Sometimes you need a break, not because you need it, but just because you deserve it. The same applies to me, writing blog posts about #Maridalsalpene in the series of blog post where we already have visited Oslo summits Raudløkkollen, Oslo summits Mellomkollen, Oslo summits Øyungskollen, Oslo summits Gaupekollen and Oslo summits Furumokollen in the quest of #searchingTrollsInOsloMarka. Now we only have 3 more hills to visit, but as these hill tops do not provide the great views we are searching for, we have to skip the #Maridalsalpene quest at least for this blog post. I wanted to share something quite unique and beautiful with you guys. This time, it is not a hill top, its rather a barn or a farm. You might think, this guy has gone mad! From visiting astonishing places like Maridalsalpene we are now instead visiting barns and farm houses? What is next to expect? Well as it turns out, this specific barn or farm is located on the silk road to Nordmarka’s wonders! The entry point of this trip too is no more than 30 minutes from Oslo city centre. There is a bit of hiking trip to get here, but that does not require you to be in a good physical condition. If you are intending to travel further north to visit the top 10 or highest hills or in this case even called mountains, you would most probably pass through this intersection. Most of people cycling in the Nordmarka, just cycle past it without stopping or paying too much attention. I personally tend to stop here and drink some water and take some lunch and may be for the most just to enjoy the wonderful view facing southwards. When I am sitting at my favorite spot Øyungen is visible in the background if you do not know what or where #Øyungen is you can read more about it in another blog post that I have written about it. Just so that you know it is known as Øyungen Queen of Nordmarka and as you might suspect, a Queen is always a queen, whichever angle you look at her. Jokes set aside, #Liggeren resides 325 MASL while #Øyungen is about 284 MASL so the difference is not more than 40 meters or so.
Depending on the weather, you can have a picnic in the spots around this area, you can even choose to camp here. But be advised though, there are some cabins here as which can be rented through #DNT. Given the fact that people might be renting these cabins you should not camp too close to these cabins.
As mentioned earlier in the post you can hike along Øyungen or alternatively you can choose to hike to Mellomkollen and descent on the northern side and get to Liggeren. If you choose to take the Mellomkollen route you end up back the cabins and get to follow the hiking trails covered with hight and dense vegetation.
The hiking trip Liggeren
If you think in terms of distance, the distanse from Skar to Liggeren is 5 kilometers, considering the terrain, you most probably will not spend more than 60-90 minutes to get to Liggeren. The next question is what you are intending to do there! If you on an exploration quest, just to see this place and may be walk a bit arround and turn back, it is an okay hiking day with exploration. You might spend 3 to 4 hours in total. An alternative to this, is to go to Gåslungen, Rottungen and then gå back to Skar from the west side of #Øyungen. Better yet, if you are planning to stay here, you can set up a tent although the problem might be while lighting up a camp fire as there is a lot of gress in the area and less to almost no spots where you have rocky surface without vegetation, which causes or at least increases the danger of causing a forest fire. That being said, it still is a nice spot for camping as the distance to nearest water is no more than a couple of hundrer meters. If someone else is renting the cottage/cabins, you might even be lucky enough to ask and get some water from them.
So now that we have introduced the area, let us explore the area, at least in the extent it is possible with sharing pictures.
As you can see on the picture, the place is marked with a blue paint and a number of signs showing places you can visit within the near proximity. If you really are one of the hardcore forest travels who like to stay in forests and can travel up to long distances, you have the way marked all the way to Jotunheimen and Rondane which is may be 250 KM from this spot measured in air distance, and according to ut.no if you want to follow marked trails the distance is approximately 324 KM and the distance is suggested to be covered within 17 days. This is not as long as Pacific Crest Trail, which is a whopping 4270 KM. If you are interested in the tour to Jotunheimen and Rondane, which is on my to do list once in a life time you can visit https://ut.no/turforslag/116937/jotunheimstien-i-norske-kunstneres-fotspor and for a description of Crest Pacific trail you can visit https://www.pcta.org/
As for now, we are going no places and are sticking to Liggeren, because we were actually #VisitOslo under #VisitNorway trip, let us continue with exploration of the area.
