There is a dedicated riding school at Blakstad hovedgård (farm) 3 km south of Asker town centre. It has run for more than a decade on the grounds of the historic farm of Blakstad and trains novices as well as more advanced riders. Own parties for adults. Good tribune seating for onlookers/parents of their hopefuls...
First-timer riders welcome!
Request a suitable course on e-amil.
Info about fees and the available riding school horses on theri web site.
Equipment: Rental/loan/your own
Small alpine skiinc venue, separate children's slope.
Adult: NOK 210
Youth 7-16: NOK 170
Child: NOK 110 for the children's slope.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 17-21, weekends 11-16.
Equipment: Rental ski equipment possible, but this is no restor - better bring your own.
During winters until 11 March a ski bus travels from Asker Railway/bus station every Sunday at 10, 11, 12 and 13 hrs.
Returns from Solli 10.40, 11.40, 12.40 and 13.40.
This bus drops you in the middle of a cross-country ski paradise. Ski back to Asker or wherever, og catch the bus.
Equipment: Bring your own skis and other gear.
A new swimming pool for Asker along with a water play park opened in June 2006. There will be a 25-metre swimming pool, a separate diving pool, children's pool, wave pool, therapeutical pool, spa- and fitness center, current pool, water slides etc.
Open Monday 09-20, Tuesday 06:30-20, Wednesday 09-20, Thursday 06:30-20, Friday 09-20, Saturday-Sunday 09-17.
Ticket sales end 1 hr before closing time.
Equipment: There is rental stuff available, so I guess you can just show up as you are and get properly equipped for bathing/drying up. Otherwise, bring your own!
Fishing in the Oslo Fjord is not particularily good compared with the rest of the Norwegian coast. But you can still easily catch a dinner here of cod, whiting, haddock etc. However, there are seasonal migrations of certain species such as mackerel that find their way through the keyhole at Drøbak sound into the inner Oslo Fjord that give rise to spectacular fishing. The Oslo Fjord also has a good stock of good-sized sea trout.
I will list some spots along the Asker coast as I get aquainted with it myself.
The best spots I have found are between Vollen and Sjøstrand. The penninsulas that jut out here are good places and reasonably deep.
Equipment: Hardly any big fish in the Oslo Fjord, so the gear you use for trout fishing can be used here, too. For the more advanced ones, a salmon-capacity rod and reel and line will do.
The ski areas in Asker and Baerum have ski schools for all ages and levels. As the program is snow dependent, check their web pages for program and cost. That's the safest bet....
The relevant slopes for the ski schools are Kirkerudbakken and Kolsåsbakken.
As the web site is in the Norwegian, you should perhaps write them an e-mail to ensure correct info.
Equipment: The ski schools will have rental equipment available.
You can go horseriding at Solli gård (farm), up north from Asker centre.
They offer horse trips by the hour, day trips and events. The idea is that the trip should be more than just riding a horse, but a total experience. So don't expect a horse show and Derby hats, but a touring-by-horse experience.
They keep open daily through September. Call for appointment 91730245.
At Tveiter Gård (farm) at Semsvannet you can ride Iceland ponies every day, but call for appointment , phone 45030617.
Equipment: Check with Solli Farm. Most leisure wear for forest use would do, and sensible shoes.
Sailing is a very popular pasttime in Asker. During nice summer days the fjord is packed with white sails, big and small.
There are sailing schools for children and adults, a sailing/sea school for school would-be drop-outs, and, which I will find out shortly, sailing boats and yachts of any size and capacity for rent.
There are two main areas for rock climbing in Asker's neigbourhood.
The first and foremost is the national icon site, Kolsaas, where Norwegian technical and free climbing found its roots. Access is from Sandvika and up by car or bus (toward Rykinn, bus No 151), or Kolsaasbanen metro from Oslo.
The other is the west-facing area of Vard?sen, quite near Asker town centre. Access is from the west side of Vard?sen, the site is called Glassfjellet (Glass Mountain). It's easy to watch the climbers from the road here, too, if you like to view this a s aspectator sport.
I'll get some more details and photos as I go.
Equipment: Your own climbing gear, or get membership in a climbers' association which has gear for rent.
Skiing can easily be done in Asker. Apart from Vard?sen main alpine skiing centre, there are the Kjekstadmarka (west of Asker) and Vestmarka (north of Asker centre) cross-country skiing areas, and a night-lit skitrack in the Gullhella-Bondi-Vard?sen area.
For the particular skiing conditions, you can search www.budstikka.no . You may have to be able to understand some Norwegian (Scandinavian) language...
There is good SPA to be had in Asker. The best-known place is at Holmen Fjordhotell. They have a bath division with sauna, steam baths, cold pool, current pool, large jacuzzis. All decent and safe with video surveiilance, well-appointed wardrobes and lockers.
The fitness division has a variety of options for getting fit, including the most modern and weird fitenss apparatuses that replaces your evening walk... Anyway, it's a good place, and good food too, should you like to end your spa with a meal. Good to combine with a an overnight stay if you are in these parts for a conference or simply holidays. The spa belongs to Holmen Fjordhotell. I am a luck person with a 50% discount card and biking distance away...
Equipment: Bath gear and fitenss clothing only, the rest will be available on the spot incluced in the price.
The forests and hills around the Oslo Fjord lend themselves to good hiking - both multiday and short day hikes.
The hikers' association maintains a network of marked and unmarked trails and staffed and unstaffed huts for hikers. Smart of you to contact them if you want to go serious hiking!
There is access for wheelchair and generally a very easy to reach old quay at Elnestangen. Elnestangen is considered one of the most attractive spots for fishing in the Inner Oslo Fjord. The old quay is equipped with low bars along the edges and a ramp for access.
Not far from Vollen school a road proceeds down to Elsnestangen. Park either at the P-lot at the gate of the Nansen House and kindergarden, or inside if you have proper permits. Walk/wheel through the Nansen House/kindergarden compouns and onto the grass. You will soon see the concrete quay. Free access, free fishing, free parking.
Asker Sykkelsenter (Asker Bike Centre) has full bike service and repair facilities, and 20 years of bike-fixing and -selling experience.
If your shimanos need tuning and your tires are flat, the bike seat is detrimental to procreation or whatever, this is the place you need to seek out in case you want to continue your Asker bike ride in style, safety and relative comfort.
Open 10-18 (Sat 14).
Small alpine skiing venue, separate children's slope.
Adult: NOK 210
Youth 10-16: NOK 170
Child below 10: NOK 110 for the children's slope.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 17-21, weekends 11-16.
Equipment: Bring your own