The Norwegian Trekking Association operates approximately 500 cabins for hikers throughout the country. None may be starker or more dramatic than the Rabot Cabin. Nestled next to the Okstindan glacier at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, the weather can be…fierce. In fact, the cabin’s peculiar architecture (designed by the firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter) is meant to withstand powerful winds and to stand up to massive amounts of snow weight.
The cabin is named for Charles Rabot, a French glaciologist and explorer who mapped the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
As you’d expect of a trekker’s cabin, it is accessible only by foot or on skis. In summer, it’s a five-kilometer hike from the nearest car park. In winter, when snows make the roads impassable, it’s a 13-kilometer trip, probably best accomplished with skis. Once at the cabin, stunning wraparound views of the Okstindan mountain range are the reward.
30 travelers can sleep in the cabin, with two communal, fire-heated rooms on either side of the building. If fewer trekkers are staying in the cabin, one entire side can be closed off, improving heat retention in the rest of the space. All power is solar, all heating is provided by the fire. Should the weather become so brutal it damages the cabin, a smaller escape hut has been constructed nearby where occupants may wait out rescue.