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Hiking to the DNT cabin Skåpet in Ryfylke, Fjord Norway
Hiking to the DNT cabin Skåpet in Ryfylke, Fjord Norway
Skåpet mountain cabin in Ryfylke.
Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug /
Skåpet mountain cabin in Ryfylke.
Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug /

Hiking with the Norwegian
Trekking Association (DNT)

An extensive network of hiking cabins allows you to discover more of Norway on your holiday. Hike from cabin to cabin along the coast, in the forests, and in the mountains.

From cabin to cabin

The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) runs more than 550 cabins all over Norway, which gives you ample choice of decent, affordable accommodation on your hiking holiday.

There are three types of DNT cabins: staffed lodges, self-service cabins and no-service cabins.

Staffed lodges
The staffed lodges provide breakfast and dinner, and you can pack your own lunch at the breakfast table. You will stay in rooms sleeping two to four or more. It is possible but not essential to book a bed in advance: there is always somewhere to sleep. Note that these lodges are open only in certain seasons.

Self-service cabins
The self-service cabins have cooking facilities and food stores. You pay for this according to a price list, which is available at the cabins.

No-service cabins
The no-service cabins are more basic and don’t have provisions, although cooking facilities are available. To get a key to the cabins, you just have to become a DNT member.

All cabins have basic bed linen, but you must bring your own sheets, sleeping liner, or sleeping bag. At staffed lodges bed linen is available to rent.

A pile of rocks in nature with a red "T" painted on the side by The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT)
DNT’s red Ts show the way.
Photo: John Magne Jørgensen


DNT’s hiking trails are marked with red T’s on cairns and rocks and are clearly shown on the maps. Hiking maps for all of Norway are available from the DNT website.

Join a guided multi-day hike

Joining an organised tour with DNT means you get great company, access to local knowledge, and information about safety on your hike. It is also convenient: DNT’s packaged tours for groups include transport from Oslo directly to the mountains, accommodation at staffed mountain lodges or self-service cabins, and all meals. An experienced DNT tour leader is present throughout the whole trip.

Skålabu DNT cabin at Mount Skåla in Nordfjord, Fjord Norway
Skålabu at Mount Skåla.
Photo: Frikk H. Fossdal / Bergen og Hordaland Turlag

Many DNT cabins are open throughout the year, but that doesn’t mean that they are easily accessible throughout the year. Most staffed lodges open at the end of June and close in mid-September or October.

The staffed lodges at Haukeliseter and Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) stay open all year.

DNT membership

Membership in DNT is not compulsory if you want to stay in a DNT cabin, but will give you a number of advantages. As a member, you get reduced rates at all DNT cabins as well as many privately owned mountain lodges and hotels. You also get priority over non-members when beds are allocated in the cabins.

Please note that only members can get a key for self-service and no-service DNT cabins.

Get walking

One of the best things about hiking is that everyone can do it! Find a hike that suits your fitness level.

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