When I travel to big cities, I love to get to know the place from a local perspective and discover the neighborhoods outside the tourist area, especially the less affluent districts, way outside the city center. I remember the first time I was in Oslo back in 2012 I took the metro line (T-Bane) 4 and got off the Stovner station, one station before the final stop at Vestli.
My main interest was to just see and get acquainted with a typical working-class district, where many apartment blocks were built at the end of the ’60s & the beginning of the ’70s, better known in Norwegian as drabantby. Maybe some typical curiosity from someone who grew up in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
Later, to my surprise, after I moved to Oslo in 2019, I found out that two years previously, a new attraction had been installed at Stovner. The futuristic Stovnertårnet tower – not the highest in Norway, but the longest! It’s a 265-meter windy walk to get to the 15-meter-high top of this tower (215 meters total height) to have a breathtaking view of the Groruddalen valley of Oslo and its surrounding forests.
Stovnertårnet and the district Stovner is highly recommended for those wanting to see Oslo from a different perspective.