Last stop before the mountain is for many this little village, Bagn, along E16, app 2,5hrs outside of Oslo. You find a supermarket, a gasoline station a restaurant and some other small shops in a friendly environment in the village center.
After some snow in January it is a pleasure arriving at our cottage dressed for the winter. This is in the central part of Norway only some 3hrs drive from Oslo. We build this place 31 years ago. It still have the standard of that time. IE no electricity but 12V current from 2 solar panels. Water from an outside well (working the whole year also in the winter as we get the water from ca. 6 m under the soil surface (under the frost level)). Via SMS vi can before arrival start up our Wallas oven and arrive to a warm and cosy cottage even when there is -20C as it was this day.
Along the private road it is in all some 17 cottages along the 3km distance in here from the public road. In the winter the road will be plowed an open all weekends and the winter holidays season. There is fresh ski tracks for cross country skiing right by the cottage opening up for a net of ski tracks for many, many kilometers in the region.
A beautiful day along E16 on my way from Oslo to my mountain cottage 3 hrs Northwest of Oslo in the popular region Valdres. Up here there is plenty with snow on this rather cold day with some -25C / -13F. Lot of ice and snow in the road - but no problem for my small 4 WD Suzuki SUV.
Even in the winter there is several opportunities for a sigthseeing in our capitol. Being at sea or at land. Here a photo from Aker Brygge where an old traditional small freight ship is coming back from a one hours tour in the Oslo Harbour.
Oslo Townhall seen between some anchored boats at Aker Brygge