The Majesty of the Mountains

The grandeur of the mountains can be overwhelming at times. Especially if bad weather sets in. Perhaps that is why the Norwegians are so fond of their cabins. With a cabin they are able to seek shelter and ‘kose sig’. ‘Hygge’ in Danish 🤗

We have never brought our tent with us in the Norwegian mountains, but always used the exceptional cabin system, which is widespread throughout Norway. Furthermore, it gives you the opportunity to meet the Norwegians. It’s never boring!

We have met many walkers and exchanged stories and experiences. We have met Norwegian hunters, Card Players and many incredibly nice cabin people. We are filled to the brim with lovely stories, and yet I always yearn for new ones. Isn’t that what it is all about?

Old birch tree by Sognefjorden

The birch tree
Artist: Thomas Fearnley
Date: 1839
Painting

Norwegian Highlands in Sunrise

The Norwegian painter, Hans Gude, 1854.

Card Players

Artist: Harriet Backer
Date: 1897
Visual artist, Painter
Born 1845 in Holmestrand, died 1932 in Oslo

Norske Fossen

Artist: Thomas Fearnley

The hunters on the way home

We soon arrived at the hut. The boy had gone ahead with the dogs and had made a skilful fire on the fireplace.

Illustration to “En Tiurleg i Holleia” in P. Chr. Asbjørnsen, Norske Folke- og Huldre-Eventyr i Udvalg. Copenhagen 1879
Artist: Hans Gude
Date: 1878 or 1879
Designation: Drawing

Note

The Norwegian Trekking Association

8 thoughts on “The Majesty of the Mountains

    • Better get a plan for it, Ab!!
      Once we stayed an extra night in a self-catering cabin. It rained and thundered. In the mountains the full benefit of a thunderstorm is obtained. It reverberates between the mountains.
      The cabin was high up and we had a good view of the mountain. We were alone in the cabin and had a nice day planning the next day’s route and getting our equipment ready.
      In the afternoon we sit by the window and see two figures come into view on the mountainside. We fill the kettle with water and put cups on the table. With this kind of weather, you need something to strengthen yourself on.
      It turns out that they have had a rough hike. One has been injured in a fall and the other has leaky boots.
      Stories flow freely in the candlelight, while the rain patters on the roof.
      The next day’s walk was fantastic, with sun from a cloudless sky and small wild streams on the trails ❤️🤗

    • Hi Mike! The Norwegian painter Thomas Fearnley is one of my favorite artists.
      I love his interpretation of nature!
      The Norwegian trekking association is an unbeatable offer for walkers.
      PS I do not receive return commission 😁😁

  1. We have huts and shelters along the hiking trails near me. The huts are operated by a private hiking club and are well maintained. If you are a through hiker, you do not need to pay to stay. A through hiker is someone that is attempting to completed a hiking trail that is 2,194.3 miles (3,540 km) long.

    • It’s a unique arrangement, Joseph. But it is also a historically long journey. If you walk 20 km every day without a rest day, it is almost equivalent to half a year’s walking. It is recognition for the hiker and I would be proud if it was in Denmark.
      Thanks for visiting!

      • The record is impressive!
        It can be fun to ‘fly’ over sticks and stones. Go fast and set a record. We’ve had great fun running down a mountainside once. But it bears no comparison.
        I love having the opportunity to explore some unplanned areas along the way.
        The longest and nicest walk I’ve been on was hiking through two mountain areas, where we spent about 14 days.
        To hike on a mountain plateau with miles wide views, I think, is absolutely fantastic.

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