What’s special about June?
Pentecost weekend (Pinse) is Saturday, Sunday and Monday 8th – 10th June 2019. (30th May – 1st June in 2020) This is a National Holiday in Norway.
On the Second Friday in June the Færderseilas (The Færder regatta) leaves Oslo for an overnight race down the fjord. We will be very happy to tell you about the very best vantage point to watch the sailboats. There are usually upwards of 1000 boats and it is a wonderful sight to see them moving down the fjord, especially at the narrowest point in the Drøbak Sound. I am amazed every year that there are no collisions with the huge Denmark ferries!!
In the middle of June each year there is a Seafood Festival in Vollen village. (Friday at 2 p.m. & Saturday at 5 p.m.)
On Friday afternoon Vollen will have lots of stands for fish food producers, restaurants, ingredients and utensils. There will be many opportunities to taste dishes and drinks and also take part in competitions.
Children will have their own stand showing knowledge of seafood and the sea.
There will be a fishing competition
Cooks will demonstrate how to prepare seafood dishes
There will be a wine and seafood course
A concert will top the whole festival.
On the 23rd June Norwegians celebrate the Eve of St Hans (sankthansaften) This is a couple of days after the Summer Solstice and is when bonfires are lit near the sea and everyone who owns a boat stays out on the fjord till midnight to celebrate the long summer days when, here in Vollen, there’s only an hour or two of semi-darkness about 1 a.m. Further north of course, the sun does not set at midsummer.
If you have no boat, it is beautiful to walk along the fjord late in the evening – bring a book, so you can tell those back home that you could read outside at midnight!
In Vollen on St Hans eve, many people bring a picnic to the harbour in Selvik bay. There is often singing from about 8 p.m. and the bonfire is lit at 9 p.m. so that young children can enjoy the fun. This picture is from St Hans Eve in 2017, when the weather was a little chilly and overcast.
The photo of the boys swimming was taken in early June 2016.
In Norway, school holidays begin just before St Hans and last until mid August.
These weeks are usually the warmest of the year. At Vollen you will see people swimming at the beaches and of course there is lots of activity in the boat harbours and out on the fjord. This is when it’s great to take a boat ride round the islands of the Inner Oslo Fjord or visit the fort at Oscarsborg near Drøbak.
Places especially worth going to in June
Oslo Summer Park
Oslo Summer Park is the biggest climbing park in Oslo and very popular with locals and visitors alike. There is climbing for everyone, regardless of age or skill. There are over 150 elements among the trees, across 9 different routes of varying...
Drammen Spiral tunnel (Spiralen Drammen)
Please note: in 2020 the tunnel was upgraded. The spiral tunnel in the city of Drammen is a unique experience and in fact has been ranged by CNN Travel as one of the world's most special tunnels. You enter from the town and drive up 1650 meters in six and a half...
Oscarshall – The Royal Summer Palace – closed for renovations in 2022
Oscarshall, the Royal "summer palace" in Oslo, is a magical place, not very much visited by tourists. This is a small, beautifully maintained palace on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo. During opening hours you are welcome to wander in the grounds, from the palace...
Kongen’s Utsikt – The King’s Viewing Platform
The King's Viewing Platform is 484 meters above the Tyrifjorden and Steinsfjorden lakes. You can either start at Sundvolden and hike the 1300 meters up to Kleivstua or you can drive up to Kleivstua parking area beside the hotel (this is a toll road and...
Picnic benches & rest benches around Vollen
In and around Vollen village you will find lots of places for having a picnic or just a rest to enjoy the view. The people of the village have contributed to setting out the picnic tables and benches - and they are all for locals and visitors' use, on the...
There is a beautiful, and very varied frisbee golf course at Vollen. The whole course is found throughout the forest and down to the seaside at Vollen. This frisbeegolf course attracts keen adult experts who are amazing to watch in action, and also...
Bicycles: on- and off-road
Exploring the Oslo region and city is especially great by bicycle. There are lots of cycle tracks in and around the city and throughout the region. Norway has been enthusiastic in encouraging people to cycle to work or free time activities. Tourists to...
Visit a Lighthouse
A pleasant drive of about three quarters of an hour takes you to Filtvet lighthouse (Filtvet fyr). It is also possible to take the 250 bus going south from Vollen and change to the 85 bus. This bus trip takes about an hour but check on the bus planner. ...
Children’s playgrounds and training apparatus for all ages
Every school and kindergarten in Norway has an outdoor playground. During school hours these are for the use of the children attending that place. However after 17:00 on weekdays, at weekends and during national or school holidays, most of these may be...
Magic Ice, Oslo
Magic Ice is found in four towns in Norway (and also in Anchorage, Alaska, Copenhagen, Denmark and Reykjavik, Iceland) The photos here were taken in Svolvær, in Lofoten in the North of Norway but the concept is much the same at each location. On entry you are given a...