You don’t have to travel far if you want a more intimate and cozy alternative to Oslo. Asker and Bærum gives you both exclusive art experiences and cooling swimming opportunities in the Oslofjord.
The two different municipalities are located just southwest of Oslo, and are easy to get to. Both are popular places for Norwegians to live, as it is close to the capital but with beautiful and varied nature.
Here you can enjoy the Oslofjord with thrilling islands and small island communities, such as Borøya, Brønnøya and Langåra. The landscape provides wide, arable land, hilly terrain and deep forests with many lakes.
For swimming, Asker and Bærum have five blue flag certified beaches, Hvalstrand, Sjøstrand, Holmenskjæret, Hvamodden and Storøyodden. Blue flag is an international eco-label awarded to beaches with high water quality, lifesaving and disabled access facilities. Vollen is a coastal pearl with several eateries, Vollen Kystkultursenter (coastal museum) and an inviting swimming area.
You can also find two rock massifs, Skaugumåsen and Kolsåstoppen, which are popular for hikers and climbers alike. In the winter, you’ll find a variety of cross-country ski tracks for all skill levels.
Both Asker and Bærum are known for a large range of exciting attractions within the areas of art and architecture. The Henie-Onstad art center is for instance one of the Nordic region's leading art centres, and features exhibitions of Norwegian and international contemporary art and works of modernism.
At Bærums Verk, a shopping centre situated in historical surroundings, you will find numerous shops, restaurants, art galleries and workshops. In Verksgata, the main street of Bærums Verk, there are plenty of shops and workshops with hand-made products of all kinds, including quilts, glass and furniture.
If you would like a taste of the local arts scene, you may want to visit The Yellow House in Asker. The house is an exhibition space for the visual arts and handicrafts managed by artists, and has a café with freshly baked cakes.
There is no need to wait until you´re here to find out what you´d like to do.
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