The PAN Cabins are a family business that has been run by Christine and her husband Kristian since 2018. Kristian previously worked as a journalist and Christine as an actress - until both decided to use Kristian's parents' farm for a new project together. They wanted to create a natural and sustainable place that would bring guests closer to the incredible beauty of the region.
Together with renowned architects, three modern huts with pitched roofs have been built, which are like modern tree houses and seem to float in the treetops. The breathtaking view over the hills and the lake is always different. Depending on the season, the ground is covered with moss or snow. The morning not only starts with a wonderful chirping - there are said to be over 170 bird species here - but also a few deer and elk like to pass by.
The design inside the houses is to remove the boundaries to nature as much as possible. Almost everything is made of wood, handmade and kept in the surrounding natural colors. The regional basic ingredients and traditional recipes for venison stew with cranberries or vegan carrot soup with homemade bread can also be ordered and cooked together while enjoying the constantly changing view.
There is a conscious focus on deceleration and guests are encouraged to really switch off (everything) in order to relax without distraction and leave the (digital) stress of everyday life behind. Peter Pan lives in the magical Neverland and this place is definitely magical. Everyone has to find out for themselves whether there are fairies. The Finnskogen region has always been known for its myths and legends.
ArchitectureSustainability was the starting point for the project and all construction measures right from the start. The huts are built in such a way that they would be easy to dismantle. They have received multiple awards for their design and innovative construction technology.
The hosts work with local social services to reintegrate unemployed people into work. In addition, people with a migration background are also gladly hired in order to simplify the integration process. They work with schools to set up new subjects with a focus on nature and sustainable tourism.
EnvironmentVisitors are encouraged to come with electric cars. The water is filtered and goes back into the ground. Use of wood from our own forest as the main source of heat in the huts. Energy-saving measures are intended to reduce overall consumption. Recycling of all waste and biological residual waste is composted.
PAN Treetop Cabins are located in the Finnskogen, or “Forest of the Finns,” close to Norway’s eastern border. About 2.5 hours drive from Oslo, this remote area has a unique, and magical, history. Populated by Finnish immigrants in the 1500s, Finnskogen gained a reputation among native Norwegians as a supernatural place thanks to the unique farming methods used by the newcomers. This mythology stuck and was part of the inspiration in the creation of PAN Treetop Cabins. The name is also an ode to the Greek forest god Pan, and a reminder of how nature can leave you in awe.
The Pan Treetop Cabins sit atop of a hill in Norway’s Finnskogen region like a birdhouse built for humans. The lanky structures, designed by architect Espen Surnevik, perch atop metal stilts that look like the base of electricity pylons. A fenced-in staircase winds up to the cabin entrance, which sits at the height of the tree line. Inside, the cabins are decked out in minimalist Scandinavian charm. Pale pine lines the floors and walls. Angular windows look out onto the wooded landscape.
Fotos: Even Baardseth, Marcus Ek, Fredrik Bye,
It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Oslo to PAN Cabins (153 km). From Lillehammer it takes about 2 hours (130 km). In Norway, it is quite common for rental car companies to have a good fleet of electric vehicles. The exact address can be found on the website.
The nearest train stations are in Kongsvinger and Hamar. From there there are buses that go to Gjesåsen. The bus stop "Østre Krokmoen" is only 350 meters away from the accommodation.
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