DNT goes online

Norwegian Trekking Association offers free courses during coronavirus cabin closures


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Norwegians can learn online how to use a camping stove to later enjoy breakfast out in nature.


The coronavirus pandemic has led to the closing of all of the Norwegian Trekking Association (Den Norske Turistforening or DNT) cabins through at least May 1. Planned trips and activities are canceled, and the outdoor organization’s many guides have been forced to stay indoors. But inspiration is still just outside the window. DNT guides all over the country have taken advantage of social media, where they offer daily tips on nature hikes close to home.

Now, DNT is also offering free online classes: “How to use a map and compass” and “How to cook with a camping stove.”

“We have chosen these two courses because this knowledge is easy to communicate. They are family-friendly things that can be done together—and right now during the Easter holiday,” said DNT’s Tina Skare.

“Learn to use a map and compass and arrange this year’s Easter egg hunt, or dish up a three-course meal with a camping stove in the sunshine,” she added.

The two courses are open to everyone and do not require a login. The platform is also adapted to work well on a mobile phone, according to Skare, and going forward, DNT will work to develop more digital courses.

This article originally appeared in the April 17, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American.

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