Oslo is surrounded by wooden hills, a sacred place for us locals which we use for exercise, relaxing and just to escape. And the best of all is that parts of this area, Marka, is just a short subway or bike ride away.
In the summer time I like to go walking or running in Marka and one of my favourites is to head up to Vettakollen. The signposted trail starts by Sognsvann lake (take the the subway to Sognsvann and take the path to the left just by the shop by the lake) and it’s about 4km to the top, which opens up to one of the best views of Oslo. To the west you see the skijump arena at Holmenkollen, looking down from above!
For the complete Norwegian experience, pack a little picnic with some oranges and the Kvikk Lunsj chocolate bar to eat at the top!
From the top there are a few options back down, I tend to tend back to Sognsvann but you can also go to Vettakollen subway station or continue over to Holmenkollen (all signposted).
The trail is a mix of gravel path and more rough paths but if it has rained recently then it can be pretty wet in spots. All in all it’s about a two hour walk with some uphill and some downhill, well worth it for the views!