Don’t let Oslo’s space-age architecture fool you - Norway, while by most measures a very modern country, has a rich culture rooted in traditions.
Many of the activities most loved by Norwegian people centre around being outdoors, spending time with friends, and enjoying the local cuisine. Here are some ways to spend your free time like the locals do.
1. Take a hike in Oslo’s forests, Oslomarka
Part of what makes Oslo special is its proximity to wild forests that are easily accessible from the city centre. On weekends and even at the end of the workday, locals often walk, bike, ski, or ride the subway into the wilderness to reconnect with nature.
Dotted throughout the network of trails are a few simple cafés where you can stop for a coffee and a snack. Norway also has a unique law called allemannsrett that allows camping anywhere in the forest, which can make for a fun and inexpensive weekend getaway.
If you’re taking public transit, some of the most accessible hiking spots are: Sognsvann (a beautiful lake with trails perfect for walking and hiking), and Grefsenkollen (trails through the forest and a panoramic view of the city). For tips in English to help you find a great hiking spot, check out the Outtt app and website.