Explore the hiking trails around Lysefjorden with one of Norway’s most distinctive mountain lodges as home base.
Beautiful scenery deserves equally beautiful buildings. One who really gets this is The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). Over the last few years, the organisation has created a number of exciting cabin projects, to the delight of both Norwegian and foreign tourists.
Still, Skåpet, a newly built and self-catered mountain lodge at Soddatjørn in Forsand, Rogaland, is something quite special.
The mountain lodge is among the nation's most beautiful and innovative, and a perfect stop for adventures hikers who want to walk around Lysefjorden and the rocky shores of Soddatjørn Mountain Lake, or weekend tourists on shorter trips. Attractions such as The Pulpit Rock, the mountain Kjerag and the Flørli stairs are all possible to explore with SKÅP as home base.
The ‘Nye Skåpet mountain lodges’ comprise a main building, five sleeping cabins, a toilet with storage room, and a sauna. DNT made the decision to build separate small cabins with bedrooms after reports from several members asking for more privacy.
What makes the lodges so unique, is the glazed facade, which gives a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain landscape. Skåpet is designed by the Estonian practice KOKO architects, who made interesting and inventive choices of materials. The lodges are clad with rolled zinc, which resists wind and snow, and requires very little maintenance.
As there’s no main electricity supply, the various facilities are heated by using wood, which creates a friendly and cosy atmosphere in the lodges. A solar panel provides energy for lighting. In addition, hikers can wash themselves in the sauna, positioned directly above a mountain stream outside the lodges.
A overnight-stay at one of the self-catered lodges costs 335 NOK/36 EUR for non-members of DNT. While Skåpet is assumed to be widely popular, it’s recommended to book ahead.
The lodges’ price tag of 650.000 – 750.000 Euros is financed by Inge Steenslands Foundation, the national lottery funds, and technology entrepreneur Rune Freyer.
New SKÅP formally opens Sunday on the 21st of August, with the Norwegian Minister of Health, Bent Høie, being present.
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