The city of Oslo is considered to be one of the greenest cities in the world. To the west of the city – accessible by a tram -you will find the park of Holmenkollen, the site of the Winter Olympics in 1952 and also the Snowboard championships in 2012. It is also home to the Olympic Museum.
However, it is the natural beauty of Holmenkollen that attracts most visitors. The trees shade and cool you; the marked trails offer excellent walking, hiking and cycling opportunities and the views over the capital to the Oslofjord are spectacular. I live in London and, for me Holmenkollen is like Richmond Park (albeit wilder and with less people) – a tranquil, lush escape from city life where people relax, exercise and enjoy nature.
During the summer months, visitors to Oslo can enjoy a cruise on the Oslofjord and visit one of its many islands. Take a picnic and a towel and enjoy a day of wild swimming and sunbathing. For repeat visitors to Oslo or for those on a longer break, I would recommend a visit to the Hvaler National Marine Park, close to the Swedish border; the landscape of this rock island archipelago is magnificent.