In Norway, nature is never far away. In Oslo, you simply take the metro into the forest. Marka is the name of the forest and hilly areas surrounding Oslo. Norwegians love their nature and at weekends there are a lot of people in Marka for recreational purposes.
When exploring Marka, Frognerseteren is a good point to start. From here it is about 5 kilometers to the café Ullevålseter. “Seter” translates to “summer pasture”, and several of the cafes in Marka are former pastures.
Freedom to roam, also called right of public access to the wilderness, is practised in Marka. In Norwegian it is called Allemannsretten, literally meaning every man’s right, and it gives you the right to walk and camp (for a short period) in uncultivated land. Allemannsretten gives you a lot of freedom, but there are restrictions. You may for instance not make a fire in the period 15th of April until 15th of September.
how to get there
- You have the right to roam wherever you like in nature on foot or ski
- You may cross fields in the wintertime
- You may use boats, canoes, kayaks etc
- You may camp in nature
- You may use bikes or ride a horse along roads in nature
- You may bathe in freshwater, sea, waterfalls
- You are free to use a boat and go ashore, if it is not private property
- You may pick berries, mushrooms and flowers
- You may light a fire in the wintertime if you are not in a forest
- You may gather wood for fires, but don’t cut down trees of course
- You may fish in the sea
- You may fish for free in fresh water if you are under 16
- You may drive and park along a private road, unless it is strictly forbidden
trips and cabins
Both DNT and Skiforeningen have information about where to go hiking and skiing in Marka. They also have a list of self-service huts, both in Marka, and all over Norway. Sleeping in these cabins is cheaper than paying for a hotel room downtown. Remember to book in advance.
canoe and kayak
In Marka you can rent canoes through Kikutstua.Why not combine it with an overnight stay?
berries and mushrooms
Although you can find mushrooms from early spring until late winter, the mushroom season is considered to be from august to October. During the season you may get your finds verified for free by experts at various locations in Marka.You can find out where and when here.
As for berries; the blueberry generally ripens in July around Oslo, and the mountain cranberry ripens in august.