Outdoor life for everyone

The city has a strong devotion to local outdoor culture, and focuses on preserving and promoting nature.

Norwegians love the outdoors, no matter the season. A famous Norwegian saying is «det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær.» Meaning there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. Of course, one could argue that you do not want to be outdoors in snow, ice, wind and rain. However, living in Norway will make you realise that it could be fun to be outside in all kinds of weather. At least for a short period of time.

Oslo for outdoor enthusiasts

Oslo is located by the picture-perfect Oslo fjord with its idyllic islands and is surrounded by hills and green forests with freshwater lakes and rivers.

Oslo's public transport system has been developed with the view that nature should be easily accessible for city dwellers from all places in the city without having to drive by car.

A short subway ride can take you to one of the many suburbs where you can find "fairy tale" forest areas with footpaths suitable for all levels from easy strolls to challenging hikes. Oslo's forests are great for walking, running or biking, and in winter, Nordic skiing.

The Oslo Ferries, also part of Oslo's public transport, can take you from the city centre to the idyllic islands of the Oslo Fjord. You can enjoy peaceful walks, have a picnic on the grass, swim from a sandy beach or sunbath along the shore.

See Ruter's website for information about public transport in and around Oslo.

In addition to public transportation, it is easy to get around Oslo on a bicycle. Bicycles can be rented in several places, including Oslo City Bikes ("Oslo Bysykkel"). These bikes can be found at 270 stations in and around the city centre. Oslo has bike paths all over the city, making it easy to get around.

Maps for cycling can also be found at Oslo Visitor Centre or in many public libraries around Oslo.

Where to go next?

We recommend taking a swim in the sea, and try the sauna afterwards. Hanging out in parks is also a great way to enjoy the outdoors. In the summer months, you can see people jumping into their swimwear as fast as the sun is out, whether they are on the beach, in a park or on their balcony.

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