my own backyard
The Wilderness A Stones Throw Away
The term “Oslomarka” is used as a common name for the densely forested wilderness areas surrounding the capital Oslo. To the north, east and west there are forests, hundreds of lakes and hills in all shapes and sizes. To give an idea of size, “Nordmarka”, the part of “Oslomarka” just north of Oslo is up to 50-60 kilometers from east to west and about the same from north to south. All you’d see of civilization is some forest roads, a few cabins and some rare signs of logging operations.
Although man have and still do utilize certain parts for farming and logging, the wilderness have taken back most of the areas that once was in use. Forests are slowly developing towards what they once was – untouched and “natural”. There are also several nature reserves with pretty much untouched forests and very few trails. For instance, in Oppkuven nature reserve there are Norway Spruce over 450 years old and species of fungus hardly found anywhere else in the world. I have hiked extensively in “Oslomarka”, mostly alone only accompanied by a tent, camera and mosquitoes.