Quality Resort & Spa Norefjell
Phone: (47) 32 148200
Fax: (47) 32 148201
Boeseter, Noresund, NO, 3536
- Phone: (47) 32 148200
- Fax: (47) 32 148201
Just outside the city lies Nordmarka, a vast area consisting of hills, lakes and open woodland. Considered one of Oslo's best assets, this is a favorite place for hiking in spring, summer and autumn, and cross-country skiing in winter. In other words, it is a treasure-trove for sporty families. Situated west of Oslo, Sørkedalen is a part of Nordmarka with several farms. This is also where you will find one of the best campsites in Oslo, Bogstad Camping, with cabins, mini-golf and a beach by the lake. Bring a tent and make it an overnight trip.
A good way to admire the beautiful landscape surrounding Oslo is on horseback, at least for families with older children. Remember to dress for the occasion, and borrow a helmet if you have not got one. The horses are friendly, so it is possible to join in even if you are inexperienced. Be prepared for slight pains in your limbs afterwards, though. Prices is depending on how many there are in your group. It is necessary to book in advance.
Cross-country skiing is perhaps the sport most widely associated with Scandinavia. Nordmarka, the forest which surrounds Oslo, contains a seemingly infinite number of cross-country paths, ranging from short courses for beginners to Olympic-standard courses for keen skiers. Frognerseteren makes a good starting point: from there you could ski via Kikutstua to Srkedalen (22 kilometers or 14 miles); a shorter option is to go to Sognsvann (13 kilometers or 8 miles).
Try your hand at 18 holes on this wonderful par 71 course. Established in 1924, this is the oldest golf club in Oslo and has been impressing sports lovers with its championship course since the day it was created. Golf next to the Bogstad Lake and enjoy the beautiful view, including the sight of a waterfall on the 12th hole. Unsurprisingly, this course is known for its water hazards. You can also visit their pro shop to find the best golf equipment to compliment your game.
Located only a short drive away from downtown, Oslo Winter Park (previously Tryvann Winter Park) is one of the best Alpine ski centers in the Oslo region. The 18 slopes and seven lifts offer a variety of activities including skiing, Telemark skiing, snow-skating and snowboarding. There are jumps, a fun-box and an Olympic standard super-pipe and half-pipe for snowboarders and a series of runs of different standards for skiers. The park also has its own ski school, cafe and equipment rental facility . Please visit the website for more information.
Holmenkollen Ski Stadium is a dream come true for all those who love to ski. Tucked away in the scenic hills of Holmenkollen, this stadium lies at the base of the Holmenkollen ski jump hill. The jump and the surrounding arena can easily accommodate a crowd of 50,000 during events. This arena has hosted a wide range of cross country skiing, biathlons, rifle shooting, and ski jumping to crowds of fans from all over the world. While here, visit the popular Ski Museum and walk away amazed by the sheer beauty of the sport. The arena, with its scenic location and stunning range of events, attracts hordes of visitors annually. Hours are seasonal.
Holmenkollbakken on the west side of the city is famous for the enormous ski jump that can be seen from just about everywhere in Oslo. The most popular sports arena in Norway, Holmenkollen also contains the world's oldest Ski Museum and an exciting ski-simulator (on which visitors can try out the Holmenkollen ski jump themselves!). Holmenkollen hosts a variety of winter sports events, culminating in the annual ski festival in March. Even those not interested in winter sports should not miss the chance to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city.
Holmenkollen is a quiet neighborhood, to the north of Oslo, that transforms into a vibrant place in winters thanks to the Holmenkollbakken, one of the oldest ski jump hills in the world. Another popular attraction in the area is the Ski Museum, that depicts the sport's glorious history. The neighborhood is also home to the Nordmarka, a lush green forest reserve. During summers, when this region is bereft of snow, Holmenkollen is an ideal place for hikes and bike riding. Get away from the bustle of the city center, and travel up north for a relaxing break.
Part of the Holmenkollen National Arena, Midstubakken is man-made ski jumping hill with an elevation of 106 meters and a K-spot of 95 meters. The current hill which was built in 2010 after the demolition of the original in 1992 has a plastic-coated surface which allows summer skiing as well as an elevator that goes from the plain to the tower base. The spectator stands hold a seating capacity of upto 15000. For jumping hours and other inquiries check out the website.
Sognsvann Lake, and its surrounding countryside, is one of the most popular choices for a city-dweller's day out, both in summer and winter. During the hottest months, the lake is excellent for swimming and sun-bathing, and when the lake freezes over later in the year, it becomes a huge, natural ice rink, popular with skaters of all ages. Sognsvann is the terminus for the Sognsvann branch of the underground, so it is very easy to get to, whether you come from the city center or from Majorstuen. Marked trails take you straight into the woods, with a variety of alternatives for short and long walks. In the winter, the same paths, now snow-covered, are used for cross-country skiing.
Situated in the northeast corner of Frognerparken, these popular public swimming pools and baths offer the possibility of a refreshing dip in the summer. Families go together for a swim in one of the open-air pools, to try the water slide, or to simply sunbathe. This is the ideal venue for families on a hot day, and can become very crowded on sunny days.
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.