Jämtland tour 22 – the cabins, part 1

This article is part of the series “2022-08: Jämtland and Trøndelag”.

On our hiking tour in the Swedish Jämtland and a bit of Norway we hiked from cabin to cabin. These cabins are quite different, both in concept and in standard.

Ok, the photo above does not show a mountain cabin, it shows the Ringve Musikkmuseum in Trondheim that we visited the day before. Sorry folks, I couldn’t resist.

½ – the first emergency hut

Since the weather in the Swedish mountains can be quite rough, there are emergency huts on the trail. The first one lies between Storvollen and Blåhammaren, our first destination. You may rest inside the hut, but do not touch the fire wood or the emergency box – they are meant to save life.

1 – Blåhammaren

With an altitude of 1086 metres it is the highest STF mountain cabin. Famous for its fire beacon and its three-course dinner. We however use the self-catering kitchen to cook pasta with tomato sauce. A great first stay on our tour.

1½ – Endalen raststuga

Another emergency hut. The sun comes out and invites us to take a break. From here it’s only a kilometre to the Norwegian border.

2 – Storerikvollen

Two signs, that we are not in Sweden anymore: All roofs are grass-covered and the inside is full of carpets, wall pictures and other things to make the cabin individual and hyggelig – cozy.

A thing that makes Storerikvollen special: free-roaming sheep and Icelandic horses.

3 – Nedalshytta

After the longest distance of ca. 23 km we gladly arrive at Nedalshytta. As in Storerikvollen this cabin does not provide a self-catering kitchen in the season. We have pre-booked half board and now order dinner. What we do not know yet: the cook is very gifted and the dinners are awesome! A good place for a rest day.

This is by the way the only cabin with road access on our tour.

3½ – Ekkordörren

We are back in Sweden again. Time to take a short rest in the hut Ekkordörren before we follow the trail over the pass.

4 – Sylarna

Without loosing too many words: this is the worst cabin I know! A tiny shop with ridiculous prices, a dysfunctional self-catering kitchen with five soup plates in total, insufficient drying space and so on, and so on. The personal is friendly and pretty uninterested.

We will meet other people on our trip – cabin hosts as well as guests. No one likes Sylarna. But it’s only a single night and now it gets better. Much better!

Stay tuned for part 2 of the cabin article. Coming soon …


2 comments to “Jämtland tour 22 – the cabins, part 1”

  1. Ulrich 2022-09-02 15:09

    Sind diese Hütten in Schweden dieselbe Unterkunft wie Berghütten in den Alpen, die von Hüttenwirten betrieben werden? Dann wundert es mich, dass ich fast keine anderen Menschen sehe. Du schreibst, keiner mag Sylarna. dann wundert es mich, dass die Hütten noch betrieben werden. Muss ja langweilig sein für den Hüttenwirt.

  2. way-up-north 2022-09-02 15:13


    Die Hütten sind zum Teil bewirtschaftet, zum Teil aber reine Selbstversorgerhütten. Manche von diesen haben einen kleinen Laden. In der Saison ist immer ein Hüttenwirt vor Ort.

    Sylarna bekommt im Netz gute bis sehr gute Kritiken. Es gibt also Leute, die Sylarna mögen. Die habe ich aber nicht getroffen ;-). Die Hütte ist recht zentral, da kommt man nicht so einfach vorbei.

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