Children’s playgrounds and training apparatus for all ages

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 used by all children.  There are several in and around Vollen.  By walking down to the village and across towards Arnestad school, you will find five fun outdoor playgrounds and also outdoor training apparatus for older children and adults.
New in 2019, is a kilometer long track around the school grounds for roller skiing. Children can also practise cycling skills there. The track is, of course, also used for cross country ski practice in the snowy months of the year. 

The pictures below are from May 2018 and as well as showing some of the playgrounds at Arnestad school, they also show one of the tee-offs  and a hole at the new Frisbeegolf.  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 complete beginners and all those whose skill lies in-between!  I have some frisbees for SheepsInn guests who would like to try so just ask me if you’d like to borrow them.

Below are a couple of photos from April, as the snow was finally melting in Vollen.  Maybe not as pretty as in spring and summer, but still a great place for children to enjoy.

Magic Ice, Oslo

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 warm robe and gloves as the temperature is several degrees below zero Celsius.  Then a drink at the Ice Bar and afterwards you have fun wandering round the ice-blue rooms filled with ice statues.
The Oslo Magic Ice is right in the centre of Oslo.

Opening times:
Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 to 23:00
Friday and Saturday till midnight.

Admission price is NOK 195,- which includes a welcome drink served in an ice glass and a winter poncho to wear in the exhibition hall. Children pay 50% and there are discounted prices for families and students

Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen

Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen

Astrup Fearnley Museet is a private museum of contemporary art, and has since its opening in 1993 been one of the most important art institutions in Oslo. The museum moved to Tjuvholmen in 2012, beautifully located in Oslo centre by the Oslo Fjord in a building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. The museum presents temporary exhibitions of international art, and houses the Astrup Fearnley Collection, one of Norway’s most important and most extensive private collections of contemporary art, with iconic works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Koons.

Opening hours: Monday closed; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12-17; Thursday 12-19; Saturday and Sunday 11-17. Ticket sales ends half an hour before closing time.  Click here for opening hours on public holidays
Admission: Adults: 120,-   Students: 80,-   Children under 18 free;   Oslo pass free.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons

On 31st January 2019, the museum opened an exhibition of the work of Frank Benson.  Benson is one of the most fascinating sculptors of his generation of American contemporary artists.  The Astrup Fearnley Museum has followed his spectacular development and through the years has included a large number of his work in the collection.  This exhibition will be the first which shows all these works and gives a good survey of his artistic production. The pictures on the right below are from that exhibition while the others illustrate the quality and fascination of many of this art centre’s displays.

Looking in wonder at works by Damien Hirst

Juliana: sculpture by Frank Benson, 2014 and one of the other works by the same artist.

Below: the photograph is taken in early February, as we are walking along Akerbrygge ((Aker Wharf where the boat from Vollen arrives in Oslo) towards the Astrup Fearnley Museum.  The tall square towers in the background are Oslo City Hall.

Tanum Middle Ages Church / Tanum kirke i Bærum

Tanum Middle Ages Church / Tanum kirke i Bærum

Tanum church which is a 23 minute drive from Vollen, dates from the 12th century and has sculptures from the Medieval Age.  Around the church are several burial mounds from the Iron Age.  The oldest graves are from the 17th century.  Inside the church you can see unique 14th century lime paintings and artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries.

On a fine day you might like to enjoy a walk along the path behind the churchyard as there are magnificent views of the Inner Oslo fjord and the islands.

SPA at Holmen Fjordhotell

SPA at Holmen Fjordhotell

A few minutes bus-ride from Vollen is Holmen Fjordhotell which has a lovely swimming pool and training centre, with sauna, steam-bath, cold pool, pool and big whirlpool.  There are lockers available.  In the Fitness centre there is a large variety of training apparatus and a solarium. You can buy a day ticket to the SPA for NOK 385,- which includes loan of bathrobe, towel and slippers. You can enjoy the salad buffet as well as help yourself to juice and coffee.

From Monday to Friday it is also possible to buy the day ticket which, as well as the above, includes a 50 minute massage treatment.

You can drive to Holmen Fjordhotell where there is plenty of parking, or take the local bus which takes about 15 minutes.  As you can see from the map, the hotel is right by the sea and has its own little harbour.

Other attractions at this hotel are the owner’s collection of vintage cars and also the various ship’s bow figureheads and model ships found around the hotel.

Opening hours:
Monday 07 – 20.30
Tuesday – Friday 6:30 – 20:30
Weekends 9 – 19:00

Age limit is 20 years