What’s special about August?
School holidays in Norway 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 by 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.
It’s also when there is lots of life at Vito’s Italian Restaurant on the waterfront at Vollen Marina. On a fine afternoon or evening it is definitely advisable to book a table for Vito’s is extremely popular and the food good!
However it is also a wonderful time to enjoy walking in the forests – you’ll find wild raspberries, tiny strawberries, masses of blueberries, perhaps some cloudberries (see the picture of the orange berries) Of course it’s possible to find wild edible mushrooms. These last are excellent but you MUST be sure of which to pick as some are lethal.
The little girl in the picture is enjoying picking off the blueberries from a small branch. If you’d like to pick enough for dessert when you get back to Sheep’s Inn, do ask me to lend you a specially designed blueberry picker. With the forests full of berries, it’s amazing how many you can pick in just an hour or so!
Vollen’s Raspberry Festival is in Mid August. In the 20th century, Vollen was famous for its many raspberry farms. There are not many left, although of course many people grow raspberries and especially the delicious sweet “Asker” berries in their gardens. In August each year there is a festival to celebrate the summer fruit. A long procession of red sports cars, some veterans, meet at 10 a.m. at Vollen Marina and then drive to Asker town and back to Vollen centre for the opening of the festival at 11:25. There are stalls in Vollen for handicrafts, fruit and flowers and all the cafes and restaurants have special red delicacies.
Places especially worth going to in August
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...read more
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 spirals , to emerge at Skansen. Here,...read more
The people of Asker municipality voted the path around Sem Lake as the designated site for the year 2000. This is a pleasant walk of about 5 km. It is very popular with both the local population and visitors to Asker. A view of cows in a pasture on the...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Gaustatoppen is a spectacular mountain top - at 1883 meters and in clear weather it is possible to see approximately 60,000 sq.m., one sixth of Norway's mainland. However a visit to Gausta also offers amazing nature experiences throughout the year -...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Right beside the pharmacy, you will find Vollen's Art Gallery where artists from the Asker district show and sell their paintings and sculptures. There are new exhibitions about every month throughout the year. Visitors are very welcome to come in and...read more
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...read more