High up between the trees, with a gorgeous view over the Oslo fjord, and were you wake up at the crack of down with squirrels and birds joyfully playing right outside your window, lies Tretopphytter Oslofjord. A small piece of heaven! When given the chance to spend a night in the treetop cabin The Falcon’s Nest we of course had to jump on it.
Tretopphytter Oslofjord is located just outside of Horten. Here you’ll find 5 different treetop cabins, all placed far enough from each other that you’ll feel like you’re out there on your own. Each cabin overlooks the Oslo fjord, and is all equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay.
The Falcon’s Nest gives you both afternoon and evening sun, whereas the others provide morning sun. In both the Falcons nest and the cabin called the Hawks nest also you’re allowed to bring your pet, which is nice.
An experience to share
An experience this great has to be shared! We therefore invited some of our friends to come stay with us. In the second car we had Caroline, Hanna, Chris and their dog Albus arriving. As we all rocked up to the cabin the rain was pouring down. Luckily, the weather Gods were on our side, cause shortly upon our arrival the rain stopped, and the sun came through the clouds.
We quickly started up in the well equipped kitchen, and shortly after the smell of tacos filled the cabin. At this place all you really need to bring yourself is your food and beverages by choice!
By the time the tacos were ready the patio was flooded with sunlight. After quickly wiping off the water we enjoyed our dinner outside. While the rest of us ate, Albus was very excited to be able to watch all the animals below us.
The Falcon’s Nest
The Falcon’s Nest extends over two floors. The top floor is equipped with 5 floor mattresses and giant ceiling windows giving loads of light as well as an amazing view over the Oslo fjord.
Just down the stairs you’ll find a separate bedroom with a double bed, a toilet which also has a shower in it, a combined living room and kitchen, and the outdoors patio.
Outside on the patio you’ll find several bird boxes, and here we saw several species of birds during our stay. A feeding station for the squirrels has also been put up – so it’s safe to say you’ll definitely be able to watch some animals during your stay. With the nifty fireplace located outdoors you’ll even keep warm on the more chilly nights.
Outside on the patio you’ll find some absolutely gorgeous handmade furniture, made with “barlind” (taxus baccata) from the local Vegge forest. Also inside the cabin several cool details such as the hooks, which are all tiny branches, adds to the charming look of the cabin.
All five cabins can be used all year around, as they’re insulated and comfortable even when it’s cold outside – securing you to be able to enjoy your experience year round.
To sleep between the treetops
The sun slowly went down over the Oslofjord, and we all sat around admiring the gorgeous colors for a while, before it was time to get some sleep in. As a guest you’ll decide if you wish to rent linen from Tretopphytter Oslofjord, or if you prefer bringing your own from home. Thomas and I settled in the downstairs bedroom, while the others slept upstairs.
During the night we felt the cabin move slightly in the wind, rocking us back to sleep. The slight movement only felt comforting, as we knew the cabin is designed to withstand up to 42m/s of wind (about the strength of a hurricane).
Our bed was soft and comfy, and I fell asleep quickly. However, I also woke up again shortly – after a few hours worth of sleep as, at the break of dawn, the outside of the cabin was brimming with life.
From our bed I watched no less than three squirrels playing, chasing each other and happily eating. The sound of seeds being opened, small squirrel feets chasing over the rooftop and a woodpecker all of a sudden pecking at the window woke me up at 3.30am.
Luckily there’s worse things to keep you up at night than those, though, and I managed to doze off for about an hour again before it was time for our own breakfast.
Tretopphytter Oslofjord is located near Horten at a place called Nordre Vegge. Around each cabin majestic trees cover you, and here you’ll hang about 8 meters above the ground. About 100 metres below the cabin the Oslo fjord is glittering in the sun.
All cabins is equipped with enough space and stuff for 7-8 people. Just outside you’ll find a parking spot for two cars. All waste is sorted in different bags, and at the end of your stay you bring the bags with you to the main parking spot.
As for electricity, USB-charging points can be found around in the cabin. The stove is heated with gas. Information about the cabin, it’s features and ideas for activities to do while visiting can be easily found in the cabin. Remember to write in the guestbook! 🙂
A place for everyone
So, who can enjoy a trip to a cabin like this?
Well, even my boyfriend, Thomas, who’s not too fond of heights, had no issues with staying at the cabin. With fences all around the top (and a gate you can close, very clever if you’re traveling with kids or pets), and a broad, secured stair to the top, getting up and down from the cabin feels very safe.
The cabin called The Owl’s Nest is also accessible for those of you with a pram and/or a wheelchair. In other words, a stay here would be great for anyone who’s keen on a nature adventure, with a solid dose of comfort on the side.
After having our breakfast the others had to leave back to Oslo. Thomas and I decided to stay for a few more cups of coffee in the sun, and we also took our drone out for a flight.
Leaving the cabin was by far the worst part of the trip – I could have easily spent all day at the patio with a book, looking at boats through the binoculars I found in the cabin and in the company of the animals. A small piece of heaven!
About this post
This post is written after a sponsored stay at Tretopphytter Oslofjord, but with no direction of what to write after. All things written are of course entirely based on my own experiences and my own honest review.
Drone photos and photos of me taken by Thomas Marthinsen. Thanks for letting me use them! All other photos taken by me.