On the west side of the barn you find this beautiful view of Øyungskollen and Øyungen (lake) in the background. The main point is not being able to see these two things, but it rather the scene where you get to see a large number of wild flowers covering a vast area, with known places in the background. The information board shows other areas that indeed needs to be explored. I think I have explored most of them, if not all.
A picture with wider angle shows Liggeren gård, roughly translated to Liggeren farm or Liggeren barn, which is the spot where an informational guiding sign has been placed. I hope you now have started to see why I have chosen to blog about this place. Do not worry, you do not need to thank me, at least not till you have read the entire blog post.
Facing south I believe what we see is Furumokollen. Which is as wrong as it gets! I had to check the map and it shows that this hill is actually Brenna. Well well, thanks to writing this blog post I finally know what I pass by each time considering it to be Mellomkollen og Furumokollen. I guess I am quite disorientated after all, as my wife keeps telling me!
As I just discovered, this is the view facing south, in the left of the picture we have the hill called Brenna, the small hill in the middle of the frame is Øyungskollen and on the right we see Øyungen.
Facing back to north we see the farm and a number of smal cottages or cabins whatever you prefer to call them.
The picture might not show the actual steepness of the hiking path, but it shows at least that the hiking path is very prominent and is on the left or west side of Liggeren gård. There are something between 5-7 small houses or house like buildings in this area, consisting of both farmhouse, barn, cottage and cabins. The cabins can be rented through #DNT. I think you also get the permit to drive into the property, but then again where is the fun in that? Then you might as well stay in the city centre or take a trip to Holmenkollen where you also get some feeling of being in a remote place while you can stay in a regular hotel. But for bonding with Norwegian nature, this is a far better option.
This picture shows the south end of Liggeren, nearest Øyungen. If you are heading back after the hiking trip, this is the view that you meet. The picture above has been taken in the summer and shows some of the best Liggeren has to offer.
This picture shows a view of Øyungskollen as seen by Liggeren gård, well actually this picture has been taken from the picnic spot where I normally sit down to eat a snack. During a hot summer day, it is a much appreciated spot under the shade of some old trees. The view is sadly blocked by trees and vegetation, but there natural form of the rocks resembling benches and chairs is a much appreciated place especially when you are intending just to rest for a short while.
The above picture is showing Brenna in the left, while Øyungskollen is hidden behind the trees, while you might be able to view Øyungen in the right of the frame. However, the important detail to view is the flowers and the changed canvas as a result of clouds covering the sun on this given day.
The same view as the above picture, but with a slightly different angle. This picture is also showing the hiking trail to some extent on the right side of the picture.
Here we are by the Liggeren farm or barn, with view towards southwest. In the left behind Liggeren farm we see Brenna hill, on the right to that we can see Øyungskollen hill top and to the right we see Øyungen. A very nice and pleasing view, after just going 5 kilometers from Skar. Actually it might be worth sharing a thought here, if you have seen the movie 13th Warrior you might see a resemblance here! The ironi is that in the movie, the areas shown was viking areas in the nordics, while now in the blog post we are exploring an area in #Oslomarka while we are #SearchingTrollsInOsloMarka
Yet another view towards Øyungskollen and Øyungen. I never seem to get enough of this beautiful scene. In this specific picture, there are less flowers which are visible, as they have dried or died due to the warm summer we had this exact year.
The above picture has been taken from Gørjehøgda, which is the hill situated in the north of Liggeren. I did not specially climb the hill to take pictures, these were taken during another trip, but as they fitted this blog post, they should be used. As you can see, the spot provides and elevated view of Liggeren, with Brenna in the left of the frame, and Øyungskollen in the middle while Øyungskollen lake in the right of the picture. However, the landscape is much more visible, as this actually is a valley between the hills surrounding Liggeren.
