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Oslo is surrounded by forested hills that are filled with marked hiking trails. It doesn't take long before you are deep in the woods, exploring hidden lakes, and taking in the views. This makes Oslo a great area for day hikes, because you can quickly escape the crowds, spend the day exploring, and still enjoy a delicious meal back in the city.
Hiking is a popular pastime in Norway, and therefore the trails are well-maintained and clearly signposted. In places where the ground is wet and marshy, volunteers often lay wooden planks to make hiking easier.
The forest is dotted with cosy cabins that serve an endless stream of coffee and waffles, alongside other meals and snacks. These cafés serve as great destinations or waypoints for many day hikers. The local trekking association also has numerous cabins available for overnight stays.
Many trailheads can be easily reached on public transport. The metro runs to the edge of the forest and is perfect for day hikes from Frognerseteren, Sognsvann, or into Østmarka. For trails that are a little further away, the extensive bus network can get you there.