This 118 ft2 small Norwegian ski cabin comfortably accommodates a family of four.

When the Norwegian couple, Bendik Manum and Annelise Bjerkan, designed their beautiful rustic cabin, located in Trollheimen Meldal, Norway, the goal was to create a simple and maintenance free getaway. The result then is a functional and minimalistic retreat which retains its air of comfort and convenience.

The cabin is only 118 ft2/ 11.5 m2 but despite its small size the furnishings include a double bed, two bunk beds for kids, a dining table with chairs along with a bench which can also serve as a guest bed. The cabin doesn’t have electricity or solar panels and water is collected in a nearby stream.  The composting toilet is placed in an outhouse close by.


All building materials are selected with environmental considerations being taken into account. The wood is all short-traveled pine, the roof is recycled slate and the couple has collected the moss that is used to fill the gaps between the logs themselves.© Photo: Pasi Aalto


Beneath the double bed and the bench each family member has their one personal drawer. © Photo: Pasi Aalto


The efficient wood stove heats the small cabin up very fast. © Photo: Pasi Aalto


A refrigerator or fridge is not really necessary when your cabin is placed in a Norwegian winter wonderland. © Photo: Pasi Aalto


The ceiling is fitted with a practical and space-saving clothes dryer. © Photo: Pasi Aalto


The bench can also serve as a guest bed. © Photo: Pasi Aalto


The cabin is equipped with a 65 ft2/ 5 m2 weather porch that serves a number of functions including a bath in the form of a basin and storage. © Photo: Pasi Aalto


Bendik Manum and Annelise Bjerkan are enjoying a peaceful moment in front of their beautiful cabin.  © Photo: Pasi Aalto

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    1. Skyval March 23, 2017 at 3:22 am

      What kind of cooking stove is in the kitchen ?

      • Ron Young May 21, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        It looks like a Jotul 602 or a Waterford Stanley “Reginald”. It is one of the most copied woodstove. We have a Reginald in our cabin.


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