Korketrekkeren – Oslo Corkscrew sleigh track

Korketrekkeren – Oslo Corkscrew sleigh track

Korketrekkeren – Oslo Corkscrew sleigh track

A run down the Corkscrew track takes about 8 – 10 minutes – it’s 2700 meters long with a fall of 255 meters.  You get to the start by taking the 13 minute long Metro (T-banen) from Midstuen to Frognerseteren.  Alternatively you can drive up to Frognerseteren or take the 35 minute Metro from Nationaltheatret in Oslo centre to Frognerseteren.
You can either use your own sleigh or rent one at Akeforeningen or Skiservice. Rent of a wooden sleigh costs about NOK 100,- with half price for children under 18.   Remember to wear a helmet – if you don’t have one, you can rent that too.
In season the track is open: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:30, Saturday 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday 10:00 – 18:00.

When you are up at Frognersæteren to enjoy sleighing, you should take the opportunity to visit the famous Frognersæteren Restaurant just 50 meters down the road from the sleigh rental house.  This restaurant is in the best Norwegian tradition for excellent food and a wonderful atmosphere – and view!

Ekeberg Park (Ekebergparken)

Ekeberg Park (Ekebergparken)

Ekeberg Park (Ekebergparken)

Ekeberg park is large, with woods, established paths and art. (Click the link for a map of the park and details of all the works of art)  All sculptures are of high quality and are representative of European art history of the last 130 years. (Just a few examples are Per Ung, Damien Hirst, Gustav Vigeland, Auguste Rodin and Salvador Dalí) So far 39 sculptures have been erected. These will in coming years be accompanied by more artworks. The combination of Ekeberg’s long history, the beautiful nature and the splendid sculptures offers visitors a triple experience.

Karlsborg Spiseforretning is a small restaurant with an amazing view over Oslo harbour and the fjord.  You can enjoy soups, salads, sandwiches, warm dishes and delicious cakes as well as very welcome hot coffee and chocolate on cold winter days!

Sean Henry’s Walking Woman

Richard Hudson’s Marilyn Monroe

Salvador Dali’s Venus de Milo Aux Tiroirs

Ann-Sofi Sidén’s Fideicommissum

Oslo Winter Park – Alpine sports

Oslo Winter Park – Alpine sports

Oslo Winter Park – Alpine sports

The best place to enjoy good alpine skiing in the Oslo district is at Oslo Winter Park which is just 20 minutes up from the centre of the city.  The season usually begins in December and continues to early April, depending on weather conditions.

Getting to Sheeps Inn by car in winter

Getting to Sheeps Inn by car in winter

The photo is from 16th January 2018 after a heavy fall of snow.  However the first snow can arrive as early as the end of October.  In winter conditions you can still drive up Vollen skog road but if there is a lot of snow, or minor roads are icy, it is possible to use the alternative route.  Turn off Slemmestadveien into Vollenveien.  Continue 3 more minutes up the road past Vollenskog and turn into Vollenlia.  Then take the first road on your left into Golia and down to Vollen Skog.  Left again and my house is on the right.  It is best to back down into the drive.

Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round.  There is a large parking lot beside the park. Allow at least an hour to enjoy the various elements in the park.  We suggest that you first go to the beginning of life circle of eight bronze sculptures down below the bridge – with the little baby waiting to be born in the centre.  Then make your way through the park, finally arriving at the amazing monolith.

The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.

Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

Oslo citizens use the park for lots of recreational and sporting activities – skiing, jogging, walking, meeting friends, picnicking on the grass – and it is equally popular at all seasons.

You will enjoy finding your favourite statue – mine is the first on the left below!

From the Monolith, walk to the Circle of Life.  After enjoying this, look over at the hills to see the iconic Holmenkollen ski jump.

Do find this first picture on the frieze of the Fountain of Life.  Then walk to the left to see the entire circle of life evolve.

There are several cafes in the park.  This one is close to the Monolith.  They sell small copies of the “Angry Boy” as well as postcards.