Oslo is a city inhabited by Norwegians, and Norwegians love to keep active; in fact, people can practically go for a run almost everywhere, take in the vibrant buildings, and the hustle and bustle of the everyday life without having to worry about things like traffic or air pollution. For those who would rather be alone with their thoughts and with nature while running, however, the following routes are both serene and will get the heart pumping.
A big forest region at the east side of Oslo, Østmarka may feel overwhelming at first (after all, it covers 256 square kilometres (about 99 square miles) ), but look closely and see the specific blue marks for hiking to safely follow. There are also swimming spots for those who want to wash off afterward and many cabins for those who want to spend the night.
This huge park right in the heart of the city is like a Matryoshka doll with many surprises nesting inside it. It’s inside Frogner Park that the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park is located. Run between them or between the rose bushes—find Norway’s biggest rose collection of roses (14,000 plants from 150 different species) in the park as well. There’s an open-air pool to swim in afterward, located in the Majorstua Corner.
Just west of the center of Oslo, a 15-minute ferry boat ride lies the peninsula of Bygdøy. Here, apart from the Viking Museum (and several other museums), are Oslo’s two amazing beaches, Huk and Paradisbukta. Run across Paradisbukta’s sandy shoreline with the accompaniment of the sound of waves and feel at peace in no time.
Find Oslo’s Botanical Gardens right across the street from the Munch Museum. If running amid exotic plants, greenhouses, and woven sculptures sound like the perfect way to decompress and perhaps get inspired, that’s because it is.
Want to run back to the past? It’s totally doable by going for a run inside the Akershus Fortress. The medieval castle will be the perfect backdrop for a run and might even inspire a Game of Thrones fantasy or two. Better run fast.
This one may not technically be in Oslo, but it’s just 20-30 minutes from Oslo’s city center. This huge forest and wilderness area has some clearly marked routes for running or hiking, lakes that are ideal for swimming, and all the desirable views to take in while doing all that.
The iconic statue/viewpoint at Ekeberg park | Courtesy of Ekebergparken
Oslo certainly loves its sculpture parks—and Ekebergparken is one of them. Run among statues and trees inside the beautiful, national heritage park, and even fuel up in one of the park’s restaurants if the feeling hits.
Since it was featured in one of the episodes of hit Norwegian TV series SKAM, St. Hanshaugen Park has been part of the ‘pilgrimage’ that diehard fans of the show have been making all around the city. But that’s no reason to avoid it: the park is big enough a quiet route to run in, and the views of the city will make it worth running there.
Bogstad is more than a place to run: it’s a destination. (It’s also a brilliant idea for a date.) There’s a fully furnished manor from the 1800s, a farm, a café, and, more importantly, several trails to run or walk on.