Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania
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Some like to go skating on the lakes in Nordmarka, the great outdoors; others prefer the city center. For those with urban preferences, Narvisen is a good choice. Here you can go ice-skating right next to the main street Karl Johan. This beautiful, floodlit outdoor rink is open from November to March, and is widely visited on weekends. Mostly families and older schoolchildren come here. If they are not too shy, Mom and Dad can try out a Viennese waltz to the music from the loudspeakers. Skate hire is available, and admission is free. Open daily; go on weekdays if you want to avoid the crowds.
Skatehallen gives all of the sports lovers in Oslo a reason to rejoice. The place offers indoor skating facilities for kids and amateurs. This is the only rink in all of Oslo which is open through the day, making it very comfortable for the kids enrolled in skating lessons. The supplies and the facilities in the Skatehallen (Skate hall) are well looked after by the management, and there are ready provisions in case of a medical emergency. So, if you plan to begin taking skating lessons, there cannot be a better place than here.
Located in the heart of Oslo, Oslo Reptilpark is a peculiar place. You can see more than 80 reptiles of all shapes and sizes. Snakes, tarantulas, fish and iguanas are are all there! Established in 2002, this park has been delighting children with their creatures for over a decade. Every Tuesday is feeding day for the reptiles, which is a great event for kids and adults alike.
Spikersuppa is a temporary, open-air ice rink located right in the heart of the city between the parliament and National Theater. The 25 x 10 meter (82 x 33 foot) rink is open during the winter and makes a great place to spend an energetic hour or two, skating, enjoying the atmosphere, and admiring the city. Skates can be rented from the outdoor restaurant. A loudspeaker system provides the music and entrance is free. In the summer the ice rink is transformed into a pond.
Båtservice Sightseeing organizes fantastic sightseeing excursions by boat and coach. You can do anything from a mini-cruise on the fjord (50 minutes) to all-day combination tours by boat and coach, covering most of Oslo's attractions and landmarks. There is a tour for everyone! All tours depart from Pier 3 in front of the Town Hall. The season goes from May to September. The price varies depending on the tour. See their website for further details on times and prices, or call for a brochure.
Oslofjord is a narrow inlet that begins from the south of Oslo and Drummen and runs all the way to join the North Sea by Norway's southeast coast. This waterbody is home to various islands: Vippetangen, Hovedoya, Bleikoya, Lindoya, Gressholmen, Langoyen and Nakholmen. Each island has its own specialty and is a popular tourist attraction in itself. Visitors can choose to spend an entire day at an island or if you are in a crunch for time take a ferry and go island hopping. Various activities like kayaking, canoeing, paragliding, boating, swimming and more, are available around this inlet.
Hvervenbukta is a place to visit for many reasons, one being the workshops, where pottery, textiles, jewelry, hand-woven products, gilding, paintings, glassware and furniture are made. This is not a gallery, but you can make appointments with the artists to see their work. Another reason is the scenery. You can walk by the beach or go for a swim in the Oslo fjord if you want to. You can still see the ruins of the old Stubljan farm built in 1765 which burned down in 1913. The old houses give a classic charm to this place and are used nowadays by the artists who work here. Hvervenbukta is a beautiful amalgamation of the workshops, nature and the old houses.
Located at Tyen, east of Oslo, these public baths offer both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as sauna, waterslide and indoor climbing wall. The outdoor swimming pool is open even in winter, unless the temperature crawls to below -10C (14F). During summers, families can enjoy a swim in one of the outdoor pools, try the water slide or simply sunbathe on the lawn. There is a separate pool for small children. Facilities include changing rooms, showers and a café.
A horse, a goat, rabbits, ducks, chickens and pigs are among the numerous animals that live here. An ecological farm for children, Kampen Økologiske Barnebondegård is a place where city kids learn to take care of animals and grow food. After a visit here your children will definitely know where the milk comes from (not the carton). There is also an ecological herbal garden and a vegetable garden. The main attraction for many Norwegian children is Hulda the pig, known from children's television.
This small island is a magnet for sunbathers and swimmers on hot summer days. Hovedya can be seen from the harbor and is easily reached by ferry number 94 from Vippetangen quay. Expect queues for the boat on the hottest days. The island also contains the ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian monastery. The monks lived on the island until 1532 when the monastery was burnt down by religious enemies during the Reformation. In the summer, medieval concerts take place next to the ruins. Puppet shows are put on for children. There is a conservation area, which contains rare species of plants and flowers.
When you are all tired of shopping and museums, this is the ideal location for family entertainment. Although E.K.T. Rideskole og Husdyrpark is within Oslo, you get the same feeling that comes with a day in the countryside. Ekeberg is located on a hillside, with beautiful views of Oslo and the fjord. Only three kilometers (one mile) east of the city center, bus number 24 can take you there from Jernbanetorget in a few minutes. E.K.T. Rideskole og Husdyrpark includes a riding school, a petting zoo and a playground, surrounded by a park and recreational areas. You can pet the rabbits, goats, cows and ponies. There is an admission fee for the animal farm and the pony riding, but admission to the recreational area is free.
Frogner Stadium has an outdoor ice rink only a two-minute walk from Majorstuen, and a tram and bus stop right outside. Follow the music, which you will hear from a distance. At the rink you can either do regular skating or play ice hockey. The middle of the rink is made of artificial ice and is therefore open from early autumn to late winter, regardless of the weather. If you do not have skates, you can rent them for a small fee. Frogner Stadium is located next to the tourist attraction Frognerparken (Vigelandsparken).