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Five great places to go on a hammock trip in Oslo this summer

Make the most of the warm weather by spending the night sleeping under the stars in a hammock. Here are our top picks for a 'hengekøyetur' in Oslo. 

Five great places to go on a hammock trip in Oslo this summer
Here are five great spots to go on a hammock trip. Photo by S Migaj on Unsplash

One of the best things about Norway is being close to nature wherever you are. This applies to the country’s capital, Oslo. Another great thing about Norway is Allemannsretten, the right to public access.

This gives people the right to travel or camp anywhere they like, regardless of who owns the land. The exception to this rule is cultivated land and if you are camping on somebody else’s land you can only do so if you are 150 meters from their property and can only stay a maximum of two night’s before you are required to ask for permission. 

Furthermore, while it isn’t a rule per say, those camping with tents and hammocks are encouraged to pick spots that are already established as sites for camping. So while it may be tempting to look for your own hidden gem please do stay close to an established spot to avoid minimal disruption to the nature and wildlife in the area. 

You can take a closer look at the rules for camping trips and the right to roam here.

With that cleared up we can now get to our list of our top picks for a hammock trip in Oslo.

Grefsenkollen (Lillomarka) 

The area isn’t just a great spot for running, climbing, and alpine slopes; it’s also an excellent area to take a Hengekøyetur or hammock trip. There are plenty of great places to hang your hammock that offer fantastic views of Oslo. 

This spot doesn’t just suit those looking for the best view of Oslo; it’s perfect for sporty types, too, as there’s plenty of great trails in the area for hiking, biking and running. 

 
 
 
 
 
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You can get there by taking the 56 bus to Akebakken. Then it is a short 2-kilometre hike to the top. If you do not fancy taking public transport, plenty of parking is available, but a short walk will still be involved.  

This spot probably isn’t suitable for young children, though, so bear that in mind when planning. 

Gaupekollen (Maridalen)

North of Oslo, Maridalen has some excellent spots for hammock enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. 

This spot is a lot quieter than some of the others on the list, so it can give a more secluded feel without having to travel too far away from the city. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The hike is roughly 4 kilometres from the nearest car park or the closest bus stop. The best way to get there via public transport is by taking the 51 bus and hiking the rest of the journey. 

The trip to reach the top of Gaupekollen can be taken at a leisurely pace as the elevation increase is just 350 meters.

From there you’ll be able to see the Oslo Fjord and city centre. 

Trollvann (Lilomarka) 

This one is perfect for families who don’t want to walk for miles to find a good spot or those who are wary of heights. 

There are plenty of great spots to choose from near trollvannet in Lilomarka. The terrain is flat and easy to traverse, making it a popular site for families with small children. 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s a jiffy to get to via car or public transport (56 bus) and boasts a place to grab a bite to eat and toilets nearby. 

Despite being named the trolls water, the lake is also a great place to take a dip, and there’s a jetty, making getting in and out of the water simple. 

READ ALSO: The six best places to swim outdoors in Oslo this summer 

The downside of taking a hammock trip nearby a lake in summer is that you will need to have a decent mosquito net and plenty of repellant handy. 

Vettakollen 

Vettakollen is a peak between Holmenkollen and Sognsvann. The area is just minutes from the nearest metro station (Vettakollen) and is accessible to people of all ages. The peak is just 1.2 kilometres away from the bottom, and the trail is marked. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The spot has some fantastic views of Oslo, and if you hang your hammock eastwards, you will be able to see the rising sun in the morning. 

Øyungskollen (Nordmarka) 

This one is a bit more of a challenge to reach the summit as the route is both steep and unmarked. Nevertheless, you can still take a clear trail, and the effort is well worth the reward. 

Øyungskollen is by popular swimming spot Øyungen, and you can find Øyungskollen by following the path around to the east of the water. 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you are driving, you can park at Skar in Maridalen. If you prefer public transport you can take the 51 bus via public transport. 

The route to the top is idyllic and worth the trip alone and once you get to the top you’ll be met with fantastic views of Øyungen.

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Greenland foreign minister axed over independence remarks

Greenland's pro-independence foreign minister Pele Broberg was demoted on Monday after saying that only Inuits should vote in a referendum on whether the Arctic territory should break away from Denmark.

Greenland foreign minister axed over independence remarks
Greenland's pro-independence minister Pele Broberg (far R) with Prime Minister Mute Egede (2nd R), Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd R) at a press briefing in Greenland in May 2021. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

Prime Minister Mute Egede, who favours autonomy but not independence, said the ruling coalition had agreed to a reshuffle after a controversial interview by the minister of the autonomous Arctic territory.

Broberg was named business and trade minister and Egede will take on the foreign affairs portfolio.

The prime minister, who took power in April after a snap election, underscored that “all citizens in Greenland have equal rights” in a swipe at Broberg.

Broberg in an interview to Danish newspaper Berlingske said he wanted to reserve voting in any future referendum on independence to Inuits, who comprise more than 90 percent of Greenland’s 56,000 habitants.

“The idea is not to allow those who colonised the country to decide whether they can remain or not,” he had said.

In the same interview he said he was opposed to the term the “Community of the Kingdom” which officially designates Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, saying his country had “little to do” with Denmark.

Greenland was a Danish colony until 1953 and became a semi-autonomous territory in 1979.

The Arctic territory is still very dependent on Copenhagen’s subsidies of around 526 million euros ($638 million), accounting for about a third of its budget.

But its geostrategic location and massive mineral reserves have raised international interest in recent years, as evidenced by former US president Donald Trump’s swiftly rebuffed offer to buy it in 2019.

READ ALSO: US no longer wants to buy Greenland, Secretary of State confirms

Though Mute Egede won the election in April by campaigning against a controversial uranium mining project, Greenland plans to expand its economy by developing its fishing, mining and tourism sectors, as well as agriculture in the southern part of the island which is ice-free year-round.

READ ALSO: Danish, Swiss researchers discover world’s ‘northernmost’ island

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