As you have probably discovered, a big part of experiencing Oslo involves spending time out in nature. Here, the quintessential weekend morning consists of a ‘tur’ (hike) or ski in the forest, including a break at one of the various farmhouses for a coffee and waffle.
The most accessible of these farmhouse cafes is Ullevålseter. However, getting there still requires a little bit of effort, whether you decide to explore on foot, bicycle or skis. Ullevålseter is located about 5 kilometers north from Sognsvann – so the best way to get there is to take the number 6-underground to the last stop, and walk from there. The easiest way is to follow the marked path on the east side of the lake, but more rugged trails are also available. On a weekend morning you’re almost guaranteed to run into Norwegians as, again, this is the weekend activity. Depending on the time of year, you may also see locals with baskets picking blueberries or mushrooms.
The outdoor picnic tables are a perfect rest-stop – a place to put up your feet for a few minutes before the journey home. I go almost exclusively for a slice of homemade applecake and a hot chocolate, and this is one of the few times I’m unashamed to ask for extra whipped cream. Happy travels!