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The Complete Holmenkollen Ski Jump Area Guide in Summer 2017

If there is one place that you should visit in Oslo it must be Holmenkollen Ski Jump area. It is one of the most known ski jumps   in the world. To reach this area, it’s very easy. Easiest way to get to the area is taking the Metro up. You can then either go off on Holmenkollen or Frognerseteren. The area is most crowded in the winter, when the snow is on the ground. But also in summer its a nice place to be. You can get one of Oslo’s best views from the top of Holmenkollen ski jump, especially when the weather allows that! Including the ski jump, there are ski simulator, churches, restaurants and cafeterias in the area that is worth visiting. Here we give you the ultimate guide for the area and what kind of attractions is worth to see and discover.

So, either you are just a tourist wanting to see the area or you are a adventurer, this area of Oslo got everything. Here we guide you through the area and hope we inspire you enough to take a visit. You know, Oslo is so much more than the city centre. Holmenkollen is a refreshing place to visit for sure and is recommended to visit by most tourist web sites world wide.

Let’s Go to Holmenkollen

How to get to Holmenkollen area

Public Transportation

Metro Line 1
Line number 1 runs from city center of Oslo to Frognerseteren. This line is Oslo’s first Metro line and is one of the lines with most curves. Holmenkollen station is in the middle of it’s route, while the center stations is underground stations. All in all, Oslo got 5 Metro lines. In Norwegian “T Bane” is the name of the metro system and you will find the T symbol everywhere.

When is the earliest trip to Frognerseteren? And when is the last trip going back to the city centre? The metro operates between 5am-00:30am every day. You can check out the routes and hours on Ruter.no.

Note!: Between Frøen and Frognerseteren, only the two first wagons are used due to the length of the platforms.

Bus Line 48
Line 48 runs between Voksenkollen metro station and Tryvann. But this route is only available in the winter months. Follow Oslo.distrita.com for changes regarding this! 

Taxi
Taxis in Norway are not cheap. Expect the prices to be around 500 to 700 NOK. Uber is a bit cheaper .

Both Metro and Bus service is the cheapest way to get to Holmenkollen area. Taxi is very expensive though. Also, when taking the Metro you reach several hights and areas that you won’t even reach with a Taxi. Forget to take a Taxi to Frognerseteren station.

Attractions in the area

Ski Museum

In this museum, you can learn everything about the Holmenkollen ski jump, which is one of Oslo’s most important icons. It is here where you get to know the history and why this ski jump is so important for Norway. Here you also learn about the Winter Olympic Games that was held in Oslo. This museum is open 365 days a year!

Opening hours
10.00 – 16.00: October until April
10.00 – 17.00: May and September
09.00 – 20.00: June, July an August

Open 365 days a year!

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What to see?
Get to know Holmenkollen and the ski interest in Norway. Norwegians love to do snow activities and ski jumping is something that people loves to watch in real life and on TV here. So to see how the Holmenkollen raised that interest is great and this is what the Ski museum shows you. Here you get to know about the oldest ski jump of its kind in the world.

Price:
130 NOK for Adults
65 NOK for Children
110 NOK if more than 10 Persons in a Group
110 NOK for students or seniors
320 NOK for Family ticket

This price also gives you access to enter the observation deck on the top of the jump tower, which offers panoramic view of Oslo.

Holmenkollen ski jump Tower

Before or after the visit at the ski museum. It is nice to take a trip up to the Holmenkollen ski jump tower. From here you can get an amazing view of Oslo, which is worth every second.

Opening hours
10.00 – 16.00: October until April
10.00 – 17.00: May and September
09.00 – 20.00: June, July an August

Open 365 days a year!

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What to see?
Here you can get an amazing view of Oslo from the top. We advice you to come here when it’s clear sky, because in winter the area can be filled with the very known Holmenkollen fog. When it’s present, then the view is at zero.

Price:
130 NOK for Adults
65 NOK for Children
110 NOK if more than 10 Persons in a Group
110 NOK for students or seniors
320 NOK for Family ticket

This price also gives you access to the ski museum which sits at the base of Holmenkollen ski jump.

Midtstubakken

Midtstubakken is located next to it’s big brother Holmenkollen. The bridge and the road is the border between these two amazingly made ski jumps. It is completely free to visit this ski jump. You can walk all the way to it, but be careful! It’s pretty high up. You can also walk up to the top and get an amazing view of Oslo. The design of the top part is really impressive. Midstubakken is in fact our favorite ski jump in Oslo!

