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Oslo, Norway

The best places to run in Oslo & vicinity

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The economic and governmental centre of Norway, Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities and boasts a high quality of life. The city centre is situated at the end of the Oslofjord, from which point the city sprawls out in three distinct “corridors”—inland north-eastwards, and southwards along both sides of the fjord. Wide, forested hills surround the city. The city’s scenic setting and excellent infrastructure make running in Oslo a treat — there are lovely waterside paths, great parks, and trail running in nearby hilly forests.

The center of Oslo is quite compact, and several of our central Oslo running routes can be mixed and combined. Our Oslo ‘runseeing‘ tour showcases the city’s major sights, Royal Palace, and scenic waterfront paths. Another great route from downtown highlights three urban parks: Slottsparken (Palace Park), St. Hanshaugen, & Stensparken. One of the best places to run in Oslo is Frogner Park (Frognerparken), located on the grounds of a former manor house and known Gustav Vigeland’s sculpture installation. The Akerselva River Trail boasts 5 km of riverside paths, while just east of the city, we’ve put together a route combining Birkelunden, Sofienberg Park, the Botanical Garden, & Tøyenparken. Just north is a loop around Sognsvann lake, and extensive adjacent hilly wooded trails. And for a taste of Norway’s famed forests, do a trail run in Østmarka or Nordmarka — both accessible by subway!

Oslo has a great public transport system. consisting of a five-line metro, six-line tramway, and eight-line commuter rail. Runners should take note of Oslo’s climate: winters are cold, snowy, cloudy, and dark. Summers are mild delightful for running, and those long days are a treat.

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Frognerparken Loop

Oslo, Norway

One of the most popular places to run in Oslo. A combination park and historic estate. Enjoy 4--5 km of beautifully landscaped trails around the manor (now Oslo City Museum), and the Gustav Vigeland sculpture park.
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Akerselva River Trail

Oslo, Norway

One of the longer continuous off-road runs in Oslo. The 5.5 km path runs from Vaterlandsparken north to Nydalen. You'll run through several small parks past numerous waterfalls, alternating between water views & wooded sections.
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Middelalderparken & Ekebergparken

Oslo, Norway

A lovely route just east of Oslo center that features two modern parks: Middelalderparken, built on the grounds of the former Royal Estate, and Ekebergparken, which features a 63-acre sculpture park and trails through a nature preserve.
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Bygdøy Peninsula Trails

Oslo, Norway

A pleasant run on the 'Museum Peninsula' on the Inner Oslofjord, known for its museums, leafy trails, beaches, & upscale homes. Our 4.3 km loop on wide gravel paths is a combination of waterside & wooded sections.
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Frognerparken Loop

Oslo, Norway

One of the most popular places to run in Oslo. A combination park and historic estate. Enjoy 4--5 km of beautifully landscaped trails around the manor (now Oslo City Museum), and the Gustav Vigeland sculpture park.
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Oslo’s monthly weather is fairly moderate, especially for a city located as North as it is. Winter’s are fairly cold, with average temperatures around 23 degrees Fahrenheit. This cold season primarily occurs in the months of December, January, and February. Summers are mild, with average highs of 70F (21C). The city doesn’t get a huge amount of rain or snow though about half the days are wet in some way. July and August are known to be the most enjoyable months for visiting Oslo, due to their nice weather and consistent average temperatures. Also note that September is the wettest month.

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Olso offers a wide selection of four and five-star hotels. Most of these hotels are centrally located, yet there are a few places to stay around Grunerlokka and Grunland as well. See of the following list for some good options:

Downtown/Central Oslo

  • Grand Hotel Oslo
  • Scandic Gensen
  • Hotel Bristol
  • Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz Oslo

Grunerlokka

  • Scandic Vulkan
  • Anker Hotel

Grunland

  • Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
  • The Hotel Terminus
  • Comfort Hotel Grand Central

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Torshov Sport — Group runs every Wednesday in the Fall.

Intersport — Closed on Sundays.

Oslo Sentrum

Colors Me Rad 5K Oslo — Takes place in August.

X-Run Oslo — Takes place in August. Known to be Norway’s toughest obstacle race.

Toughest Oslo— Takes place in September. Route description: elevation, mountains, forests, lakes.

Danikerbosloop — Takes place in February.