“We imagine a small hiking cabin with good windows that has a wood burning stove and simple benches, placed near the top of the mountain and designed such that it suits the terrain,” said the Norwegian Trekking Association when they commissioned a series of huts for hiking in northern Norway.

And, yeah, so do we.

That’s about as perfect a description for an ideal mountain shelter as there could possibly be.


So, the NTA worked with Oslo-based Spinn Arkitekter on this egg-shaped shelter just above the town of Hammerfest. It’s a prefab dome composed of dozens of interlocking wood panels. The simple design was built after the architects sent drones buzzing over its mountaintop resting site, mapping the rock with 3D imaging to determine the best site. Fierce winds and heavy snowfall were planned for, and, should a trekker find themselves out in those sorts of conditions, they’d have a beautiful, modern shelter from the storm.

Or to just kick back and admire the tremendous Arctic views.

The timber hut is about 161 square feet and features a couple tables, small benches, and a wood-burning stove. Simple, elegant. While the design resembles an egg, it’s meant to look a bit like the surrounding rocks, to blend in with the terrain, as requested by the NTA when it was commissioned.

It’s free to use for day hikers, and another hut is planned for the area nearby. Construction initially went well over budget, but so hut-friendly were the locals, a crowdfunding campaign was hastily organized and the economic shortfall made up for, while volunteers helped construct the hut, while businesses donated materials.


Photos: Tor Even Mathisen

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