If you want to experience some nice scenic views of nature while in Oslo, but don’t have much time, then Sognsvann is the perfect place to go. It is just 20 minutes with the underground from the city centre, and the lake is only a five minute walk from the station. It is also a nice walk from the city centre, it is about 9 kilometers.
Sognsvann is a small lake close to the city centre. It is a very popular recreational area for Oslo citizens. During summer it’s perfect for walking, jogging, picnicking or swimming. During winter it is popular for cross country skiing and ice-fishing. The trail around the lake is 3.3 kilometres long. It may be used for walking and jogging all year around, and is also suitable for wheelchairs.
Note that the weather in Norway may be changing, and the trail may be icy and difficult to walk, depending on the weather – especially when the weather changes from cold and snowy to milder and rainy.
Be aware that even though it is possible to swim here in summer, this is not the nicest place in Oslo you can go to if you’re looking for a beach. Also, don’t expect to be there alone! It is a nice starting point for a longer walk to for instance Ullevålseter or Frognerseteren.
I love Sognsvann for the I’m-out-of-the-city-feelling with easy access!