Opening hours:
Open 365 days a year!

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What to see?
Amazing view of Oslo! Especially with clear sky!

Price:
Free!

Holmenkollen Chapel

A timeless chapel that is located just next to the big Holmenkollen ski jump. It was made back in 1903 and is now registered in Norway’s cultural heritage database. The church is an Evangelical Lutheran church and belongs to Church of Norway.

Opening hours
Open when Protestantic churches are open. Otherwise closed!

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What to see?
Old church that is really nice looking. Sits in the middle between Holmenkollen and Midtstubakken ski jumps.

Price: Free!

Tryvann Winter and Summer park

 

Opening hours:
All the time during the summer! None of the lifts is working though!

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Price: Free!

Korketrekkeren

 

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Opening hours: Open when Protestantic churches are open. Otherwise closed!

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What to see?: In winter this is a long winter slide that runs all the way from Frognerseteren, beyond Holmenkollen and ends at Midtstuen. From here you can take the Metro which goes every 15 minute up to Frognerseteren and slide down again.

Price: Free! But taking the Metro isn’t. Buy a 24 hour, 7 days or a Month card.

Eat and Drink places

Voksenåsen Restaurant

Voksenåsen Restaurant offers local specialities served in their own way. Most of the interior and furniture is well kept, from the 60’s and 70’s and as fresh as if designed yesterday, timeless and feeling like a home or one of those cozy “Swedish churches” abroad. The views of Oslo Fjord are out of this world.  In the restaurant Nils Holgersson you will enjoy Swedish and Nordic high quality food. The wine cellar offers exclusive wines of all kind. You can also order drinks and enjoy them outside after the dinner. My meal of pork with gravy, potatoes, vegetables and a delicious chocolate cake could not have been better.  Those who chose the fish entree were also equally pleased.

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Holmenkollen restaurant

Holmenkollen restaurant is the restaurant next to the tube stop at Holmenkollen.

We have been there for lunch and we definitely liked the food. We were 5 and we had all a main dishes each. We tried the graved salmon, which was really nice, with potatoes (all  typical Norwegian dishes are served with boiled potatoes). Then we ordered today’s soup which was a fish soup.. It was absolutely delicious and my personal favorite of the entire meal, tasty and with super fresh fish. We had also some really nice beers, which were really light and good. After the dinner we had a dessert with chocolate and caramel. The portion was really small but it tasted amazingly. The price is high, the food is worth it but still, if compared to European  prices, that’s way expensive. Assuming the average prices in Norway it’s OK and you pay for the location, next to the ski jump and the stunning views. We spent around 50 euros each (500 nok).
Nice experience, great views, and just ok waiters, unfortunately they don’t give any personal touch to the visit.

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Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel

The restaurant at Scandic Hotel offers an international kitchen that uses high-quality Norwegian ingredients to create a variety of interesting dishes. The historic premises, the location next to the ski jump and the art collection on the walls give “De Fem Stuer” a nice and special atmosphere.

The restaurant’s private dining facilities for up to 40 persons are located in another building at the hotel.

OUR EXPERIENCES: We have tried a lot of tasting-menus around the world. This has been the best one with the combination of Norwegian food and European cuisine. The wine-matching is also excellent.  The restaurant is situated in Holmenkollåsen with a beautiful view from the mountain above Oslo and you can see the whole city and fjord. The view in itself is worth the trip. The atmosphere is elegant, filled with traditional pride in an old hotel, but relaxed, friendly and welcoming. The tables are spread around several rooms, and the chairs are made to sink into and enjoy the evening. Food is excellent, creative, and such a piece of art, and the waiters love what they do. The deserts were our favorites.
This restaurant is definitely worth the drive. Absolutely recommended.
Remember to ask for a table by the window.

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Frognerseteren restaurant

Frognerseteren restaurant is located only 100 meters down a hill from the Frognerseteren tube stop. The building is from 1891 and the food traditions they still practice here are even older than that. It’s great to have stop here after a long hike up the hillsides. The views are stunning  from the outdoor terrace. The cafeteria offers warm and cold dishes, and it is possible to order just a cup of coffee. They also have indoor seatings. The living room is very cozy with and old style. Here it is possible to book a private dining for you and your group.

