If you are on holiday in the east of Norway, you usually only visit the capital Oslo and then travel on to the more touristy areas: Geirangerfjord, North Cape, Bergen, Lofoten… But there are also some highlights and nice places around Oslo – for example, the small town of Asker, which is also a municipality, on the Oslofjord.
The center of Asker is about 20 kilometers from the Norwegian capital Oslo and is located southwest of Oslo directly on the Oslofjord. Asker and the neighboring municipality of Bærum, which is located between Oslo and Asker, are among the more affluent areas in already prosperous Norway, where you will mainly find single-family homes of people who work and commute in Oslo.
The municipality of Asker has 58,000 inhabitants and consists of 16 individual villages. From Oslo you can reach Asker by train (Asker S as the main station or the district stations Billingstad, Hvalstad, Vakås, Høn, Bondivann, Gullhella, Heggedal, Røyken and Spikkestad) or you can take one of the various bus lines that connect Asker and Oslo. A single ticket from Oslo to Asker costs 64 kronor, about 6 euros. Whether by bus or train: you should buy the ticket in advance. If you buy the ticket from the bus driver in Oslo, you pay two euros extra!
Boat tours on the Oslofjord, hiking along the coast, a microbrewery and cultural experiences – Asker near Oslo has a lot to offer. Nevertheless, the small town is rarely on the list of tourists. It can be reached from Oslo within a few minutes by train, bus or ferry and is very varied. If you can do without a day in Oslo, you should definitely come by and learn how to build boats, for example, at the Oslofjord Museum, or hike along the fjord on one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Norway, the Voll Tursteg. There is refreshment in the supposedly best bakery in all of Norway.