Nordmarka forest in Oslo

Nordmarka forest

The vast areas of untouched nature that surround Oslo are just 20-30 minutes from the city centre.

The Nordmarka forest represents a source of recreation that is frequently used by the city's inhabitants, but also more and more visitors, both in summer and winter.

Recommended starting points

Some good starting points for outdoor experiences in the wilderness include Holmenkollen, Frognerseteren, Sørkedalen, and Sognsvann. You can easily reach these places with public transportation, and once you get there, you have many possible activities in front of you!

Sports lodges in Nordmarka

The Association for the Promotion of Skiing, The Norwegian Trekking Association Oslo, and the Agency for Urban Environment have many cabins in the forests in northern Oslo that are open throughout the year (check the opening hours before you go). Some are unserviced cabins that one can use if one has the key, while others serve lovely home-baked snacks for hungry hikers and skiers. Some also offer accommodation with meals included.

Maps of Nordmarka

Even though many of the trails in the forests are marked, it is a good idea to bring a map of the area. Oslo Visitor Centre has a free simple map of the area, while the best maps can be bought at The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) or at bookstores in Oslo.

Check out these pages with tour suggestions and planning tools: 
"Outdoor life in Osloby the Norwegian Trekking Association  

Suggestions and activities