Six beautiful autumn walks in and around Oslo

Six beautiful autumn walks in and around Oslo
The Sognsvann lake is one of Oslo's best nature spots. Photo: Roshan Gamage/Visit Oslo
Autumn is one of the best times to get out into the nature around Oslo. Here are some of the best spots.

Kongens Utsikt (The King’s View). 

Kongens Utsikt offer excellent views of Tyrifjorden lake, and is a easy hiking day trip out of Oslo. Take the number 200 bus from St Olavs Plass, and get off at Sundvollen, hike the 1.3km uphill train to Kleivstua and then follow the signposts to the viewpoint. 

The King’s View as seen at the end of August. Photo. I det fri/Flickr

The more intrepid can cycle the whole journey from Oslo, including the challenging climb at the end. 

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Luttvannet and Nøklevannet 

Nøklevannet in the Østmarka countryside just to the east of Oslo once supplied all of the city’s water. But today, it’s a popular weekend and afternoon getaway from the city. Take metro 3 (Mortensrud) to Ulsrud station and you can then walk a 7.8km look past the lake to Mariholtet Sportsstue, where you can warm up over coffee and sandwiches. See the trek in more detail on the Outtt hiking app. 

Photo: Kjetil Ree/Wikimedia Commons

Østernvann

The Østernvann lake, north of Fossum, once supplied drinking water to Bærum, and like Nøklevannet to the east of the city is now a popular place for a swim and a walk. You take the bus 41 to Skansebakken, then walk over Venneråsen to Abbortjern and from there to Østernvann. From there you can either walk to Eiksmarka T-bane, or take a green bus back to Oslo from Fossum. 
 

Østernvann in early spring. Photo: Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia Commons. 

Sognsvann

One of the most popular nature areas around Oslo, Sognsvann, the last stop on line 5 of the Oslo T-bane, is a great place to experience autumn, with its copious birch trees turning yellow and brown. The walk around the lake is only 3.2km making it suitable for families with small children. If you want a longer walk, you can continue on the far side out to the Ullevalseter hiking centre where you can replenish your energy with coffee and buns. 

A group on a walk around Sognvann. Photo: Espen Bratlie/Visit Oslo 

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Tøyen, with its arboretum filled with all manor of trees from across the world, is a wonderful place to visit as maples and other trees turn orange and gold. The gardens are currently decorated with woven sculptures by the British artist Tom Hare. The gardens are an oasis of greenery in central Oslo and are just a short walk from the central train station. 

The central building at Oslo’s Botanical Gardens. Photo: Didrick Stenersen/Visit Oslo
 

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