The line that gets you in the middle of the wood.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, a city in full development, a cosmopolitan place that smoothly combines modern architecture with tradition and has a special feature that can make you like it even more. It is a city where nature is only a step away from the city center. You can get there only by using the metro… or Tesla. YES, the city is a huge fan of Elon Musk’s cars. But let’s stick with the part where you can get in the middle of the woods by only using the metro.
The metro system in Oslo allows the inhabitants and tourists to travel to the metropolitan area of Oslo by using the metro so that everybody who wants to visit the outskirts, hiking , or go skiing can easily use the transportation system.
The journey begins with a metro ticket and follows the blue line path. The first stop is at Holmenkollen, which is 15 minutes away from Central Metro Station, to visit the Ski jump Trampoline. It is not so far from the metro station, about 10 minutes walk.
The trampoline is a massive construction and a part of the structure practically floats. This is a kind of “building” that imprints itself in your mind. You can not even imagine that somebody could think about building a piece of art like this one. The trampoline has 105.6 m from taking off and 35.7 degrees. The image is spectacular, even on a snowy cold day.
At the base of the trampoline, you can visit the world’s oldest ski museum, which presents the history of the ski from 4000 years ago to nowadays. This 2 floors building shows several ski gears, from wooden to modern ski equipment, fur and modern costumes, a wind simulator that can measure the speed when a competitor jumps from the trampoline’s takeoff, photos from ski competitions that took place in Oslo. Also, the museum created a so-called “Wall of fame” with Norway’s great skiers of all time. The museum hosts some equipment that has been used during the Arctic “ The first Fram expedition” and Antarctic expedition lead by Roald Amundsen, also the Fridtjof Nansen’s Greenland ski crossing.
At the last level, you can visit de trampoline and the take-off part. Practically, you visit the floating part of the trampoline and if you are afraid of heights, this could be a real challenge. The trampoline has served since 1980 the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup and from 1983 the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup.
Leaving the trampoline behind and heading back to the metro station to the next destination, to Frognerseteren, which is a neighborhood of Oslo and the last station on the blue line. This is the starting point for several recreational hiking and skiing trails. The metro station is placed on the highest altitude in the world, 478 m above the sea level.
We left the city when it was cloudy and cold, but the snow was missing and in just 20 minutes we arrived in the middle of the forest, in a winter wonderland, with our boots covered in snow, a breathtaking landscape and people all dressed up for ski. The perfect combination for a cold morning in Oslo.
Heading back to the city, as the altitude decreases, the greeny, foggy and cloudy landscape reappears, just like that. Such a wonderful adventure to embrace nature, near Oslo! The view looks amazing from the metro, like watching a postcard.