Østmarka
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The term Oslomarka is usually used for all the recreational areas around Oslo. Marka is the administrative name for the part of it that lies inside the city limits and contains hiking trails, recreation facilities, forests and lakes.
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André H
Tallinn, Estonia139 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Family
The best way to start your trip in Oslomarka, at least if you don't have a car, is by taking the subway to one of the stations located more or less in the forest, such as Sognsvann og Frognerseteren stations. I like all parts of Oslomarka, but the part i like the best is Nordmarka and Lillomarka, which is located to the North of the city. There are a lot of nice hiking routes, and perfect tracks for cross-country skiing in the winter. Summer-trails are marked with blue stripes on trees, and winter-trails are marked with red stripes. Red stripes can often lead you to a marsh or a lake, as theese usually are frozen during winter, but not so easy to cross during the summer. Bring a snack, some water, and your fishing-pole, and make a fire at one of the approved bonfire sites during the summertime (20th. of April - 20th. of September). Go to the local tourist information and get your free map.
Written 3 August 2015
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Heather S
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Jun 2015 • Couples
This was seriously awesome. I wish we had beautiful trails that were so easily accessible where I live. We hopped on the metro (T line #1, red on the maps) and got off at the end of the line (Frognerseteren). This took literally 15 minutes. I was a bit nervous because we couldn't find a map before heading out but there were really good, detailed maps just outside the station and throughout the trail system. I just took a pic and used the GPS / data on my phone and had no difficulty navigating.

There are many intersections of the trails so it is easy to do a loop as short or as long as you like. There are also several metro stations that it would be possible to access the forest via. We took off to the north, hiked past a ski hill full of mountain bikers, looped up around a beautiful lake then headed down south to visit the Holmenkollbakken (ski jump) on our way home. We used the same tram line at the end of the day but just got on at the Holmenkollen station.

The forest was beautiful and absolutely full of activity - joggers, hikers, people out walking their dogs, kids hanging out with friends, etc. It was a nice way to get some exercise in during travelling and seemed popular with locals and tourists alike.
Written 9 September 2015
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Jeroen G
Erembodegem, Belgium28 contributions
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Mar 2015 • Couples
Take the subway 1 all the way to the final stop and be amazed!
The Oslomarka holds a vast area of beautiful and almost undisturbed forest. You can go skiing or hiking in a very large area. We took a hiking path of 5 km and even slightly underestimated the distance. The trail took us deep in the forest with breath-taking sights.
Visiting Oslo is culture, fashion, shopping, islands, beautiful architecture, poetry and street art but above all adventure.
When you visit be sure to use public transportation, it is the easiest and cheapest way to get around.
Written 17 March 2015
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KoenDT
Antwerp, Belgium388 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Couples
Yuo would not expect to go out for a day hiking while doing a city trip . This area is a must see and must do , and easily accessible. You take one of the metro lines , nr 1 to Frognerseteren, or nr 5 to Sognsvann lake , and walk right into nature . There are numerous walking possibilities, most of the paths are signposted . The woods and many lakes are wonderful ,and many Norwegians, and tourists, take advantage of this area
Written 14 October 2017
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Ritcheyx
The Netherlands53 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Family
First let me start with: Be careful, look at the rules and suggestions left by tourist offices and so on. People do not see how wast spaces we are talking about.
Remember that Oslo is the biggest capital in the world, because of the areal of the forest around (which Yes, it is still Oslo)

Take a map with you, do not trust the phone to work, and my favorite is:
Rent a bike, take the tram out as far as you want, and use the bike to get back.

Always bring food and water with you, maybe a fishing pole :-) and it will be a nice experience.
Written 29 July 2015
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Debbie G
London, UK5 contributions
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Apr 2012 • Business
what a lovely lifestyle Norwegians can have in Oslo. I highly recommend taking the Holmenkollen metro line and get off at Frognerseteren. Many lovely walks in the woods and a nice restaurent overlooking the city is well worth a visit. Great for the whole family and in the winter there is a thriving ski/sledging resort..
Written 25 May 2012
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Rune_
Oslo, Norway93 contributions
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Jan 2012 • Friends
Oslomarka is the common term for the forests surrounding Oslo. Not many capital cities offers this opportunity. Just 15-20 minutes by underground, train or tram from the busy city centre streets and you find yourself in the middle of the forest where you are free to raom at your own leisure. Many small lakes, fishing, biking, walking, skiing....and lots of places to stay overnight (tourist cottages).
Written 28 January 2012
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,074 contributions
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May 2016 • Solo
Not to be missed. Go to the end of metro line 1 and walk down through the forest to the ski jump and get some remarkable views and photos.
Written 28 May 2016
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Anne S
Oslo29 contributions
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Apr 2012
You should not miss a walk in the Oslomarka while visiting Oslo. Every T and many bus lines ends close to Oslomarka, which allows easy access to an enourmous network of roads and paths in the forest surrounding Oslo. You may choose to walk 1 km or 50 km, it is up to you. You will meet few other people as soon as you are 4-5 km into the forest. Tenting is allowed, but only 3 days on the same spot.
Written 11 May 2012
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scl44
United States551 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Friends
Pristine forests and excellent vistas are only a metro ride away in Oslo. Having heard rave reviews from multiple people, we decided that this experience could not be missed, and it delivered in spades. This review speaks specifically to the forested area at the Frognersetern stop. The end of the line on other metro routes also leads to forests and hiking opportunities.

The metro ride to Frognersetern takes about 40 minutes from central Oslo and climbs continuously upon leaving the city. There are a number of terrific views enroute, so keep your camera handy. We opted for an early evening hike and found the metro sparsely populated. In fact, there were only a handful of us who persevered to the end of the line.

Upon disembarking at Frognersetern there is not much in terms of navigation, so be prepared. There are a number of trail signs which all indicate a way point or destination, so it would behoove you to know where you ultimately want to go and the trail name. If you remain on the platform side and descend for about 10 minutes you will find a restaurant. It was not open around 8pm, so it may be lunch service. We were not particularly confident about continuing to descend, so we returned to the metro station. Crossing the platform led to several trail signs.

I will skip to the punch line - the Tryvannskleiva trail leads to the picturesque lake Tryvannsgrana at the base of a ski area. It is approximately 60-90 minutes from the metro stop at a leisurely pace and is a relatively easy hike - no significant ascents, crossing rivers, or negotiating rocks. After hugging the lake and completing a semi-circle, we went off the path and ascended a steep hill which paralleled the ski slope. This landed us above the clouds and offered a gorgeous view of the landscape and surrounding mountain ranges. This added about 20 minutes each way to the hike, and I would highly recommend making this quick ascent. Hiking boots are not necessary nor are poles.

Along the route you will see a sign for "Tryvannskleiva" which seems to traverse through high grass. Note that if you continue along the path you will reach the same destination, so it is not necessary to go through the bush.

Getting out to the forest is a "must do" during your visit to Oslo, as it gives an appreciation for the fantastic landscape in and around the city. As an added bonus, the metro to Frognersetern offers lovely views of the city.
Written 24 July 2018
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