If looking for recreational nature, Norway including the capital Oslo, is home to a number of great environmental attractions where you can get up close and personal. So if you really like to stress down and get away from it all, take the tube or a bus 20 minutes to the outside of Oslo and get yourself an outdoor adventure. We do that often on the weekends (like most other Norwegians) and since the in-laws from the US are visiting, we shared one of our favourite spots to give them a taste of this Norwegian natural pearl. It’s just 30 minutes walk in the forest and here is the scenery:
Nature adventures in Norwegian woods #1
It’s a photo – not painting!

While sitting there at the water edge, the cutest little duck family came along and they were relatively tame. I had my Nokia x6 on hand of course and started to shoot pics (click all pics to bigify & enjoy!):
Nature adventures in Norwegian woods #2 Nature adventures in Norwegian woods #3

Scenery like this – at least to us – is breath taking. You don’t say a word as silence in the woods is golden – you just enjoy the magic moment and let your thoughts go with the flow. Like if you have the chance to see things like this:
Nature adventures in Norwegian woods #4

To share this with the in-laws from US was kind of special we have taken our children up here for years to experience the natural environment. We use this place in the spring, summer, fall and winter as a recreational area and all seasons have their charm. We have hundreds of pictures of the family at this spot, and now it was especially nice to bring Diane’s family here to experience this place for themselves.
Nature adventures in Norwegian woods #5 Nature adventures in Norwegian woods #6

My in-laws are leaving tomorrow so I am glad that the atmosphere was good and that we could share one of our families treasured places with them and give them plenty of memories to take home from their trip. Last night we all exchanged pictures; the beauty of digital photography is you can share it with many without reducing the quality of the photo. So my in-laws will have plenty of good photos to remind them of their trip.

I am sure to be testing my new Nokia X6 much more in the days to come. We have some vacation left before OsloBG and will be online more after our guests have returned to their home in New York. Hope you will stay tuned and share the fun!

This post is part of Petunia‘s photo competition with the theme “Mitt lille land = My little country“. Click link to visit and see a lot of great pics from Norway!


  1. I want to go too. Looks like lots of fun.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you both. :)

  2. The temperature in Tulsa today is 41*C and in Oslo it is 19*C. Yes, I would enjoy your summers.

  3. What a beautiful and peaceful place and only ½ hour from Oslo the capital of Norway? This is wonderful. Your pictures show the lake and the ducks very well.

  4. You were right to mention it — it does look like a painting! So peaceful…

  5. sharonsmum.anne@gmail.com

    That looks truly idyllic – lucky in-laws to see so many different things on their European holiday.

  6. To all, it really is as good as it looks. And there are hundreds of spots like this in the woods around Oslo. You can go hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing or a combination of any of these. You are all welcome to visit our wonderful city any time you like. Hope to meet many of you at the OsloBG

  7. Hi Renny! Beautiful photos! It’s a nice place to sit and unwind. Btw, the RennyBA in Social Media works now but I am still baffled by the sudden problem with your RSS in firefox. It works fine in Safari and I just fixed it before. I’ll just take a closer look once I have time.


    Thank you very much for the wonderful dinner in Bergen! Regards to Diane!

    Hugs from me and Odd!

    • Thanks for taking you’re time to fix the problems Charles!
      Yea, we had a great evening in Bergen – you’re choice of restaurant was excellent! Hugs back!

  8. Yes it is a photo and not painting ;D What a beautiful day Renny and I am so tempted to join in or rather I’ll just bring along a picnic basket :D

  9. We have friends who went in Norway already and they spoke about this wonderful nature to us. They even show us many pictures they took in the forest, in front of the royal palace and at the viking museum! I would want to be there and study with you the duck family in action!!! No doubt your in-laws had great, great time!

  10. Renny,
    this is the best of living in Norway:
    Our nature so close and virgin.

    Fabulous Photos.

    btw. Just posted a link to a presentation of Kongsvinger Fortress and Nordic History you never has seen before

  11. new phone again?
    i’d like to visit that place and play with the ducks. i’m not sure if i’m imagining it but i know when i was a little kid, i had a pet duck :)

  12. Tusen atkk for et flott bidrsg til konkurransen:) Det ser virkelig ut som et maleri og tanken går til alle de fine landskapsmaleriene av landet som ble malt før fotograferingen ble oppfunnet. Tenk hvilket inntrykk det måtte ha gjort på folk den gangen! Vi er omgitt av nydelig natur ogkan være glad for at vi er frie til å nyte den:)

  13. That most beautiful photos! Now I have my camera ready to take a thousand photos in Oslo. I hope to take a walk in nature. Your country is spectacular.
    (I hope the controllers’ strike is not made)
    See you soon.
    Hugs for you an Dianne.


  14. So your in-laws have come and gone. I know you enjoyed sharing the things/places you love with them. Now you are getting ready for the big Meet-Up. I’ll be thinking of you, knowing you’ll have the best of times together.

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