In the undisturbed countryside of Harestua — about 30 miles (48 km) north of Oslo, Norway — a road winds through a dense corridor of 65-foot-tall spruce trees.
There’s darkness ahead and swirling galaxies above.
At the end of the star-lit road, a celestial golden dome rests atop a snow-capped hill, where uninterrupted views of the horizon stretch in all directions.
That’s the vision for design studio Snøhetta’s otherworldly planetarium and “constellation” lodges, which will join the Harestua Solar Observatory — Norway’s largest astronomical facility — in 2020.
The ambitious facilities aim to provide a place where travelers and students can observe the world’s natural wonders.
“This magical landscape has inspired so many folktales in Norway that we grew up with,” Vegard Lundby Rekaa, lead astronomer of Tycho Brahe Institute (which manages the observatory), tells CNN Travel.
“You have the valleys, the hills, the forests, the stars — it’s all part of the experience.”