Quality Hotel Mastemyr
Lienga 11 Oslo South, Kolbotn, NO, 1410
- Phone: (47)66997800
- Fax: (47)66997801
When you are all tired of shopping and museums, this is the ideal location for family entertainment. Although E.K.T. Rideskole og Husdyrpark is within Oslo, you get the same feeling that comes with a day in the countryside. Ekeberg is located on a hillside, with beautiful views of Oslo and the fjord. Only three kilometers (one mile) east of the city center, bus number 24 can take you there from Jernbanetorget in a few minutes. E.K.T. Rideskole og Husdyrpark includes a riding school, a petting zoo and a playground, surrounded by a park and recreational areas. You can pet the rabbits, goats, cows and ponies. There is an admission fee for the animal farm and the pony riding, but admission to the recreational area is free.
This small island is a magnet for sunbathers and swimmers on hot summer days. Hovedya can be seen from the harbor and is easily reached by ferry number 94 from Vippetangen quay. Expect queues for the boat on the hottest days. The island also contains the ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian monastery. The monks lived on the island until 1532 when the monastery was burnt down by religious enemies during the Reformation. In the summer, medieval concerts take place next to the ruins. Puppet shows are put on for children. There is a conservation area, which contains rare species of plants and flowers.
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.
Oslofjord is a narrow inlet that begins from the south of Oslo and Drummen and runs all the way to join the North Sea by Norway's southeast coast. This waterbody is home to various islands: Vippetangen, Hovedoya, Bleikoya, Lindoya, Gressholmen, Langoyen and Nakholmen. Each island has its own specialty and is a popular tourist attraction in itself. Visitors can choose to spend an entire day at an island or if you are in a crunch for time take a ferry and go island hopping. Various activities like kayaking, canoeing, paragliding, boating, swimming and more, are available around this inlet.
Huk actually houses two beaches on its site. If you want to shed your worries, stresses, and all of your clothing, the nude beach awaits your arrival. If you want to opt for a more traditional beach experience, there's also a beach that requires clothing at this site. It's only a nice bike ride from central Oslo, or you could even go on skates. You are not allowed to play your radio here (unless you have headphones), or run around with your camera pointing at people to ensure the privacy of other people relaxing at the beach. There is a kiosk that sells ice cream and soft drinks in the summer, and a restaurant just ten minutes away. Nice walking trails and other beaches are nearby.
A horse, a goat, rabbits, ducks, chickens and pigs are among the numerous animals that live here. An ecological farm for children, Kampen Økologiske Barnebondegård is a place where city kids learn to take care of animals and grow food. After a visit here your children will definitely know where the milk comes from (not the carton). There is also an ecological herbal garden and a vegetable garden. The main attraction for many Norwegian children is Hulda the pig, known from children's television.
Båtservice Sightseeing organizes fantastic sightseeing excursions by boat and coach. You can do anything from a mini-cruise on the fjord (50 minutes) to all-day combination tours by boat and coach, covering most of Oslo's attractions and landmarks. There is a tour for everyone! All tours depart from Pier 3 in front of the Town Hall. The season goes from May to September. The price varies depending on the tour. See their website for further details on times and prices, or call for a brochure.
Spikersuppa is a temporary, open-air ice rink located right in the heart of the city between the parliament and National Theater. The 25 x 10 meter (82 x 33 foot) rink is open during the winter and makes a great place to spend an energetic hour or two, skating, enjoying the atmosphere, and admiring the city. Skates can be rented from the outdoor restaurant. A loudspeaker system provides the music and entrance is free. In the summer the ice rink is transformed into a pond.
Bygdy is a peninsula packed with leisure activities for everyone. Many of the city's museums are situated here, and you can easily spend the whole day visiting them. The Vikingskiphuset are a must. There are also great beaches, which are excellent for swimming and sun-bathing. You could see the King's farm, or visit a small castle used as a summer residence by a previous king. Alternatively, take a pleasant stroll among the many magnificent houses of this affluent residential area (home to former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland). The best way to get there in the summer is by ferry from the pier in front of the Town Hall. Bus number 30 will get you there all year round.
Some like to go skating on the lakes in Nordmarka, the great outdoors; others prefer the city center. For those with urban preferences, Narvisen is a good choice. Here you can go ice-skating right next to the main street Karl Johan. This beautiful, floodlit outdoor rink is open from November to March, and is widely visited on weekends. Mostly families and older schoolchildren come here. If they are not too shy, Mom and Dad can try out a Viennese waltz to the music from the loudspeakers. Skate hire is available, and admission is free. Open daily; go on weekdays if you want to avoid the crowds.
Primarily an ice-rink during winters, summers see Valle Hovin transform into a open-air concert venue which can hold an audience of upto 40,000. The ice rink is utilized for bandy and speed skating tournaments and championships, and is also open to the public. Past gigs include Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Madonna, Bon Jovi and many other artists/bands of international fame.
Located at Tyen, east of Oslo, these public baths offer both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as sauna, waterslide and indoor climbing wall. The outdoor swimming pool is open even in winter, unless the temperature crawls to below -10C (14F). During summers, families can enjoy a swim in one of the outdoor pools, try the water slide or simply sunbathe on the lawn. There is a separate pool for small children. Facilities include changing rooms, showers and a café.