Quality Hotel Olavsgaard
Phone: (47) 63 84 77 00
Fax: (47) 63 84 76 00
Hvamstubben 11, Skjetten, NO, 2013
- Phone: (47) 63 84 77 00
- Fax: (47) 63 84 76 00
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.
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.
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.
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.
Situated within walking distance from the Botanical Gardens and the Munch Museum, this is one of the many places with a panoramic view of the city. In the summers you can have a picnic in this park, let your children run freely, play frisbee, take pictures or sunbathe. Ola Narr is the highest point in the Tyen area which inspires many photographers and artists.
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 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.
Vålerenga Church is a beautiful late 19th-century brick building surrounded by a small park. It was built in Neo-Gothic style like so many other churches in Oslo, but owes its fame neither to brilliant architecture nor the beautiful setting. This east end church is a decent "working church" in the spirit of the 1970s, where what counts is religion playing an active part in everyday life - and where the walls will not tumble from a little swearing. For this reason, the local football team supporters, widely recognized as the best fan club in Norway, are allowed to hold court inside the building, and the congregation frequently looks beyond the straight and narrow path to find a preacher for the Sunday sermon!