I will meet you at the end of Line 5 metro station called Sognsvann. We will start our hike at Sognsvann lake, a beautiful and popular recreational location among the locals. We will then go deeper into the forest and walk for about 20 mins until we come to another small secluded lake called Båntjern. Here we take a short break (you can take a dip into the water if you're up for it :)) before continuing to the main destination - a viewpoint Vettakollen. We take another break there, contemplating the view and having some food. I will bring some typical Norwegian snacks. You can enjoy the view of Oslo and Oslofjord as well as nature around. After the break, we will walk downhill to the closest metro station to go back to the city centre. The hike is moderate and you should expect some steep parts as we approach the viewpoint. However, everyone can do it and I will adjust to the speed you are comfortable with. The hiking time is 1.5-2 hours. The total duration of the trip from the city centre is 3 hours. Please mind that the hike is not suitable for rainy weather.
I have loved being outdoors as long as I can remember myself. I moved to Norway 6 years ago as a part of my Master's degree in Outdoor Studies and never looked back. I have spent a lot of time hiking and skiing in Oslo forests and I would love to share some of my favourite locations with you. On the hike, I will tell you about "friluftsliv" (translated as "free air life") - a Norwegian way of outdoor recreation. I will also share my insights into the Norwegian culture and recommend some places to visit during your stay. I have lived in Western Norway for a few years, among gorgeous fjords and mountains, so I can give you some tips if you travel there as well.
I will bring some typical Norwegian snacks for you to try. :)
We will start at Sognsvann lake, then we will hike to another small secluded lake in the forest, called Båntjern. After that, we will continue to the main destination - viewpoint at Vettakollen.
Hike to Oslo viewpoint and forest lakes