Walking on a narrow path in Nordmarka, Oslo, Norway.

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Oslo's beloved woodland sits to the north of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and is a prime destination for hiking, mountain biking, sledding and skiing. In the summer, the Tryvannstårnet observation tower is a good place to start a hike or a bike trip; or head to the Oslo Vinterpark for skiing in winter. From the Holmenkollen T-bane station, take the scenic ride to the end of the line at Frognerseteren and look for the signposted walking route.

It's also the geographical centre of the city, which must make Oslo, quite appropriately, about the only capital in the world to have a wild forest at its heart. Make sure you take a container for picking blueberries in summer.

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1. Holmenkollen Ski Jump

1.94 MILES

The Holmenkollen Ski Jump, perched on a hilltop overlooking Oslo, offers a panoramic view of the city and doubles as a concert venue. During Oslo's annual…

2. Ski Museum

1.98 MILES

The Ski Museum, part of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump complex, leads you through the 4000-year history of nordic and downhill skiing in Norway. There are…

3. Emanuel Vigeland Museum

2.91 MILES

Emanual Vigeland, brother to the more famous Gustav, began construction on this large, vaulted space in 1926, with plans to make it a museum. The dimly…

4. Norwegian Science & Technology Museum

3.33 MILES

A popular rainy-day distraction near Lake Maridal, Norwegian Science & Technology Museum has Norway's first car and tram, water wheels, clocks and enough…

5. Vigelandsparken

4.25 MILES

The centrepiece of Frognerparken is an extraordinary open-air showcase of work by Norway's best-loved sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, and is home to 212…

6. Frognerparken

4.31 MILES

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7. Oslo City Museum


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8. St Hanshaugen Park

4.54 MILES

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