Friday Cabins #21: Scandinavian Hiking Huts
Rest your tired legs in these modern mountain refuges of Northern Europe
Whoa! Happy Friday! We’re here at the end of the week with another Friday Cabins roundup, brought to you by Cabins Etc. Every Friday we bring you a curated selection of cabins and cabin adjacent content from Field Mag—the #1 source for all things outdoors/design.
Not to freak you out, but we’ve finally reached June and now are 6 months into 2022. Good news tho, summer vacations are fast approaching and the days are still getting longer (at least around here) so more time to enjoy our lovely Mother Earth.
Today, we’re in Scandinavia, the motherland of badass cabins. And in this outdoor wonderland, innovative modern design isn’t just regulated to expensive Airbnbs, but often commissioned for wayward travelers by national outdoors associations. Pretty neat.
Read on and discover our favorite public projects among rugged mountains and dramatic landscapes. Talk about adventure travel inspo!
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Commissioned by the Norwegian National Trekking Association, Tungestølen Tourist Cabins by architecture firm Snøhetta replaced a much-loved lodge destroyed by a storm on Christmas Day 2011. Perched on a hill overlooking the Jostedalen glacier in Southern Norway, the new campus of Tungestølen cabins features nine oblique buildings designed to "break" powerful wind gusts with their unusual shapes, and blend into the surroundings with their natural material palettes.
The remote campus features a main cabin for gathering and dining, a 30-bed bunkhouse, a singular 4-bed unit, a smattering of outhouses, and killer views—all in a lifesaving refuge.
Designed by HOLON Arkitektur, the Flokehyttene cabins in Sveio off the rocky Norwegian coast, are five sustainable outposts designed to host campers and hikers. Another epic public project commissioned by Norway’s National Trekking Association, the cabins are triangular in shape, with the widest end culminating in a large window overlooking the North Sea.
Inside, they hold a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and a fireplace, set amongst remarkably modern digs for a publicly accessible cabin. And, best of all, you can rent one yourself for $188/night.
The 2014 class of Harvard Graduate School of Design was faced with quite the challenge by studio instructors Rok Oman and Spela Videcnkik of architecture firm OFIS. Prompted to design an innovative yet practical climbing shelter for regional travelers in the Slovenian Alps, the class set to work to make it happen.
Pre-fabricated offsite, the final chosen design is a modular structure broken into three volumes for sleeping, dining, and hanging out, finished with a thin fiberglass/concrete material on the exterior and a light wooden interior. The structure was airlifted to its site in the span of one day.
Denmark's South Fyn Archipelago is a haven for bird watchers, outdoor enthusiasts, and general wanderers, and home to the extensive Blue Landmark project by LUMO Architects. To encourage tourism and environmental awareness, the firm designed 47 independent, prefabricated shelters, all with varying shapes and uses.
Some sleep up to nine people, while others only offer a temporary resting place to watch the surrounding waves.
That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend and see you soon!