– Get your bike out and explore Oslo! The city is the perfect size. By bike you can easily reach lots of parks, scenic car-free forest trails, lookout points close to the city, and "secret" bathing spots. Or take your family to a little cabin café in the forest.
The recommendations come from Oslo local Øyvind Wold, who knows the city better than most after 20 years of bicycling around. He has written a guide to bicycle routes in Oslo, and speaks enthusiastically about the great possibilities for bicycle rides.
Better bicycle lanes
– Oslo keeps improving the infrastructure for biking, Wold states. – For example by making new and wider bike lanes.
One example is the southward road from Bjørvika, along the road Mosseveien, with multiple bathing spots close to the road. There’s also the option of a detour to the idyllic island of Malmøya.
Riding west along the Oslo Fjord from Aker Brygge, you will find Oslo's perhaps easiest bicycle route; mostly flat and with an almost uninterrupted view of the fjord. From here you can make a detour to beautiful and quiet trails on the Bygdøy peninsula.
Riding north-east from Sinsen you're on a separate and safe bicycle path along the road Trondheimsveien. At Ammerud or Grorud you can take off to enter the Lillomarka forest.
– Spring is perhaps the nicest time for a bike ride, with clean streets and bright green leaves on the trees. I think many people will discover this is an efficient way to get around, but also very pleasant!
The unknown Oslo
According to Wold, many of the city’s gems are unknown and rarely visited. He has many suggestions for hidden (but spectacular) trails and lookout points.
In his book there is a whole chapter on the rivers of Oslo – Akerselva is not the only river in the city! The paths along some of the rivers take you through green, captivating and somewhat dramatic nature. On some routes the lack of people is remarkable, as they are a bit off the beaten track.
On two wheels along the river
Wold particularly recommends these three "river routes":