DNT reports another record summer

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Norway’s popular national hiking association DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) could report another “super summer” this year. Record numbers of hikers and nature lovers stayed at DNT hytter (cabins), with many reporting double-digit increases in overnight guests.

DNT reported a total of 65,000 overnight stays at its cabins, many of which are self-service. The Svukuriset hytte in Femundsmarka in eastern Hedmark County logged a 44 percent increase in July compared to July of last year. Gaustatoppen had a 39 percent increase followed by Schultzhytta in Sylan, up 32 percent. Many cabins located on the popular mountain plateau Hardangervidda were also up between 20- and 29 percent.

“Lots of people have become more interested in traveling shorter distances and having more sustainable holidays,” said Dag Terje Klarp Solvang, the new secretary general of DNT. “And Norway is an exotic and spectacular country to see.”

New statistics from the national employers organization for the tourist industry, NHO Reiseliv, showed that more Norwegians spent their summer holidays in Norway this year. DNT has a total of 550 cabins, some offering meals and drinks, that are spread over 22,000 kilometers of hiking trails around the country.

newsinenglish.no staff