A brief Guide to hiking in Oslo
Oslo is surrounded by forested hills with marked hiking trails and it doesn’t take long before you are deep in the woods, exploring hidden lakes, and enjoying beautiful views, so here are three tips for a day hike:
1) Kolsåstoppen is a popular hiking destination known for its spectacular panoramic views of Oslo, Bærum, and the Oslo Fjord. It’s 20 minutes drive from Oslo’s city center and it will take you around 3 hours in total to complete the trail. To reach the starting point take bus 150, “Gullhaug” to “Stein Gård’’ and start a hike from a parking lot opposite the Stein Gård Farm entrance. Just follow the signage directing you to either Søndre (South) Kolsåstoppen or Nødre (North) Kolsåstoppen, but for more spectacular views of Oslo and the Oslo fjord, follow the Søndre route.
On the return route, the trail starts on your left-hand side if you are looking towards Oslo. The trail can get a little steep at times, but handrails and stairs make it a little easier. Just follow the path until you approach the houses and make your way to the T-bane (metro). Take line 3 and head center.
2) Maridalsvannet is the largest lake in the municipality of Oslo and serves as the main drinking water supply for the city and a beautiful area with great views overlooking the thick forest and the water, and a vast amount of trails to explore.
I suggest to take the bus 54 to Kjelsås stasjon and start the hike from Brekkekrysset. The first part of the hike will be a casual walk on the road (the lake should be to your right) and then from the Hammeren bus station, you will enter a more foresty area. You will pass along the ruins of St. Margaret’s Church, a medieval stone church, and Maridalen Church, a wooden church from 1887.
The trail is around 8 kilometers (5 miles) and it will take you around 3 with all the stops and million photos you will take along the way. On your way back take the tram 11, 12 or 13 back to the city center.
3) Vettakollen is an in the northern edge of the city between Holmenkollen and Sognsvann, Vettakollen provides some of the best views of Oslo. Located just minutes from the closest metro stop, this is one of the most accessible hikes from downtown.
A round trip hike to the top of Vettakollen from the nearest T-bane stop can be done in an hour or so and is quite accessible for hikers of all skill levels. The trail is a wide and well-maintained rocky path so wear appropriate hiking shoes.
To get to the starting point head from downtown Oslo with T-bane line 1 (heading west) and exit Vettakollen stop. Follow the majority and the blue or red signage, depending on where you want to go because there’s a bunch of hike trails to choose from. God tur!