New regulations in 2020

Sota Sæter opening May 1st 2020
Sota Sæter opening May 1st 2020 Foto: Marius Dalseg Sætre

From May 1st, 2020 the DNT cabins will gradually open and some tours and activities will be resumed. But the current Covid-19 situation requires that all guests book their cabin visit in advance and follow the preventative measures as guidelined below.

Important information for travelers from other countries: 

As of March 14th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway is advising against non-essential travel to all countries. Norway's borders are closed to anyone who does not have a residence or work permit and extensive border control is introduced. All travelers must follow the latest news and travel information from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health along with the health and travel recommendations from your home country. If the Norwegian authorities change their recommendations, we will follow and change our services accordingly.

Travel advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health as of 29.04.2020. 

dnt CABINS

Everyone must book in advance, no drop-ins available

DNT has developed a set of preventative measures and a plan to protect against the spread of Covid-19 at our cabins. Please see the new cabin rules listed below. There will be limitations in the number of people who can stay at the cabins at the same time. There are new washing routines for those staying at the cabin, cabin inspectors and cabin personel. The opening times will vary from cabin to cabin. You will therefore need to plan your trip thoroughly and book your cabin visit in advance. Day visits, drop-ins and the use of cabin toilets will not be possible at the self-service or no-service cabins unless the visit is pre-booked. This includes camping outside cabins. 

Staffed cabins: 

The majority of the staffed cabins are planning for summer openings as usual starting on the last weekend of June. Some cabins will open earlier. Please check the cabin you want to visit here. Like other accommodation services in Norway, this is subject to change as the Covid-19 situation is unclear and can change quickly. Most staffed cabins are available for online booking. For the cabins without online booking, you will need to send an email directly to the cabin if you wish to book your stay. 

The following staffed cabins are open:

Gjendesheim will open June 5th. 

Self-service and no-service cabins: 

These cabins will open gradually from the first week of May. As of now, we do not have an exact opening date for each cabin as this happens continuously when the cabin inspectors have had the opportunity to clean and prepare the cabins. Please check the cabin page on UT.no for updated opening hours and booking. All cabin visits must be booked in advance. 


Cabin rules

Please update yourself on the health and travel recommendations from the Norwegian goverment, and your national government if you travel from abroad, before you travel. 

  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, do not visit a DNT cabin. This also applies to mild symptoms.

  • DNT are only opening cabins where booking in advance is possible. Drop-in, day visits and toilet visits to self- and no-service cabins are not allowed.

  • The cabins are cleaned regularly. At cabins where it is not possible to carry out a sufficient cleaning routine of the facilities, there must be three days between each visit.

  • There is a maximum limit of 20 people at all self- and no-service cabins, but these must have a 1 meter distance between them at all times. This does not apply to people who live together on a daily basis. This applies as long as this is advised by the authorities.

  • Many self- and no-service cabins are so small that it will not be possible to keep one meter distance for twenty people. How many beds you can book will therefore vary from cabin to cabin.

  • Guests must bring their own bed linen, which is washed at 60 ℃, or sleeping sack and pillowcase. Checklists at the cabins must be followed. 

  • As a guest, you are responsible for following the instructions of the cabin, and ensure proper cleaning and hygiene while staying there.

  • Make sure to plan and excersize proper hand hygiene. Bring plenty of wet wipes, soap and alcohol-based disinfectant. Bring your own garbage bags and bring your own garbage home with you. If you visit a self-service cabin with food storage - don't touch items you won't need.

ACTIVITIES and tours

Opening some activities and tours 

In consultation with the authorities, DNT has prepared its own contingency plan for activities. The goal is for all tours and activities to be safe, and for participants and tour leaders to get proper information in advance. In addition, routines have been established for what tour leaders and participants should do if they should feel ill during the trip.

Our top priority is  to keep everyone involved safe. If we follow the instructions, the risk of infection is lessened. Our service is fully in line with the recommendations of the Norwegian health authorities. If the authorities should change their recommendations, we will follow and change our services accordingly.

Rules for activities and tours

The tour leader is responsible that the activity or tour are in compliance with the rules and guidelines. If participants do not comply with the tour leader's requests, they may be asked to leave the group.

  • We are not enforcing any additional age limits for our activities and tours, but it is very important that everyone who participates is healthy and symptom-free.

  • All participants of tours and activities must be registered in advance, with registration of names and contact information. For all organizers of public events, there are strict requirements for traceability in the event of an outbreak of infection. Through registration requirements we also keep control of the group size. 

  • The activity or tour should be carried out in a cautious manner to avoid injury. The group should avoid situations that could potentially lead to the need for assistance from health or emergency services.

Number of participants and required distance:

  • Each group should not consist of more than twenty people including the tour leader. People not belonging to the same household need to keep a safe distance of one meter. 

  • Avoid physical contact between participants and tour leaders. 

Food and supplies:


  • Everyone must bring necessary personal equipment, including alcohol-based disinfectant/antiseptic.

  • Each participant must bring their own food and drinks, unless other information is given.

  • When car transport is needed, 1 meter distance between participants in the same car is the rule, and it is important that general hygiene advice is followed. The number of passengers is adjusted to the size of the car.

Q&A

What changes can we expect at the cabins?

We have always prided ourselves in having a place for all at our cabins. Unfortunately this is not the case this year. All visits must be booked in advance. Drop ins, day trips or toilet usage for those around the area will not be possible.

Is it safe to stay at  DNT cabins?

With safety/preventative measures in place, chances for infection have been lessened. After careful consideration, we are gradually opening our cabins, following all measures recommended by the authorities.

Are there any extra items or precautions I should take, aside from the usual?  

Prepare to exercise proper hand hygiene during your trip. Carry wet wipes, soap and alcohol-based disinfectant/antiseptic. Take garbage bags with you. If staying at a self-service cabin, be careful not to touch or take anything more than what you need.  

Is it allowed to camp/tent by a cabin?

Setting up camp/tent right outside a self- or no-service cabin is not allowed. These remain reserved for visitors with bookings.

Tents must be set at a safe distance from  the cabins. Do not use the cabin or its facilities including toilets during your visit.

It is not allowed to camp outside staffed cabins at the moment, but we are working on guidelines to make it possible. 

How do you secure a safe trip for all participants?

DNT has set up preventative measures based on the authorities regulations. This has ensured that we are prepared for resuming services and offers. Additionally, all tour leaders have taken preventative courses.

Trips are for up to 20 people, including the tour leader. Everyone who does not belong to the same household must stay 1 meter apart. 


Your membership matters

A membership in DNT has never been more valuable. It helps to ensure that the cabins and trails are ready to use as we get through these challenging times. DNT has 550 cabins and over 22,000 km of marked trails across Norway. Thank you for making this possible.