Oslo Off The Beaten Path

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    Oslo Holmenkollen Ski Jump

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 19, 2005

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    The Olympics and Olympic history played a big part in our trip to Oslo. We saw the Sonia Henie memorial outside of Vigelslandparken. We travled to the site of the 1984 Olympics in Lillehammer. But one of the highlights of our visit to Oslo was the trip to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. The Holmenkollen ski jump was the main arena for the 1952 Olympics in Oslo. The jump has been renovated and expanded many times over the years. There is a ski jump museum at the Holmenkollen site. We had a great time visiting here and enjoying the museum, the gift shop and taking too many pictures. I have some of them featured in a travelogue on this page. There is also an automated virtual ski jump ride you can enjoy at the museum. I decided to pass this by as I have a little problem with motion sickness from time to time and it looked quite wild.

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    Holmenkollen Chapel

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    Just above the famous Holmenkollen ski jump arena a nice Norwegian wooden chapel (Holmenkollen Kapell) can be found.

    In summer time it is a bit hidden in the forest. It is well worth-seeing and as it is located on a little hill, the area around the chapel offers panoramic views of Oslo's city centre.

    Holmenkollen Chapel Holmenkollen Chapel
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    oslo's secret museum - Tomba Emmanuelle

    by SORHUS Updated May 30, 2005

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    its situated between old houses where people live and not in a typical museums area. emanuel vigeland was the youngest brother of gustav vigeland who created the famous vigelandspark

    emanuel was also an artist and he build this builiding for his art (sculptures, drawing and painting )and to be his future burial place.
    he build the door very small so u have to bow when u enter (u are bowing/lower ur head to his ashes)

    when u get inside u will get in a dark room and when ure eyes get use to the limited light u will see the walls and celling is filled with frescos and its dark and mystic
    its defently worth a visit

    Emanuel Vigeland Museum
    Grimelundsveien 8
    0775 Oslo
    Tel. +47 22 14 57 88
    Fax +47 24 12 92 20
    email: post@emanuelvigeland.museum.no

    access T-bane no. 1 Frognerseteren to Slemdal station. 7 mins. walk.
    Bus no. 46 to Grimelundsveien. 5 mins. walk.
    Parking facilities outside the museum.


    opening hours Sundays 12.00-4.00pm
    admission kr. 30,-
    other times can be arrange too for an extra fee

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    Visit Grünerløkka

    by Hildeal Updated Jul 6, 2014

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    Grunerløkka used to be an industry area. It used to be a working place area but now is one of the trendiest and coolest place to live.. Some people believe grünerløkka means the same thing for Oslo as Soho for NY. All types of people live here (foreigners, celebrities and Gays to mention something) Grunerløkka has some of the best cafe and restaurant life and markets where people of all skin colors live together.
    When you're here visit some of the pubs and restaurants (like Tørst( thirsty) and Sult (Hunger)

    Grünerløkka is an exciting place Especially when it comes to literature. it's so exiting that a big amount of our authors who write Crime novels( like Anne Holt) let their main person live in one of the famous streets in Grünerløkka like Toftesgate and Markveien.

    The writer Oskar Braaten who grew up here, described the life around the factories brilliantly in books, theatre plays like "ungen" (the Kid)

    Olav Ryes plass:

    this place has always been the heart of Grynerløkka. it's named after a war hero Olaf Rye who participated in the field parade against Sweden

    the spain monument
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    winter fun

    by SORHUS Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    take the tram up to frognerseteren (the last stop) go to the cafe get a hot chocolate to get warm, then go and hire tobuggans/sledges and ride down Korketrekker'n over 2 kilometer and the take the tram up again ...go again if u had fun or go and get another hot chocolate :-)

    video i found on the net from the run
    http://www.snutter.no/app/viewMovie.action?id=880

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    Paradise Bay

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    The peninsula Bygdoy is home to many museums of Oslo. These are all located at the eastern side of Bygdoy, whereas the less touristy west side offers excellent sandy beaches and lovely rocky bays. The coastline is often referred to as Paradise Bay (Pardisbukta).

