In low-lying exposed areas where the snow melts faster, hiking is possible from April. Deep in the forest, especially on north-facing slopes, it can take a long time for the snow to melt and for the trails to dry up. But with solid footwear to handle the soggy ground, good hiking can be had from May. June, July, and August are all great months for hiking and camping, with long warm days. The weather cools significantly through September and October, but the fall colors are worth venturing out for as the first snowfall is not far away.
The islands in the Oslofjord south of the city offer relaxing walks and beaches. Woods to the north, east, and west are filled with well-marked trails, quiet lakes, and beautiful views. Nordmarka, the forested area stretching north from the city, is particularly popular with trails deep into the forest and many cosy cabins offering food and accommodation.
To get the full Norwegian experience, stop in at one of the cabins for a break and a snack. Black coffee and waffles with sour cream and jam is a classic combination. For those with a sweet tooth, try a Kvikk Lunsj and a bottle of Solo.
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