Lodging in Norwegian Mountains

Different types of Lodges

In most areas in Norwegian Mountains you will find different types of Mountain-Lodges. Many lodges are owned and operated by member organizations of The Norwegian Mountain Touring Association. These lodges meet a certain standard, and have standardized prices with discounts for members. There are also private lodges, many of which also have discounts for DNT (Norwegian Mountain Touring Assosiation) -members.

There are staffed lodges, selv-service lodges and non-service lodges. At the staffed lodges you can buy meals (breakfast and dinner) and many lodges offer snacks, beer and wine. Staffed mountain-lodges are marked on the maps as red squares. Self-service lodges are unstaffed lodges equipped with stoves, firewood and a stock of food. You just take what you want and pay at the lodge with cash or your credit card. This system is based on trust and is unique. It might seem strange, but experience shows that people in the mountain are honest. Self-service are shown on the maps as a half-by-half red/white squares. No-service lodges work the same way as self-service lodges, except there is no food here, so you have to bring your own. Anyway no-service lodges always have heating ovens and some kind of cooking equipment. No-service lodges are marked as a white square with a red border on the maps.

Food

The food served at the staffed lodges is typical Norwegian-style food, unlike what you probably will find in city-restaurants. Dinner is typically three courses: a soup, a main dish and a light dessert. The dinner will usually be a typically Norwegian course. As for breakfast this is usually "koldtbord" which means unlimited amounts of cereals, porridge and bread with different add-ons. Drink is milk, tea and coffee. You will usually have the opportunity to make a packed lunch at the breakfast which you can eat outdoors.

Self-service huts naturally have a more limited choice of food. You will find mostly dried and canned dinners, and different sorts of crackers for breakfast. Bringing a bread might be an idea.

What to bring?

Most lodges (both staffed and non-staffed) requires you to bring a sheet sleeping bag. Light-weight sheet sleeping bags can be bought at sports shops and at some staffed lodges. You can also bring your normal sleeping bag if you want. If you want to stay more than a couple of nights at mountain lodges you will find it valuable with a DNT-membership. This can be bought at DNT in Oslo, and at the different member-organizations, which have offices in nearly every city in Norway. For payment it can be wise to bring both cash and a credit card. Don't think twice about bringing cash, stealing is unheard of in Norwegian Mountains!



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