Stay longer in Oslo
Oslo has plenty to offer the tourist - stay a little longer with our guide to do walks around this lovely capital.
Oslo has plenty to offer the tourist - stay a little longer with our guide to walks around this lovely capital.
Take metro line No 1 from any subway station in central Oslo to the final stop at Frognerseteren. Then set off on foot, following the sign posted paths towards Skjennungstua – a lovely 7km round-trip through the forested hills above the city. Stop for lunch at Skjennungstua, with its fantastic view over Oslomarka, Oslo's green space.
Take metro line No 5 from any subway station in central Oslo to the final spot at Sognsvann. This lake has a 3.2 kilometre-walking track around the lake which is well lit and wheel chair friendly. Good for picnicking, swimming, running and checking out the locals. This was a regular spot for us to visit when we lived in Oslo. Very relaxing and you feel very local being there!
Bygdøy is a peninsula on the west side of the city centre. Here you find several of Oslo’s most popular museums. The peninsula is mainly a residential area, but in addition to the museums, Bygdøy is also a popular recreational area during summer offering beaches, a beach volleyball court and a beach restaurant at Huk. There are also several beautiful trails both for cycling and walking. Look out for strawberries for sale!
How to get there: The best way to get to Bygdøy in the summer is to take the boat leaving from Pier 3 behind the City Hall. It takes 10-15 minutes, and the service runs from early April to early October. Bus number 30 takes you to Bygdøy all year round.
Located southeast of the centre of Oslo, the neighbourhood of Ekeberg is home to picturesque Ekeberg Park and the former Nautical College. The area offers many great views of Oslo Harbor and Oslofjord, including that from the terrace of the College. The park is home to a numerous excellent sculptures and outdoor art pieces, so be prepared to spend a few hours wandering its many tree-lined pathways. Also, be sure to visit the nearby Petroglyphs at Ekeberg. These remarkable 5,000-year-old rock carvings contain 13 figures, mostly of elks but with a solitary human figure.
There is a lovely restaurant, Ekebergrestauranten with a great view over the Oslo fjord for lunch.
Another easy option is to visit Holmenkollen, a wooded range of hills to the northwest of the city popular for its excellent views of the city. Part of the Nordmarka, Oslo's favourite ski area, it's easily accessible by public transit. While there, check out the towering Holmenkollen Ski Jump (you'll have already seen it in the distance from downtown Oslo), home to tremendous views, a restaurant and the Ski Museum. You can also easily walk down from this area afterwards.
Be sure to walk up Oslo Opera House and eat an ice cream.
If you are interested in shopping, design and cafes, check out the Grünerløkka area of Oslo. Spend a day or two exploring the area’s vintage and designer shops and galleries, or rummaging through the stalls at the Birkelunden Sunday fleamarket.
Lillehammer – 2hr 30 minutes each way by train from the central station. Trains leave on the hour – Maihaugen is the open-air museum that you might like to consider visiting.
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