Norwegian Koie (Little Cabin)

by Christina Nellemann on January 28th, 2013. 35 Comments

Even if you don’t plan on making a back country trip to Norway any time soon, these tiny cabins may give you a few ideas on how to create a tiny house that melds nearly seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Koiene (pronounced koi-eh-n) are a system of tiny, convenient cabins scattered around the countryside of Trøndelag, Norway for use by anyone who’s in the area for hiking, fishing, foraging, hunting, cross country skiing or snowshoeing.


The simple, little structures can be rented through a website that specializes in memberships for these types of vacation cabins. The site and the cabins are run voluntarily by groups of students. The cabins are named after the area they are in and these multi-syllabic locations are distinctive from each other: some are on a river or creek, some on top of a mountains, some by the lake or other larger body of water. Continue Reading »

Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on December 24th, 2011. 12 Comments

Christina sent this to me this week and even thought I have used it before I thought it was perfect for this holiday season.

The traditional Norwegian building called “Stabbur” and was used to store food. The two floors made it perfect for hanging meat from the ceiling in good distance from the claws of greedy animals. (Actually one of our readers just told me this photo was taken in Austria so the information above is incorrect, sorry about that!)

I think it would make a perfect little home and I think maybe this one has been converted into just that. What do you think? Happy Holidays!

December 24th, 2011and filed in Tiny House Landscape
Tags: home, Norway, Stabbur, traditional, Tønsberg

Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on September 17th, 2011. 5 Comments

It is fun to see some of my close friends get involved with the tiny house movement. My college roommate who I had the privilege of going camping with in the High Sierra this last weekend just sent me a great photo from Norway. His mom is from Norway and he and his family have visited relatives over there in the last couple of years.

This photos is of some very cool little cliff houses that are right outside of Jøssingfjord in Norway.
Thanks Fred for sharing this with us. If you have a photo that might work for this feature please send it to tinyhouseblog (at)

Photo prise le 21 août 2010 (© Eivind K. Døvik / Flickr)

September 17th, 2011and filed in Tiny House Landscape
Tags: cliff houses, Jøssingfjord, Norway

Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on February 26th, 2011. 3 Comments

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is of a mountain farm in Rondane, Norway. I love the stark landscape and the simplicity and sturdiness of the tiny farm home. The tiny farm house has a living roof that is quite common in the area and adds insulation to the house for the harsh winters.

The little boat in the foreground ads an artistic element to the scene. I imagine it gets very windy and cold in this corner of Norway and a sturdy warm shelter makes life bearable.

February 26th, 2011and filed in Tiny House Landscape
Tags: mountain farm, Norway, Rondane