The Norwegian Trekking Association reveals the best tips
for those looking for a special Christmas spirit.
Would you like this year’s Christmas celebrations to be a touch different? Do you enjoy skiing? Hiking through the mountains? Nature walks?
Look no further than the cabins maintained by The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). DNT has just published a list highlighting some spectacular (but cosy) cabins where you could be spending both Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The DNT cabins fall into three categories: Staffed lodges, self-service cabins and no-service cabins.
Common for all of them is the opportunity to stay overnight in bunk beds (cabins hold between 5 and 25 people) with blankets or duvets sometimes supplied.
In the self-service and no-service cabins, you will also find supplies for cooking, such as firewood, cutlery and cooking pots. The self-service cabins also include food storages, where you will find both dinners (mostly canned foods), rye crisp breads and dried soups.
The offerings recommended by DNT this Christmas include the self-service cabins Rondvassbu and Vetåbua in Rondane, the Hallingskeid cabin near Finse (where the opening winter battle of "The Empire Strikes Back" was shot) and the no-service cabin Sauvasshytta in Rana.
Further details? DNT has made an A to Z for first time cabin guests here.
One thing that is important to remember when visiting these cabins is that you won’t gain entry unless you’ve brought along the DNT universal key. It’s members only, and available for order for a deposit of NOK 100 (DNT membership is NOK 660 for one person or NOK 1180 for a family membership).
Except for in some areas there’s no need to book the cabins in advance, but keep in mind that they cost around NOK 200 per night for DNT members, and more for non-members. They’re often open all year round, but this does not apply to all of them.
More information on availability and other details is easily searchable through the web page Ut.no (opt for translation in the language of your choice by clicking the Google Translate button in the upper right corner of the site).
At Ut.no you will also find information about the staffed lodges, which should be booked in advance. Here you’ll be able to buy both food and drink, as well as take a shower or sleep in a private room. These lodges will run you about NOK 700 for full lodging, although spending the night in a common sleeping area is somewhat cheaper.
For your Christmas celebrations, DNT recommends Haukeliseter fjellstue near the entry of Hardangervidda National Park.
The offerings range from Christmas breakfasts, a Christmas workshop for children, hunting for the almond in the porridge and walking around the Christmas tree – as well as a visit from Santa himself. All this, and you can also enjoy a three course meal while taking in the stunning view.
As for New Year’s, head to Femunden National Park and the mountain farm of Svukuriset that will be open from the 28th of December to the 2nd of January. Here, you can bring in the new year with local food and champagne around the fireplace.
And should you get hungry during the night, have some Bidos – a local Samii dish made from reindeer.
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According to The Norwegian Trekking Association, there has never been more activity on their cabins.