discovered an empty, old building from the 1950’s. We couldn’t stop thinking about it and instantly knew it was something special. Located in the heart of Lofoten, the building was an elderly home in its past life, having been left empty and forgotten for some years before we found it. We took it upon ourselves to keep its heritage alive by renovating it into a true adventure base for travellers coming to the islands.
Development of FURU Hostel began in March 2019 and within a years time, the two-hectare property has been brought back to life again. With the help of old and new friends, family, and artists - and after many hours of painting, laying down floors, and building beds - we were ready to open in summer 2020.
The old elderly home ‘Borge Bygdeheim’ as it was called, was reborn as FURU. A hostel dedicated to the outdoors and to you, our local islander or traveller, seeking adventure in Lofoten.
You can check out our whole renovation project here.