Cabin tempts hikers off the beaten track

THE Rabot Mountain Cabin, high up in the mountains in northern Norway, has opened recently in August and already attracted attention from architect junkies as well as sport hikers, as its unique design resembles a high-end hotel more than a hiker’s lodge.

It is located at 1,200 metres above sea level in Hemnes close to the glacier at Okstindan in northern Norway and must be accessed on foot or by skis, as there is no main road leading up there.

It is designed by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter, who incorporated local materials into the design to meet the demands of the harsh winter landscape. Surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Norway, and with large windows providing spectacular views, the cabin is named after the French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, who explored the mountain areas in the province of Nordland thoroughly.

The Rabot Mountain Cabin, one of 500 cabins operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association, is open both in summer and winter for hikers and skiers, with prices starting from NOK 270 ($42.50).