Posted by: Sarah | September 25, 2011

6 Tips For Cabin Living In Norway

Some time ago I wrote the post “19 Things I’d Still Love To Do In Norway” and since then I’ve managed to tick a couple of things off the list, most recently staying in a winter cabin.  Log cabin holidays are very traditional in Norway.  Norwegians will take any opportunity to escape to these remote retreats for exercise and relaxation.  Summer cabins tend to be located along the coast (good for swimming) and winter cabins are nestled in the mountains (good for skiing) and such properties are normally handed down from generation to generation.

Our good friends, Line and Anders, asked us to join them at their family winter cabin near Geilo for the weekend which is about 4 hours drive north-west of Oslo.  Whilst is wasn’t the authentic “winter cabin experience” with snow, it was such a beautiful time to go as the Autumn colours started to show.  We relaxed, walked, cooked, relaxed, talked, read books, relaxed…just what the doctor ordered.

Anyway, here are some tips that I picked up for Cabin Living in Norway:

  • Take a good pair of walking boots/wellie boots:  A big part of cabin living is taking the time to go walking so take good footwear and venture out into the big outdoors.  Take water and chocolate (Kvikk Lunsj) for a mid-way snack.
  • Don’t forget your rain gear:  There’s a common phrase in Norway – “There’s no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothing”.  It rained constantly when we stayed at the cabin but that didn’t stop us!  Anders likes walking in the rain so off we went.
  • Take a map:  I’m so glad we were with people who knew the area.  It’s very easy to lose your way in the mountains as cloud cover falls quickly and suddenly you can’t see where you’ve been so if you’re unfamiliar with the area use GPS or take a map.
  • Don’t forget the groceries:  Once you’re in the cabin you don’t really want to keep popping out in the car so stock up on all the essential items e.g. food, drink, candles.  Some local stores have agreements with cabin owners and deliver food prior to your arrival.  Very organised.
  • Snow chains:  We didn’t need them because we went to the cabin in September but winter cabins are typically high up in the mountains.  During winter we would have really struggled to drive up the road…even with our winter tyres on.  You might want to consider snow chains during winter months.
  • Don’t expect luxury:  We were lucky to stay in a lovely cabin with all modern appliances.  It was really cosy and comfortable but not all cabins are like this.  Norwegians are a tough bunch and will easily tolerate basic living conditions (e.g. no electricity or water).  Others are only accessible via snowmobiles or skiing during winter months.  If you want to rent a cabin be sure to research the details before booking.

Thanks to Line and Anders for such a great experience!

Any other tips to share?

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