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    Biking circuit Asker-Drammen-Rødtangen-Sætre-Asker

    by Saagar Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is a long route, about 150 km, so I recommend an overnight stay in Rødtangen/Holmsbu or thereabouts. You can also bring a tent of easy convenience.

    From Asker to Drammen you take the old Drammensveien road or via Heggedal and Røyken (not E18), check the relevant Cappelen road map. At Drammen - provided you arrive early enough - you can catch the cutter "Toregutt" at the harbour out to Rødtangen. This bike-boat (no kidding!) takes 2 1/2 hrs to get put-put-put along Drammensfjord to Rødtangen on the southern tip of Hurum Penninsula. From Rødtangen you can either go back to Drammen by the same boat or proceed biking up the Hurum parts via Sætre and other nice coastal settlements back to Asker or Spikkestad/Røyken for railway conncetions etc.

    The draback is that the Toregutt boat only operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July. Starts from Drammen 10:30, returns from Rødtangen 17:00. The cutter M/K Toregutt is a traditional Hardanger fishing cutter from 1949, 65 ft and registred for 60 passengers.

    If it is real windy you may choose to bike the other way and take the boat back to Drammen. The main physical challenge is the 140 altitude meters from the sea at Holmsbu up to Klokkarstua. Not much bother, anyway.

    For info check with Drammen municipality's info and service desk, and Syklistenes Landsforening (Bikers' Association), and addresses below.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Cycling

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    A quick stint to Denmark

    by Saagar Written Jul 29, 2006

    Just outside Sandvika, very close to the E18 highway, is the tiny island called Denmark. It has a grassy plain and the rest is overgrown with lilacs. It has a flagpole with a Danish flag fluttering in the wind, and that's about it. Stricktly speaking it is located in Baerum municipality, but I hereby aquire/annex Denmark on behalf of Asker.
    There is a picnic out here 6 June, the Danish National Day celebration. I have no clue how Denmark got its name.
    Access is by foot from either Kadettangen or from the small boat harbour just west of Denmark, from the Hövik area. You have to kayak or boat or swim to get to Denmark. Why not?

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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches
    • Water Sports

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    Islands of the Western Oslo Fjord

    by Saagar Written May 18, 2005

    I am trying to rate the islands for various activities on a scale 1-4: Islands with 0 points are not discussed here!

    Borøya:
    4 bathing
    4 sandy beaches
    4 baby stroller beach access
    1 baby stroller trail access
    4 hiking opportunities
    1 biking opportunities
    2 fishing
    4 tent camping
    2 mushroom picking (in season)

    Brønnøya:
    2 bathing
    2 sandy beaches
    3 baby stroller beach access
    4 baby stroller trail access
    4 hiking opportunities
    4 biking opportunities
    2 fishing
    1 tent camping
    1 mushroom picking (in season).

    Ostøya:
    3 bathing
    3 sandy beaches
    3 baby stroller beach access
    1 baby stroller trail access
    2 hiking opportunities
    1 biking opportunities
    3 fishing
    3 tent camping
    4 mushroom picking (in season).

    Langåra:
    4 bathing
    1 sandy beaches
    1 baby stroller beach access
    1 baby stroller trail access
    4 hiking opportunities
    1 biking opportunities
    4 fishing
    4 tent camping
    4 mushroom picking (in season)

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    A short hike to Vardåsen

    by Saagar Written Nov 17, 2004

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    Asker doesn't really have any mountains, but 3-4 good viewpoints.One of them is Vardåsen (Cairn Hill) at 348 meters altitude just SW of Asker town. Take the local train out of Oslo via Asker and get off at Gullhella and start your hike, based on a good map.
    During winter there is an alpine skiing area here, during the summer and autumn there are only a few hikers and rock climbers on the cliffs and slickrock. You can skinny-dip in the small lake on top.
    There are trails marked so finding your way shouldn't be a problem. On top there is a good view of the inner Oslo Fjord and the Asker hills.

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    • Skiing and Boarding
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

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