OUR EXPERIENCES: We visited the restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is a short 5-minute walk from the Frognerseteren metro stop, which is just a few stops from Holmenkollen. It’s about a 30-minute ride on the metro from central Oslo, but it’s a very scenic and enjoyable trip. When you get off at the station, signs point the way along a wooded trail down the hill to the restaurant. The day we visited was a very snowy and foggy day in March, so we didn’t have much of a view, but the short walk from the station was easy, and the restaurant was amazing. It looks like a traditional Norwegian mountain lodge, but also has the look and feel of an alpine chalet. The outside was impressive, and the inside had a very warm and cozy feel, with a large fireplace providing a nice spot to warm up. The food is served somewhat cafeteria style, with many options, including a lot of traditional Norwegian dishes. We all had something different, and we all really enjoyed our meals. As good as the food was, the setting and the experience were even better. The metro ride up the mountain from Oslo provides some nice views and is a very relaxing and enjoyable ride. When you arrive at Frognerseteren, you feel as though you’re venturing off into the wilderness, and when the trees clear, you arrive at this beautiful building and setting. It’s a wonderful and easy escape from the city. If I’m fortunate enough to ever return to Oslo, this restaurant will be at the top of my list.
A truly memorable experience.

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Lysebu restaurant

Charming place with old style with a “stabbur” and a big wine cellar. Such attention to detail and presentation as well as an intense pride in sourcing the best and freshest Norwegian produce. You are told by the waiter exactly what you are going to be eating and where it comes from. There is generally one set meal which means that everything is prepared to perfection. Staff was great and the total experience was top notch. OUR EXPERIENCES: Attentive staff, great food and drinks made a great evening.  This is for special events as the price is rather high. You get what you pay for though.

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Nordmarka Tryvannstua

Nordmarka Tryvannstua is a cozy traditional restaurant serving lunch and barbecue dishes. They have also reindeer, lamb, cod and entrecote on their menu.

OUR EXPERIENCES: The food there is more than perfect. Excellent service, with both pleasure and smile! The most famous dish is Bjork’s cinnamon rolls “bole” . But for sure this fame can easily compete the divine flavor of waffles!

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Soria Moria restaurant

An extremely very well run hotel property with great Nordic feel and design, with a mix of humble understatement and grandour. If you are in Oslo and want a natural sorroundings accompany you then this is your hotel. Situated 20 minutes from the city center, yet in the midst of the forest, with stunning views over the Oslo city and out to the Oslo Fjord. The restaurant is renowned by good food at right prices.

OUR EXPERIENCES: The food at the hotel is fantastic, breakfast was a large combination of European, British and local Norwegian staples such as salted fish, brown cheese and cured meats with almost too much variety to try everything in one morning. Dinner and lunch at the hotel were also very good and not expensive compared with restaurants in Oslo itself.

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Where To Stay

You should consider lodging in the Holmenkollen area next time you visit Oslo. Here you find a relaxing atmosphere and have the most beautiful nature Oslo may offer next to the door. The metro trip to the city centre doesn’t take you more than 30 minutes and costs only 33 kroner, and you find more valuable hotels in Holmenkollen in the summer season as it is low peak season when the ski jump is not in use.

Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel

A very beautiful hotel in an traditional wooden style design, bult in 1894 and is maintained well. Scandic offers 343 rooms and 30 conference rooms. The location is brilliant, super close to the Holmenkollen ski jump and the metro station “Holmenkollen” is also close. The hotel offers SPA, swimming pool and fitness centre so there is no excuse to no stay fit although there may be a raining day. The kids are also taken well care of, with own departments for toys and playstation, games and books. But you should really stay outdoor. This area has more to offer than just the ski jump. The location 350 meters above the sea gives you spectacular views. You can do plenty of walking tours in the Nordmarka area. There are miles of footpaths in the beautiful mountains and wood. The hotel also offers free bikes to hire. Oslo Vinterpark is just a few minutes walk away where they have one of Scandinavia’s biggest climbing parks. Here you also get the cheapest soda prices in the area. While you have to pay 38 NOK for a soda bottle at Holmenkollen ski museum. Here the price is set at 26 NOK.  The hotel also got a cafeteria and places where you can just sit down and look at the view. Especially a place just near the entrance, you have some wooden benches where you can sit down and look at the amazing view.

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Kongeveien 26, Oslo. Take metro number 1 and leave it at Holmenkollen and walk 700 meters (10 minutes walk)

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Website: Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel

Prices from: 745-1090 kr per night (checked 16/06-2017 for lodging 16/07-2017)

Some experiences: The place is easily accessible through train that runs through a scenic route over looking Oslo and the fjord and the view breathtaking at night time. You can visit beautiful places in Oslo without any difficulty and we even managed to take the Bergen Train route without any hassle.

