3km/2mi southeast of the center of Oslo rises the Ekeberg, with Ekeberg Park (riding school, camping site, restaurant) and the former Nautical College, in the entrance hall of which are frescoes (signs of the Zodiac) by Per Krohg. From the terrace of the College there are fine views of Oslo harbor and the fjord. Between the College and Kongsveien is an area containing a number of 5,000-year-old rock carvings (helleristninger), with 13 figures, mostly of elks. From a viewpoint below the camping site can be seen the remains of the old settlement of Oslo, including part of the royal stronghold (Kongsgården) and St Hallvard's Church.
A pleasant excursion from Oslo is to Holmenkollen (371m/1217ft), the wooded range of hills northwest of the city, which attracts large numbers of visitors for the sake of the views it offers. Holmenkollen is part of the Nordmarka, in winter Oslo's favorite skiing area. There is a good road to Frognerseteren (13km/8mi) and Tryvannstårn (lookout tower); also reached by the city's T- Bane from the National Theater and the Storting (35minutes).By car, Holmenkollen is best reached by leaving Oslo on Drammensveien, turning right into Frognerveien, continuing alongside Frognerpark on Kirkeveien and then turning left at the junction with Valkyriegate. After running parallel with the Holmenkollen railroad for some time the road bears right and winds its way up through the forest, passing many villas. 11km/7mi.
Coming 11km/7mi from the center of Oslo the towering Holmenkollen ski-jump is seen on the left (access road). There is an elevator up the tower; on the platform are a restaurant and a Skiing Museum (skiers and skiing equipment, including some of the equipment used by Nansen and Amundsen in the Arctic). In front of the museum can be seen a statue of Nansen.
The road from the center of Oslo continues uphill, passing a small chapel, 1km/0.75mi from the ski-jump Voksenkollveien goes off on the left, and another kilometer along this road is a viewpoint (479m/1,572ft) with an orientation table and a bronze statue of Hans Krag, the engineer in charge of the construction of the road. From Voksenkollen it is 10 minutes to the Tryvannshögda.
1km/0.75mi beyond the turn-off for Voksenkollen the main road from Oslo comes to the popular Frognerseteren restaurant (alt. 437m/1434ft), from which there is a magnificent view of Oslo. Opposite the restaurant are a number of old wooden buildings from Telemark and the Hallingdal. From here it is a 20-25minutes' walk northwest to the Tryvannshögda (529m/1736ft), with a lookout tower 118.50m/389ft high, the Tryvannstårn (1962; lift), from which there are panoramic views.
Aas - Tusenfryd Family Park
Tusenfryd Family Park has 33 attractions, 74 games and numerous restaurants. Rides include RollOver, SuperSplash, SpeedMonster coaster, ThunderCoaster and SpaceShot with an area set aside for young children.
Agricultural University of Norway
Henie-Onstad Art Center
12km/7.5mi southwest of the center of Oslo on E 18, on Høvikodden, is the Henie-Onstad Art Center (1966-68), founded by Sonja Henie and Niels Onstad, with Norway's largest collection of international art, including works by Matisse, Miró and Picasso. The cups won by the champion skater Sonja Henie (1912-69) are displayed in one of the rooms. There are rooms used for various cultural events (theatrical performances, concerts, etc.).The art center is beautifully situated on the Oslofjord and has a large parksite with sculptures as well as a beach.
Address: Sonja Henies vei 31, N-1311 Høvikodden, Norway
Opening hours: 11am-7pm; Sun: 11am-5pm; Sat: 11am-5pm; Closed: Mon
Entrance fee in NOK: Family kr180.00, Adult kr80.00, Senior kr60.00, Group discounts kr55.00, Students kr50.00, Child 16 & under kr30.00, Child 6 & under FREE
Useful tips: Free admission for all visitors on Wednesdays.
Transit: Bus: 151, 153, 161, 162, 251, 252.
Typical Visit: 1 hour
Oslo-Dombas-Andalsnes - Scenic Rail Route
Oslo-Andalsnes-Trondheim-Bodo-Narvik - Scenic Rail Trip
This scenic rail route features beautiful mountain and seaside scenery. Constant daylight for the whole trip, combined with musk and rich scenery make this a memorable voyage.
Map of Oslo Attractions