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 principle of first come, first sit down. Many have wonderful views of the Oslo fjord right into Oslo or down to the islands in the south, but others might be sited at the top of a hill or beside one of the many little lakes where it is fun to watch the bird life. Finding your favourite bench and maybe enjoying a take-away sandwich or other picnic food from REMA, is the Norwegian way to eat out at a table with a wonderful view at a moderate cost.
Walking in the forests, along the coastal path or in the hills, is a necessity for Norwegians – there are even some benches placed in beautiful but secluded places and called “Tenkebenk” The idea is that it is healthy to slow down now and then and simply allow thoughts to gather and mature.
Free Beach Library
You will find a bookshelf at the beach just beyond the Oslo fjord boat museum. Here you can open the glass doors and browse for a book to read on the beach or take home with you. It is hoped that you will return the book or leave another favourite in its place.
The bookshelf is administered by our Asker municipal library who have placed several of these outdoor cupboards at local beaches and even at some bus-stops.