The wooden holiday cabin, or hytte, is a staple of Norwegian life.
Robert Ferguson, author of Scandinavians, explores the significance of a national icon in this charming, affectionate history. Turf-roofed and wooden-built, offering fresh air, breathtaking views and peaceful isolation, the wooden cabin home – or hytte – is a crucial part of Norwegian national identity.
In 2016, Robert Ferguson and his wife bought a piece of land high up in the Hardangervidda, and on it they built a cabin. As the cabin takes shape, Ferguson learns how native Norwegians have married a new-found urban affluence to their past as a tight-knit rural community-nation, and confronts his own ideas about the dream-tradition of the hytte, drawing an affectionate but unsentimental portrait of Norwegian culture, society and landscape. ‘Singular and captivating: the pursuit of a dream’ Professor John Carey’Illuminating’ TLS’An uncompromising journey into the dark cold north, to reveal the warmth that comes from deep community bonds’ Tim Ecott