Canoeing with children in Oslo
When the child is a year or two, there is no reason not to take them on a canoe trip. Some argue you can also bring babies, but it´s up to you whether that feels safe or not - some considerations around this at the bottom of the page. Take precautions, use lifejackets, paddle along the shore and enjoy the ride! Here are tips on where to rent canoes in the Oslo area and some advice for a successful canoe trip. Enjoy!
Canoe rental around Oslo
Vangen Skistue in Østmarka rent canoes between 1 May and 1 November. Their website does not provide specific information about canoe rental, but you get some info here and otherwise I recommend making a phone call in advance.
Prices are as follows:
- 250kr for a day
- 350kr for 24 hours
- 600kr for a weekend
Access by car: drive to the parking lot of Bysetermåsan and walk the 3 kilometer trail to Vang (1hr).
Access by public transport: take bus 501 towards Enebakk-Lillestrøm from the Oslo Bus Terminal, get off at Fjell (half hour bus ride), walk 45 minutes on the road to Bysetermåsan and an hour on a trail on to Vangen.
Cafe open 10-15 Monday-Friday and 10-16 Saturday and Sunday. Accommodation for groups only.
Bjørnholt is located in the middle of Nordmarka at the end of Bjørnsjøen. Cafe at the barn Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 18:00. You can also spend the night here.
Prices for canoe rentals are 300kr for a day or 350kr for 24 hours.
Getting there: By car to Hammeren in Maridalen. See here for directions. You can also take bus 51 from Nydalen to Hammeren. From Hammeren there is a 8km route to Bjørnholt.
Kikutstua is a very nice cabin in Nordmarka where you can both eat and sleep. Price for canoe rental is 350kr per day. Please contact them directly for canoe rentals.
Mariholtet also rents out canoes, but if you´re bringing children, they have to able to swim.
Keys for a successful canoe trip
Here is some good advice among others from Eivind Eidslott, taken from UT.no:
Bringing a baby on the canoe trip?
A quick google search show that a lot of people bring their babies on canoe trips. A couple of considerations:
Find some more advice here from Outdoor Adventure Canada.