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Oslo is the capital city of Norway.

Also known as: Christiania / Kristiania / Tigerstaden


Swimming and Bathing in Oslo
Here you will find a list of indor facilites, beaches, lakes, rivers and islands where you can go swimming in Oslo. The article also includes some other useful resources.

NOTE! Check out the swimspot guide on our mobile pages.

Information

So you want to get yourself wet? Well, keep on reading this article and I will try to help you figure out what options there are for swimming and water recreation in Oslo.

The article covers: Tempratures, Water Quality, Facilities, Beaches, Rivers, Lakes and Islands.


Tempratures

If you are like me and prefer not to ice-bade, you might want to check out the tempratures that are mesured regulary during the summer. Or just go to an indoor facility.

  • Friluftsetaten - Badeinfo

    Water Quality

    The quality of the water is monitored by regular testing. It might be a good idea to check out the number of germs in the water.

  • Helse og Velferdsetaten - Badevannskvalitet

    Facilities

    There are several facilities for swimming in Oslo.

    Tyenbadet

    Frognerbadet

    Rivers

    Brekkedammen, Akerselva
    Description: Dam at Frysja, Akerselva, and a popular place to swim.
    Facilities: Store five minutes away.
    How to get there: Bus 54 toward Kjelss. Bus stop is called 'Stillatorv'.

    Nydalsdammen, Akerselva
    Description: Small dam with trees and water plants in Nydalen, Akerselva.
    Facilities: Grass hills, Dock, Benches, Rescueboey.
    How to get there: Buss 54 toward Kjelss. 5 minutes walk from bus stop 'vre Stabburvei'.

    Stilla, Akerselva
    Description: The part of the river right below Brekkedammen is called Stilla, and is an old bading place.
    Facilities: Dock, grass hills.
    How to get there: Buss 25 or 54 to 'Stillatorv'.


    Lakes

    Badedammen Grorud (oslo st)
    Description: 'Marka' water with sand and mud bottom. Grass and rocks.
    Facilities: Toilet, Ramp for handicapped.
    How to get there: Subway 5 to Vestli, or bus 32, 62, 68, 79, 362 to Grorud T-banestasjon. About 15 minutes walk down 'Bergensveien' to the lake.

    Bekkensten (oslo south/oppegrd)
    Description: Sand and stone beach with grass and rocks.
    Facilities: Toilet, shower, drinkingwater.
    How to get there: Bus 83 toward Trnsen, and switch to bus 907 from 'Oppegrd Rdhus'.

    Bogstadvannet (oslo vest)
    Description: Sand bottom and grass.
    Facilities: 3 docks, kiosk, shower and toilet. Handikapp toilet and swim ramp.
    How to get there: T-bane 2 to Ra, and switch to bus 41 to Srkedalen. Bus stop is called 'Bogstad badeplass'. Parking not far from the water.
    Note! Bogstadvannet is one of the lakes where Tremadota has been found. Tremadota is likely to come in late summer when the temprature is over 20 degrees C, and can cause swimmers Itch.

    Kapteinsputten - Svartputten (oslo north)
    Description: Small lake with mud bottom. The lake is surrounded by trees, growing down to the shore in many places. Other places there are grass edges.
    Facilities: Linderudkollen sportsstue close by. Approved fireplace.
    How to get there: Bus 56 toward Solemskogen. Bus stop is called 'Linderudkollen'.

    Lutvann (oslo st)
    Description: 'Marka' water with sand bottom. Grassy hills and rocks.
    Facilities: Toilet. Approved fireplace. Swim ramp and toilet for handicapped.
    How to get there: Subway 2 toward Ellingsrudsen. Station is called 'Trosterud'. No parking.

    Nklevann, Brten badeplass (oslo east)
    Description: 'Marka' water with sand and mud bottom.
    Facilities: Diving board, toilet, approved fireplace. Bading ramp and toilet for handicapped.
    How to get there: Subway to Bogerud stasjon. About one kilometer to walk from the station.
    More: Great overlooks at 'Sarabrten' and north-west of the water.
    Note! Nklevann is one of the lakes where Tremadota has been found. Tremadota is likely to come in late summer when the temprature is over 20 degrees C, and can cause swimmers Itch.

    Skraperudtjern (oslo east)
    Description: 'Marka' water with mud bottom.
    Facilities: Dock, toilet.
    How to get there: No public transport available. Parking about 2 minutes from the lake.
    Note! Dont dive from the dock. The water is shallow!

    Sognsvann (oslo north)
    Description: 'Marka' water and one of the most popular lakes in Oslo. Sand bottom, rocks and grassy hills.
    Facilities: 3 docks, kiosk, toilet, approved fireplaces, sandvolley, benches. Well adjusted for handicapped.
    How to get there: Subway 3 to Sognsvann. Parking near by.
    More: There are many trails to walk from Sognsvann.
    Note! Sognsvann is one of the lakes where Tremadota has been found. Tremadota is likely to come in late summer when the temprature is over 20 degrees C, and can cause swimmers Itch.

