Oslo is famous for its architecture, museums and beautiful waterside. There are also great parks, and plenty of trails to explore close to the city. But with so many options, where are the best places to run? We asked local expert Håvard from Run With Me Oslo to tell us the 5 best places to run in Oslo.
The Bygdøy peninsula west of the city centre is perfect for a long run in beautiful surroundings. There is a mix of urban and rural, trails and paved routes through forest, park, beaches and the Royal farm! A run around Bygdøy is about 9 km, with various shorter routes to choose from. If you want to add a few km to this, you can start centrally.
This large sculpture park also called Frognerparken is a popular running spot and you will find other runners and group training here all year. The park is also a tourist attraction with its sculptures and fountains. It is perfect for running loops or intervals. Centrally located only 300 metres from Majorstuen T(metro) and 2 km from the city centre.
The most popular starting point for trail running in Oslo is Sognsvann. Easy access to the trails and proximity to the city make it a favourite for both recreation and more competitive training. The trail around Sognsvann itself is about 3,2 km(2 miles). A typical 10 km run is the run to the cabin Ullevålseter and back to Sognsvann. For other/longer routes there are endless trails to choose from. Have a look at the map at Sognsvann and follow the signs to your chosen destination.
4. Bislett Stadium
is a track and field stadium with both outdoor (400 m) and indoor (550 m) running tracks open for public most of the day (closed between 16:30-19:00 for club training inside). The beautiful, classic stadium, once an arena for the Winter Olympics back in 1952, now hosts the Oslo Bislett Games/Diamond League every summer.
The 8 km run alongside Akerselva River will take you from the city centre from Waterland Park up to Lake Maridalen. The trail passes through the historical working class areas with it’s interesting architecture, passing lots of bridges and waterfalls, gradually climbing upwards towards Maridalen. You can of course shorten the route or reverse it for an easier run downhill. The lower part is paved while the upper part is gravel.
If you want to run with a local, get in contact with Håvard at Run With Me Oslo. He offers a Best of Oslo tour as well as private tours.