Winter in Oslo

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Oslo offers miles and miles of cross-country ski trails, or maybe you would like to test your ice-skating or downhill skiing skills. Not enough action? Try speeding down the 2-kilometer toboggan run Korketrekkeren!

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Combine winter activities with shopping, dancing, dining and culture! Oslo has more than 50 museums, and beautiful outdoor attractions such as the Akershus Fortress and Vigeland Sculpture Park. In the evening, enjoy the nightlife, the restaurants and the exceptional music scene.

Sledding in Korketrekkeren
Take the local metro to the top of the sled run, and feel the adrenalin rush going down at great speed. When you get to the bottom, you just get back on the metro to reach the top. So winter in Oslo is worth a trip.

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The 2-kilometer sled run Korketrekkeren (the corkscrew) is located next to the original bobsleigh run built for the 1952 Olympics. It is lit up in the evening, and don’t be surprised to find that the adults are just as eager as the children!

Opening hours and directions for Korketrekkeren

Cross-country skiing

More than 2,600 km (1,600 miles) of prepared cross-country ski trails run deep into the forests of Oslo. 90 km are lit for the special atmosphere of evening tours. Skiers can stop at 44 picturesque cabins, where some are only open for overnight visitors while others are open for refreshments and home made pastries.

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Whether you seek a relaxing experience to enjoy the magic of silence and snow-capped pine trees, or you prefer to get a real workout, the trails await you.

Alpine skiing
The largest ski centre in Oslo is Oslo Winter Park Tryvann with 14 slopes, 6 lifts and one of the largest tarrain parks in Norway. Oslo Winter Park’s snow cannons can cover one of the slopes with artificial snow in only 24 hours when the temperatures are low enough.

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Ice skating
If you like ice skating, visit the skating rink “Spikersuppa” (The Nail Soup) in the city centre, close to the National theatre. The rink has music, and offers skate rental. There is also a larger skating rink with music and skate rental at Frogner Stadium, right next to Vigeland Park. Both rinks are open in the evening.

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If the waters and lakes freeze over, it is also possible to go skating in the Oslo forests. Make sure the ice is safe: It should be at least 10 cm (4 inches) thick. Popular waters for skating are Sognsvann, Bogstadvannet, Nøklevann, Østensjøvannet and Maridalsvannet.

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Source: Visit Oslo