Quality Hotel Olavsgaard
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A family-friendly public swimming-pool in Lillestrøm, Nebbursvollen Friluftsbad offers three pools, water slides, shower/toilet facilities and picnic areas. Available for rent, the public pool can be hired for events such as graduation parties, corporate events and birthdays. For information about swimming hours, check out the website.
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.
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.
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.
Riksanlegget For Tennis is an important tennis center in Oslo which coaches aspiring tennis players of all ages. Some of these players have gone on to play at national levels, as the center has a direct connection with Norway's Tennis Association. There are indoor and outdoor courts. It's possible to hire the space, minus the tennis courts, for business conferences and private events. Additionally, there is a cafeteria and tennis shop where you can purchase authentic equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.