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Norway’s green capital is packed with great opportunities for nature lovers. The outdoors is just a stone’s throw away in any direction.

The citizens of Oslo are a nature-loving bunch and can be found outdoors all throughout the year. In the warmer months, the parks, islands and hiking trails are filled with locals soaking up the sun. Once winter sets in and the snow arrives, they strap on their cross-country skis and head into the forest.

It's not hard to see why venturing into the woods is so popular. Fjord and city views, secluded lakes, and cosy cabins are just some of the highlights waiting to be discovered, whether you’re on foot or skis.

Many of the main entry points and attractions can be quickly and easily reached on public transport. From there, well-marked and maintained trails guide you towards your destination. Often, there's a cabin along the way serving refreshments and many offer overnight stays.

The city itself is also filled with outdoor activities. There's island hopping, kayaking, and biking in the summer as well as picnics and sports in the park, or swimming at one of the many small beaches. In the winter you can stay warm with ice-skating and sledding.

For a change from city life, or a quick taste of Norway, a day-trip down the coast or to the mountains is an easy option. Within just two to four hours travel from Oslo awaits an endless array of adventures.

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Things to do in Oslo

Explore the network of trails

The forest surrounding Oslo features a network of marked hiking trails. Take a short loop or head deep into the woods.

Visit cosy cabins

For a true local experience, stop in at one of the cosy cabins, like Kobberhaughytta. Grab a snack or even stay the night.

Go island hopping

From Aker Brygge, frequent ferries run to the islands in the Oslofjord. Explore, swim, or take a picnic and relax.

Skate, sled, and ski

Classic winter activities are available in Oslo, with ice-skating rinks, a wild sled run, and kilometers of prepared ski tracks.

Bike the streets

Pick up a bike and discover Oslo on two wheels. A city bike system and new bike lanes make it an easy way to get around.

Take a trip to the mountains

To get a taste of the Norwegian mountains, consider a day-trip for activities like dog sledding and rafting.

Itinerary: A Weekend Hiking in Nordmarka

A Weekend Hiking in Nordmarka

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Hiking trails

An extensive trail network winds its way through the forest surrounding Oslo. Visit the peaks, lakes, and cosy tourist cabins.


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7.4 km · 2 – 2.5 hr


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2.3 km · 1 – 1.5 hr


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3.1 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

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Explore Oslo’s hiking trails, viewpoints, and important local sights. For access to offline topographic maps download the Outtt app.

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