Rest and emergency cottage on Mount Långfjället.Rest and emergency cottage on Mount Långfjället.

Visiting "bua" huts and rest huts

In Gränslandet you find a few simple “bua” huts and rest huts where you can seek temporary shelter from the weather.

Norwegian “bua” huts

Along lakes and watercourses in Norway you find old “bua” huts, interesting cultural remains from the days of raftsmen and lumberjacks, who used the huts to recover after a hard day’s work. The "bua" huts are owned by Statskog, the Norwegian state-owned land and forest enterprise. Some have been restored while others are more neglected.

If the bua is open, you are welcome to seek shelter, but you may only stay for one night. Leave the bua tidy and use wood sparingly. The wood that has been provided is not for outdoor campfires.

Most “bua” huts have simple wooden beds and a small stove to keep warm. But there is no guarantee that there will be firewood, and don’t expect great comfort. Still, it may be cosy to creep in under a roof after a few days in a tent when the weather is bad. Everyone is welcome, even if someone is there before you, but the beds are limited. You can’t count on staying in “bua” huts every night.

Swedish rest huts

The rest huts in the Swedish mountains are intended for daytime rest, or for emergency overnight stay, and are maintained by the county administrative boards. Most rest huts have an emergency telephone. They are always accessible, even outside season. Don’t hesitate to use the emergency telephone if this could prevent a mountain rescue operation or reassure worried relatives.

Window view from a “bua” hut.Window view from a “bua” hut.

Temporary stay in a “bua” hut.Temporary stay in a “bua” hut.

A lot of work goes into supplying wood for the fireplaces. Use it sparingly!A lot of work goes into supplying wood for the fireplaces. Use it sparingly!

Photos: Naturcentrum AB.

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Use wood sparingly...

... and leave enough for others; it’s costly to transport!

Split and bring in...

... the amount of logs that you have used. This is of invaluable help, in case the next visitor arrives in an emergency.