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Guidebook for Asker

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Guidebook for Asker

Parks & Nature
Semsvannet, close to the residence of the Norwegian Crownprince family, is a beautiful lake near Asker town. There is a fine walk/jog from the car park round the lake to Tveiter farm. Enjoy the wild life, song birds, owls and woodpeckers, the rich flora, watch rising fish in the lake, and enjoy the pastures where there are cows, horses and sheep. At Tveiter you can admire the finest waterfall in Asker - if there's not too much water, you can even walk in behind the waterfall! If you are more adventurous, you might want to try the more strenuous hike up to the top of the overlooking Skaugumåsen (the Skaugum hill). From the top on a fine day the view of the Oslo fjord is incredibly beautiful.
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Semsvannet
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Semsvannet, close to the residence of the Norwegian Crownprince family, is a beautiful lake near Asker town. There is a fine walk/jog from the car park round the lake to Tveiter farm. Enjoy the wild life, song birds, owls and woodpeckers, the rich flora, watch rising fish in the lake, and enjoy the pastures where there are cows, horses and sheep. At Tveiter you can admire the finest waterfall in Asker - if there's not too much water, you can even walk in behind the waterfall! If you are more adventurous, you might want to try the more strenuous hike up to the top of the overlooking Skaugumåsen (the Skaugum hill). From the top on a fine day the view of the Oslo fjord is incredibly beautiful.
Vardåsen is our local slalom hill. Although this is a fun slope in winter, it is at least as popular during other seasons, as the view of the countryside and Oslo fjord is spectacular once you've climbed to the top. There are marked trails. Do remember to bring a picnic and water bottles to refresh you before the descent. You may like to record your climb in the tourist book found at the top most point on the hill. If you drive round Heggedalsveien from Heggedal village, especially at weekends or on fine evenings, you will often see rock climbers making their way up the steep side of Vardåsen hill. If this is your sport, you might like to try yourself?
Vardåsen
Vardåsen is our local slalom hill. Although this is a fun slope in winter, it is at least as popular during other seasons, as the view of the countryside and Oslo fjord is spectacular once you've climbed to the top. There are marked trails. Do remember to bring a picnic and water bottles to refresh you before the descent. You may like to record your climb in the tourist book found at the top most point on the hill. If you drive round Heggedalsveien from Heggedal village, especially at weekends or on fine evenings, you will often see rock climbers making their way up the steep side of Vardåsen hill. If this is your sport, you might like to try yourself?
Essentials
Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. You will find fresh meats, fish, vegetables and dairy products as well as a wide variety of groceries and frozen foods. We also recommend their ready made sandwiches, salads, yogurts, juice and ice-creams to make a picnic while you enjoy a rest on one of the many benches and tables along the coastal paths.
REMA 1000 Vollen
1 Arnestadveien
Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. You will find fresh meats, fish, vegetables and dairy products as well as a wide variety of groceries and frozen foods. We also recommend their ready made sandwiches, salads, yogurts, juice and ice-creams to make a picnic while you enjoy a rest on one of the many benches and tables along the coastal paths.
The closest petrol/diesel station is Circle K, at Slemmestad which is 3.2 km from Vollen. You can also buy basic supplies, such as milk, on Sundays as the shop is open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. However be aware that supplies bought at fuel stations in Norway are generally much more expensive than if bought in grocery shops or supermarkets.
Circle K Slemmestad
67 Slemmestadveien
The closest petrol/diesel station is Circle K, at Slemmestad which is 3.2 km from Vollen. You can also buy basic supplies, such as milk, on Sundays as the shop is open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. However be aware that supplies bought at fuel stations in Norway are generally much more expensive than if bought in grocery shops or supermarkets.
Ferry between Vollen and Oslo
Early birds can take the ferry which leaves from Vollen to Oslo several times in the morning - latest departure is 08.23. The afternoon ferries leave the capital city at Aker Brygge five times from 15:10 to 17:30. In fine weather it is absolutely wonderful to climb up to the top deck and enjoy the fast 25 minute trip down the fjord. The ferry operates most of the year on weekdays only, but in summer there are trips at the weekends. See the timetable in SheepsInn apartment.
The coastal paths at Vollen are really beautiful. Wander in the forests, by small lakes, beaches, fjord views- and find the hallow old tree! In warm weather, you could enjoy a swim.
