The Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Holmenkollen is Norway's most popular attraction for travelers. Holmenkollen hosts FIS World Cup ski competitions each year. Holmenkollen is not merely a sports venue; it is also a tourist magnet of note. Visitors can enjoy lots of interesting ski history and a beautiful view of Oslo and the surrounding fjord. And if you get bored, you can even experience flying 100 meters in the world famous ski jumping hill inside the ski-simulator.
The Holmenkollen ski jump is host to the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Holmenkolldagen - Norway's Second National Day:
The annual jump competition, the "Holmenkolldagen", is often said to be like a second National Day in Norway. Or like one of the public holidays at least. And indeed, it's not far from one. Even the Norwegian Royal Family are always present and the thousands of enthusiastic Norwegian and sport lovers make sure that there is a great atmosphere. This has been in the making for a long time: As early as in 1866 ski jumping competitions were already organized in Oslo. To ensure good snow, the competition was quickly moved to a nearby hill: Holmenkollen.
Great in both Summer and Winter:
Winter is Holmenkollen's high season, of course. Activities and events include ski jumps, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, slalom, winter games for the deaf and the Holmenkollen Ski Festival. In summer, there is a wealth of Norwegian outdoor recreation with popular activities such as swimming, marathons, orienteering, cycling, fishing contests, summer ski jumping and freestyle, dog and horse shows. So it's great no matter what kind of weather in Norway! On the cultural side, Holmenkollen's Summer Concert is so popular that it is broadcast in other countries as well.
Visit the Holmenkollen Ski Museum:
A historic landmark, Holmenkollen stands for hundreds of years of skiing. One way to enjoy this in depth is by visiting the Ski Museum in Holmenkollen. This museum is the oldest ski museum in the world. You'll find it located inside - or underneath - the Holmenkollen ski jump! Here, Norway visitors can learn about 4000 years of skiing and see skis from the vikings, or those that belonged to the Royal Family of Norway.