Discover Oslo inner City by Bike
The Botanical Garden at Tøyen is beautiful all year around and although you can not cycle in the park, you can walk for a stroll with all the flowers and trees. When you get to Grünerløkka you will find a lot of small shops, cafés and parks, before you cross the river Akerselva. Here you can visit the food market at Mathallen or have a drink at the bar Blå just by the river.
Up the hilly Damstredet, you may want to push your bike, as you pass some iconic old wooden houses. Next on the route is Bislett and Majorstuen before you get to Frognerparken – the large outdoor sculpture park, one of the main attractions in Oslo. It´s not only a park, here you also find a large outdoor swimming pool, the city museum and cafés. Underneath an alley of old trees, you then cycle back through the park at the Royal Palace. Last, but not least, the Akershus Fortress welcomes you with history and a great view over the fjord.
Klosterenga Sculpture Park
This is a must-visit destination that offers scenic views, recreational facilities, cultural events, natural beauty, and community engagement. Be sure to check out the park's art trail. Don't miss the opportunity to take in the stunning views from the hilltop.
Etterstad Kolonihage is located like a green oasis in the middle of Vålerenga in Oslo. An allotment garden is a piece of land that has been divided into smaller parts, allotments, which are rented out to individuals who grow, for example, vegetables and other plants there.
The Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden features a vast collection of plants from Norway and around the world, including rare and endangered species. It's a serene and peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, with walking paths, ponds, and greenhouses that offer a unique and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Mathallen Food Court
Mathallen Oslo is inspired by the great European food courts. Here you can find specialty shops, cafés and great places to eat. Throughout the year, they also have a venue for different festivals and events celebrating food, drink and good experiences.
Blå is a club in a disused spinning mill by Akerselva. Blå often has concerts early in the evening, before the venue transforms into a buzzing club with DJs or live bands. In the summer, the outdoor terrace is a popular meeting place. Blå also presents theatre, literature evenings and debates.
Damstredet is a cobbled street with wooden houses from the first half of the 19th century. The street runs between Akersveien and Fredensborgveien and is just 160 metres long. A charming and picturesque part of central Oslo with well-preserved and inhabited wooden houses.
Frognerparken Sculpture Park
On fine summer days there is a bustling life in Frognerparken; here you can go for a jog, walk the dog, have a picnic, barbecue, play badminton or just sunbathe. The park has Norway's largest collection of roses. The park contains both a café and a restaurant, and every summer a children's theater is performed in a tent close to the sculpture Monolith.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace Park surrounds the palace on all sides and features grassy areas, majestic trees, small ponds and statues. The building is in neo-classical style with a facade of stuccoed brick, and was completed in 1849.
Some practical tips
This cycling tour doesn't require any special prior knowledge. You cycle mainly on mainly on bike lanes and pathways, but some cycling in traffic. The trip starts from Oslo Central Station, and there you can rent a bicycle if you don't have your own. Bring your swimwear, there are many opportunities for swimming in Oslo.
Distance: 17 km roundtrip
Elevation gain: 200
Time: 2 hours cycling
Surface: 90 % asphalt, 10 % gravel
Bicycles can be taken on the metro, buses and ferries if it´s room. Avoid rush hour. Check ruter.no for more info.
Train (Vy, SJ, Go Ahead)
Bikes may be taken on trains. See more info at norwaybybike.com/bikes-on-trains-buses-and-boats.