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Hiking from DNT cabin to DNT cabin is a brilliant way to experience Norwegian nature. You feel the freedom from moving from place to place, combined with a higher level of accommodation comfort than if you sleep in a tent. But keep in mind that the different DNT cabins have different degrees of service. Good planning is therefore, as always, necessary.

Before your trip:

The first thing to pack, if you don't have it in your backpack already, is your DNT key. This gives you access to most of the cabins that do not have a host. If you have not yet become a DNT member, you can borrow a key for a deposit of NOK 100. Otherwise, the key is purchased in DNT's online store. As mentioned, DNT operates with different levels of service at the cabins. Always check the level of service at the cabins you plan to visit before you set off on your trip. The different levels are as follows: If you are not sure what you should bring with you, ask a friend who is used to traveling or see DNT's packing list.

No-service cabins

These are smaller cabins, usually with 5 to 25 beds, which often also have a shelter with extra beds. The no-service cabins are ususllay equipped with beds and duvets/blankets, cooking facilities with kettles, table linen and firewood, but they have no provisions so you have to bring your own food. The descriptions of the cabins include specifications of their equipment. The cabins are open or locked with DNT's standard key. Need a back pack, sleeping bag or clothes for the trip?

Self-service cabins

The self-service cabins are like the no-serviced cabins, but with a rich stock of food with dinner dishes, cold cuts, crackers and the like, which can be bought at the cabin. The cabins are open or locked with DNT's standard key and can have a cabin guard during the seasons.

Staffed cabins/lodges

DNT's staffed cabins are often larger cabins or lodges that are run much like low-standard hotels. Food is served, often with a three-course dinner. Most of the serviced cabins also have a liquor licence, so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with your meal or after your trip. The staffed cabins offer accommodation in two to four-person rooms or dormitories. Here you get a simple, good standard with electricity, a shower and a drying room for hiking clothes. Several of the serviced cabins have an unserviced or self-service offer out of season.

And as always, respect nature and other hikers!

Allemannsretten is the basis for outdoor life in Norway, and is often used as a collective term for the rights and obligations we have to freely use nature. It gives, among other things, the right to free movement on foot and on skis in the countryside.

The right consists of the right to stay, including camping, bathing and resting, traveling and harvesting. Use of the public right is free.

In return, you are obliged to act with consideration and caution. Staying, traveling and harvesting in nature must take place in a considerate manner. You have to take into account others who are out in nature, permanent residents, cabin dwellers and agriculture, which relies on nature for its sustenance. You cannot camp where there are signs to this effect.

Accommodation or camping must take place more than 150 meters away from an inhabited house or cabin. If you are going to stay in the same place for more than two days, the landowner must give you permission. If you are far from built-up areas or on high mountains, permission from the landowner is not required.

  • Do not throw rubbish in nature.
  • Leave only your own footprint in nature. Feel free to bring rubbish you find on the road.
  • Show common sense, take the paper with you in a bag. Remember the fire ban and show fire sense.
  • In the period 15 April to 15 September, bonfires are generally prohibited in Norway. This means that it is not permitted to light bonfires, barbecues and disposable barbecues in or near forests and other outlying areas. It is still permitted to make a fire where it obviously cannot cause a fire.
  • You don't need to buy new equipment to go on a trip. There is a lot of equipment you can borrow, rent or buy used.
  • Show consideration for other walkers. In nature there is room for everyone.

Source: The Norwegian Tourist Association

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