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.
Akerselva River Trail
Starting at Maridalsvannet Lake and ending at Vaterland Park in the center of the city, follow the trail of the Akerselva River for a running route that will be both serene and interesting.
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.
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.
St. Hanshaugen Park
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.