Rustadsaga Sports Lodge

Rustadsaga Sports Lodge (Østmarka, Oslo) – located in Lake Nøklevann, a forest just southeast of Oslo, this is a popular sports lodge with a rustic feel.  Diners often bike or hike here for lunch.


TusenFryd (Vinterbro) – located about 20 km. south of Oslo (along Route E6/E18 towards Sweden), this amusement park has Scandinavia’s most spectacular roller coaster: SpeedMonster, with a speed of 0-90 kilometers in 2 seconds, have 6000 hp and give the passengers a feeling of 4G vertical. Don’t miss ThunderCoaster, which has been elected the 5th best rollercoaster in Europe with a maximum speed of approx 100 km/hour and you will be weightless 12 times during the ride.

Take your family on a ride in SuperSplash and let the carriage send you all down the fall with a huge splash and laughter. Feel the rush!, TusenFryd Waterpark with a water temperature of 25 degrees, The kids will love the Children’s Area with the Frog Jump and all the other attractions which is especially designed for toddlers.  Admission:  NOK 299 (95-120 cm height), NOK 369 (anyone over 120 cm height), NOK 209 (seniors over 60 years), free admission for anyone under 95 cm in height.  Hours and opened days vary.  See TusenFryd’s website for an updated calendar:


Spektrum Arena

Spektrum Arena (Sonja Henie Plass 2, Oslo) – this indoor multipurpose arena, which opened in 1990, has a seating capacity of 8,700.  It books a variety of pop and rock acts, such as Bruno Mars, Deep Purple, The Wanted Elton John, and Drake, as well as ice shows like “Disney on Ice”.

Spa Treatments

Spa Treatments – A favored place to relax among Norwegians and other Scandinavians, a spa is a place for health and personal treatments and well-being. Water usually plays an essential part, with hot and cold pools and tubs. There are often different kinds of massages and skin treatments available.  For those with deeper pockets, one can go to the Artesia Spa Grand Hotel (in downtown Oslo) – which offers seven exclusive treatment rooms, including a double treatment room, as well as a stunning swimming pool, steam room, sauna and changing rooms. All treatment rooms have bathtubs for hydrotherapy treatments along with a separate VIP-suite for groups.  The spa offers all spa-related treatments; massage, facials, body treatments as well as nail design, pedicure and manicure.

For those with more time and a car, there is Farris Bad (located in Larvik, at Vestfold – a 90-minute drive south of Oslo).  Farris Bad (bath in Norwegian) has the largest and most comprehensive spa department in Scandinavia, and is the only hotel to have established its spa on a natural mineral-rich spring.  Each day, fresh spring water bubbles up from the subterranean grotto 55 meters under the ground, rich in nutrients and full of health-bringing properties. The water takes 20 years to percolate through the natural moraine filters below the beech forest before it reaches Farris Bad.  The spa department focuses on physical exercise, mental training, balanced diets and treatments. It is a place where you can find outer and inner calm. Professional advice and dedicated therapists will ensure you are taken good care of during treatment.


Sami Country Excursions

Sami Country Excursions (northern Norway) – those travelers who opt to visit the northern regions of Norway (in part to see the “Northern Lights”) will also come across the country’s indigenous people, the Sami.  The Sami people are also known as Lapps, but prefer to be called Samis.  Their culture has been developing in Northern Scandinavia since the arrival of the first people 11,000 years ago. The Sami were at one with nature, and lived in tents (lavvo) and turf huts whilst they followed the reindeer.  Reindeer herding is still central to Sami culture, even to this day, and crucial to the subsistence of the Sami, providing meat, fur and transportation.

The town of Karasjok is the capital of this community.  One place to partake in the local culture & history is Sápmi Culture Park.  This is a great place to hear the Sami joik, eat Sami food, meet Sami people, purchase Sami souvenirs, visit Sami dwellings and get acquainted with the Sami’s best friend – the ubiquitous reindeer.  The best times to visit this part of Norway are during the Easter period – where local religious events take place, along with the Sami Grand Prix, the annual reindeer race, and other events such as concerts, theatre performances and exhibitions.

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Øya Festival

Øya Festival (Tøyenparken, Oslo) – this is Oslo’s biggest music festival. In August every year it draws around 60,000 music lovers to Oslo’s east side, where they can enjoy four days of everything from international stars to up-and-coming artists.

The Club Night on Tuesday, with concerts at many small clubs, serves as a warm-up for the four days in the Tøyen Park festival area. Wednesday to Saturday you can hear concerts from three stages in the park. If you need a break, you can try some organic food, or go shopping for records, clothes and cartoons from the stalls and tents. After the festival area is closed, there are Nighttime Øya events in some of Oslo’s clubs.  See the event’s website for details:


Oslo World Music Festival

Oslo World Music Festival – this is a six-day festival that presents world music of all kinds. In the course of the festival more than 200 artists from all corners of the world play different concert venues in downtown Oslo.  Oslo World Music Festival usually takes place in the end of October and beginning of November – in many ways the perfect time for a festival like this. Oslo can be quite cold and dark at this time of the year, but at Oslo World Music Festival you can get the feeling of being in more exotic places. Go to the Arabic countries with great raï artists, or let intense yoiking take you to Arctic regions. Move your feet to tabla techno, or swing your hips to afro salsa. Follow the stars of world music and go to wherever you want.  See the Festival’s website for ticket and artist info:

Oslo Winter Park

Oslo Winter Park (Besøksadresse: Tryvannsveien 64, Oslo) – for those interested in skiing, one need not look too far outside of Oslo to find ski-worthy slopes.  This ski resort is the largest in the Oslo area, and is open from December to mid-April.  Located just 20 minutes from Oslo, the Park’s five slopes have areas for both beginners and advanced levels.  Visitors can take part in alpine skiing, snowboarding, and telemark skiing.  Check the Park’s website for current “skipass” rates:

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House (Kirsten Flagstads pl. 1, Sentrum, Oslo) – located by the Oslofjord, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet is housed within this venue.  An architectural wonder in its own righA range of events are held there – from classical ballets and operas to pop concerts.  Check the Opera House’s website for upcoming events:

Oslo International Jazz Festival

Oslo International Jazz Festival – this is a six-day event held every year in August.  For more than 20 years, the festival has offered a broad range of jazz experiences; be it the Count Basie Orchestra at Oslo Concert Hall or Lars Frank Trio at a subway station.

Oslo Jazz Festival presents well-known and unknown jazz artists for a big audience. Since its ”flying start” in 1985, the festival has given jazz lovers many great concert experiences. International stars such as Phil Woods, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby McFerrin, Brad Meldau, Django Bates and Illinois Jaquet Big Band have all spellbound the audience at Oslo Jazz Festival.  See the Festival’s website for ticket and artist info:


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