Happy Travel Tuesday!
Last week I took you on a sightseeing walk through the city centre and today I want to show you the green spots of Norway's capital, as there are many! Oslo may be a popular destination for shopping, party and sightseeing enthusiasts but it's also one for nature lovers.And to be quite frank, I enjoyed my trip to the beach, my hike up the mountains and my visits to the various parks of the city way more than most of the tourist hot spots! So let me take you on a tour through green Oslo now. (Please note: this post focusses on the lesser known green spots and hidden gems as I already spoke about the park at the Royal Palace, at the Parliament and at Akershus Castle last week).
Hukodden Beach and View on the Fjord in Bygdoy
I already spoke about Bygody in my former posts on Oslo. It's a peninsula where many museums (among others the Norsk Folkemuseum and the Fram Polarmuseum) are situated and apparently a neighbourhood where only wealthy people can afford to live in. I spend a whole day there, first visiting Folkemuseum, then trying to find and enjoy the beach and later on visiting the Polarmuseum.
There goes a bus directly from the Folkemuseum to the beach but apparently the bus line is divided into A and B, A going to the beach and B not (or the other way round). I didn't know that and as there were already many people waiting at the bus stop, I decided to walk to the beach. Yes I got lost. About five times.
But eventually (and half an hour later) I found the beach and of course by that time, the sky got cloudy and it suddenly it was very windy. Thanks. I tried to relax and read a book but it was just too cold (no idea how people could actually take a swim in the ocean) and as soon as I decided to head on to the Polarmuseum, the sun appeared behind the clouds again. Thanks again.
Anyways, as I was already exhausted I decided to take the bus to get to the Polarmuseum, not knowing at that point that the line is divided and so I ended up in the wrong one. I got out about halfway between the beach and Folkemuseum and decided to walk so as not to take the wrong bus again. Exhausting, I can tell you! I made it to the Polarmuseum in the end and even there was a little beach with a great view on the ocean!
Frogner or Vigeland Statue Park
You've probably already seen pictures of some statues in my Oslo posts and they all are situated in Frognerparken which apparently also is called Vigelandsparken. The statues were built by an artist named Vigeland and the park is situated in a neighbourhood called Frogner.
Anyways, it's quite a big area and very popular among tourists. Even though it rained while I was there, there were about 10 busses full of tourists visiting the park and it was difficult to take pictures of the statues without any persons behind them.
Nonetheless the statues are quite impressive. They were built between 1920 and 1940 and symbolize the circle of life. The biggest statue is the monolith that consists of 121 figures and that shows the different stages of human beings, from an embryo to an old man. It's definitely a tourist hot spot that you shouldn't miss!
Holmenkollen Mountain, Ski Museum and Ski Jumping Hill
The Holmenkollen is a mountain in the north of Oslo. It's where the famous ski jumping hill and the ski museum are situated. You can take the metro from Oslo Central Station to Holmenkollen but be aware that you have to walk at least 1 kilometre uphill before you finally reach the ski jumping centre. It was quite a surprise for me as it wasn't mentioned in my guidebook but the views from there were definitely a reward! See the troll? ;)
It costs 120NOK to visit the jumping tower and the museum but it's worth the money. I really enjoyed the museum as well as the view from the tower although I didn't exactly enjoy the ride in the elevator (my fear of heights kicked in, ahhh).
You can also go hiking on mountain Holmenkollen and although I'm sure that this is a great activity as the forest seems to be beautiful, my stamina (or lack thereof) prevented me from going on a hike.
Kuba is a little park in Grünerlokka, that hip neighbourhood of Oslo, that is situated right next to the river Akerselva. I didn't even know about that park and if it weren't for my Airbnb host, I would have never made it there. Appararently it's one of the hidden gems of Oslo as not many tourists visit it (at least I only encountered Norwegians there) but it's absolutely gorgeous. There even is a waterfall!
As you see, Oslo is more than the palace, the opera house and Akerhus castle. It's quite a green city and if you're on a budget and happen to visit the city on a warm summer day, then these places are easy to access and for free. I enjoyed my time visiting these green spots much more than any second I spend in the crowds of the city centre!