Ages 13+ • 3 hours • Ride on gravel along rivers, lakes, ruins, and wildlife
Personel per Guide:
Minimum 2 Persons
Maximum 15 Persons
Ride on gravel along rivers, lakes, ruins, and wildlife!
3 hours + stops
Oslo is closely connected to nature, the coast and mountains and on this trip we will leave the center of Oslo and have a nice ride on gravel along the Alna River through the Kvernerdalen towards Østmarka, a forest area east of the center. We will experience lakes, ruins and bustling wildlife. On the way back to the city center, we will stop by a cultural park and see Oslo city center from above.
Program and recommendations
Trip starts at Viking Biking and we try and escape the centre of the city as efficiently as possible.
We cycle Kvernerdalen / Alnaelva. Kvaerner Bruk was founded in 1853. Metal industry, cast iron furnaces (Jøtul), hydropower turbines and production of agricultural machinery. The power from the waterfall in the valley, Kværnerfossen, provided the basis for industrial growth.
We cycle to the Baltic Sea, which is a nature reserve. More than 220 different bird species have been observed (2009) here.
Then Skraperudtjern, Østmarka where we have Skullerud Ski Stadium (cross-country skiing) and one of the Ski Association's cabins.
Then we visit Bremsrud, an old farmhouse that was cleared before the year 1350. Thomas Heftey bought the property in 1856.
We visit the ruins at Sarabråten. The square and the place were 150 years ago a center for the capital's greats, and the oldest exit point in Aker. The businessman and consul Thomas Heftey bought the property as well as several other properties in the area, Rustad Gård and a lot of forest in 1856. A large year-round home was built, a log villa in the area in dragon style on the point towards Nøklevannet. The villa had running water, not common at this time. The ruins of the house can be seen today.
Then the trip goes to Bråten. The farm is believed to have been cleared in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, it belonged to Oslo Hospital. Here it was farmdift and many animals. The houses in the area were demolished in 1961 due to drinking water restrictions. These restrictions were lifted in 1983 and a municipal bathing area was established in the area.
There will be a stop at Rustadsaga, a restaurant southwest of Nøklevann. Former place under Rustad Gård, bought and owned by Thomas Heftey from 1876. Here was a sawmill and spinning mill. Here you will have the opportunity to buy something to drink and eat.
We cycle on to a lookout point on Ekeberg. Here you can see the entire center of Oslo and the sea side into Oslo. Very nice vantage point
We visit the Ekeberg restaurant and a sculpture park. The park or women's park, as it is called, contains 40 sculptures and was opened in 2014. The businessman, Christian Ringnes, has paid for large parts of this park himself.
The last stop before we return is the Middelalderparken. Together with the Memorial Park and Oslo Ladegård, the park constitutes the Nordic region's largest continuous preserved ruin area. The ruins in the Park originate from Clemenskirken, Mariakirken and Kongsgården. The water level marks the Alna River's original outlet
Fitness level: Since we have electrical bikes the trip is easy and no need for specific fitness level. Hilly terrain on asphalt and gravel road. Total distance is 35 km (21 miles)
Included / Excluded
- Included: Electrical bike and helmet
- Not included: Food and water. We will have a stop along the way where there is an opportunity to buy something to drink and eat.