Life in Norway

Sledding - a winter activity in Norway

The scenery around us was breathtaking, and we felt like we were flying through a winter wonderland.

Full Name: Huyen Nguyen Thi
Home Country: Vietnam
Previous study: International Business
Previous institution: Foreign Trade University (Vietnam)
Current program: MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As an international student in Norway, there are so many opportunities to explore the beautiful nature of this country. One such activity that I recently tried was sledding in Frognerseteren, Oslo. I come from a tropical climate country so it was my first time experiencing this exhilarating winter sport, and it was an adventure I would never forget.

How to get there

To start our day trip, my friends and I took Metro number 3 from Majorstuen to Frognerseteren. We were greeted by the stunning view of snow-capped mountains and pine trees, and we couldn't wait to get started. 

Female and male outside in the snow sledding

Equipment rental and clothing

We rented sleds at the top of the hill and received a few tips on how to control our speed and direction. You can rent sleds on-site, so you don't need to worry about bringing your own. The price to rent a sled is just 130 NOK per day.

After putting on warm clothes, helmets, and gloves, we headed to the top of the hill to start our adventure. 

One tip is to remember to bring or rent helmets because the slope is quite steep. It starts at Frognerseteren, is 2km long, and has a drop of 255m. It ends at Midtstuen station, where you take the metro to the top of the slope again.

Before heading out to sled, it's important to dress appropriately for the cold weather. It can be quite chilly, so you need to wear warm layers, a hat, gloves, and boots.  Lastly, remember to take breaks and stay hydrated, as sledding can be quite exhausting. You should bring your own snacks and water because it is more expensive to buy them on-site.

Group of friends outside sledding

Down the hill...and back up again

The feeling of sledding down the hill was simply exhilarating. As we sped down the slopes, the wind rushed past our faces, and the snow beneath our sleds made a satisfying crunching sound. The scenery around us was breathtaking, and we felt like we were flying through a winter wonderland. We went down the hill multiple times, and each time was just as exciting as the last. Overall, sledding in Frognerseteren was an unforgettable experience I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Oslo in the winter.

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