Frognerseteren


Since we haven’t yet posted anything from our trip at the beginning of June to Oslo (a long weekend after my work trip there), I wanted to start with something simple.

Here we are at Frognerseteren, outside the restaurant with an absolutely incredible view out over Oslo and the Oslo Fjord!

I had come here earlier in the week for a group dinner, and it was amazing!  They brought us up by bus, and after dinner we took the metro back down to Oslo – more on that in a minute!  The place was amazing, and I wanted to see the metro view in the light (or at least the full light, as it was finally starting to get fairly dark by around 11:30pm when we were heading back on the last metro train).  So, Astrid and I headed up by metro on Sunday, to take in the views, the short forest walk from the station, and the cafe.

My group dinner was held in the “board room” on the second floor.  This building was built in 1891 and has been a cafe and restaurant ever since, serving hikers and visitors to the mountain top.

The name Frognerseteren means a high summer pasture under Frogner (which is a name present all around Oslo and means something like “fertilized fields” – apparently from the Norse word for manure!).  It is located about 1400 feet above the city, on top of Holmenkollen.  Holmenkollen is, literally, the rounded mountain top (kolle) at Holmen farm, which itself means “bedrock meadow.”

The view down and out was an amazing blend of blue sky and water with green forest!

Apart from a great view, Frognerseteren is known for its food, and especially its famous apple cake.  After having it for desert a couple of nights before I knew Astrid had to try it, and why not after a long metro ride up a mountain?

This set us about about US$10, but nothing is cheap in Norway!

Just as we sat down to enjoy the atmosphere and the apple cake, we saw my colleague and his wife walk in – he had the same idea!

The atmosphere and detail inside seemed to be classic Norwegian mountain lodge, and was very warm and welcoming.

Even the coat rack had a Viking boat theme!

The short hike between Frognerseteren and the metro station of the same name is steep and rocky, but at least marked with directions. I also did this walk with a bunch of well fed and watered business people in the late twilight, which was funny…

Up a gravel path is…a metro station? This rural setting is the outer (and upper!) terminal for the Oslo T-Bane Line 1.

This might be the highest metro station in the world, although Mexico City surely beats it for pure altitude – definitely the highest differential between stations on the same line! The Holmenkollen Line was built out to Frognerseteren in 1916, and ran as a sort of tram line until its conversion to full Oslo Metro operation in 2011, which involved new trains and the replacement of overhead wires with third-rail power. More on the Oslo T-Bane, which I think is the northern-most metro in the world as well, in a future post!

All in all, a great afternoon trip.  More on Oslo soon, as well as one or two other things from Teddy’s visit.  We might just fit in some other random long-overdue stuff too!

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Posted on 07/07/2012, in travel, Travel to Europe and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l- !!!

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