Here in the picture above you see another view, just before entering the dense forest or section of tree on Gørjehøgda. Again the picture has been taken from Gørjehøgda, facing south towards Liggeren gård. It is a nice spot, if you want to take some pictures.
Here with a broader angle.
Approaching Liggeren from the north side, you reach or rightly described, cross a dirt road, which is primarily used for cycling. Every now and then, you can also see a not so experienced hiker like me also utilizing this dirt road, however, this also is the route taken by some vehicles who need to deliver supplies to these cottages and cabins situated in the #nordmarka.
Exploring Liggeren gård
Crossing the road while coming from Gørjehøgda leads you to this sign, again showing directions. I personally think #DNT and #UTNO have done, and regularly do a wonderful job of marking and maintaining these signs and hiking tracks. I know for sure that, I personally and hundreds of other people that I see value their admirable work.
Liggeren gård consists of a series of small houses and cabins. The place has electricity and running water, which sort of makes this place a modern barn and not how it initially was, when made a couple of centuries ago. It has been a settlement or place where people have lived at least from 1800’s.
You might have spotted the sewerage lock, or might have got distracted by the swing in the tree. Mission accomplished, I wanted to share the beauty and simplicity of the place as well as show the amenities available.
Here you have another view, facing the west direction. You see the main farm or barn in the left behind the wooden swing, and you see the cabins in the right of the picture.
This picture has been taken on the south end of Liggeren gård. Do not think this land is harvested in any manner, and you certainly do not see and cattle or sheep in the area either. In this picture you see Liggeren farm or gård with Raudløkkollen hill in the background.
After a nice trip it is always great to head back home with a satisfied body and soul. Here you see the hiking track taking us back or leading us back to #Skar
A broader angle picture shows how the farm and cabins are situated with regards to the hiking trail. However, I must admit that panorama view function did mess up the picture, as the hiking track you see in the left bottom side corner is the same track continuing in the right of the screen/picture, so I sorry if this picture is misleading or confusing in any manner.
And here again some pictures focusing on Liggeren gård and Øyungen lake in the background. The picture has also caught the electricity polls and wires, supplying electricity to both Liggeren and other areas further or deeper in to #nordmarka.
Yet another picture, showing you the much valued treasure of #nordmarka. Hope that this blog post shows you, that not only does #nordmarka has to offer steep slopes and #Maridalsalpene but also some very nice valleys that can easily be visited during a day trip, meaning you can easily get to this place and spend some time and leave or you can choose to stay here over night in the cabins or just camp.
Oslo tresures Liggeren route
This maps shows you the trip to Liggeren and has been downloaded from ut.no. You can visit this site to plan and browse through thousands if not hundreds of thousands of trips through out Norway. Be careful though while using the filters, you do not want to choose a summer trip in winter or vice versa. The route is marked with purple color. As stated earlier, you can choose to go the same way to and from Liggeren or you can choose to take and alternative way back by going around Øyungen.
How to get to Liggeren
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 website. They even offer an incredible app where you can buy tickets etc.
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. In the map above the hiking trip is marked with purple.
As this trip can easily be completed with 3-4 hours there is no special recommendation regarding stays. You do not need to stay in the city center specially if you are planning to visit and explore Oslomarka. I would rather encourage you to stay in areas outside of city center, for example Nydalen. Nydalen area also has a university situated there, which means that you will have all the modern facilities available there. A bit more about Skar bussholdeplass as promised earlier in the post, I did not make any pictures of the buss station, but it now seems to had been good idea to have a couple of pictures so that they could have been used here. But do not worry, we have Google to the rescue, I managed to find a picture on Google and am just using it. Clearly stating that I am just using the picture to guide other people. If you want to view the picture with a 360 degree view, you can visit Google maps here.
I hope you enjoyed the blog post and got motivated to visit this place. I certainly know that I love this trip, this area and lake in general. Feel free to post any questions that you might have.