They restored an old log 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.