Crisp, sun-filled autumn days are perfect for experiencing forests and coastal areas up close, and in the Oslo region, getting to the great outdoors is easy.
Even in the metropolis of Oslo, the fjord lies right outside your door, and vast forest areas are only a short tram ride away. Go for a hike along the Akerselva river from Oslo city centre to the lake Maridalsvannet, and experience how green and peaceful life in the capital can be.
Feel the tranquillity of the forest, explore the potholes in Helvete
North-East of Oslo lies the magical pine landscapes of Østerdalen valley and Finnskogen. Here you'll find an abundance of fishing spots and plenty of opportunities to make a big catch. Østerdalen is a paradise for hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Perhaps you'll also get to greet the elk, the king of the forest himself?
Around lake Mjøsa and the mountain areas close to Gudbrandsdalen valley, fresh air and endless hiking trails await. Bring your family for a child-friendly summit climb or bike ride. In Espedalen you'll find the nature park "Helvete" ('hell'), which contains Nothern Europe's largest potholes.
Follow the coastal path to "the world's end"
South of Oslo, the coastal path runs along both sides of the Oslo fjord. The well-signed path starts at the Swedish border in Østfold, winds its way along the entire Oslo fjord, and continues further south from Vestfold.
The costal landscapes are easily accessible, and the path takes you through Norway's only maritime national parks, Ytre Hvaler National park and Færder National Park. In Færder National Park you'll find the recreational area Verdens ende ('the world's end), known for its excellent fjord views.
Walk the pilgrims' route through the Oslo region
If you'd like to go on a hike with a historic flair, we recommend you try one of the many lags that together make up the pilgrims' route through the Oslo region.
Below are suggestions for bike rides and hikes that let you experience autumn in the Oslo region at its most beautiful. Enjoy!