    Directions:
    Bygdoy can be reached by the public ferry no. 91 from the Radhuskaien or by bus no. 30.

    Paradise Bay (Paradisbukta) Paradise Bay (Paradisbukta)
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    Gressholmen

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    One afternoon I took a public ferry to the island of Gressholmen which is located in the Oslo Fjord. The trip took about 15 minutes.

    Gressholmen with its green vegetation is a lovely place to take a rest from the busy city life. It is famous for its numerous small black bunnies. I saw many of them and they are not very frightened. So taking a photo is not too much of a problem.

    Directions:
    Gressholmen can be reached by the public ferry no. 93 from Vippetangen. Every public transportation ticket is valid on the public ferries. No extra charge is necessary.

    Black bunnies of Gressholmen Black bunnies of Gressholmen
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    the waterfalls of Grünerløkka/aker river

    by Hildeal Updated Oct 14, 2011

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    The industrial revolution in Norway started at the Aker River around 1840. The river gave us the power to form the new industry.

    Before we could ever use the electricity, the fabric buildings had to be placed near the river place. A growing town meant more work and markets. The first fabrics made cloths paper and miller

    Even if there was a flourishmen of industry around the river , most of the workers lived in poverty. Their salary was low and almost no family could live on only one income.

    Most children in the working class families had to work outside home. Being a worker at the age of 10 was not unusual. The fabrics was a loudly place to be, it was dusty and full of pollution. And because of bad sanitation, all kind of sicknesses flourished. As a consequence of that , the kids did not have enough time for school work and sleep. in 1829 a new law finally came. A law which made it clear that kids under the age of 12 were not allowed to work at any fabric and they're were not allowed to work more than six hours each day.

    waterfalls fabric girl
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    A TRIP TO MANY OF THE LAKES

    by Maria_75 Written Sep 14, 2004

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    There are plenty of lakes in and around Oslo, just in the forest of Nordmarka in the north you can find more than 300. The metro or bus will take you to many other lakes too. It's great to go walking around the lakes and exploring the birdlife that can be found many places. One place that is especially beautiful is Østensjøvannet. Easily reached with both bus and metro. Bring some bread to feed the many birds here. Very popular amongst kids.

    Feeding the ducks in ��stensj��vannet
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    THE MOSQUE IN OSLO

    by Maria_75 Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    Situated on Gronland in downtown Oslo, near the bus- and trainstation, you can find this mosque. It is the second largest in Norway, and can house 1500 people. The walls are decorated with tiles from Iran and Spain. Calligraphy from the Koran is the central motive on the tiles.

    It's very strange to come walking up Akebergveien, and suddenly see this mosque squeezed in between two 'normal' apartmentbuildings, right next to the road.

    The mosque in Oslo
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    Huk-Beach - Swimming in the Oslo Fjord

    by Bernd_L Updated May 30, 2006

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    Although Oslo isn't exactly a destination for sunbathers they have good opportunities for swimming and relaxing in the sun.

    We visited the nice Huk beach on Bygdoy-peninsula. You'll find small bays of sandy beach between rocks and a green lawn and can enjoy the view onto the fjord. A part of it is an official nudist beach.

    You can get there by bus #30. Go til the terminus and walk some 200m on in the same direction. But don't leave the bus at the Fram and Kon-Tiki-Museums where some of the busses stop on a second terminus.

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    HOLMENKOLLEN BY NIGHT

    by Maria_75 Written Sep 30, 2004

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    If you have the opportunity you should go to Holmenkollen in the night. Of course the museums and shops are closed, but you will have the whole area to yourself.

    The wonderfully lit skijump seems almost magical together with the moon and the stars. And there is something special about walking up there in the dark. You also have a great view of the city by night.

