With the newly opened lookout-tower Stovnertårnet, Oslo adds both an architectural spectacle and a new viewpoint to its long list of attractions.
Published: 18 October 2017
Actually – “tower” is a misleading term. In reality, the construction consists of a 260 meter long elevated pathway that meanders gradually up and above the tree crowns.
With a 300.000 USD price tag, the tower includes several observation platforms on route to the top.
Since it's unveiling 12 October, Stovnertårnet has carved it's place among Oslo's most unique and eye catching attractions – one aimed at both locals and travellers.
Among others, it was the district of Stovner and Oslo Municipality that initiated the project. Head of urban development, Hanna E. Marcussen, was on site for the official opening last Thursday, that marked the joyful conclusion of many months of planning and development.
The tower is constructed at Fossumberget, north of Stovner Senter, but the focus – says Marcussen – was always with the entire capital in mind.
– Stovnertårnet is an attraction – not just for residents of Groruddalen – but for all of Oslo, she explains to Visit Norway.
The tower is designet by LINK arkitektur a company widely known for it's award winning fusions of modern architecture and natural landscapes. The structural design is based on birds flight towards the tree-crowns, and includes wooden support beams with housing for local species.
The pathway is easily accessible for disabled travellers, and provides safety in its entire length with a 1.30 meter high banister. Several scenic platforms along the way insures a tranquil environment where visitors can relax and enjoy the view – which stretches all the way to the Oslo Fjord.
The tower will be open to the public year round. Entrance is free.
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Adresse: Kongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo
På nett: www.skiforeningen.no/holmenkollen
Frognerseteren – just above Holmenkollbakken – is worth a visit for the view alone. The restaurant stands as one of the finest examples of traditional Norwegian architecture in the capital, with roots dating back to the mid-19th century. A popular resting place for both locals and tourists – year round.
Adresse: Holmenkollveien 200, 0791 Oslo
På nett: www.frognerseteren.no
In addition to exhibitions throughout the year, Ekeberg Sculpture-park offers one of Oslos most scenic vistas. From the hilltop visitors have an undisturbed, panoramic view of Barcode, Bjørvika, The Opera House and myriad of islands along the fjord. The park is open year round, and entrance is free.
Adresse: Kongsveien 23, 0193 Oslo
På nett: www.ekebergparken.com
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Adresse: Grefsenkollveien 100, 0490 Oslo
På nett: www.grefsenkollen.no
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Adresse: Bryggegangen, 0252 Oslo
På nett: www.tjuvholmen.no/en/tjuvtitten
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