Vollen Vel
The coastal paths at Vollen are really beautiful. Wander in the forests, by small lakes, beaches, fjord views- and find the hallow old tree! In warm weather, you could enjoy a swim.
The airport train to and from Oslo airport, Gardermoen, stops at Asker Station. You then take bus 704 to Blakstad terminal and change to any of the 250 buses direction Slemmestad, getting off at Vollen centre.
Asker stasjon
The airport train to and from Oslo airport, Gardermoen, stops at Asker Station. You then take bus 704 to Blakstad terminal and change to any of the 250 buses direction Slemmestad, getting off at Vollen centre.
Just 3 minutes down the hill from the apartment, it's always fun to wander around the village, discovering the various shops and workshops. Most are open all week, including Sunday, but some close on Mondays. You will decide yourself which you enjoy most, but just to mention my own favourites: Rhomb has lots of beautiful gift articles for sale but visit this shop just to enjoy the amazing view inside. Galleri LGD is both salesroom and workshop for international prize winning jewelry designer, LIIsa Gude Deberitz. And don't miss the Ceramics Corner for wonderful articles. For ladies' quality fashion, enjoy a browse round Herligheten in our little village square. Hebbe Lilles Galleri - a tiny art gallery run by the artist himself, Øivind Jorfald's humorous paintings are great fun and put their finger on many aspects of Norwegian life. Only open at weekends.
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Vollen
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Just 3 minutes down the hill from the apartment, it's always fun to wander around the village, discovering the various shops and workshops. Most are open all week, including Sunday, but some close on Mondays. You will decide yourself which you enjoy most, but just to mention my own favourites: Rhomb has lots of beautiful gift articles for sale but visit this shop just to enjoy the amazing view inside. Galleri LGD is both salesroom and workshop for international prize winning jewelry designer, LIIsa Gude Deberitz. And don't miss the Ceramics Corner for wonderful articles. For ladies' quality fashion, enjoy a browse round Herligheten in our little village square. Hebbe Lilles Galleri - a tiny art gallery run by the artist himself, Øivind Jorfald's humorous paintings are great fun and put their finger on many aspects of Norwegian life. Only open at weekends.
Shopping
Even in summer you'll find everything you want for a Norwegian Christmas. And you can post your cards home with an official Santa's Elf stamp. If driving there, be aware that there is a genuine (and Norway's only) traffic sign telling motorists to take care as Santa may be crossing the road!! The shop is right in the centre of the charming village of Drøbak. You can drive there from Vollen, by taking Slemmestadveien south and then the 7 km long tunnel which goes under the Oslo fjord. You might like to combine your visit to Drøbak with a 10 minute ferry boat ride out to Oscarsborg Fortress on an island mid-fjord, very famous because the first invading war-ship, Blücher, from Germany was sunk there in 1940.
Tregaardens Julehus
6 Havnebakken
Even in summer you'll find everything you want for a Norwegian Christmas. And you can post your cards home with an official Santa's Elf stamp. If driving there, be aware that there is a genuine (and Norway's only) traffic sign telling motorists to take care as Santa may be crossing the road!! The shop is right in the centre of the charming village of Drøbak. You can drive there from Vollen, by taking Slemmestadveien south and then the 7 km long tunnel which goes under the Oslo fjord. You might like to combine your visit to Drøbak with a 10 minute ferry boat ride out to Oscarsborg Fortress on an island mid-fjord, very famous because the first invading war-ship, Blücher, from Germany was sunk there in 1940.
Sightseeing
For a truly amazing experience a little off the tourist beaten-track, we recommend spending some hours on Oscarsborg island. You can drive there from Vollen, by taking the road Slemmestadveien south and then the 7 km long tunnel which goes under the Oslo fjord to Drøbak town. You then take a 10 minute ferry boat ride out to Oscarsborg Fortress on an island mid-fjord, very famous because the first invading German war-ship, Blücher, was sunk there in 1940. There are lots of paths round the island so you can examine canons and look at the fortress, or relax on the beach and swim in the fjord. In summer, there is a good restaurant and a shop selling ice-cream and snacks but the best is do as Norwegians do and bring a picnic.
