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“Skåpet” – Estonian architecture in Norwegian wilderness

KOKO architects from Estonia have created the one-of-a-kind, contemporary, self-catering tourist lodge called “Skåpet” for the Norwegian Trekking Association in Frafjord Highlands on the south side of the Lysefjord, which opened to trekkers in 2016. “Skåpet” has been the most popular self-catering cabin of the whole trekking association network for the last 2 years with more than 4000 overnight stays registered in the cabin’s logbook.

“Skåpet” consists of a main cabin with shared living room and kitchen, as well as a couple of bedrooms as well as a loft with sleeping facilities for 11 guests. The rest of the beds are divided into 6 separate cabins, which are positioned as independent satellites around the terrain. Each of the small sleeping cabins has five beds, and full panoramic windows on the building’s surface, which look out onto Soddatjørn.

There is an outdoor shower and sauna in a separate building at the facility, fresh water comes from a lake and a clear stream underneath the cabin and lights are powered by the sun. The exterior finishes on the lodges are of rolled zinc, which resists the wind and snow and does not require maintenance for decades. The interior uses a lot of wood, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The spectacular cabin, which can be reached with a 1.5-hour hike along a winding footpath, is the gateway to the grid in the Frafjord Highlands on the south side of the Lysefjord. “Skåpet” is also the first accommodation on the Lysefjorden Rundt hike, a continuous week-long walk around the entire Lysefjord, which goes through the world-famous attractions Preikestolen, Kjerag and Flørlis 4444 steps.

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