Each year skiing enthusiasts flock to the neighbourhood of Holmenkollen to admire one of Norway's most famed tourist attractions. Standing proudly in the Vestre Aker borough of Oslo, visitors will find the impressive Holmenkollbakken ski jump.
The ski museum and jump tower combine to make one of the country's most visited attractions, particularly popular during March when the Holmenkollen Ski Festival is held.
The pretty Holmenkollen Chapel is also a landmark in the area worth a visit. Having been rebuilt after a fire in 1992, the picturesque chapel is now highly in demand for wedding ceremonies.
A world famous ski jump
Holmenkollbakken forms an important part of Norwegian ski jumping history, and competitions have been held here since 1892.
The modern steel jump tower is the only one of its kind in the world. The 134 meter long construction comprises over 1,000 tons of steel and permanent wind protection has been built into its design and construction. During ski competitions, the atmosphere is electric thanks to the light and sound systems that bring the jump to life.
There are two souvenir shops on site, offering traditional Norwegian gifts like trolls, moose products and Viking souvenirs. The shop and café located under the Royal Grand Stand offers particularly stunning panoramic views of Holmenkollen National Arena, as well as Oslo and its fjord.
Snow sports in Oslo
Fans of snow sports should also add Tryvann Vinterpark
to their itinerary, a snow resort with endless white slopes that are perfect for skiing or snowboarding, located just 20 minutes from the center of Oslo.
Easy to reach on the Metro line 1 to Frognerseteren, the attractions of Holmenkollen are just a short ride from the Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Hotel. For well connected, central accommodation in Oslo
you couldn't be better placed.