When incredible design meets pristine terrain, our eyes are glued. This bit of trending #cabinporn comes to us from Koko Architects of Norway, who built the Skåpet Mountain Lodges.
A collection of modern, minimalist cabins overlooking the rocky shores of Soddatjørn Mountain Lake, this Norwegian destination is practically made for a bucket list worthy birthday getaway for the adventure-seeking hikers and bikers in your life.
The whole place runs on solar energy and the honor system. So, don’t expect to be blown away by sky-high prices and luxury accommodations. Instead, bring along your most adventure-ready buddies and be prepared for a journey to your destination. There are six cabins that sleep a crew of 5 and there’s a main lodge that can house up to 35 trekkers. You’ll definitely want to reserve a spot in advance, as these stunners do book up.
How They Got There
These structures were built for the Norwegian Trekking Association, a growing crew of 23,000+ hikers who promote trekking Norway’s stunning scenery. The group has commissioned various cabins and lodges, and they maintain foot trails and ski tracks across the country. That’s certainly a cause we can get behind throwing our b-day money toward.
How You Can Get There
If you fly into Oslo, you may want to take a couple of days to drive through the countryside to Oanes. It’s about an 8-hour drive, and worth breaking it up for adventures with your travel buddies along the way. Once you get to Oanes, the lodges are about another 30km up the road. Oh, and there’s a ferry ride somewhere in there. The hike from the nearest parking area takes a little over an hour and can be biked for those who prefer a mountain ride. You might also want to hit the famous Pulpit Rock on your way too.
Built to hold up through rain, snow, sleet, and all other crazy conditions, these zinc-covered structures have glass walls that show off panoramic views of the surrounding mountain landscape. There’s a sauna and outdoor shower, and there are kitchen and living areas for gathering. Everything runs on gas and solar, so hot showers and hot meals are an option. And for those celebrating their bucket list worthy birthday bash, we highly recommend a candlelit dinner by the campfire to thank the friends who made the trek.