The 43 serviced cabins – owned and run by the Norwegian Tourist Association (DNT) – have this summer received over 6,000 more overnight stays than at the same time last year.
DNT has in total registered 69,742 overnight stays at the serviced cabins in the summer season, which ran from the 20th June to 1st August.
Serviced cabins offer tourists the additional feature of a host who serves meals and looks after the daily upkeep of the accommodation.
DNT secretary general Nils Øveraas said: “Walking from cabin to cabin is a form of holidaying that is becoming more popular. We see that it satisfies people's need to have an active vacation, while at the same time it helps calm them down after the stress of everyday life.”
Øveraas is especially happy about reports showing many young people are taking up mountain walking. A growing trend is that people explore new areas of Norway and try out new cabins.
Central Norway, with its spectacular mountains in Trollheimen and Sylane, are reported having an increase of visits up 17 percent on 2013.
Breheimen, the area that includes the beautiful glacier of Jostedalsbreen, is also reported to have an increase of 17 percent in the number of visits on last year. In this area, the “Sota sæter” and “Nørstedalseter” cabins received a lot of visitors in 2014, especially young families with children.
Full statistics for all of DNT's 500 cabins will be published later this year.