I am one of those who keeps an eye on the prize, that is generally speaking about climbing mountains and reaching summits. Just to be crystal clear, I am no mountain climber who wears special gear and protective equipment. Neither am I like Alex Honnold, who is known for his insane free solo’s. My equipment is a backpack with lunch, comfortable jogging shoes and may be a jacket depending on the weather. Other things that are a must is water, compass and a map. Its quite rewarding in any field of life to work hard throughout the journey and then get rewarded for the efforts put in. Translating this to hiking and travelling in Oslomarka means, after some hours of hard walking and climbing I should be at least rewarded with a good views if not a spectacular view.
Let us start with the journey to Raudløkkollen. It is a hill situated in the North of Oslo in the Nordmarka. It is almost 500 meters high i.e. above sea level. I will be using the “moh” to describe the height of the hills as the other english MAMSL abbreviation is too long. In Norwegian we use moh (“meter over havet” roughly translated to meters above sea level). This hill lies in Mellomkollen naturreservat which is an area or chain of hills also called Maridalalpene.
You have surely heard or read about the Alps, well Maridalsalpene has some of the same features but in the smaller packs as we already have established as a fact. Its an area consisting of pristine forest, mostly there are only marked hiking trails that are used. Furthermore, you have low and high suddenly shifting terrain, which might be some meters to some hundred meters hence the name inspired by Alps. The reason I have chosen to blog about Raudløkkollen is that it is easily available some kilometers away from the bus stop at Skar. It has spectacular views, stretching all the way back to Oslo’s main water supply in Maridalen. So let us start exploring.
The picture is showing a sort of panoramic view in the direction south. In south east you can see glimpse of Maridalen in the left upper corner of the image, with the wonderful grefsenkollen in the background. Let us have a look at close up picture focusing just on Maridalen
Now let me share with you an even better view, showing Øyungen on the right side of Øyungkollen. In the next picture you see Maridalen in the left and Øyungen on the right. Camera lens does not do the justice with the beautiful view this summer day was offering live in reality. But if you can see some crumbs of the actual seen you can imagine how beautiful this place is in reality while visiting, a motivational thing for you to start planning this trip.
You know that you are visiting a geek’s or nerd’s blog however you want to put it, when you see Microsoft being dragged along. I do not know if Microsoft is ever going to visit this place so I took the liberty to bring along with me a bottle with their logo. I believe it was given to me at a MMS conference or Ignite conference. Either way, it is a good companion to bring along on hiking trips.
Nothing is better than cold water at the top of a hill presenting a wonderful view. #MicrosoftatRaudlokkollen
Yes, geeks and nerds too can have sense of humor. Even though it might be a bit strange one. #MicrosoftatRaudløkkollen
Another angle and a better view of Øyungen in the south vest, Maridalen is still in the backgrounds towards south east. Remember that our perspective is towards south, with our back towards north.
A bit further up the view open up even more and you can clearly see Øyungen. Quick question, do you see the Tryvannstårnet? If you do I must admire you eye for detail. The fun part of the question was to emphasize the fact that you can go all the way to Tryvannstårnet and Holmenkollen if you so wish. Although that trip will for sure not just be a couple to four hours long in duration.
A close up of the beautiful Øyungen never hurts and offers a view you never get tired of. It amazes me that these forests have been here for centuries witnessed humans passing through and passing by one after the other generation.
This picture shows Øyungen and Tryvannstårnet in the background. Now our camera is moving towards vest. I think this might be the reason this place was so beautiful that even though you do not get panaramic views you get very different and beautiful views.
Further towards vest I believe we can see Rottungen. I might be wrong, so if I have mistaken, feel free to correct me in the comments section and I will update the description.
The same contents, just with another angel. I would have preferred the picture without the red old trees, but then again they are giving the picture this charm which is difficult to put words on.
A zoomed in view of Øyungen, with Rottungen in the back gives you a feel of the landscape and terrain. Øyungen is 280 moh while Rottungen is 290 moh and water flows as always downwards, in this cause it would be Øyungen.
Now zooming out gives the desired result. Are you a true explorer, do you wonder how this canvas will look like during spring and autumn, when then colors are changing. This sure is a place to revisit in autumn, that is for sure.
Again the perspective changes with a wide angle shoot. I keep on trying changing perspective with hope to catch famous Norwegian trolls with my lens. However, till now I have been unsuccessful in locating them in Nordmarka. However the story is a bit different in the Østmarka, where I have spotted several, which I will be sharing in the Østmarka posts.
Here you have it from another angle, can not get enough of the goodies you know.
So now you have seen what is waiting for you out there, just in the outskirts of Oslo let us figure out how we can get there. To view the entire gallery with pictures scroll down to the picture gallery section. So now, you have to get here and become a part of SearchingTrollsInOslomarka.
How to get to Raudløkkollen
You can take bus route 51 towards Maridalen till the last stop. Normally its either 1 or 2 departers each hour. Best option is to take the Metro to Nydalen, and from Nydalen take bus 51.
The green circle is showing the starting point, while the red cirle is showing the stopping point or ending point. For a detailed journey planning you can visit Ruter’s site. They even offer an incredible app where you can buy tickets etc.
When you get to Skar you can start following marked trail towards Tømtehytta as shown in the picture below. I have marked the starting and ending points. There are several routes you can take, but the one marked with green cicles and almost a straight red line is the easiest and fastest one.
To plan other beautiful trips, feel free to visit Ut.no’s site. They too offer an app that includes detailed maps of Norway’s beautiful hiking, skiing, and cycling tracks.
While following the hiking path you will get to this point, where the way or path are dividing. Here you will have to start climbing up to get to the place shown in the images in this blog post.
After following the track for a couple of hundred meters you will have to keep to left where you see timberwood made bridges. However, be aware, your feet and shoes are going to get wet, as there are areas where there simply is no bridge on this swamp like area.
It can be a good idea to wear your water tight hiking shoes. As I normally hike wearing my joggers, I almost each and every time learn the lesson hard way by getting all wet and promising myself not to repeat this mistake, yet to find myself in the same predicament on the next tour. May be I just am a slow learner.
Anyhow, after juggling your way through the swamp you will see the cabin/cottage that you can rent if you are planning to stay here over the night. Prices are as low as 200 krones per person.
Oslo summits Raudløkkollen
I hope this guide encourages to take the trip out to this beautiful place. I also hope that this blog post shows you, how easy it is to get to this place as well as shows how beautiful Oslomarka is, and that you do not necessarily and absolutely need to visit other places in Norway at once. Kindly, respect our nature as we locals do. Follow the instructions and laws at all given times. These instructions include litter and polluting restrictions as well respecting nature. As a starting point read through Markaloven at Wikipedia.