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Oslo Nature walks: Forest to Fjord

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    What to Expect
    Experience Europe's largest urban forest, taking in a variety of sites from traditional wooden buildings, hilltop view points, pristine lakes and enough berries to last an entire holiday! The tour begins with a stunning metro ride up the hills, starting at sea level and ending nearly 500 meters above the city and fjord below. The first stop is the Holmenkollen ski jump, the spiritual home to Nordic winter sports. It is one of the most popular and best-rated sites in Oslo for a reason, leaving most tourists stunned by the scale of the jump and the views it affords.

    From there, the hiking begins, climbing through the Oslo "marka", a dense forest with a couple of thousand kilometers of hiking paths. In under 30 minutes, the tour arrives at Frognerseteren, a historic collection of 19th century wooden buildings which typify Norwegian rural architecture. The views will amaze, the interior of the building will inspire and the food at the café will be easy on your wallet. Pick up a picnic lunch here as the tour will stop at a view point in 30 minutes time for lunch.

    Dirt paths, rocky passages and deep forest await during the next part of the tour, making your way to the view point of Vettakollen, a "locals only" destination for one of the best views in all of Oslo. This stop is perfect for a panoramic lunch. After lunch, continue through the forest until arriving at the shores of Sognsvann, one of Oslo's prettiest lakes and perfect for a swim. Water temperatures range from 18-24 degrees (66-78 fahrenheit) in the summer, so bring a towel and swim wear. After the swim, it is back down to the city, on a different metro line, with more great views as the tour returns to civilization ending in the city center on the main street of Karl Johans Gate.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Central Oslo, 5 minutes or less from the following:
    • Main cruise port
    • Central Train Station "Oslo S"
    • Karl Johans Gate, the main street in Oslo
    • Opera
    • City Hall "Rådhuset"
    Departure Time
    12:00 PM
    Return Details
    Participants can choose to stay at the final stop on the tour, the Sognsvann Lake or return with the group to the city center on the metro, ending on the main street of Karl Johans Gate.
    • Local guide
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions (use of public transport is part of tour and tickets available for purchase at the tour starting point)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I did the hike with my 13 year old son who is your typical couch-bound city kid. He is now in love with nature and planning to walk and hike regularly. I myself missed the strong connection to nature I had grown up with as a child and this trip emphasised the need to make it a
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    Response from Viking B, Owner at Oslo Nature walks: Forest to Fjord
    Responded 3 Sep 2019
    Many thanks for the nice review, and we are glad you enjoyed the Norwegian concept of "friluftsliv", or outdoor living. To read that your son was inspired by the tour is the best feedback we can receive! Sorry the picnic stop was so late, as we usually stop around 14:45 (2:45pm) but the tour that day ran a bit slower and later than usual. But what a picnic stop, as hopefully you found the amazing view worth the wait :-) Best regards, Curtis
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    We took a private tour with Christian on Friday, May 11. Although the weather did not look good, we decided to continue. The day turned out to be perfect! Christian was a wonderful guide - he shared so many things about Norway's culture and history as we spent 7+ hours
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    Response from curtis_viking_biking, Owner at Oslo Nature walks: Forest to Fjord
    Responded 22 May 2018
    Hi and what a nice review. Christian had a great time with you on tour too and we remember that you are repeat customers from last year, which means so much to us. Thank you for coming on tour with us now a couple of times and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed both experiences. If we could give reviews on customers, you would get 5 stars too :-) Best regards, Curtis & Christian
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