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Deichmanske Bibliotek - Bjørnholt Filial is a branch of the Deichmanske Bibliotek and is located in the premises of the Bjørnholt Skole. Opened in August 2007, this public library is open to all. Featuring comics, DVD movies, audio CDs, picture books, textbooks and many fictional books, the library can order books from the other branches if it is not available here. Enjoy gaming on the PlayStation 3 every Tuesday and Thursday after 3p with the list available in the library. The library is done up in vibrant colors and has an airy feel to it.
The Mortensrud Menighet serves the congregation here in Oslo with a number of religious services and community events. All of the faithful, from children to seniors, participate in the various programs conducted in the church premises. The church is also known for the various musical programs it presents that include choir singing and Christian jazz performances. Serving both religious and cultural needs, this church makes an interesting addition to one's travel itinerary. Call ahead for details or check out the church's website.
Nestled in Oslo's southeast region, Svaersvann is a charming lake that meets Hobølelva river. With its crystal clear waters, the lake remains a popular site for bathing. The lake's name is apparently derived from “Sværd Vandet” since a sword had been discovered from the lake's bed.
The old, wooden Bolar Church, originally built in 1960, used to seat 250 people. Designed by Hansen/Bjørndal in a very modern, contemporary style its construction was completed in 2011. It now is a part of Cultural Heritage sites of Norway.
A sprawling open area in Oslo's Ekeberg region, Ekebergsletta is popular as the venue which hosted the first Norway Cup tournament in the year 1972. Ever since, Ekebergsletta is one of the most popular places where the games are held. Roald Amundsen, a noted Norwegian explorer, docked his airship at Ekebergsletta in the year 1926 as he took a small halt on his north pole expedition. One can still see the mast's foundation in the field.
Presently a scenic wildlife preserve, Østensjøvannet is a beautiful lake known for its extensive species of birds. More than 200 bird species have been spotted close to the lake. Østensjøvannet also enjoys a lot of historical importance as various excavations here have revealed that the region was occupied since the stone age. Burial tombs from Viking Age have also been unearthed here. Though fishing is not allowed during summers, Østensjøvannet remains a popular spot for ice-fishing.
Covering an area of 0.8 square kilometers (0.30 square miles), the picturesque Nøklevann lake sits at a height of 163 meters (534.77 feet) above the sea level. An erstwhile potable water source for Oslo city, the lake is now surrounded by dense forests and vegetation. The surrounding region remains a scenic walking path during winters and summers. Nøklevann's fascinating landscape has also featured on the back section of a 50 Norwegian Krone currency note.
A mesmerizing sculpture park, Ekebergparken Sculpture Park is spread across an area of 25.49 hectares (63 acres) and features beautiful art works by renowned international as well as regional artists. The park is also home to museums and offers breathtaking vistas of the city. One of the key attractions here is The Villa Gardens which consists of an assemblage of traditional casts created by Rodin and Renoir. The Couple is yet another intriguing sculpture created by Louise Bourgeois, a noted French sculptor. The carving appears to be drifting amid the trees and portrays a couple awaiting their future together.
Launched in the year 2006, Speed Monster is undoubtedly one of the most exciting attractions in Norway. The blue track of the coaster takes guests at a top height of 39.92 meters (131 feet) and remains curled into three overturned sections known as corkscrew and 'Norwegian loop.' Speed Monster remains the first coaster in the world to feature the thrilling 'Norwegian Loop'. The loop does a complete turn-around twice and will encircle the park's entry escalators.
Located some 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from Oslo, TusenFryd has all the ingredients of a classic amusement park: roller coasters, carousels, water slides and over 20 other rides! There are also restaurants and shops for souvenirs like T-shirts, balloons and toys. This is a fun place for the whole family! Check website for varying dates.
If you consider walking around, looking at gravestones a pleasant way of spending your time, this cemetery is highly recommended. The sound of cars and trains is muffled, dampened by the trees and greenery. The churchyard was originally consecrated in 1874. Some parts of it are much newer than others. This cemetery has been expanded and reduced in size many times. While you are in the area take a look at the medieval ruins or take a walk up to the Ekeberg restaurant from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of Oslo.
In the heart of Old Town, and dating back one thousand years, these ruins were Oslo's first settlement. Middelalderparken known as Medieval Park in English, is now a heritage site that transforms into a popular park during the summer months. Various entertaining events are staged here every month. The park contains the remnants of one of the best preserved ancient sites in Oslo: the former royal estate, St. Mary's Church and St. Clement's Church.