FAQ

Do you have some questions and struggle to find the answear at our webpage? DNT is a big organization and have many activities. Cabins, routes, guided tours, kayakk, mountains and so on. Under here you can find often asked questions and answears. 

What is distinctive about trekking in Norway?

- The trekking terrain is at lower elevations, so you can trek cabin to cabin with a light pack and expect some comforts at the end of the day.

Are there challenges?

- Most trekking - hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter - is rolling mountain terrain. However, there are plenty of areas for mountaineering, technical rock and ice climbing, steep skiing and other extreme sports.

Is the weather harsh?

- Norway is a coastal country warmed by the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean, so its climate is far milder than that of inland countries at the same latitude. In a dry summer, you may hike for weeks clad only in a T-shirt and shorts. However, the weather is variable. Even in summer, june - august, you should be prepared to cope with sleet and snow, and on glaciers you may meet winter conditions year-round.

Are there good paper maps?

- Yes. There are detailed topographic maps, normally in scale 1:50 000 for the whole country and special maps for principal trekking and boating areas. Check this page for maps. You can order the maps from dntbutikken.no 

What does DNT mean in English?

- Den Norske Turistforening (DNT) translates best to "The Norwegian Trekking Association".

If I only visit for one trekking trip, need I join DNT?

- DNT cabins and facilities are open to all, members and non-members. But members enjoy discounts and benefits. To have access to the locked self-serviced huts, you need to be a member. The price of a year's DNT main-membership is about equal to the total member discounts in staying three nights at staffed lodges. So, if you intend to trek for more than three days, it pays to be a DNT member. Moreover, DNT members are entitled to discounts on outdoor gear at selected shops in Norway and at DNTs own gear-shops and enjoy discounts at trekking association cabins in neighbouring Sweden.

Can I get along speaking English?

- Yes. All Norwegians learn English at school, from age eight on, so you can speak English with the staff at lodges and with other trekkers.  Moreover, map legends and many publications on trekking are bilingual, Norwegian and English.


Cabins

What is the difference between the cabins you have?

Check out this link: Cabins.

Can I book cabins in advance?

You do not need to book accomodation in the mountains before you come to a cabin, just make sure that the cabin is open. Opening hours can be found at UT.no. However, if you are staying at a staffed cabin for two days or more, it is advisable to book in advance. You can book by calling or sending an email directly to the cabin. For further information, see Booking. Some of the cabins close to citys is nesesary to book in advance. 

Are the cabins and lodges licensed to serve alcohol?

All the staffed lodges are licensed to serve beer, and most of the larger DNT lodges as well as private lodges in the trail networks also are licensed to serve wine.

Can I pay by credit card at the cabins?

Most staffed lodges have Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals for payment by debit or credit card. At self-service and no-service cabins you can pay by filling out a direct debit single authorisation form available at the cabin. On the form you must state your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) or debit/credit card number and date of expiration. You sign to authorize debit of the amount due to your account. Put cash in a cash payment envelope provided and drop it into the payments box.

When are the cabins open? 

You can check the opening dates to any cabin at www.ut.no. Many of the cabins are open only during easter and from late june to september. Even though it is off-season, it can be okey to go there. The main issue is that the summerbridges is taken inn when the staffed cabins in the area are closed. It depends very much on the weather if it is possible to cross rivers without a bridge. 

How can I get the Key for the cabins?

- You get the key in the toursenter in Storgata 3, in Oslo. You can also get the key at all staffed and open DNT cabins and at other local DNT offices, Bergen, Trondheim, stavanger and Hamar do have a shop to get the key. You will have to be a member to get the key. You can read more about the key here: KEY

Planning the trip, summer:

How can I plan my trip and get the information I need? 

You use the plannling tool :  ut.no . Here you will find all and updated information about the cabin opening hours, the key, tour lenght and also see the online map. (We are sorry that it is all in Norwegian, you will have to use google translate). 

Are there routes for cycling?

Yes. Most trekking areas below forest line, as well as a few above, offer cycling on roads closed to ordinary traffic. On the larger lakes, scheduled service passenger launches take bicycles, so you can traverse most mountain areas by cycle.

Are there easily accessible paddling waters?

Yes. There are many lakes and rivers suitable for canoeing and kayaking, and there are canoe and kayak rental services at the more popular paddling lakes. 

Is it easy to find your way?

- Yes. Trails are marked with red letter Ts on Cairns and rock faces and are clearly shown on maps. You should allways know where you are at the map. 

Do I need special gear?

-You need weatherproof clothing, sturdy boots, a comfortable backpack and other gear that you might use on a day trip. If you will stay at DNT cabins, you need not take a sleeping bag, just a sleeping liner, also called a hut sleeper. The cabins have duvets and blankets, pillows and mattresses.

Take a look at our recommended packing lists for summer tours. 

How can i get to the mountains by public transport? 

- There is some mountain areas and national parks that is easily accessible with train and long-distance busses. Finse, which lies between Hardangervidda and Skarvheimen, is a perfect start and ending point. To find your public transport you should use www.en-tur.no 

Planning the trip, winter:

How can i plan my trip and get the information I need? 

- You use the planning tool :  ut.no . Here you will find all and updated information about the cabin opening hours, the key, tour lenght and also see the online map. (We are sorry that it is all in Norwegian, you will have to use google translate). 

How can i get to the mountains by public transport? 

- There is some mountain areas and national parks that is easily accessible with train and long-distance busses. Finse, which lies between Hardangervidda and Skarvheimen, is a perfect start and ending point. To find your public transport you should use www.en-tur.no 

I want to go skiing in the mountains - is there prepared ski tracks? 

- No, there are not groomed ski tracks in the mountains. There are waymark ski routes , which are marked temporarily with tree branches or poles, but not groomed. Most of them are only marked until Easter.