Day trips out of Oslo

Oslo has a lot to offer for the curious traveller. From the Viking ships and other museums of the Bygdøy peninsular, to the Holmenkollen ski jump and Nordmarka forest overlooking the city, you don't need to leave Oslo to enjoy your stay. But once you are done with the main touristic sights you might consider to explore the Oslo region. Oslo is also a perfect base from which to explore some of the surrounding regipn’s most beautiful spots. We have collected a few tips on this page for a day trip out of Oslo to broaden your Norwegian experience.

HADELAND GLASSWORKS

This tour is a full day guided tour out of Oslo, and combines the best of Oslo as well as a tour to the Glassworks situated in the Norwegian countryside. We start this tour with a scenic drive to Hadeland, making a short stop at the Queens View to admire the below area of Ringerike with fjords, farms and forests.

From here, continue the drive to Hadeland Glassworks. The glassworks was founded in 1762 and is the oldest industrial company in Norway. Here glass is still blown using traditional methods and there is an extensive production of wine glasses as well as special designer goods and decorative projects. Watch the glassblowers practicing their traditional art, and try your hand at glassblowing or glass designing.

Below is a suggestion of an itinerary. This can be altered and costumized according to your wishes:

  • 09:00: Start tour. The guide and driver will meet you in the reception of your hotel or any other place in the city centre that is convenient for you.
  • 09:00 - 10:00: Drive through Oslo city centre. The guide will tell you more about the main attractions seen from the bus.
  • 10:00 - 11:00: Scenic drive to Hadeland with a short stop at the Queens View to admire the below area of Ringerike with fjords, farms and forests.
  • 11:00 - 13:00: Visit Hadeland Glassworks. Watch the glassblowers practicing their traditional art and visit the many shops where the original glass works are sold. Enjoy lunch in the cozy atmosphere.
  • 13:00 - 14:00: Drive back to Oslo city centre

FARM VISIT & DRØBAK

Situated on the on the east side of Oslofjord, Drøbak is a picture-book town full of 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses situated just a 40 minutes drive from Oslo. This itinirary combines a trip to the idyllic town Drøbak with a farm visit and culinary experiences.

  • 10:00 – 10.45: Drive from Oslo to Drøbak
  • 10:45 – 11:30: Walk through the picturesque town Drøbak and visit the christmas house and the idyllic chuch in the city centre11:30 – 13:30: Drive to Eiketoppen and meet a local farmer Stina. Stina lives at Eiketoppen Gård that her family has owned since the beginning of setlement in Norway. Visit the animals and enjoy a home made lunch with local ingredients in Stina’s kitchen.
  • 13:30 – 14:15: Visit Jordbærbua for some of Norway’s best strawberries and Bringebærlandet to see how local raspberry wine is produced. Stop by Tomtermais for locally produced vegetables and fruit.
  • 14:15 – 15:00: Drive back to Oslo city centre

Please note: The farm Eiketoppen can be visited all year round. The local shop „Tomtermais“ with locally produced vegetables and fruit is also open all year. Bringebærlandet offers wine tastings all year, but fresh raspberries and strawberries are seasonal products.

Other must see attractions that are ideal for a day trip out of Oslo:

Kistefos Museum and sculpture park:

About 50 miles north of Oslo, Jevnaker is a sleepy village on the southern shore of the Rands Fjord that is also home to one of the largest sculpture parks in northern Europe. The money from an old paper works company has been spent on building one of the largest sculptur parks in the world and is a must-see cultural destination. The signature building The Twist has attracted a great deal of international attention and has placed Kistefos on the New York Times prestigious list «52 Places to Go in 2020» as the only Norwegian destination. The sculpture park has 45 sculptures by prominent contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Olafur Eliasson and Jeppe Hein. The sculpture collection is permanent and many of the sculptures are site-specific - meaning that the artist has created the artwork especially for Kistefos, directly inspired by the history, cultural heritage or nature of the place.

Oscarsborg Fortress:

Built in 1853 to protect Oslo and the surrounding region, it’s best known for the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blücher during the Second World War, which gave the King, Government and Parliament sufficient time to evacuate Oslo. There’s a large museum to explore, plus cafes, restaurants and a hotel. The fortress is situated just outside the idyllic small town Drøbak. Drøbak is accesible from Oslo by car, boat or helicopter.

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