Sports and training suggestions

- for all seasons and including a great spa centre near Vollen

Oslofjorden dykkersenter – Oslo fjord diving centre

Oslo fjord diving centre has premises at the Marina in Vollen.  There is a shop which sells equipment for diving, snorkling and free diving.  The centre organises courses for everyone interested, whether new beginners, more experienced or those who want to...

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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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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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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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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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Local swimming pools

Local swimming pools

There are three modern swimming pools within easy reach by car or bus from Vollen.  These are Risenga swimming-pool at Asker town, Holmen swimming-pool on the route to Oslo, and Røyken swimming-pool which is a 20 minute drive and situated close to Kjekstad...

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Fishing in salt water / Fishing in freshwater

Fishing in salt water / Fishing in freshwater

Both pictures are taken at Vollen harbour in Selvikbukta - one in early March and the other in late May.  You only need a rod - fishing in the fjord is free and you might catch a nice cod or sea trout for dinner... The Directorate of Fisheries in Norway gives the...

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Kayaking on the Oslo fjord

Kayaking on the Oslo fjord

At Bærum Maritime Senter, 15 minutes drive from Vollen, you can rent kayaks between March and November.  Opening hours are Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 18:00 and Saturdays & Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.  Kayaks can be rented for two hours or 24 hours at a time. Kayaks...

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Hiking in Asker (with maps and well marked routes)

Hiking in Asker (with maps and well marked routes)

Asker Turlag (Asker Municipality's hiking group) has made a website where a number of hiking trips of varying types are described in detail, with duration, length, elevation profile and map.  You can use the automatic translation service on the site and giggle at some...

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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...

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Risenga ice-skating rink (kunstisbane)

Risenga ice-skating rink (kunstisbane)

Risenga ice-skating rink is about 6 km from Vollen and is prepared daily during the winter season from the beginning of November.  The opening hours are given here but in general the rink is open from 09:00 - 22:30 daily.

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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...

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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.

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Golf

Golf

We are members at Kjekstad golf club, a 15 minute drive from Vollen.  - Kjekstad has several practice putting greens, a large driving range, pitching and sand practice areas, a café and shop.  The picture above was taken on 9th May 2016 when the temperature was a...

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Snow sports

Snow sports

The picture of Vollen harbour was taken at the end of January when the ice is beginning to thicken.  The photo looking down on Vollen village, after a light fall of snow and a frosty night, was taken in December.  However, we usually get most snow and the possibility...

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Vardåsen – local hill to climb or go slaloming

Vardåsen – local hill to climb or go slaloming

Vardåsen is our local slalom hill. It's seen here from the fjord, with Sheeps Inn just above the sailboat masts to the left of the photo.  Although this is a fun slope in winter, it is at least as popular during other seasons, as the view of the countryside and Oslo...

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