Sunday, August 1, 2010

Holiday Cabins

Eventually getting around to Holiday Cabins. They are absolutely brilliant, cheap as chips, and in west Norway there are hundreds of them. Check out this link for info about where they are and costs etc..
If you click on the "Map Search" it shows that there are over 1000 in Hordaland, over 900 in Sogn & Fjordane, and over 600 in Møre & Romsdal. These 3 areas being the main West Norway regions.
Prices for weekly hire are very good, and even if you want to travel around from cabin to cabin, the 1 night charges are reasonable compared to hotels. Depending on season a single night will mostly range from 500 kroner to 700 kroner, with some cheaper, and some dearer. And most of the cabins can sleep a family easily.

On our recent trip to Shetland we drove to Bergen for our flight. It's a 450-500km drive, depending on which route you take, and because of ferries it will take about 10 hours. So breaking the trip with a night in a cabin makes sense.
On the way down we stayed in this one at Førde.
It's a semi-detached one, and fairly modern, but well fitted out inside with all mod cons. It cost 750 kroner because it was peak season, and Førde is a fairly big town so we expected it to be a bit dearer.
On the way north we stopped at Egge, in the Gloppen community, at this beauty which was built in 1836.
It looked a bit brighter in the morning.
It has originally been a small farm house but is now fitted out with everything you'd expect at home, even a dishwasher, but I didn't need to use that since Peerie Trowie was with me. ;)
This one cost 600 kroner and could sleep 5.
The same folk who own this one have several cabins in the area, including this one which we rented 2 years ago.
That cabin was about 400 years old and had been shifted from elsewhere to a new foundation. It had been extended to make room for modern facilities, but the main interior walls showed the original old timbers, so not only are you renting a place to stay, you're also getting a chance to touch a little bit of history.
Here's an interior shot of the sitting room in the last one we stayed in at Egge.
One classic feature of this one was the wood burning stove in the sitting room.
Stoves like these appear all over Norway and the detailed castings on them just amaze me. Here's a close up shot of part of that one.
One thing which I did think would be a problem with that cabin was disabled access. So if you're thinking about renting a cabin, and have any physical problems, it could be worth checking out that aspect.
The more modern cabins are well thought out in that respect, but steps like these on an older one could be a problem.
The charge for cabin hire seldom includes bed linen, so if you can take bedding with you that will save extra charges. Mostly all you need is sheets and pillow cases. Again, something to ask about when booking.

Also it's a rule with most cabins that you clean up after you. So here's my peerie dishwasher getting to grips with the washing up. ;)
And, as if one 'bum' shot wasn't bad enough, I just had to include this one.
Mopping the floor before we left, the flash went of just as the mop touched the cable to the TV. She thought she'd blown something up, and I thought I was going to pee myself laughing.
Anyway, sorry about the 'bum' shots, but that's me done my bit to promote holiday cabins which, as far as I can see, are as important to holiday accommodation in Norway, as the Bed & Breakfast is in Britain.

Yun's aa fir enoo.

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