There is a lovely park in Oslo center, well, more of a square than a park. There is a small pond there with fountains and benches on either side of the pond and it is always filled with people. There are not many places like this in the center of Oslo and only one park in this area, Slottsparken park. There is skating on the pond in winter.
I had been there quite often when I spotted the deer with "Bambi" on an "island" by the fountains, quite lovely. It is called "Hjortegruppe" by Arne Vigeland. There are also statues of small children by the pond called "Lekende barn" or Children at play by Arne Durban.
There are some restaurants by the park and it is defined by the Eidsvoll square by the Parliament on one side, Karl Johansgate street on one side, Nationaltheater on one side and Stortingsgata street on one side.
Spikersuppa ice skating rink is located in Karl Johan street, in Oslo downtown. The parliament and the National Theatre is right beside. The ice skating rink is popular and busy on weekends. It is floodlit in the evenings, and music is played from amplifiers.
Open daily from 11 am to 9 pm, December to March.
The entrance free.
Skate rental: NOK 45/30 for adults/children.
Wandering around Oslo on the Sunday in the snow, we soon became aware of music drifting towards us! A few more metres, and we landed up outside this skating rink- Spikersuppa! Situated between the Stortinget (Parliament Building) and the National Theatre.
In the summer, this is a pool, but in Winter, the 25 x 10 metre area becomes an Ice skating Rink.
We spent quite a while watching skaters of all ages, and degrees of ability, skating around this arena.
We thought that you had to bring your own skates, but apparently you can hire them too! (30 N Kr per hour)
This little park is usually full of people at any season. It is a great place to sit and relax in the summer time and is turned into an ice skating rink in the winter. THe statue in the at the north end is of Henrik Wergelan. He stood in opposition to pro- Danish itelligencia and became Norway's national poet, symbol of Norway's independence in the early 1800s.
Go skating in 'Spikersuppa' near the main street Karl Johan
Here you can rent some skates and have some fun!!! (this is a winter activity) In summer this is a fountain.