It was pouring cats and dogs, the day we decided to take a trip to Oslo Opera House and the national Holmenkollen Ski Arena. Holmenkollen is Norway’s most-famous Ski stadium, mostly visited for the Ski tournaments, museum, jump tower, ski simulator, and a Ski cafe. Every year, in winter, this arena hosts Nordic Ski World Cup. That’s not it, the venue underwent a major renovation before, the 2011 FIS-Nordic World Championships. Despite which, the tourists first prefer to visit the world’s oldest Ski Museum inside the arena. And, why not? After all, this museum showcases 4000 years of skiing history. Along with, modern computation techniques because it’s at Holmenkollen, where they first started calculating championship results on a computer.
Inside the 18th-century Holmenkollen Recreation Centre
Situated on the Northwestern end of Oslo, Holmenkollen Ski venue was a new adventure explore for us! Never before, had we been to an 18th-century Ski Stadium that has Europe’s best ski jumping hill on display. The name Holmenkollen takes its inspiration from the farm Holmen and the ‘kolle-m” hill. Together the words bring alive an incredible venue, graced by 70,000 spectators each time an event goes live. From inside, Holmenkollen jumping hill has seen renovation 19 times until now and features some remarkable installations. Designed by, the Danish Firm JDS, this elegant Ski Arena stands 60 meters tall and is made from 1000 tonnes of steel in a holistic diagram.
The horizontal roof was the most fascinating, part of the Holmenkollen tour. (Allowing us to catch a panoramic view of Oslo!) The other side of the 2-floored complex is where you will find the museum and the restaurant. By the way, Holmenkollen was also, a Military Installation all along, the second World War. So, it holds an equally important place in Norway’s political history. Even though, the craze of Holmenkollen started with the era of the 1892 Ski Festival.
Since then, this venue is known to have hosted the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Winter Olympics, FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. With a new grandstand, jury tower, luxe facilities for delegates, the royal family and the radio broadcasting, Holmenkollen is not afraid to take its heights to another dimension of sports fanaticism.