There’s something magical about Oslo in wintertime. The snow silences the city, the cold snaps at your nose and ears, and the clear, muted daylight filters through the icy air.
One of the most beautiful times to stroll the forested hills north of the city is early on a winter’s morning. While the city’s still in greyscale beneath low-hanging clouds, take the T-bane metro (Line 1 towards Frognerseteren) above the fog. Crunching through the snow in the soft pink dawn is like being in another world. You don’t even have to get up early to catch the sunrise – it doesn’t come up until after 09:00 at this time of year!
Take the T-bane to the second last stop, Voksenkollen, and head north across the rail line. If the snow’s still quite light on the ground, follow the trail that forges a course almost parallel to the Tryvannsveien road. Take the right fork for a shorter stroll to Oslo Vinterpark (Oslo’s closest ski field) or the left fork if you’re feeling more adventurous. Left will take you to the bottom of the Vinterpark slopes, and you’ll need to climb up the hill to the Vinterpark centre.
While the trails are signposted, if the snow’s already thick on the ground you may prefer to follow Tryvannsveien towards the Vinterpark. Check out Google Maps to get a feel for the area before heading off. There are a lot of well-maintained trails, and you can easily walk all the way to Frognerseteren.