What’s special about September?

September is the month when there are lots of mushrooms in the forests.  A few are edible, many are not!  You MUST be 100% sure that those you eat are not poisonous.  If you are a newcomer to mushroom picking, stick to the one which is golden yellow, delicate and tasty – the cantharelle. It’s easily recognizable as the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stripe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap.  These mushrooms should be brushed clean and then fried in butter, seasoned lightly, perhaps adding some rømme (soured cream) before serving.  We also like to add some cantharelle to moose or reindeer hot-pot.

If you want to expand your knowledge of mushrooms, you’ll find books on picking edible mushrooms in the local bookstores.  But remember NEVER eat a fungus unless you are completely sure it’s safe! 

There are still delicious wild blueberries and cranberries to be found in the forests!  It’s best to bring the cranberries home and stir them with sugar before eating.  In Norway cranberry jam is an accompaniment to dishes made from moose, reindeer and so on.

The Autumnal Equinox is the date when it is worth visiting Oslo between 20:00 and 23:00 hrs for a magical walk up the Aker River.  In 2019 this special evening is on 26th September. This is a beautiful walk at all seasons for the river is in the city but away from city noises and bustle.  There are calm river stretches, tumbling waterfalls, wild-life and many benches to eat lunch or enjoy the view.  This is where you will see young Norwegian fathers on obligatory ten week, paternal leave getting exercise by running along while pushing thier new baby in its pram or well trained people of all ages running or cycling.  But in the evening of the Equinox, there are cultural shows with music, light art, installations and with electric light turned off about 4000 candles shine and twinkle in and on the water.  You won’t be alone, but you will never forget this special experience that Oslo people put on for their own enjoyment.

Places especially worth going to in September

Oslo Summer Park

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...

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Drammen Spiral tunnel (Spiralen Drammen)

Drammen Spiral tunnel (Spiralen Drammen)

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,...

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Asker Municipality’s Millennium Walk round Sem Lake

Asker Municipality’s Millennium Walk round Sem Lake

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...

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Oscarshall – The Royal Summer Palace

Oscarshall – The Royal Summer Palace

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...

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Kongen’s Utsikt – The King’s Viewing Platform

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...

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Gaustatoppen

Gaustatoppen

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 -...

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Picnic benches & rest benches around Vollen

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...

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Frisbeegolf course

Frisbeegolf course

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...

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Art Gallery in Vollen

Art Gallery in Vollen

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...

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Bicycles: on- and off-road

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...

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