For years I’ve had a fascination about visiting Norway. When I’m not dreaming of soaring mountains or powder fields, I’m thinking about majestic fjords, the northern lights and road trips down the Norwegian coastline. While I make plans for a longer Scandinavian adventure, I decided to end off summer with an impulse city break to Norway’s capital, Oslo. After a 2 hour flight from London and a 45 minute train from the airport to the city centre we were in the extraordinary city. What strikes you first is the fascinating combination of modern architecture with stunning natural wonders. The south of the city is overthrown by the glorious Olso Fjord scenery, and then the east and west are covered in rolling hills of forests. During our 2 nights in the city we squeezed in as many of the top attractions as we could including Ekeberg Park (Ekebergparken), the Oslo opera house (Den Norske Opera and Ballett), the Royal Palace, Vigeland Park (Vigelandsparken) and a Fjord sightseeing cruise.
Cross country skiing dates back thousands of years ago in northern Scandinavia where skis were used as transportation across the snowy landscape. Norway’s rich history is closely linked to skiing, and many ‘ski firsts’ happened in Norway, so it’s no wonder that the national landmark is a ski jump.
As our weekend adventure came to close, we saved the best attraction until last. Luckily my friend Andrea is a keen skier so there were no objections when I brought up the idea of visiting the famous Oslo ski jump.
From the city centre you can see the huge structure up on the hill and it is super easy to get to. Catch the number ‘1’ Metro (T-Bane) to Holmenkollen, we got on at the National Theatre and the journey took about 25mins. Once off the metro it is a fairly strenuous uphill walk to the ski jump, just follow the signposts that lead the way up the hill and you’ll see the jump after the 10 minute walk.
You can actually walk around the stadium and about the third of the way up the jump for free, but for the full experience and access to the views and ski museum you need to pay the entrance fee of 120NOK (approx £9.50). At the first floor you can experience the top of the ski jump and view of the 60m-high drop from a skier’s perspective. The Holmenkollen ski jump is the most modern ski jump in the world. The arena has changed considerably over the years but the standing structure was opened in 2010. This new design features world class engineering, permanent wind protection, improved snow making and more.
I can’t describe how big and steep the slope looks from the top, and the photos don’t quite do it enough justice either. I can’t believe people ski off of this!
On the second floor viewing platform there are breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape. The mixture of scenery is just phenomenal; from the sunshine glistening off the fjord, to the acres of forest, the alpine cottages and the contemporary harbour buildings. The photos can do the talking...
The museum is so much more than just a bunch of old skis on display (which is what I expected!). It opened in 1923 and is the oldest ski museum in the world. You can discover more than 4000 years of ski history here at Homenkollen, from ancient rock carvings through to the latest ski technology.
The ski jump and arena have been rebuilt many times, these are a few models depicting the changes
Collections include the development of skis through the ages, early ski clothing, Norwegian polar exploration artefacts, snowboarding history and modern day snowsports. One of the most interesting objects on display are the first ever skis used by man.
I don’t want to give too much away as I hope you will experience the surprise and joy that I did discovering this marvellous place. Olso is a fantastic and stunning city, and the ski history running through the country’s core will delight any skiers or snowboarders farther.
If you wanted to take a city break in Oslo to the next level, travel in winter and you can explore the ski areas near the city. From Voksenkollen (4 stops on the metro line after Holmenkollen) you can take the ski bus to Oslo Winterpark which has 18 slopes and 11 lifts. You can be from the centre of Oslo to the ski area in about 30 minutes... Is there anything this city doesn’t have?
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Introducing the first of our new Expert Guides series aimed at improving your ski performance so you can enjoy your ski holiday to the max. We have started with a few simple tips to help you out if you are new to skiing or looking for methods to improve your ski experience and time on the slopes. At Iglu Ski, we have a huge amount of knowledge across the team and we wanted to share our ski and snowboard holiday advice to the general skiing public so you can make the most of your time when you are in the mountains.
Our first 5 videos are presented by AJ (Sales Director) who has a plethora of ski knowledge after countless ski holidays in at least 10 countries, working in Whistler as a ski instructor (CSIA level 3) and as a guide in the Portes du Soleil.
We will be creating more videos over the ski season. Take a look at our Expert Guide Playlist on YouTube for the lastest videos. Here are the first videos in the series, which were filmed at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.
For more information on planning your first ski trip or view more ski adviceVideos filmed and edited by Iglu Ski
You know winter is just around the corner when the new ski and snowboard film trailers start getting released. Even with 3 months to go there are already lots of trailers online. If you are anything like us at Iglu Ski and spent the entire summer dreaming about snow, then these trailers will get you super stoked for the upcoming season and your first touch of snow. Grab a cup of tea, sit back and start dreaming about untouched powder fields and epic alpine views.
Go big or go home
Absinthe films are a heavy weight in the snowboard film world. Their film’s feature the best snowboarders around in jaw-dropping mountain terrain. Eversince stars Nicolas Muller, Brandon Concard, Bode Merrill, and many more.
Prepare to be consumed by wanderlust
Any ski film by Teton Gravity Research is a cinematic spectacle. This season’s film ‘Paradise Waits’ follows a group of skiers and snowboarders for an entire season as they travel around the world. Ski destinations include Alaska, Japan, Greece, Boston, Kosovo and more.
Support your home grown skiers
Perspective Studios are a UK based film production company, their 2015/16 film Misconcetions follows a group of UK skiers. View more about the film in our ski film blog.
One for the ladies
Watch the Burton girls flying high, shredding hard and partying all night in this all female snowboard series featuring Kelly Clark, Kimmy Fasani, Hailey Langland, Yuka Fujimori and more. The 3 part video series will be premiering online in October.
View all of the best ski and snowboard films coming this winter in our new ski video guide. Keep checking back as we’ll be updating this page weekly on the run up to ski season with all the latest trailers.
We all deserve a little luxury in our lives, and what better way to treat ourselves than to indulge in an exquisite chalet setting for our yearly ski holiday. Luxury ski chalets aren't just for the rich and famous, we have a wide selection of affordable luxury properties in Europe, USA and Canada. A luxury ski chalet is how you would dream your ideal ski retreat, with opulent alpine furnishings, spectacular spa facilities, gourmet food and fine wines. The expert and professional staff will match that of 4 and 5 star hotels. They will cater for all your needs and enhance every detail of your stay so you will experience the finest week of your life. Excellent food is at the heart of a ski holiday. At a luxury chalet or hotel, an exceptional menu and cuisine is an essential part of the service. Chefs will tantalise your taste buds and cook to your likes and dislikes. From a hearty breakfast, to a gratifying afternoon tea after skiing and a dinner banquet fit for royalty. Expect canapés and aperitifs followed by a 4 course meal, then coffee and treats to bring the night to a close. Each luxury property will have its own unique features, from saunas and steam rooms, to private cinemas, hot tubs, gyms and even wine cellars. Iglu Ski has a large selection of luxury ski holiday options, including all-inclusive holidays. Take a look at our 10 favourite once in a lifetime ski chalets to inspire your next ski adventure and speak to our expert ski sales team to discuss your dream options.
Chalet Lafitenia, Val d'Isere, France
Chalet Sirocco, Verbier, Switzerland
Chalet Uberhaus, Lech, Austria
Chalet Ambre, Tignes, France
Chalet Maria Schnee, St Anton, Austria
Hotel Kaila, Meribel, France
Hotel Carlina, Courchevel, France
Hotel Fitzroy, Val Thorens, France
The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Canada
Club Med Val d'Isere, France
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