Absolute silence, only the sound of nature and the endless expanses of Norway - that's what awaits guests at Hafsrød. Located in Østfold, there are virtually no people or light pollution here, resulting in incredible starry skies and glorious silence. Hafsrød is a forest estate with a long tradition and has been in the family for five generations. The huts were formerly used by forest workers. In the 1970s, the parents of the current owner Ingeborg started renting it out.
On the forest estate, guests should have the experience of living so close to nature. More and more people are constantly surrounded by noise, light and people and live hectic lives. Here at Hafsrød you can experience the opposite, slow down and find your feet again. Hafsrød is Green Key certified and last year received the "Klima Østfold" award. The award was given because forest management has resulted in a 50% increase in CO2 capture compared to 20 years ago.
The cabins on Hafsrød are all different, with many natural materials and very cozy. Elements of the lumberjacks were used to bring the story into the atmosphere - books about forestry, tools they used as well as pictures and maps. Most of the cabins are rented long term. Only two of the cottages are rented out to holidaymakers.
Exciting guests have also visited Hafsrød. Fridtjof Nansen, known for his polar expeditions, hunted on the estate for almost 30 years and has a house named after him - the Nansen Hotel. It's not really a hotel, but a place where he and his friends stayed in nature.
ArchitectureThe huts are modeled after the forest huts that the forest workers used to live in, and because of the strict restrictions on building by the water in Norway, they have not been significantly altered. As much wood as possible is used to reduce the carbon footprint and a common architectural feature is that all the huts are red. That is why they are also called small red drops in the green sea. The wood comes from a local sawmill. The furniture is in the style of the cottages, giving it a fresh look while still being cozy.
FoodThere is the "Hafsrød Forest Box" which consists of a dinner with elk meat from their own forest, prepared by the local top restaurant Curtisen, and a breakfast with products from local producers in the region. It is a ready-to-heat reheat meal (dinner) to minimize wasting.
Hafsrød works with the organization Extra Giverglede, a local initiative that aims to provide extra help to young people from low-income families. The hosts support them by giving them a week's free stay in the cottage "Vinterveien" every summer.
EnvironmentHafsrød is Green Key certified, which means that energy consumption is monitored and measures are taken to become more sustainable. Solar panels generate the electricity in the cabins. There are also two protected areas (nature reserve) on the property.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to reach Hafsrød Cabins by public transport. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Oslo to the cabins (134 km). The nearest town Halden is about half an hour away (20 km), from Gothenburg (Sweden) it takes about 2.5 hours (180 km), from Stockholm it is about 6 hours drive (484 km) and from Copenhagen also just under 6 hours (492 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
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