Go deep into the forest for a true Nordmarka adventure
- Destination: Oslo
- Season: April–November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 12.3 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 500 meters
- Duration: 2.5–3.5 hours
This hike through lush Nordmarka takes you past the Øyungen lake and up to the viewpoint on top of Mellomkollen. From there you'll have great views of Oslo and the surrounding area. If you're looking for a proper adventure that's not too difficult, this one has some lovely highlights. It's the kind of hike that can keep you coming back to explore more of the forest.
Allow at least half a day for this hike. You can easily make it a full-day activity by spending some more time at the lake. Pack food and water as there are no cafés or kiosks in this area. Hiking shoes or boots are recommended as the ground can be wet and rocky.
You can also do the trail in reverse, enjoying the view before relaxing by the lake, but the climb is a little tougher.
Need more info on where to go hiking in Oslo? See our guide to the city’s best trails.
From downtown Oslo, take bus 54 (Kjelsås stasjon) to "Godals vei". From there, switch to bus 51 (Maridalen) and take it to the last stop, "Skar". Bus 51 only leaves once per hour so plan ahead and check the times on ruter.no.
Once you step off the bus, head across the parking lot to find the start of the trail towards Øyungen lake. There are trails to the lake on either side of the river, so if you've done this one before you can feel free to walk along the other side.
Follow the eastern shore of the lake. There are some lovely spots for a picnic, a swim, or to camp along this stretch. Beyond the lake you'll come into a clearing at Liggeren gård. From there, follow the signs which take you east to Tømte gård. There you'll find a water pump, which provides delicious cold drinking water. Signs to Mellomkollen will guide you further through the forest.
When you get to the plateau at the top of Mellomkollen, cross the marsh to get to the viewpoint. It’s well worth the effort, not to mention a great rest spot for a snack before you start heading down the other side.
Towards the end of the trail you'll have the option to walk back towards the Skar parking lot or you can continue and meet the bus at the Øvre Vaggestein stop. The bus only heads one way here, so take it in the same direction as when you arrived. It will then stop briefly at Skar before continuing back towards Oslo.
- Free parking at Skar
- Toilets at Skar