Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Ski Museum is perhaps the most beloved attraction of Oslo both by Norwegians and by the tourists.

Holmenkollen is a veritable sporting arena with numerous competitions taking place every year.

The futuristic-looking ski jump tower is the newest, most modern sky jump in the world.

You can experience first hand how to perform ski jumps on the ski simulator.

The Ski Museum offers an incursion through a history of skiing of 4000 years.

A number of tours stop at the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower as part of their itinerary.

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The Ski Museum

Built in 1923, the Holmenkollen Ski Museum holds the title of the oldest ski museum in the world.

The museum takes you through 4 millennia of skiing, starting with the carvings dating since the Stone Age depicting ski scenes in the Viking Age.

Initially, the location of the museum was in a wooden building.

In preparation for the Winter Olympics in Oslo in 1952, the Ski Museum was moved to its current location.

What can you see at the Ski Museum

  • Winter Olympics – Here you can see images from the Winter Olympics in Oslo in 1952 and Lillehammer in 1994. 
  • Polar Expeditions – The museum offers images and artifacts of the first expedition made by man to the North Pole – Roald Amundsen, 1911 – and of the first travel through Greenland on skis – Fridtjof Nansen, 1888.
  • The First Skis – The Ski Museum displays the first skis used by man, dating from A.D. 600.

The Ski Jump Tower

Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been a Norwegian landmark for over 100 years.

In 1892, the first ski jumping competition took place on a jump made of branches and snow.

Since then, the jump has been rebuilt 18 times.

The first tower was created in 1914.

Although it collapsed several times, the Norwegians kept rebuilding it.

The World Championships in 1966 and 1982 were the last major changes before 2010. 

The latest version has 60 meters, it is made entirely out of steel and has an impressive light and sound system.

What can you see at the Tower

  • On Top of the Ski Jump – You can go directly to the top of the jump from inside the Ski Museum, which is included in your ticket. Experience a breathtaking view of the Olympic resort and the entire city, and see what the professional ski jumpers see when they’re about to jump.
  • The Ski Simulator – If you want to experience what it’s like to sky jump, get into the Ski Jump Simulator for a 5 minute ride.
  • Shops and Cafes – The whole area is filled with souvenirs shops and nice places to eat and drink.

Sports at Holmenkollen

  • Biathlon
  • Abseil
  • Zipline

You can take beginner’s classes on any of the following sports with the instructors there.

  • Biathlon
  • Abseil
  • Zipline

How to get to Holmenkollen

Metro 

Go in the direction of Frognerseteren to the Holmenkollen stop.

It will take you about 30 minutes to get there from the city center.

There are signs to the Ski Tower Jump and the Ski Museum as you arrive.

It is a 10 minute walk away from the metro stop.

Most people take the metro to Holmenkollen, carrying their equipment with them. 

Taxi

A taxi ride from downtown to Holmenkollen will take about 15 minutes and it will cost approximately NOK 300.

Oslo Pass

The best way to save money is to to purchase the Oslo Pass.

This includes entry to Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower.

It also gives you free access to public transport.

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