Whether you know ski-jumping well or not, you will typically have heard about the Holmenkollen mountain at Oslo, Norway. On top of it there is the famous Holmenkollbakken ski-jumping facility, an impressive building worth visiting even if there is now snow and nobody is flying on ski down the mountain. Since 1892 ski-jumping is practiced there and a lot of championships where decided on this mountain – including the Winter Olympics of 1952. The facility was renovated 19 times and after the renovation works in 2010 it now houses 70,000 spectators.
One of the best things when visiting the Holmenkollen is already the way up: train T1 starts underground at the city center of Oslo and then becomes an overground train sneaking up the mountain. Great views from the windows included! Once you’ve walked the first level up you’ll find a ski-jumping museum and a small kiosk serving drinks and small dishes. Another level up there is the entrance to the elevator that goes sideways and transports you to the top. There you’ll have amazing views on the entire city of Oslo and the fjords. And if you feel adventurous you can choose to take the zipline on your way down.