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Oscarsborg fæstning
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For a truly amazing experience a little off the tourist beaten-track, we recommend spending some hours on Oscarsborg island. You can drive there from Vollen, by taking the road Slemmestadveien south and then the 7 km long tunnel which goes under the Oslo fjord to Drøbak town. You then take a 10 minute ferry boat ride out to Oscarsborg Fortress on an island mid-fjord, very famous because the first invading German war-ship, Blücher, was sunk there in 1940. There are lots of paths round the island so you can examine canons and look at the fortress, or relax on the beach and swim in the fjord. In summer, there is a good restaurant and a shop selling ice-cream and snacks but the best is do as Norwegians do and bring a picnic.
Food scene
Really tasty, reasonably priced Greek dishes. You can enjoy a cup of great coffee, a glass of wine or a hot or cold lunch and gorgeous cakes. You'll find lots of Greek articles and food for sale too. Either eat at the little restaurant, just opposite REMA, or take home with you.
Eléa - Purely Greek
2 Arnestadveien
Really tasty, reasonably priced Greek dishes. You can enjoy a cup of great coffee, a glass of wine or a hot or cold lunch and gorgeous cakes. You'll find lots of Greek articles and food for sale too. Either eat at the little restaurant, just opposite REMA, or take home with you.
The Italian food is great, the staff very friendly and you can sit indoors or out according to the weather. You will enjoy watching the boats on the Oslo fjord and in and around the marina.
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Vito's Vollen
416 Slemmestadveien
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The Italian food is great, the staff very friendly and you can sit indoors or out according to the weather. You will enjoy watching the boats on the Oslo fjord and in and around the marina.
Café Oscar is famous throughout the Oslo region. The views of the Oslo fjord right to Oslo, from inside and out, are stunning. You can also buy fresh bread and cakes to take-away. Cafe Oscar is open Monday to Saturday from 09 - 17 and on Sundays from 10 - 17.
Cafe Oscar
436 Slemmestadveien
Café Oscar is famous throughout the Oslo region. The views of the Oslo fjord right to Oslo, from inside and out, are stunning. You can also buy fresh bread and cakes to take-away. Cafe Oscar is open Monday to Saturday from 09 - 17 and on Sundays from 10 - 17.
This is the place to enjoy High Tea, Cream Tea, and lots more in one of Vollen's oldest houses overlooking the fjord. Open only at weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasionally, for example at Halloween, the Little England has a music and curry evening.
Little England Design A/S and Tea Rooms
15 Båtbyggerlia
This is the place to enjoy High Tea, Cream Tea, and lots more in one of Vollen's oldest houses overlooking the fjord. Open only at weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasionally, for example at Halloween, the Little England has a music and curry evening.
Oslo's CHEAPEST place to have a meal in the restaurant upstairs, and the absolutely cheapest soft ice or hot dogs in Norway. All good food in the famous IKEA furniture warehouse, about 10 minutes by car from Vollen. Open: Monday to Friday: 9.30–22.00 and Saturday: 9–20
IKEA Slependen
40 Nesbruveien
Oslo's CHEAPEST place to have a meal in the restaurant upstairs, and the absolutely cheapest soft ice or hot dogs in Norway. All good food in the famous IKEA furniture warehouse, about 10 minutes by car from Vollen. Open: Monday to Friday: 9.30–22.00 and Saturday: 9–20
As well as being a fascinating small boat museum and place where children can make and sail their own wooden boats, the Oslo fjord museum in Vollen has a pleasant café. You can enjoy waffles, cakes, icecream and coffee.
Oslofjordmuseet
As well as being a fascinating small boat museum and place where children can make and sail their own wooden boats, the Oslo fjord museum in Vollen has a pleasant café. You can enjoy waffles, cakes, icecream and coffee.
The sushi is really tasty and fresh. It is very popular for "take-aways" and easy to find, just at the entrance to the Vollen supermarket Rema 1000. Smak & Sans is open from 11 a.m. Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It closes at 8.30 p.m. every evening.
Grand sushi 1 AS
1C Arnestadveien
The sushi is really tasty and fresh. It is very popular for "take-aways" and easy to find, just at the entrance to the Vollen supermarket Rema 1000. Smak & Sans is open from 11 a.m. Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It closes at 8.30 p.m. every evening.