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Explore Asker!

I moved to Asker some years back, and I keep enjoying exploring my home community.

Despite clinging to the term "bygd", something like a rural, independent community with a separate, village-like atmosphere and identity, Asker is very much the sleeping quarters for an Osloite workforce. The bumper-to-bumper traffic on the road to Oslo every morning confirms this. However, people here keep insisting that Asker is on a different planet... I'll agree to so much: Asker is sufficiently far away from Oslo to have some interesting urban niches, services, plenty of rural scenery and even wilderness at the edges. And the place does indeed have a separate and wholesome identity. It is a rapidly greening community, with what must be the largest per capita electric cars in any town, attracting green industries and offering strong protection to social and natural capital.
Asker isn't much of a tourist destination as such. But it is a community with a lot of international families, workers and businesses, and it is within easy day or half day excursion's reach of Oslo. You will find several business and conference hotels and facilities here, and they often have offers and activities, such as family or holiday dinner specials, buffet nights, SPA etc. geared toward casual visitors and locals as well during the slack periods - and that is normally during the holidays and weekends. So, it is worthwhile looking at Asker for a stopover, or even as an alternative to staying in Oslo. A train ride to Oslo centre to centre takes 18 minutes and about 50 kroner.

While collecting info for my Asker VT page I found that what I came up with quite neatly served as my own resource pages for Asker. Easy to look up web links, phone numbers, opening hours etc. Since, repeat, Asker isn't really a prime tourism destination in itself I might as well keep utilizing the VT Asker pages for my own purposes? So if these pages on Asker are boring, then be it - it's like this by design!

If you want to check out how things are here, check these web sites:
Statistics of Asker: Statistics
Skiing and snow conditions Skiing
Maps of Asker (and elsewhere): Asker Map
Asker's museums: Asker Museum
Local news and info (Norwegian language) Budstikka
Traffic situation liveTraffic
Basic info about Asker: Wikipedia info and Asker web links
Visitors' information in English: : Asker&Bærum tourist
About Asker Municipality in English: About Asker in English
Need official info about Asker municipality?: Asker kommune
Local services, phonebook, civil society, business: Asker directory
New in Asker?: New in Asker
Cultural events calendar for Asker: Events, search for Asker and Bærum
Local ads, buy and sell, real estate, boats, map search Finn.no, choose Akershus, Asker
The light and weather in Asker just now? Check the web camera: Webcamera in Asker
My personal local issues blogs; check Askerbloggenfor thougths and opinions.

Asker - the dry facts

Asker is a municipality just to the west of Oslo proper. The indented western coastal strip of the Inner Oslofjord belongs to Asker. About 55.000 people and increasing, live here, and work in the local area or commute to Oslo. Many people also commute to Asker to the high tech "Sub-Sea Valley cluster" - oil and gas-related supplies and development. Asker comes out among the top livable communities and best administered municipalities in Norway - without being stamped as snobbish.

Communications with the rest of Oslo and the country are good: Asker is on the E18 highway west, on the western train mainlines to Skien, Stavanger and Bergen, and connecting to other mainlines in Oslo. There are direct bus/rail connections to the airports of Oslo and Torp. The internal bus services are good during working and rush hours, tapering off in the evening. There is a commuter and holiday fast boat service from Vollen to Aker Brygge in Oslo city centre. Sports facilities and cultural institutions of all sorts are excellent. It's a bit of an artists' community, too. Culturally speaking, however, Asker is much less colorful and multiethnic than neighboring Drammen or Oslo, but as 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants increasingly expand business and living beyond Oslo city centre, these benefits are fast reaching Asker, too.
Living costs here are fairly high, but matched by a higher per capita income than the average of Norway, and excellent local social and educational services. You find this relative wealth reflected in expensive housing and an odd assortment of terapeutic institutions, cosmethic surgery businesses, pet grooming stores, five (5!) baby massage places, swimming aerobics parlours and the like.
Asker centre - a town in it's own right - has some 5500 inhabitants and functions as the service, communications and commerical centre. It is small and compact, and easy to walk around. It is far enough from Oslo to have a good number of well-stocked unique shops and commercial services.
Most people live along the key roads, the coast and in some smaller communities, notably Vollen, Holmen, Billingstad/slependen and Heggedal. That leaves a fairly large hinterland of forests and smallish mountains and lakes for nature's own benefit, and for recreation and exploration. Agriculture is still on the list of traditional images of Asker, among the wide range, especially berries, fruit, lettuce and flower growing.

The beauty of living in Asker

Asker's climate is among the warmest and best in Norway. The summer season is long. I actually grow grapes in my yard, at 51 degrees north! The disadvantage is of course that the winter proper is short, with snow conditions that leaves something to be desired. But normally there is a lot more snow here than other places around Oslo. I already long back to Lillehammer's stable winter climate - a real white winter town!
The maritime image of Oslo's Westfjord is strong and reflected in local media focus, socieal life, restaurants, galleries, shops and boating and bathing. There are good bathing/swimming opportunities at several smallish beaches here, and some nice maritime theme restaurants and cafes.
Asker is a sports and outdoorsy community, with many ski tracks, foot paths, the coastal trail, bikers, sailors, kayakers etc. It is a bit of a green community as well, despite all the CO2 and NOxes produced in the logjam to Oslo; the world highest concentration of electric cars per capita is found here, and services and policies pertaining to going green are implemented.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Warm climate, fjord proximity, community feeling, small, but big enough
  • Cons:Too much part of Oslo's suburbia, too little true, dramatic wilderness
  • In a nutshell:Good living, easy to leave, to be missed only in the long run.
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  • Ainisoba's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    I'd like to visit again Asker, thanks for many information but I don't think so, there is warm climate.

  • Nov 22, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    I really can't recommend this company (Asker og Baerum Taxisentral). I was transferred to unanswered extentions (1930hrs 22/11/08) and the girl answering couldn't understand my Norwegian or my English.

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2007 at 7:46 AM

    wow, many and good tips, thanks!!!

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Lots of snow! I am jealous.... huh?! Warm climate??? You listed that as a "pro"... Welcome back from your trip:) I looked at what I wrote on your Mongolia page...wasn't that nice lol!

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2006 at 1:34 AM

    Lovely cute boy with blueberries :)

  • Dancer_75's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2005 at 4:12 PM

    Great page about your hometown! Very informative!

  • Azhut's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 3:26 AM

    Next time I come you must be my guide :-)))

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2005 at 2:01 PM

    Some great updates here Olav. I don't miss the 'holke', but I do mis 'smultringer'. I used to go to the top of Vardåsen for skinny dipping quite regularly!

  • Dec 28, 2004 at 4:55 AM

    Useful shopping tips here Olav! If ever I am in this part of Norway and I need bread, carpets or kerosene lamps, I will know where to get them! :))

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