The staff is well presented and have a courteous, friendly and very professional demeanour and always ready to help and answer queries. The facilities are clean and well maintained and the children loved the indoor pool though small and can be crowded but we had it to ourselves several times.

The breakfast is an overflowing cornucopia with loads of choices with much more to enjoy during lunch or dinner.

I truly loved the place.

Soria Moria Hotel

The Hotel offers 156 rooms including single bed, double bed and twin beds and suits. The location 500 meters above the sea secures stunning views over Oslo city centre, the Oslo fiord and Sørkedalen. Soria Moria was renovated in 2013 and looks modern and cozy. Just beside of the hotel, you will find “The Askeladden House” a beautiful timber building consisting of 5 meeting rooms, a wine cellar, restaurant and kitchen.

Location and Map 

Voksenkollveien 60, 0790 Oslo. Take the metro number 1 and leave it at Voksenåsen tube and walk 900 meters (11 minutes walk).

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Website: Soria Moria

Prices from: 909-1050 (checked 16/06-2017 for lodging 16/07-2017)

Some experiences:

Our Queen room was a good size with a large bathroom. It was nicely decorated with a view out over the surrounding woodlands. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever experienced in a hotel – Norway seem to know how to do great beds! Buffet breakfast in the restaurant had a good selection. We didn’t get round to having a drink in the upstairs bar but we had a quick look to admire the view over the city and it was a nice place to spend some time.

There is a bus that runs past the hotel to the nearby Metro station and on to the Winterpark (and vice versa). It’s seemingly not particularly frequent – maybe it depends on the day, though if you have bags it’s probably worth waiting for; the walk to the hotel is relatively hilly and there weren’t any pavements (not that there was much traffic). It was about 12-15 minutes from the hotel to the metro and a further 10-12 minutes up to the Winterpark. Overall we thought this was a great base for the Winterpark and would definitely recommend it.

Lysebu Hotel

With stunning views over the Oslo fiord, this historic hotel built more than 100 years ago Lysebu hotel is looking like a king’s palace from a fairy tale. Lysebu was a gift from Norway to Denmark, and still this you can find the best from the Danish cuisine in their restaurant. They offer weekend packages for a double room with breakfast and a 3 course dinner from 3000 kroner.

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Lysebuveien 12, Oslo

Website: Lysebu Hotel

Price: 1359-1409 kroner (seems to be closed for parts of the summer)

Some experiences: 

Just incredible place. The location is amazing and the hotel itself is very good. It was snowing while I was there which made it magical, like being in Narnia. However, the room I had was super tiny, I could touch both walls without stretching my arms completely, no TV in the room, no kettle for tea or coffee, although there were some coffee machines around the hotel. My bed was very small and someone tall would struggle. Food quality was exceptionally good quality but don’t expect much variation as their have one menu and it’s for a full week. Overall though, a very good experience.

Voksenåsen Hotel

As a national gift from Norway to Swden, this hotel stribes a little extra to give you the ultimate lodging. Through conferences, courses, concerts and exhibitions the entire goal for this hotel is to strengthen the relationship between Norway and Sweden and also share the Swedish-Norwegian society understanding in and outside of Scandinavia. Voksenåsen has got amazing views from the terrace and restaurant. You may recognize the interior design from a Swedish home or some of the cozy Swedish Tourist Churches around the world. They have lots of concerts and events open for everybody. They also celebrate Midsummer on the 23rd of June.

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Ullveien 4, Oslo

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Website: Voksenåsen Hotel

Price: 1154-1174 kroner per night

Some experiences:
Here you have a view over Oslo town from above, and you can also see the Oslo fjord both ways. Nice conference facility, good standard in the rooms and excellent food in the restaurant. Nice and service minded employees! Amazing location is the most important thing about this accomodation. Tube station is really close to hotel. Breakfast was also pretty cool and you are gonna love them. Morning view over Oslo gives you energy to experience a new adventure and discover not only Oslo but all Norway. We fell in love into this city and country.

Private Lodging

There are also plenty of beautiful houses around Holmenkollen and you may consider to find a cozy private room or house in these wonderful surroundings. You may get more value for money compared to hotels if you choose Airbnb. Some people want privacy and need a private house, and we found private houses (with 4 beds) from 699 kroner per night, while private rooms (1 bed) were 399 kroner per night.