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Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

They restored an old log cabin

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

Someone will not be scared of miles with veiled terrain to get to the cabin. Edle Catharina and Nikolai Norman have to go four kilometers from the road to get to their cabin tune in Telemark. But that’s just what is the charm of the cabin.

– We feel privileged to buy Haugebu. Even though the cabin tune requires its seat, we get tifold again through the tranquility and nature experience such a place gives, tells the couple.

Big eagerness gave a log cabin

A Saturday morning 30 years ago. Edle Catharina is home in Oslo, the man Nikolai Norman is in a rehearsal exercise in Vestfold. Both frogs in Aftenposten, where a small note is revealed: “Pretty cabinet tune of Upper West Telemark”. They roll over the phone, each on its edge.

The great eagerness proved to be decisive because they bought Haugebu.

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

SOFTWARE: Having a cabin far from the highway can be cumbersome. Then it’s all the more delicious to enjoy the tranquility sometime. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

HYTEEKOS: Edle Catharina and Nikolai Norman (t. h. ) in conversation with Hytteliv’s journalist. The donkey hung in the cabin when the family took over. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

ANOTHER TIME: Getting to Haugebu is like entering another time. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

LOOK AT THE KITCHEN: Propane stove with oven makes cooking a little easier. To the left is the exit to the cooler. The bedroom is on the right from the kitchen. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Cottage in the middle of bear country

The owner of the cabin was of course confused when two leaves Norman showed interest in the cabin the same day. Edward Catharina even sent pictures of the family from a visit to the Norwegian Folk Museum to emphasize the interest of old cultural buildings.

Cabin Facts

  • Cab Type: Mountain Cabin / Tuna
  • Exterior Cladding: Layer Timber
  • Thank you: Torv
  • Year of construction: 1926 (the oldest buildings)
  • Size: Main cabin: 45 m², Old cabin: 20 m², Rudihytta: 18 m²
  • Room sharing: The main cabin consists of kitchen, living room, bedroom and loft. Rudihytta and Old Town consist of only one room. There are a total of 12 beds in total plus loft.
  • Facilities: Sunflower, water from the stream, hot tub, sauna, shower with gas heater, spinning gear.

Among the competitors was the general of Nikolai, who brought his helicopter’s wife to the cabinet. But she did not make it convinced. Haugebu is located four kilometers from the nearest road, 860 meters above sea level and in the middle of bearland. There is nothing that is convenient here. But it did not concern the Norman family.

At the time of purchase, Edle Catharina and Nikolai received amazing reports of local building fairs and life at Haugebu.

They have also had a taste of the hard-barked mountain life. Like then, Nikolai followed an old advice about pulling ash in the utopia to get rid of insects.

When the job was done, he left happily on his way up the mountain. When he returned, he could find out that the insects were gone. But that was also the endurance.

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

Timeless: Edle Catharina has even laid stone on the piping wall. The blue 18th century table is bought by a neighbor. The closet was found in a utility shop, while the wrought iron slate was made by a smith from Voss. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

SELECTED: The beds in the Old Cabin have Nikolai carved by pinewoods that are painted on their own mobile sawmill. The timber brought them to a neighbor who had some beautiful pine trees on the plot. The box to the left of the door is the batteries of the solar cell system in this cabin. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

QUALITY: The two bunk beds in Rudihytta have cupboards in the middle and are made by Aslak Slettemeås from Morgedal. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

WATER REQUIREMENTS: For many years, a knot motor control was established at Vorvatn, where it was necessary to make the fastest craft with knot motor. The winner was defeated on a “vandrefjøl”. The old beech tree does not have Edle Catharina’s heart to remove! Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Used 12 hours up

The family has tried to make life a little easier at the cottage, for example by purchasing a snowmobile. It has been a great help, but not the first time they should use it. Then it got stuck repeatedly on the way up, so the trip usually takes half an hour took 12 hours. All the three children were with, and it started to darken while they were getting rid of the scooter.

Interested in Local History

Edle Catharina and Nikolai have shown great interest in the history of life and work in the area. Edle Catharina has interviewed the last budeie that was at Fitjanstølen in the near vicinity, and gained first hand knowledge of the operation of stolen. She has also learned about how people and fairies made use of nature. For the last five years she has repeated several of the traditions and wrote the book “Norway’s edible plants and berries”. She delivers edible plants to several of Oslo’s best gourmet restaurants.

– At three o’clock in the night, we had to leave our two eldest sons at four and seven years. We packed them into a sleeping bag on the scooter trailer and gave them a bag of Twist on sharing. Then we drove the scooter tracks the last mile in a half-meter snow with the one-year-old in the pulk. Suddenly, two more hours had elapsed, Edle Catharina said.

It belongs to the story that the youngster comforted his brother that the rescue helicopter would surely find them.

Log cabin built by morning daughters

It was the former veterinarian in Kviteseid, Sigurd Sommerfeldt, who set up the cabinet. He bought a total of 7800 goals in forced auction in 1923, and the same year he began to look for the perfect place to set up a cabin. That spot he found at a little water at the foot of Vornuten.

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

ADJUSTMENTS: As the floors were being replaced, the carpenter came up with some fuss. By taking a little of the bedroom, they got a more spacious, more useful kitchen with space for a flap table. The lamp over the table is powered by solar energy and is made of Nikolai. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

FIRE PROTECTION: In old cabins, the fireplace must be thoroughly maintained. In the old cabin they had to replace the fireplace, which was flammable. The roof consists of half-slopes with the flat side up. New roof has been added. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

He brought the morning waves, Olav Bjaaland, the South Pole farmer, to blink out the timber and first kingpokers in combined in Holmenkollen, Svein Sollid, to lift the main cabin. In addition, Svein Sollid raised a double udedo and a boathouse, and moved three small buildings from the area to the yard.

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

MONUMENT: The fireplace in the main cabin is well groomed in the room. PHOTO: Per Erik Jæger

In 1976 the cabinet Haugebu was separated from the main bell and 10 years later it was sold to the Norman family. Edle Catharina and Nikolai have set up two buildings, Rudihytta and Laugeburet. They have also replaced the utoeo that burned down, and the old boat house.

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

TRADITION: The portal on the cooler to the main cabin with beautiful, carved details. When the Laugeburet was lifted up, these details were copied. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

OUTDOOR BATH: From the stamp, which is heated by wood burning, you can see Vorvatn. The son of the former owner remembers the trout here as big and coarse and red in the flesh. At Vorvatn is also the boat house with a 180 year old rowing boat. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

RUDIHYTTA: When the Norman family bought the cabin tune, two cabins, a cage and a shed were set up, as well as boathouse and utedo. Rudihytta was listed in 1988 and was promised by an acquaintance from Valdres. The timber had been drought for 10 years before it was used. Photo: Per Erik Jæger Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here they have to go four kilometers to the cabin

FROM YOUR OWN FOREST: Nikolai does not have to worry about getting out of fuel with the first. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

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