Snow hike at Nordmarka

A trip to Oslo marks the start of our travel adventures this year and a hike around Nordmarka was at the top of our list of things to do. I’d been longing to go back after visiting a couple of years ago and this time was every bit as good as the last.

Snow covered pine trees

The metro line takes you from the centre of Oslo to pine trees and trails in thirty minutes. If you are planning a trip, get off at Frognerseteren and walk or ski from there. Many of the smaller trails off the main track require snowshoes at this time of year.

Snow covered pine

Skier on trail

Frozen lake

Tryvann Lake

We hiked to a lake called Tryvann but it didn’t occur to us the lake would be frozen solid. It seemed obvious when we got there and realised we were standing on the lake! Large areas of water seldom freeze over at home so we didn’t really think about it — we made this mistake last time too.

Man walking on snow trail

Me standing in the snow

Black and red wooden buildings


This is Tryvannstua, a ski area and cafe in the forest (there are toilets too). We had lunch in our bags so we made a short pit stop on the benches outside and watched people gliding down the slopes. Just as we’d finished lunch, the sun disappeared and the temperature dropped so we made a move.

Painted wooden building


Red wood building

Snow trails

Snow covered pine trees

Lille Tryvann Lake

Snow covered trails

Hiking around Nordmarka was a great way to spend our first full day in Oslo — snow certainly adds to the magic of the place. We hiked 10 miles (didn’t beat our 20 mile record) and while my mind wasn’t ready to leave, my legs were certainly ready for a break after trudging uphill through the snow.


  1. This place looks stunning! I had no idea there was something like this so close to Oslo! I’m definitely going to look into this for next winter, as I’m dying for a Scandinavian snow holiday! And those houses/huts are SO cute!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Gemma Evans

      The transport links around Oslo are great so there are lots of lovely places you can reach by train. We visited at the same time a couple of years ago and the snow wasn’t nearly as deep. It limited us to larger trails at the weekend but they were still a spectacular sight. If you need any Oslo recommendations, just drop me a message 🙂

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