Out and about
The beautiful nature in Asker and Bærum offers great opportunities for recreation, activities and relaxation. You can explore the Oslofjord and its many small island communities by boat or walk the coastal path (Kyststien) and take a swim in one of the many beaches in Asker or in Bærum.
Only six Norwegian beaches received the Blue Flag award in 2011, and Asker and Bærum boast three of these. More about the beaches in Asker and the beaches in Bærum .
There are numerous pathways to walk in the forests of both Asker and Bærum, many of them are suited for cycling. The hills of Kolsåstoppen in Bærum and Vardåsen in Asker also attract a few climbers.
For golfers, there are many courses to choose from in Asker and Bærum. In Fornebu in Bærum you also find one of the world’s largest indoor golf centres.
If you come in winter, you can go ice skating on the Oslofjord or cross-country skiing in one of the many winter excursions spots, such as Solli in Asker and Lommedalen or Vestmarksetra in Bærum.
There are also several lifts and ski runs with slopes suited for both kids and professionals. Some of the ski centres have alpine and snowboard schools.
There is great angling for saltwater fish and sea trout in the Oslofjord year round. Elnestangen, outside Vollen in Asker, is considered by many to be the best place for angling in the entire fjord.
There are also many lakes for fishing perch, trout, pike and other types of fish in Asker and Bærum. You need fishing permits for fishing in most of the lakes in Bærum, except in Ståvivann and Dælivann. There is also free fishing in Lysakerelven from Granfossen and upwards, and in Lomma from Wøyen and up.
Local fishing permits can be purchased from Oslomarkas Fiskeadministrasjon. Children under the age of 16 do not need permits.
In Asker fishing permits are not required unless you are fishing in the Sandungen area (i.e. the lakes of Sandungen, Damvann and Øyvann) in Vestmarka in Asker.
Fishing permits for the area of Sandungen can be purchased from the shop Prima Villmark (tel: +47 66 84 53 90) in the Holmensenteret shopping mall. If you are fishing for crawfish, you need a special permit that can also be bought here.
Fishing for salmon and sea trout in rivers and lakes in Asker and Bærum also requires special permits, in addition to the local fishing permits. You can find salmon and sea trout in Askerelva, Lysakerelva, Neselva and Sandvikaelva.
Bærum has two medieval churches dating from the end of the 12th century: Tanum Church, which dates from around 1150, and Haslum Church, which was built before 1200. Both churches are open to the public. Here you can read more about the churches in Asker and the churches in Bærum .
Asker and Bærum also offer urban life with shopping, lots of intimate cafes, famous restaurants and cultural events in both Sandvika and Asker. Each of the municipalities have their own culture centre with a wide range of cultural activities on offer year round, and there are many different cultural scenes and a variety of art galleries around Asker and Bærum.
Fornebu Arena in Bærum is the largest indoor stadium in Northern Europe. The arena is the home of Norwegian Premier League football team Stabæk and houses major concerts every year (AC/DC, Metallica, Tina Turner and Andrea Bocelli are among many to have performed here). The Eurovision 2010 finals were also held here.