Drøbak and Oscarsborg Fortress

Drøbak, with its old wooden houses by the fjord, is known for its low pulse and big heart - only a half-hour bus ride from Oslo.

Oscarsborg at sunset - Photo: Roy Hansen

Drøbak, with its old wooden houses by the fjord, is known for its low pulse and big heart - only a half-hour bus ride from Oslo.

The bus from Oslo arrives at Drøbak Torg.
The bus from Oslo arrives at Drøbak Torg.

The town, once built around shipping and ice exports, has retained its distinctive character, as evidenced by the well-preserved skipper houses, the church and other buildings in the center - Gamle Drøbak.

Today you will find a dozen galleries, small specialty shops, nice restaurants and a varied cultural offer in and just outside the picturesque center.

The seaside resort with miles of beaches

There is nothing flashy or magnificent at Drøbak; here we like it close and real. You are welcome to discover the city at your own pace, preferably along the fjord. Miles of beaches - only interrupted by a guest harbor, boat harbor, trails, nice markets and Badeparken - connect the city within walking distance.

Drøbak Boat Harbor

That Santa Claus lives in Drøbak is a fact that is documented in book form, and which is supported by the fact that we have our own, year-round Christmas house and Santa's post office. Every year, Santa receives about 20.000 letters from children all over the world, and he answers as many as he can.

The Christmas house in Drøbak

If you take the trip up the slopes, you will quickly reach the water park Bølgen, skate park, Kulturhuset Smia, Drøbak's 18-hole golf course, Follo museum, shops and shopping center. The hiking terrain, which starts at Seiersten Skanse / golf course, is adapted for wheelchair users, joggers and the regular hiker with or without a backpack and packed lunch.

Ole Martin Tomter welcomes you to Gårdsbutikk and self-picking at Haneborg Gård near Drøbak.
Ole Martin Tomter welcomes you to Gårdsbutikk and self-picking at Haneborg Gård near Drøbak.

On the lands in Frogn are the well-kept farms that produce grain and local food; here you can in season buy food and firewood directly from the farmer.

From Drøbak there is a boat to the island of Oscarsborg with one of Norway's national fortifications, Oscarsborg Fortress. It was this fortress, led by Lieutenant Birger Eriksen, that sank Blücher on the night of April 9, 1940. In addition to the museum and the original fortress - which is open to the public - you will find spa hotels, several restaurants and a guest harbor at Oscarsborg.

Oscarsborg has both musical and historical experiences to offer! (Photo: Forsvarsbygg).