Highland huts Iceland
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.