According to The Norwegian Trekking Association, their cabin network has never seen more activity.
In July, The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) for Oslo and surrounding areas had a total of 37,663 sleepovers in their cabins, according to NRK (article in Norwegian only).
“It’s trendy to go hiking, more foreign guests are coming, people don’t mind the weather forecasts, and more families with children and immigrant background find their way to the mountains. But even though it’s busy, the mood is very good. It’s not the chaos you’d might expect”, the host at the Gjendesheim cabins, Marius Haugaløkken, tells the national broadcaster.
Gjendesheim in Jotunheimen had 6,162 visitors in July. That is the highest registered number of guests on a cabin owned by DNT in one single month.
Cabins in Dovre. Rondane, Hardanger and Femund have all experienced an increase in visitors by about 15 percent compared with the same month last year.
Stavanger cabins, Telemark Trekking Association, Trollheimen and Sylan have also had a boost this summer, and the booking numbers for August and September shows that the rest of the summer should be good as well.
Especially families with children choose mountain vacations, says DNT. They give good facilitations for all ages the credit for the visitor boost.
“We have activity leaders for children at all of our cabins, and exciting hikes for tall and small. That has made families choose a serviced cabin, rather than kid’s clubs in more tropical destinations, general secretary in DNT, Nils Øveraas says.
The number of members in general have also increased, according to NRK. Nationwide, the number of members have increased with 7,3 per cent to 280,000 members since the same time last year.
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