High­land huts Ice­land

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them are staffed, but at most, vis­i­tors fend for them­selves. Some are tra­di­tional An­dor­ran bor­das: stone build­ings that once housed cat­tle and stored fod­der. The Ca­bana Sorda hut (above) is in a par­tic­u­larly pic­turesque spot near a fish­ing lake of the same name in the In­cles val­ley, stand­ing at an al­ti­tude of 2,295 me­tres.

Es­to­nia’s state forests have 13 huge des­ig­nated “re­cre­ation ar­eas” for hik­ing, with 60 free camp­sites, 30 free for­est huts and 20 for­est houses (which charge a rea­son­able fee). All are well away from roads and other set­tle­ments. The Met­sapere for­est hut on Hi­iu­maa is­land is a good spot for for­ag­ing for berries and mush­rooms, and has a pond for swim­ming in sum­mer and a hill for sledg­ing in win­ter. The Sopi hut on Saare­maa, the largest is­land, is the ear­li­est-known forest­keeper’s house in the coun­try, dat­ing from 1795, while Omma bog hut is in an iso­lated spot in western Es­to­nia, with no marked paths through the boggy land­scape.

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