Norway is a hiker’s dream with its natural beauty and the amount of trails and huts that are maintained by the DNT (Norwegian Hiking Association). A hiker can literally spend weeks traveling along the trails in Norway going from hut to hut sleeping in warm beds without the need for a tent. Most of the huts run on an honor system, which in my opinion is just unimaginable in the States. We had to check out this hiking idealist dream come true.
After many nights of “wild camping” in different nooks of Norway, we were interested in trying out a night in a DNT hut. We knew that the late winter made many of the huts inaccessible due to snow, but we decided to take a gamble at a hut that was closer to the trailhead, Vigdalstol.
As we drove our tiny rental car up the mountain, the climate changed drastically. At one point, our car got stuck in the snow, so we parked our car on the side of the road and started our hike early.
It was only 2km to the hut, but since there was so much snow, it made travel a bit slower. Also, we kept falling through the snow into surprise spring creeks that were forming from the melting snow.
It was such a pleasant sight to see our hut. It was almost unreal to hike where no one had traveled through for many days, if not weeks, and then to come upon a well-stocked cozy hut. We immediately made it our home for the night. We cooked a warm dinner and were so excited to have cozy bunks to sleep in. It was honestly probably the best sleep I had in Norway.
It was hard not to stay in the hut forever. We slept in, signed the guestbook, and said goodbye to our cozy hut.