With 40 islands, hundreds of lakes and thousands of kilometers of hiking paths, Oslo is often described as nature that has a small city in the middle. To understand this city is to experience its world-class nature, whether on the islands of the fjord or perched high above the city in its immense forest. Allow Viking Hiking to show you what makes Oslo such a unique place: its nature!

Nature Walks: Forest to Fjord

Hike through 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. From there, the hiking begins, climbing steeply through the Oslo "marka", a dense forest with a couple of thousand kilometers of hiking paths. Dirt paths, rocky passages and deep forest await, as we make our 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 (bring your own or purchase along the way at a café in a local forest cabin). After lunch, continue through the forest until arriving at the shores of Sognsvann, one of Oslo's prettiest lakes and perfect for a swim. The tour ends at this lake, with easy access to a metro stop for return to the city center. PRICE Child 1-12 years of age: not available     Oslo Pass: 230 kroner (Public Transportation pass included in your Oslo Pass)                                                        Youth and Student: 240 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included; 12-26 valid student ID required)    Adult: 300 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included)   FITNESS LEVEL Good fitness level is required. The terrain is very hilly, going up-and-down most of the tour. Good trail shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Participants should be able to walk in such conditions for 30 minutes at a moderate pace. AVAILABILITY End of June - Early September: Fridays and Saturdays departing at 12:00 noon. Advanced booking recommended, but not required assuming spaces are still available on the tour. Autumn - Spring (off season): available for private groups. Please contact us for more information. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please arrive at our shop at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour as the group departs at 12:00 noon exactly in order to make the first ferry. This tour uses the public transport system and tickets are not included in the price of the tour. Some guests cine akready with public transport cards or the Oslo Pass. Public transportation cards can purchased in  during the on-line booking process at the check out, in shop, or at local outlets in the city.

Nature Walks: Island Hopping in the Oslo Fjord

Discover the majestic Oslo fjord and its various islands like a local, hopping on and off ferries to hike the forests, sea cliffs, charming villages and historic sites of three islands (sometimes two, sometimes four depending on the season and ferry schedule). With a Viking Hiking guide, explore the fascinating ruins of a nearly 1000 year old abbey, picnic on a hidden beach and walk the flower-covered paths of a summer village full of brightly painted, traditional wooden cabins. Don't forget a swim suit and towel as there is time for a swim in the surprisingly warm waters of the Oslo fjord! We also stop for a picnic lunch, which you can bring with you or purchase on the way.   PRICE Child 1-8 years of age: not available       Oslo Pass: 230 kroner  (Public Transportation pass included in your Oslo Pass)                                                        Youth/ Students (ages 8-25): 240 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included)                                                   Adult: 300 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included)   FITNESS LEVEL Average fitness level is required. The walking is mostly flat, but on a mix of stones, gravel paths and dirt roads. Participants should be able to walk for 30 minutes at a moderate pace and wear good walking shoes for the trails. AVAILABILITY 01 June - Early September: every day departing at 12:00 noon. Advanced booking recommended, but not required assuming spaces are still available on the tour. Autumn - Spring (off season): available for private groups. Please contact us for more information. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please arrive at our shop at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour as the group departs at 12:00 noon exactly in order to make the first ferry. This tour uses the public transport system and tickets are not included in the price of the tour. Some guests come already with public transport cards or the Oslo Pass. Public transportation cards can purchased during the on-line booking process at the check out, in our shop, or at local outlets in the city.