Located near a strategically important crossing of the Glomma River, Askim is the largest town in Norway’s Indre Østfold region. It has long been an industrial hub and was once a centre for nickel mining, with Kykkelsrud one of the few places in the world where “potato stones” have been found.
Things to do in Askim
If you’re interested in the local history, head to the Askim Museum, which is designed like a traditional mid-20th-century farm. Learn about life in Askim in days gone by, have your photo taken by the vintage taxi stand and see a replica of a building built by occupation soldiers during World War II. Cultural events regularly take place on the museum grounds.
Throughout the year, you can refresh in the pools of Østfoldbadet, a family-friendly indoor aquatic facility overlooking Askim’s Kulturhusparken. In addition to its 25-metre lap pool, there are four diving boards, a wave pool and a toddler play pool, plus a wellness area with wet and dry saunas. Kids will love zipping down the slides before refuelling on pizzas and hot dogs at the cafe.
Want to get your adrenaline pumping? You can at the Romsåsen Mining Experiences, an activity park at a former nickel mine. Rappel 20 metres down the old mine shaft or climb the historic wall of the “Cathedral”, which regularly hosts concerts and cultural events. Extending 180 metres across the mining camp is a thrilling zip line that is suitable for all ages.
Getting around Askim
Askim is around 45 minutes’ drive from Oslo and just over an hour from Oslo Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Trains connect to the Askim railway station and buses travel throughout the town, accessing most of Askim’s attractions.