Cabin crazy- in search of the Norwegian happiness

Norwegians are cabin crazy! A population of 5 million people with 500 000 cabins to their names, and 5000 new ones being built every, single year. The average Norwegian spends 50 days per annum at his house in the mountains or by the sea. But why on earth do these people spend their Easter holiday stumbling their way up snowy hilltops on slippery skiis? And why do they spend the long awaited, nordic summer days, doing maintenance work on their cabins? Were they born that way, or have they become like that? In short: How did they contract this cabin fever?

Norwegian journalist and historian, Magnus Helgerud, take us along on an entertaining journey from the fjords to the mountains, through the curiosities of the Norwegian cabintopia, and on a parallel hike through the history of life at the cottage. Our point of departure is his families cabin chronicles, dating back to the 1940s, which takes us back to the time when discarded railway carriages were hauled out to the coast and used as cabins.

Along the way we are joined by a colorful cast of characters. A cabin owner poisoning her brother-in-law because he acts like the cabin is his own, billionaires blowing up rocks to build illegal tennis courts, a brother cheating at dice games, seaside doctors prescribing jellyfish stings for back pains, and the author’s own grandmother who misses her paradise on earth.