Routes and cabins
The local member associations operate 570 cabins across the country, mark routes and ski tracks. Together they maintain a network of about 22,000 km of marked foot trails and about 7000 km of branch-marked ski tracks.
DNT members are given discounts on accomodation at all cabins and on served meals at the staffed cabins. DNT activities are based on extensive volunteer work. Each year, volunteers work in total more than 800,000 hours.
About the DNT cabins
There are three types of cabins with accommodation: Staffed lodges, self-service cabins and no-service cabins. DNT members are given discounts on accommodation at all cabins and on served meals at the staffed lodges.
Staffed lodges serve breakfast and dinner. Many have showers and electricity, either from the power grid or from a local generator. The staffed lodges are open only in certain seasons. Many staffed lodges have self-service or no-service cabins for accommodation out of season. The self-service facilities are not available when the lodge is staffed in season.
The self-service cabins are equipped with all that trekkers need for cooking and sleeping. Firewood, gas, kitchen utensils, table linen and bunks with blanks or duvets and pillows (hut sacks, also known as hut sleepers, are required!) The cabins are also stocked with provisions including tinned goods, coffee, tea, rye crispbread and powdered soup packets, but the selection can vary from cabin to cabin.
Here trekkers look after themselves: fetch water, cook food, wash up and chop wood. In high seasons, some cabins have wardens that assist in organising work. At the cabin you have to fill out a payment form for you stay. After your stay you will receive a link for credit card payment or an invoice if that is your choice. This is payment for food and accommodation. Many self-service cabins are closed for periods during the year.
No-service cabins usually have the same equipment as self-service cabins, but they have no provisions. There also are a few simpler no-service cabins where you'll need a sleeping bag and perhaps more equipment. The descriptions of the cabins include specifications of their equipment. Some of the no-service cabins are closed for periods during the year.
Guide to your stay at a DNT cabin
Check out our guide to self-service and no-service cabins. If you stay at a staffed lodge, the cabin is warm when you arrive. Then you can enjoy your stay with no chores.
How to book accommodation at DNT cabins
With our new booking site we have made it easy for you to plan and book your next stay at DNT cabins.
Accomodation cannot always be booked in advance, but everyone who comes to a cabin will have a place to sleep, either in a bunk or on a mattress on the floor.
DNT routes developed in part from older thoroughfares and local footpaths and in part in response to the needs of trekkers, as ensured by the public right of access. They serve both to guide trekkers, on foot or on skis, and to protect plant and animal life by serving as limited channels for most human foot traffic in the outdoors.