"Even in the Summer -- Something for Everyone" Holmenkollen Tip by tombantle

Holmenkollen, Oslo: 68 reviews and 122 photos

  View from the starting gate of the ski jump
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  • View from the starting gate of the ski jump - Oslo
      View from the starting gate of the ski jump
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  • The ski jump sits atop the ski museum - Oslo
      The ski jump sits atop the ski museum
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  • Even from the museum terrace the view is great - Oslo
      Even from the museum terrace the view is great
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  • Ski Museum Cross-Country Exhibit - Oslo
      Ski Museum Cross-Country Exhibit
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  • View down from take-off area - Oslo
      View down from take-off area
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For non-skiers, the Holmenkollen ski complex affords the best views of the City of Oslo and the fjord -- it's great to orient yourself. For the more adventurous who don't suffer from vertigo, you can climb up the 114 steps to the top of the jump and pretend you are about thrill the thousands of spectators; alternatively you can try out the jump simulator (extra fee). For the skiing-obsessed the ski museum outlines the 4000-year history of skiing, both alpine and nordic. It also includes clothing and equipment from the Amundsen and Nansen polar expeditions. Shopaholics can shop. The jump and the simulator are accessed through the museum.

June through August the complex stays open until 8 p.m. so its a great spot to hit after other attractions close. Beware that the climb up from the Holmenkollen T-Bane stop (follow the signs and keep going up) is steep. In our group, the teenagers arrived well before the middle-aged. There is a restaurant/bar just above the stop and another at the complex. Both the admission and the T-Bane ride are covered on the Oslo Card.

The jump, visible from many locations in Oslo and the fjord, has been in this location since 1892. It was a focal point for the 1952 Oslo Olympics and has been upgraded numerous times. The complex hosts a ski festival in March, including a massive cross-country skiing race. In the summer, it's a concert venue and the landing area is a swimming pool.

For more photos see my travelogue on Homenkollen.

Address: Kongevein 5 (10 km northwest of the City center)
Directions: Take T-Bane Line 1 to Holmenkollen. Then its a steep 10-20 minute (depending upon your age and fitness) walk up.
Phone: 22 92 32 00

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  • Updated May 15, 2007
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