Sporty holidays in Norway: What to do in Oslo this summer

Well known for it’s national parks, glaciers, the northern lights, fjords and even whale watching, Norway really is a dream destination. And if you’re on the hunt for an active holiday this summer, it’s the ultimate choice

We head to Oslo, where you won’t be short of things to do. The Norwegian capital is filled to the brim with unique activities and experiences, especially for nature lovers. You can go hiking in the nearby mountains, explore the region’s awesome trails on a gravel bike, or soak up the local Scandi culture - not forgetting the saunas!

We’ve brought together our top 3 activities to do in Oslo this summer.

1.Explore around Oslo on a gravel bike

Here at GravelUp we recommend of course the most immersive way to explore Norway - by bike! Nothing beats a bike adventure for getting a real feel of a place, especially somewhere as naturally wild and beautiful as Norway. Whether you choose 3 days around the capital or 5 days further afield, you’ll be guaranteed time in the great outdoors regardless.

Our carefully planned gravel routes give you the chance to get straight out into the lakes and mountains right on the doorstep of Oslo, as well as to explore the local villages with their red houses so typical of Scandinavia.

Thanks to your gravel bike, you’ll be able to access remote areas and pristine landscapes, far from the traditional tourist trail. Take the time to admire the breathtaking scenery and enjoy an active and memorable trip.

2. Head off hiking in the Norwegian mountains.

Another superb way to spend your active time in Norway is to get out on foot this summer. The landscape around Oslo is an ideal playground for anyone on the hunt for some fresh air, and there’s literally 1000s of kms of paths to explore. A great way to admire the impressive scenery of spectacular fjords, majestic mountains and wilderness in between.

You’ll experience the tranquility of the Norwegian way of life which has nature at it’s heart. Whether you choose a day hike or a multi day trek, you’ll discover the local flora and fauna as well as the brutal beauty of the country. Relax and recharge as you unwind into a daily life that’s inspired by nature.

Here’s 3 hikes accessible from Oslo:

  • Østmarksetra to Mariholtet. A beautiful walk to the east of Oslo, with green forests and refreshing swim spots.

  • Maridalsvannet lake. The eastern shoreline of Oslo’s largest lake makes for a stunning hike with dense forests, numerous paths and superb views.

  • Grefsenkollen.To the north of the centre, this walk gives great views of the capital, fjord, Holmenkollen and the surrounding forest. There’s a selection of routes from the summit too in the Nordmarka nature.

3. A blend of sport, culture and relaxation.

Can’t decide? Combining activities with some culture gives you the best of both worlds and the ultimate relaxation! You can dive into the Norwegian history and outdoor culture, and by being active you will be experiencing the real deal, as sport and the outdoors is THE way of life here.

Oslo has some must visits, including the Viking Ships Museum, the Munch Museum and the Norwegian Folklore Museum. If you’d like to travel back in time, then the Royal Palace, Akershus Fort and numerous ancient churches should be on your list.

Now to relaxation… book a sauna at the Badstrufrening Sukkerbiten where you can bathe facing the opera house. It’s also worth strolling through the alleyways of the historical centre and the seafront, and finding a cafe terrace from which to admire the sunset.

That’s not all!

Here’s some more top tips:

Where to sleep…

  • Scandic Holmenkollen Park

  • Lysebu Hotel

  • Attstays

Where to eat…

  • Oslo Street Food - a food court with masses of specialities from the world over.

  • SALT - an unbeatable view of Oslo Opera house and a lovely atmosphere.

  • Ekebergrestauranten - a superb restaurant on the hillside above the bay.

Whether you are travelling with friends, family or solo, you’ll be seduced by Oslo’s impressive landscapes, rich culture and history and the enormous variety of activities on the doorstep. So let yourself relax into the Scandi magic, and make the most of your active holiday and all that’s on offer around Oslo.

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