This weekend marks the beginning of the winter holiday (sports holiday) for all the schools of Oslo and much of the rest of the country.
Cross-country skiing is extremely popular and many families head for the mountains. Others prefer to stay in town, so be prepared for heaps of skiers on the city’s trails this week. But no worries, there’s room for everyone. Oslo offers more than 2600 kilometres of prepped cross-country trails, many lit up at night.
For alpine skiing, slopes in the nearby mountains make great day- or weekend trips, but again, there’s really no need to get out of town. Hop on the metro to Tryvann Vinterpark, for fun in the snowboarding, downhill and Telemark skiing slopes, play in the half-pipe or with the jumps and waves at the terrain park.
If you have children along – or you’re a kid at heart, don’t miss the 2-km-long toboggan run Korketrekkeren. Is ice skating more your cup of tea? Oslo has several skating rinks scattered around town, including Spikersuppa next to Parliament on Main Street Karl Johan (skate rental available).
For more leisurely outdoor activities, have a stroll through one of Oslo’s many parks (like Frognerparken) or along Akerselva River. Or – if you’re not into all that winter sports but looking for some family fun, why not take your kids to the cool little Kon-Tiki Museum, where they can learn all about one of our favourite explorers, Thor Heyerdahl, famous for crossing the world’s oceans in rickety rafts and papyrus boats. Lots of actitivites are on at the Kon-Tiki Museum during the winter holiday.
Oslo winter photo by Not forgotten/flickr’s Creative Commons