The best parks, swimming spots and places to hike in Oslo

The possibilities in the capital are endless. Here you will find everything from quiet park life, nice hiking areas, and fresh sea air to bustling restaurant and café life, active experiences, and cultural sights. There are activities for both big and small - and for the whole family together.

Here are some favorite areas in Oslo:

One of the most beautiful things about Oslo is the many parks and hiking areas in the immediate vicinity of the city center. Some parks worth checking out are Vigelandsparken with its famous sculptures, Slottsparken with the castle, St. Hanshaugen for views and coffee, pole hunting in the Medieval Park, the flourishing Botanical Garden, and the sculpture park at Ekeberg.

If you are interested in the forests, you should go to Grefsenkollen or Vettakollen, both of which offer fantastic views of the city. Another nice vantage point is Glassberget - where there are fewer people, but in return, the city is a little further away. Other nice walks are around Sognsvann or along the sea on Bygdøy - you can for example start in Paradisbukta and walk towards Huk or vice versa. The Maridal Alps and Nøklevann are also good alternatives, or you can walk along the Akerselva if you want to stay closer to the city center.

Oslo also offers many nice swimming spots. You can swim in fresh water in Sognsvann, Brekkedammen at the top of Akerselva or Bogstadvannet, which is right next to Topcamp Bogstad. Akerselva by Nydalen is also a nice swimming area. Otherwise, the opportunities are many by the sea. Along the harbor promenade in the center, it is popular to swim on Sørenga, Bispevika, or Tjuvholmen. If you want a beach and grassy plains, Huk and Paradisbukta on Bygdøy are perfect for you. If you want a full day at the beach, you can also take the boats out to, for example, Hovedøya or Gressholmen.

Are you wondering what more Oslo has to offer? Here you can read about what to see and do in the capital, or you can find tips to restauranter, cafés and bars here!