Quoted Oslo: Martin Skogholt

Martin Skogholt

Death diver




                                                                                                                          

         «Death diving has an element of showing off, well I guess it’s all about showing off, actually. I wouldn’t death dive if no one was looking – it hurts like hell! Where it hurts? All over. When you’re done, you will have bruises everywhere. »

                                                                                                            

 


Martin Skogholt on diving board
Martin Skogholt on diving board
Photo: VisitOSLO/Jo Straube

 


                                                                                                                          

          «The worst part of it is standing at the top, right before you start running towards the edge. You know it’s going to hurt and you just hope for the best. But once you start running, you just let it all go! An important factor in death diving is to look relaxed while you’re flying through the air.»

                                                                                                            

 


Martin Skogholt on trampoline
Martin Skogholt on trampoline
Photo: VisitOSLO/Jo Straube

 


                                                                                                                          

          «Oslo has diversity that almost no other big city has. I mean, how many other cities have a ski resort the city itself? You can go ice bathing, skiing, and then eat at a restaurant in the city centre all within half a day.»

                                                                                                            

 


Martin Skogholt in forest
Martin Skogholt in forest
Photo: VisitOSLO/Jo Straube

 


                                                                                                                          

          «I spent five months on parental leave with my son from when he turned six months old. We spent most of that time in the forest – riding my bike in between the trees with him in a little bike trailer, we had packed lunch, and then I put out a blanket on the ground and we would play in the grass. Is there anything that can beat that? »

                                                                                                            

 


Martin Skogholt in pool
Martin Skogholt in pool
Photo: VisitOSLO/Jo Straube

 


                                                                                                                          

          «I am an urban outdoorsman. I like the combination of the two. I would go insane if I had only the city or only the forest. Oslo is a place where I can get both.»

                                                                                                            

 

Q&A

Martin Skogholt

Death diver and forest lover

 

 

What neighbourhood do you live in?

Kjelsås

 

 

Kjelsås is a residential area north in Oslo, right by the forest. Here you find the Museum of Science and Technology, and you can walk around the Akerselva river right down to the fjord. In earlier times, the area was known for its sawmill industry. You get here by train or by tram.

 

 

What’s the best part about living there?

Kjelsås is close to the forest, and close to the city. It’s great to take a swim in the Akerselva river here, even for young children. Oslo is all about combining nature and urban life.

 

 

Hidden gem in the city?

“Panter’n” (‘the panther’), a cliff on the islet of Bygdøy that we dive from in summertime. We ride out on city bikes with a six pack of beer and a small grill. It’s a place to see and be seen for those who are into death diving, with a great atmosphere on sunny days.

 

 

Favourite restaurant and why?

I like Lille Saigon 1 in the city centre. Best Vietnamese food in town!

 

 

Favourite spot for something to drink?

Have a drink at The Villa Dancing. They have good music for drinking and Oslo’s best DJs

 

 

24 hours in Oslo – what should I do?

Get out into the forest – you can rent a bike or just walk by foot. It is also nice to rent a canoe and go paddling in Bjørnsjøen.


You should also visit Frognerbadet public bath to look at the death divers and take a swim yourself, if you like that.


Next, travel up to Grefsenkollen for a pizza and a beer while you enjoy the view of the forest and the city

 

 

What do people need to know about Norwegians?

We are a slightly introvert group of people, but that’s only until we’ve had a few beers. Then, all of a sudden, we become very sociable.

 

   


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