    Steinbruvann (oslo north)
    Description: 'Marka' water.
    Facilities: 3 docks, approved fireplaces, toilet.
    How to get there: Subway 5 to Vestli or bus 32, 62, 68, 79, 362 to Grorud T-banestasjon. About 20 minutes walk north on 'Bergensveien' to the lake. Parking about 10 minutes from the lake.

    Stenstrudtjern
    Description: n/a
    How to get there: n/a

    Svartkulp (oslo north)
    Description: Some rocks.
    How to get there: Right next to Sognsvan. The road to Ullevlseter goes by the lake.



    Trollvann (oslo north)
    Description: 'Marka' water with mud bottom. Grass.
    Facilities: 2 docs, approved fireplace. Trollvann sportsstue near by.
    How to get there: Parking 2 minutes from the lake.

    Tryvann (oslo north)
    Description: 'Marka' water.
    Facilities: Dock.
    How to get there: Subway to 'Frognerseteren' or 'Voksenkollen. About 5-6 kilometers to walk to the water.

    Ulsrudvann (oslo east)
    Description: Idyllic 'Marka' lake with mud, sand and some stones on thebottom. Rocks are good for sunbading.
    Facilities: Approved fireplace, toilet for handicapped.
    More: Hiking trail close by.
    How to get there: Subway 3 toward Mortensrud to Ulsrud stasjon. 15 min gange walk. Parking close by.

    Vesletjern - Lilletjern (oslo north)
    Description: 'Marka' lake with mud bottom.
    Facilities: Approved fireplace, benches, toilet, suitable for handicapped.
    More: Hiking trail.
    How to get there: Subway 5 to Kalbakken station. 15. min walk. No parking by the lake, but mostly possible to park by Apalkka skole or Greibanen.

    sternvann (oslo north)
    Description: Calm lake in the wood.
    How to get there: Buss 732 to Fossum. 4 kilometers walk up to the lake. Parking on Fossum.


    yungen (oslo north)
    Description: Grassy plains and rocks.
    More: Hiking trail to Gslungen, Helgern, Kalvsjen and Grja.
    How to get there: Bus to Skar in Maridalen. 4 km walk along the river up to the water.


    Beaches

    Bestemorsstranda (oslo sr)
    Description: Stone and sand beach with Rocks in Oppegrd.
    Facilities: Dock and benches.
    How to get there: 'Badebuss' 87. Parking by the beach

    Bygdy Strand

    Evjeodden

    Fiskevollbukta

    Fornebulandet

    Huk (oslo west)
    Description: One of Oslos most popular beaches on Bygdy.
    Facilities: Kiosk, Toilet, Resturant, Barbeque, Benches.
    More: Naturist beach close by.
    How to get there: Bus 30 toward Huk. Parking by the beach.

    Hvalstrand

    Hvervenbukta (oslo sr)
    Description: Family friendly sand beach with grass and rocks.
    Facilities: Dock, Toilets, Benches, Shower, Drinking water, Cafe. Toilet is suited for handicapped.
    How to get there: Bus 76 from Helsfyr toward Hvervenbukta or 'badebuss' 87. Parking about 4 minues from the beach.

    Ingierstrand (oslo south)
    Description: Beach in Oppegrd with rocks.
    Facilities: 10-meter high divingboard, docks, toilets, kiosk.
    How to get there: 'Badebuss' 87 toward Ingierstrand.

    Kadettangen

    Karenlyst

    Katten (oslo south)
    Description: Small sand beach with rocks and grass hills. Child friendly.
    Facilities: 2 diving boards, stairs down to the water, kiosk, drinking water and toilet.
    How to get there: Bus 83 or 'badebuss' 87). Bicycle. No parking.

    Mosseveien 211-213 / Kull- og vedbolagstomta (oslo south)
    Description: Stone/rubble beach. Not the best place for children.
    Facilities: Toilet, rope and stairs down to the water.
    How to get there: Bus 81A toward Greverud or 'badebuss' 87. No parking.

    Nordstrand bad (oslo south)
    Description: Rocks and stone/rubble beach.
    Facilities: Dock, divingboard, toilet. Toilet for handicapped.
    Badebrygge med trapper ned til vannet. Toalettet er ogs egnet for bevegelseshemmede. Ikke kiosk.
    More: Balustrade (walking path along the fjord).
    How to get there: Det er ikke parkeringsmuligheter nr Nordstrand bad. Buss 81A mot Greverud eller "badebuss" 87.

    Paradisbukta

    Pelvikodden

    Rabben

    Rolfstangen

    Selvik

    Solvikbukta

    Sydstranda

    Vollen


    Islands

    Gressholmen (oslo south)



    Hovedya (oslo south)
    Description: Rocks, rubble and some grass.
    Facilities: Water, Showers, Toilets, Cafe, The remains of an old concrete dock.
    How to get there: Ferry from Vippetangen to Hovedya.

    Kalvya (oslo south)

    Langyene (oslo south)

    Malmya - Solvikbukta (oslo south)
    Description: 75 meter beachline. Primarly a bathing location for handicapped.
    Facilities: Floating docks, toilet, kiosk, cafe. Camping nearby.
    How to get there: Bus 85 toward Ulvya over Malmya.

    Rambergya (oslo south)

    Ulvya (oslo south)


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