This cabin in Mushamna was built by Reidar Hovelsrud in 1987. It is abnormally large compared to older hunters’ cabins in Svalbard. It has an outer room for hanging game and furs, a room in the middle with a workshop and an inner room with a lounge, a kitchen and a bedroom. The cabin was sold to the Norwegian State in 1997.
Most of the hunters’ cabins in Svalbard are in too poor a state to be available for overwintering. However, two of the cabins – Austfjordneset in Wijdefjorden and Mushamna – are well kept and are still in use for hunting all year round. Qualified applicants show their interest each year, and the decision of who gets to occupy the cabin is made by the Governor of Svalbard. This is free of charge. The tenancy begins late July and lasts for one year.