I’m sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve posted but Mr. Viking and I went up to the family hytte for some R & R. Seems liked I referenced that word before, oh right it is in the title of this blog. I briefly mentioned what a hytte is on my about page but I want to explain more. See there is more to the cabin than just the building. It truly is the essence of simple living for me.
So what exactly is a Hytte?
There is no direct translation from Norwegian to English for the word Hytte but it closely translates to cottage or cabin. Many Norwegians have access to a cabin, roughly around 40% of the population. Each of the cabins varies in size, amenities, and location. Depending on where your cabin is located depends on ultimately whether you use it in the summer or winter or even year round. Traditional cabins have no electricity or running water. On occasion, your might find a cabin with solar panels for some basic electricity. They are kept warm by wood-burning stoves and lit by candles.
So now that you know what a hytte is you are probably wondering why?
Why in the world would people leave the comfort of their homes to go out to the middle of nowhere. The Cabin life is more than getting back to their roots it is about enjoying the beautiful nature surrounding them. Being outdoors for Norwegians is second nature. I’m sure you are thinking how they manage that with all the snow and below freezing temperatures. There is a saying here, especially in Northern Norway… “Ikke dårlig vær, bre dårlig klær”(there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing). No matter the weather the Norwegians are outside skiing, playing in the snow and enjoying nature and all that comes with it.
Back to why though… Where our family cabin is there are roughly 15 other cabins maybe 20. There will never be anymore because the government has stopped leasing the land up there. In addition to there not being any more cabins, each cabin has a maximum amount of total square meters it can be (this includes any outbuildings as well). Our cabin is a traditional cabin it has no electricity no running water. There is no road to the cabin and the only way to reach it is via snowmobile in the winter (approximately a 45-minute trip) or hiking in the summer (approximately 2.5 hours up the mountain). There are two lakes that are near the cabin and this is our water source. It is the freshest water I have ever tasted.
The Beauty of the Hytte
In both the winter and summer there is silence and utter peace surrounding you. It is truly a place to relax and retreat from the stresses of everyday life. For me, it is so refreshing and inspirational. It is a place to reflect, to see the awe-inspiring beauty and to simply enjoy life.
In today’s world, it is hard to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and life and going to the cabin does just that. There is no email, no TV, and no Facebook. It’s incredible to play board games and have real conversations.
Spending time at our family cabin is what truly inspired me to start the journey of a more natural lifestyle. It is truly the inspiration for The Lavender Hytta and each and every time we visit I learn more about the journey we are on and myself.
So what do you think about the idea of the hytte? Love it? Hate it? Unsure?