According to the vote of many satisfied Norwegian hikers, in the summer of 2020!
Rabothytta (DNT cabin no. 500) is dramatically situated at 1200 metres altitude, the very edge of the Okstindbreen glacier. The cabin enjoys a stunning view of the glacier, as well as the Okstindan mountain range and its ruling peak Oksskolten, the highest summit in Northern Norway. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Helgeland coast.
Rabothytta cabin has a striking design, robust and simple, by architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs. Somehow it gives visitors a feeling of being outside right in the magnificent scenery. The cabin, which opened in 2014, was built thanks to considerable efforts by the 300 members of the Hemnes chapter of the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). It is named in honour of Charles Rabot, a French glaciologist, ethnographer and explorer who was passionate about the Arctic landscape and its peoples. Rabot was a good friend of Fridtjof Nansen. In 1883 he was one of the first to ascend Oksskolten, together with his Sámi guide Klemet Person.
In 2019, Klemetstua, the nearby emergency shelter named in the guide’s honour, opened. In the summer it is home to the hosts that run Rabothytta. That main cabin has six bedrooms and a loft, and accommodates 30 overnight guests. Guests are allowed to bring dogs; there is even a purpose-built room for this.
Rabothytta can be approached from several directions. The fastest way up will take a fit hiker just one or two hours. A map of the Okstindan range, as well as the supplies you might need, may be purchased at the Circle K in Korgen village.
Hemnes Turistforening (the local chapter of the Norwegian Trekking Association) has its own website, and there is a Facebook page for Rabothytta where you will find all the information you need to plan your trip.