As a Norwegian, I’ve been brought up hiking every summer, and skiing every winter. When I was 11, I first climbed the Norwegian Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Norway, with my mother. The following year, we conquered the iconic Innerdalstårnet, a mountain widely recognized as it has been used in the Norwegian Advent calendar TV series Jul i Blåfjell.

innerdalen hiking trip 2009
This picture was taken in 2009, when I was still shorter than my mother, Charlotte.

The DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins

The Norwegian Trekking Association maintains a series of 500+ cabins for use by its members, against a reasonable price. In 2018, I started tracking the cabins I have visited, in the hope that I may one day receive the “Golden Key” from DNT - a price reserved for those who have visited 100 cabins!

I have attempted to summarize my visits here:

  1. Nedalshytta - Many trips, pre-2010
  2. Innerdalshytta - Summer 2009
  3. Reindalsseter - July 2014
  4. Vatnane - May 2018
  5. Åsedalen - May 2018
  6. Solrennningen - May 2018
  7. Vangshaugen - July 2018
  8. Raubergshytta - August 12th 2018
  9. Grøvudalshytta - August 13th 2018
  10. Gjevilvasshytta - Many trips, most recently March 8th 2019
  11. Jøldalshytta - March 9th 2019
  12. Yksnedalsbu - July 16th 2019
  13. Reinheim - November 11th 2019
  14. Gjendesheim - July 23rd 2020
  15. Gjendebu - July 24th 2020

I have also visited some other cabins on “day” visits, so it doesn’t count towards my “gold key”:

  • Loennechenbua - August 2018
  • Fondsbu - During the Vinjerock festival in July 2019. Whether this can be called a “day visit” or not is an open question, as it was at a party that lasted until 3 AM, but both Sofie and I agreed that it should count as a day visit.
  • Tungestølen - July 2020, during the DNT’s Youth group’s annual BaseCamp - we slept in lavvos, so the only visits we had to Tungestølen were for beers and showers.