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Stovner Deichmanske Bibliotek is located next to Stovner shopping center and is a wonderful library filled with primarily Norwegian books though it has in other languages as well. Children are welcome here and they regularly host a children's theater in the year which is free. The library also hosts different events such as art and books exhibitions.
This farm hosts one of Oslo's largest horse-riding schools. They take over 500 eager students every week, on 35 horses. Unfortunately the waiting list for riding lessons is over six months long. On the farm there are also workshops where Norwegian handcrafts are made. There is no café at the farm, so you have to bring your own food or eat at the nearby Stovner shopping center.
If you drive north towards Gardermoen (leave the motorway to Lvenstad at Lrenskog), only 15-20 minutes north of Oslo you will find a real Mahayana temple set in a typical eastern Norwegian landscape of wooded, sloping hills interspersed with fields and farms. Buddhism was introduced to Norway as a means of expanding one's mind in the 1970s; today, Tibetan, Japanese, Burmese, Laotian, Thai, South Korean and other communities ensure Buddhism stays alive. The Khuong Viet Temple belongs to the biggest Buddhist Congregation in Norway, namely the Vietnamese, which has 5200 members. In 1989 they bought a dwelling here to serve as their assembly hall and headquarters. Five years later it was replaced with today's temple, designed by one of the resident monks. It can be visited by appointment. All Buddhist communities in Norway can be reached through Buddhistforbundet.
Deichmanske Bibliotek - Furuset is an offshoot of the Deichmanske Bibliotek and is located at the heart of Furuset Alna. The library offers a reading room, seminar rooms, WiFi, computers and more for free. The Furuset library has many events for children, youth and adults making it into a kind of cultural hub. Promoting reading and other cultural activities like theater are one of the agendas of the library. This public library also has a movie theater with a seating capacity of 30 people where one can watch from their collection of 100 DVD movies. All of them are family oriented and children films.
A region steeped in history, Lillomarka is home to the ancient Gothalfske mines and the picturesque Breisjø and Alnsjø lakes. Today, this woodland remains a renowned recreational area offering a range of outdoor activities. A sports lodge located inside the woods remains a known training center offering ski jumping lessons. The forest is also home to several quaint lakes and ponds that are idyllic sites for camping and fishing. One of the key attractions at Lillomarka is the Ole Høiland’s cave which can be explored through trips organized by the Norwegian Trekking Association.
This is a farm open to the public, with many kinds of traditional Norwegian farm animals: goats, sheep, cows, pigs, hens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys and horses. On Saturdays and Sundays, it is possible to go horse riding, or to have a tour with a horse and carriage. Children may ride the ponies on Sundays. The farm has a café, open every day (until the mid-afternoon); in the summer you can bring your own food for barbequing. In the daytime, many schools and kindergartens visit the farm. If you wish to have a party or maybe celebrate a wedding, the place is also available for hire.
Nestled 237 meters (777.55 feet) above the sea level, Alnsjøen is a tranquil lake in Oslo's Lillomarka region. The lake has supplied potable water to Oslo ever since the year 1930. During the 18th Century, Alnsjøen's neighboring area was a thriving copper mine. Today, the lake and its surroundings offers ample recreational activities. During winters, the freezing waters of the lake are an ideal spot for ski trails.
Located in the scenic Østmarka recreational area, Lutvann is a quaint lake covering an area of 0.39 square kilometers (0.15 square miles). Nestled on the city's outskirts, Lutvann remains a much frequented place for various leisure activities like fishing and swimming. During winters, the area surrounding the lake is popular for ski trails. During winters, the lake's waters are rich in brook trout.
This is a farm run by volunteers. It differs from other farms in that it focuses more on cultural activities than on farming as such. The activities include theater, painting, belly dancing, literature, crafts, sewing, gardening and much more. The café is open from 11a-2p between Tuesday and Thursday and from 12p-3p on Sunday. The farm dates back to 1350, and the main buildings are from 1850. The venue is also available for private party rentals. Naturally, being a farm there are also plenty of animals to see! A lot of activities are arranged outside of opening hours, but not all of them are open to the public, so call for more information. Facilities include handicapped access to most parts of the farm, including the toilets. Buses 25, 31 and 32 go past.
Grefsen kirke, built in 1940 is the local church of Grefsen designed by Architect Georg Greve. Built in the Romanesque style with Mur technique, its spacious interiors can seat up to 600 people. The church boasts of stained glass work by Oddmund Kristiansen amongst other mesmerizing artifacts. Numerous community services are offered here including activities for seniors and the disabled members of the congregation.
Nestled outside the stunning Cannon Hall, Peer Gynt Sculpture Park celebrates the literary works of Henrik Ibsen, undoubtedly one of the most renowned writers of the world. The park is home to 20 carvings depicting various scenes from Peer Gynt, a noted play penned by Ibsen. The various sculptures at Peer Gynt Sculpture Park were chosen from a contest that spanned many years. The sculptures at the park include The Abduction, The Wild Buck Ride and Peer and three girls, among others. All the busts surely mesmerize you with the variations in size, expression and depiction.
Libraries are a great place for book lovers to browse through the numerous well read books and choose a book of interest. Kløfta Bibliotek is no different except the books are more related to arts and culture. It is a treasure trove of invaluable books on culture.