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6 great places to swim in Oslo

Oslo is blessed with a fjord and countless natural places to swim. However, several new bathing points have been created that are proving incredibly popular with people living in the city.

Hvervenbukta

Hvervenbukta, southeast of Oslo, is one of the most beautiful places to swim in Oslo with two small sandy beaches and smooth rocky promontories. There are also delightful paths along the fjord, perfect for jogging or a stroll with your partner. if you get hungry, Café Anne services delicious lunch dishes, locally brewed beer, slushies and to-die-for lemon tart.

Take Mosseveien by car or the 80E, 83 or 89 bus to Fiskevollen.

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Langøyene

Buy an ice cream and take the ferry from Rådhuskaia to one of Oslo's many beautiful islands. The best place for water and sand lovers is Langøyene, with its long sandy beach. And if you'd rather play soccer or do cartwheels, there's a large flat area with room for everyone. You can also pitch a tent here. The ferry goes every half hour and costs no more than a streetcar ticket. Other islands such as Gressholmen and Hovedøya, also have fine places to swim.

Langøyene

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Sørenga sjøbad

You can not only walk on the roof of Oslo Opera House, you can also jump in the sea next to it. The recently developed area of Sørenga, with homes and restaurants, also has floating bathing islands. There's also a diving board, child friendly sandy beach and outdoor shower. The area is designed for everyone. And naturally, incredibly popular on hot summer days.

Sørenga sjøbad

Strandpromenaden from Oslo-S via Operaen.

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Nydalen

In days gone by, you only had to glance at the Akerselva river to see what dye the Nydalens Compagnie textiles factory was using that day. Wastewater in every color was flushed straight into the river. The river water is clean today and even home to fish. There have traditionally been several bathing points where the river runs into Maridalsvannet, the largest lake in the Oslo area, such as Stilla, another delightful place to swim. And the newly developed city district of Nydalen has recently gained a fantastic new place to swim with artificial deep pools and water falls. There are several restaurants here for food and drink.

Nydalen

Take the metro or 54 bus to Nydalen or walk/cycle along Akerselva from the city center.

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Huk

The bathing beach at Huk is always packed with people the moment the sun appears. Here, on Bygdøy in west Oslo, there are namely two bathing points, one for nudists and one for people who prefer to wear a swimming costume. The latter is popular with young people who aren’t afraid of posing in the latest swimwear fashions. There’s always a great atmosphere here. The area also includes Hukodden beach restaurant and two kiosks.

Huk

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City beach on Tjuvholmen

Tjuvholmen, literally thief island, was a place of execution in the 17th Century. The island has subsequently been used as a freight terminal but was never a place worth visiting more than once. However, over the last few years, this nefarious island close to Aker brygge has been redeveloped. It now has homes, restaurants, galleries and hotels. And in particular the Astrup Fearnley Museum, designed by architect Pianos Renzo, is also here. The city beach next to the museum is perfect for a dip. Don’t be surprised if you see people wearing swimming costumes in the museum restaurant, Vingen. Going for a swim and refreshments is part of daily life on this island with a dark past. Who could have thought it?

Tjuvholmen sjøbad

Last edited: July 17, 2018

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