Norway is a dream destination for hiking enthusiasts. The Norwegian Trekking Association offers basic accommodation in beautiful places to hikers walking in the Norwegian mountains.
The organisation maintains hiking trails and operates more than 500 cabins across Norway. Some of them are cafes, rest stops, but as much as 400 of them are huts for overnight guests. There are staffed lodges, self-service cabins and cabins where no service is given, meaning guests need to bring their own food.
In Norway hiking from hut to hut is a popular holiday activity. This summer the Norwegian Trekking Association passed 260 000 members.
Take a look at these five cool cabins that you can stay in:
Opened a year ago, this cabin is a stunning cabin located in Helgeland in the northern parts of Norway, 1200 meters above the sea level. The cabin was built by architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter and is named after French geologist Charles Rabot who explored the mountains in the province.
In the summer the trek to the cabin is estimated to one and a half hours, whereas in the winter you should plan for the time to be doubled. The cabin has 30 sleeping places for guests.
This cabin is the staffed lodge at the highest altitude in Norway at 2,068 meters. Fannaråken mountain is part of the Jotunheimen National Park in the west of Norway.
From the top of the mountain you have a beautiful view of the sunrise. That is, if you are lucky enough to have nice weather.
Since this is a staffed lodge it is only open from July to the middle of September.
The steep trail to Skåla mountain is annually host to North Europe´s toughest mountain race called Skåla Uphill. This year the time to beat was 1 hour and 9 minutes, set by american Joseph Gray.
But the 7,4 km long trail is also popular among regular hikers. The trekking association estimates that Skåla mountains yearly has more than 10 000 visitors.
In 2014 Tåkeheimen cabin was voted the most inaccessible of all the cabins the Norwegian Trekking Association has. But don´t be scared of by this, if you hike the trail to this hut you will get a view of Lofoten in the north and the Norwegian version of the Seven Sisters mountain range to the south.
Tåkeheimen is open all year, but it is a no-service cabin. So remember to bring provisions!
Not all of the cabins are in the mountains. This lighthouse is on the island of Runde just of the coast of the county Nordmøre.
First lit in 1767, the lighthouse is one of 80 protected lighthouses in Norway. It is now operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association and turned in to a cabin with 24 beds between six rooms.