Imagine the streets covered in white, the cold crispy air and you warm dressed and ready to explore the Winter Magic in Oslo! The capital of Norway is the perfect place to visit if you want to combine city-life and winter activities. It is easy accessible from wherever you are staying. With a personal Tripbod-welcome I will tell you all about what you can do while in Oslo.
With the sea on one side and the forest on the other, Oslo is a place with multiple options for visitors or locals. The winter cold is just a part of the Winter Magic in Oslo; don’t let it scare you away! The weather can vary a lot, but don’t be surprised when the temperature crawls way below the freezing point, as it often does between December and February/March. Just bring warm cloths!
Our friends and partners at Tripbod asked me to write a blog about things to do in Oslo during the Winter, and here are five winter picks for you!
Akerselva is the “vein of the city”. You walk from the lake Maridalsvannet, which also is Oslo´s main supply of drinking water, and down the city centre and Oslofjord. It is about nine kilometers and takes from two hours to a full day experience… You can admire the different snow and ice sculpture, the birds and waterfalls, from pure nature to reaching the cafés, local markets and city-life. Some of these places are hidden gems and can be difficult to find without a local Tripbod!
The river is very important in Oslo, which the history along the river will also tell you. We simply love our river… and hey – who said you couldn’t go barbequing in the park in the winter? We have plenty of opportunities along the river.
When it is cold enough, Spikersuppa is being covered by ice and free for everybody to test his or her skating skills. Between the National Theatre and the Parliament you find Spikersuppe. It is located along Karl Johan, the main pedestrian street that connects the Railway Station and the Royal Castle. A proper Winter Magic experience for free, if you are not skating it is still well worth to visit and look at those who are skating!
Yes, you read correctly - sledging! Fun – fun - fun!! Korketrekkeren is located next to the original bob sleight run built for the 1952 Olympics. From the city, you take the metro half an hour; pass our famous ski jump Holmenkollen up to Voksenkollen Station. It is going all downhill from here, for about two kilometers! Ask us about more local places!
This one had to be one of the five top picks! Take the metro for 30 minutes to Oslo Winter park and Tryvann. From here you can either go country skiing in our beautiful forest, or downhill skiing at Tryvann. It is really nice to spend the day out in the forest with hot chocolate drink and a lunch pack. After your day out, I recommend you to ask your Tripbod to find a nice place in town with live music and a cosy atmosphere…
What I like the most about Oslo is all the hidden secrets that you simply need to be a local to know about. It is in particular interesting if you are coming during the winter - because you have to dig them out (almost…)! What about exploring one of the small areas of colourful wooden houses? Or lets visit one of the many small boutique shops of handmade artifacts of our local artists! Lets simply go and wipe off some snow from a secret or two!
WELCOME TO WINTER MAGIC IN OSLO!