    Holmenkollen in the night
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    Akerselva river and the lower waterfall.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 29, 2012

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    Once you pass DogA you cross a small bridge and take the path to the left, which then leads you to my favourite place in Oslo, Ingens gate and the café Blá and the art work in the trees and on the river. There is a big wooden statue of a naked man in one tree - it cannot be missed really ;)

    Then the path leads one up to the street Nordre gate and Grunerbrua bridge. It is not possible to walk by the river at this point, it can be crossed by a small bridge though close to the silos, which are now used as student-apartments. The path then leads you to Grunerhagen park where one can again walk by the river. In this park there is a big celebration on the 17th of May - Constitutional day. It used to be a fancy private park with peacocks and fruit-trees.

    Here is Vulkan, which was an old smithy factory in 1873 and was the first factory where steel-bridges were made, but this area has now turned into a sport local and "Dansens Hus" or The House of Dance.

    Here is also Nedre Foss - or the Lower waterfall, which is the first (or last) waterfall in Akerselva.

    Further up is another lovely waterfall by the old sailcloth factory in 1858 - which now houses Kunsthögskolen i Oslo - The National Academy of the Arts. This building used to be the second biggest building in Oslo - second only to Slottet - The Royal palace.

    The next bridge is Ámot bru bridge.

    The old sailcloth factory. By the Lower waterfall. By Ingens gate. By Ingens gate. Vulkan.

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    Last Train to Frognerseteren

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Sep 27, 2009

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    The best tips I got from other VTr's pages on Oslo were the ones about getting into the countryside while still on Oslo city transport. Friday morning dawned dry and bright ( a major miracle ) and straight after breakfast we headed for the tram and then the metro. T-bane, line 1, last stop Frognerseteren was where I was headed and like so many others beore me, I was not disappointed.

    After about 10 minutes the metro comes out of the tunnel and climbs steadily into the hills above the city. The views, in places are specatacular but for much of the time you are chugging at a steady pace through heavily forested landscapes with picture perfect wooden houses thrown casually amongst the trees. The change from city to countryside comes so quickly, it's hard to take in at first but the trip just gets more and more delightful, the higher you go.

    Eventually, thanks to the kindness of an elderly lady, we understood that the line was closed for repairs and we must get out and take a bus to reach the end of the line. Disembarking, in a tiny little station surrounded by enormous conifers was thrilling and reminded me of our trip on the steam train to the top of the Brocken in the Harz mountains in Germany.

    The rest of the jourmey by bus, past the Holmenkollen ski jump ,was not as exciting as the train trip and when we arrived at Frognerseteren, a haze had settled over the city, making photos a disaster. We enjoyed exploring some of the forest trails here before catching the bus back and got off at a few places to savour the landscape and peek at the houses of the wealthy.

    We really loved this little taste of Norway in Oslo and for the cost of a single public transport ticket, it's a steal.

    T-bahn, climbing the hills surrounding Oslo
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    To the Waters and the wild - Sognsvann

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Sep 28, 2009

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    T-bane, Line 3 gives you another enticing cameo of the Norwegian countryside , when you arrive at its last stop, Sognsvann. Leaving the station, walk downhill for a few minutes and hold your breath. If in doubt about direction, follow the dog walkers and groups of highschool students jogging with their teachers. Enjoy the bracing , pine-fragrant air and gasp with pleasure as the full vista of a Scandinavian lake in the midst of a forest, unrolls before your eyes.

    This is the Sognsvannet lake and if you're feeling energetic you can hike the 4kms trail around its shore. We walked for about 30 minutes then perched on a large rock protruding out onto the water and drooled. This was how I had envisaged the Norwegian countryside and it's so satisfying when your mental images are reflected back to you in reality.

    Eventually, Norway being so like Ireland in some respects, it started to rain and we set off back to the city. This little trip and the one to Frognerseteren are two of my most precious memories of Oslo and the ones that made the trip worth making all on their own.

    The lake at Sognsvann
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