The Norwegian Dream "The Hytte"

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Norwegians will drive for hours

Walk across forests, rivers and mountains

To reach a place where they can be isolated, in nature, alone and peaceful.

They will hide themselves in this place without running water nor electricity

They call it “hytte”

They will buy a hytte

Rather than spending their money travelling

Staying at nice hotels

Eating in nice restaurants

I thought Norwegians were trying to save money

Because Norwegians love saving money

This has nothing to do with saving money

Owning a “hytte”

May cost millions of kroner

An ad of a hytte for sale for 4 000 000 NOK - that is 475 000 US dollars (!) -  reads as follow (March 2021)

"We have deliberately chosen not to have the possibility to drive our car close to the cabin in order to create a real cabin feeling, as well as the value of the extra exercise we get by transporting things with our own machine down to the cabin, where both children and adults can contribute. "

To understand the “hytte”

You shall understand the Norwegian need to be alone and to suffer

These are one of the underlying "needs" of the Norwegian culture


Learn more about the Norwegian culture in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway 



By Julien S. Bourrelle

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