North Oslo comprises the part of Oslo north of the third ring road and the eastbound railway. This district is home to a couple of fine museums and most importantly the wide forested hills, Nordmarka, with countless lakes, fine paths (summer), ski trails, ski slopes (winter) and excellent panoramas. The big ski jumps, birth place of modern competitive skiing, are impressive constructions and offers fine panoramas. This part of Oslo offers unique recreational areas for both the city of Oslo’s own population and for the many visitors. Hiking and cross-country skiing in the forests so close to the busy city has made this capital so rare.
The residential areas within northern Oslo are different and vary from the single-family detached homes in the hills up to Holmenkollen in the west to modern apartment blocks and terraced houses in the suburban areas of the Groruddalen valley further east.
- Coming in to Oslo from the north (for instance along the E6) by car, you will first end up here. As opposed to central parts of the city, it may be a good idea to get around by car. Nevertheless, a network buses and subways means you can get in to most places of interest with public transportation too.
- To get to northwestern Oslo, take subway 1 or 2. The former brings you to Holmenkollen.
- To get due north, take subway 5 to Songsvann, tram 11 or 12 to Kjelsås (or local trains even further in that direction).
- Northeastern suburbs, all the way to Vestli district at the city border, are served by subway lines 4 and 5. A little further south goes a local train line, and still further south, subway 2 serves suburbs like Furuset.