Wilderness huts

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Wilderness huts are special free shelters in the backcountry, meant for short stay. Although comfort varies, mostly these shelters have at least a fireplace and a place to put an isomattress.

Especially in more populated areas, the shelters are often quite close to a settlement and so within walkable distance from a (main) road.



~ freecampsites.net --> self explanatory.

~ boudy.info - "The Czech Republic and Slovakia are the most densely covered on this site, quite a lot can be found in Austria or Italy as well. Curiously, they include a list of shelters in Nepal and huts in Finland. The listings are sorted by types, each includes a brief description, a list of equipment, a map of surroundings, information about water source/supply, way of access and the most convenient visit time."

~ tourenwelt.info - "Similar to the website above, in German about some mountain huts in the world."


In Andorra there are 26 mountain shelters. See here.


http://info.hps.hr/kuce: "Here is a map of ALL of the mountain houses, cabins, huts, shelters, and refugios in the Balkans and surrounding areas(Including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria). Some are free and wild or very remote, and some are touristic and you must pay to stay or call ahead, so check the info pages carefully."


~ Free camping spots in Belgium.


- A map pinpointing 12 free huts in Canada.


~ http://www.naturstyrelsen.dk/naturoplevelser/overnatning/shelters/ ~ http://shelterapp.dk - "They are referred to as 'shelters'. There are many within Denmark and there are two useful resources for finding them. The first is the website. The second is a free mobile app called 'Shelter'. It's in Danish and pinpoints the locations of the shelters on a map and provides general info on each one."


~ "In Estonia we have two types of shelters: houses and huts. First ones require "key money" and booking, although the huts are free, and you have to make room for everyone who wants to stay there aswell. Most of them should be visible on this site."

English Speaking Countries

http://www.wikicamps.co - WikiCamps apps are maps with pinpointed locations of free designated camping areas which have varying facilities. (free trial with Android; I believe it costs with iOS). for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and UK.


~ This site includes info on free wilderness huts in Finland. - laavu.org - Tulikartta


Throughout the mountainous regions of France you'll find free shelters to use. The website Refuges.info lists most of them. Select a region and look for Cabane non-gardée. (In French)


Here you can see a number of very simple, mostly open shelters in different areas of Germany. Look for articles starting with Schutzhütten to see huts listed with GPS-coordinates. (In German)


- Map of free camping, hot springs and huts in Japan.

- hatinosu.net: yellow spots are campsites; free or very cheap. Clicking on the dot on the map opens the campsite info page, the ones with a blue semicircle saying 無料 are free, the ones with a red semicircle saying 有料 are not)


~ http://www.hiking-site.nl/routes_paalkamperen.php ~ http://www.logerenbijdeboswachter.nl/paalkamperen - "Basic free designated wild camping areas in the Netherlands - not accessible by car only by foot/bicycle, max. 3 tents. water available."

New Zealand

New Zealand has over 900 huts. For general information about huts, backcountry hut passes, hut etiquette and an interactive map of New Zealand’s huts, visit doc.govt and here to book.


Map indicidating free shelters, also in Czechia and Slovakia.



Slovakia and Czech Republic

The website boudy.info has an overview of free shelters in mainly Czech Republic and Slovakia. It also shows some huts in the Alps. Shelters are of different quality and accessibility, but the info is very elaborate. (In Slovakian)


- List of Mountain huts and refuges of the Sierra Nevada

- http://www.pyrenees-refuges.com


- Shelters in Sweden

- Shelters in in Sweden

United Kingdom

The UK is known for its Mountain Bothies. An overview can be found here. You can enter the Grid Ref coordinates here (skip registration), to see the exact location of the bothy.


In the Carpathians there are some informal huts one can use. They are marked on these 1:50.000 hiking maps of the region.

More info