Field Trip 1: Faults and Folds in Oslo Region

Field Trip 1

Field Trip 1



Sunday 9 June 2024


The Cambro-Silurian (Palaeozoic) sedimentary rocks of the Oslo Region record two major Palaeozoic tectonic events – SE-directed thrusting during the Caledonian orogeny and E-W-directed extension during the formation of the Permo-Carboniferous Oslo Rift.

In this field trip, we are going to look at deformation structures (faults and folds) at different scales in Oslo region.

The first stop includes Huk in Bygdøy, which present small to medium size structures, while the second stop in Nesodden presents a segment of a large-scale fault (Oslofjorden Fault).

First stop: Bygdøy (Huk)

At the popular beach of Huk, alternating beds of limestones and dark shales contain nice examples of thrust faults, thrust-related folds, and imbricate structures at different scales. Here, one can observe a variety of complex Caledonian contractional structures alongside Permo-Carboniferous faults and intrusions (Ryen, 2020). The field trip offers insight into the tectonic evolution of the Oslo Region, with field examples of two generations of faults and structures. The stop also includes the stratotype for the Ordovician Huk Formation, known for its fossils.

Second stop: Nesodden (Alværn Brygge)

The Nesodden Fault is a major (northern) segment of the Oslofjorden Fault, which separates Precambrian (basement) and Palaeozoic rocks. This is a fault at the margin of Oslo continental rift system in southeastern Norway, which formed during Permo-Carboniferous. The Oslofjorden Fault trends N-S to NE-SW and could have been active in multiple deformation events (Swensson, 1990). Fault plane and fault rocks of different types are exposed along Alværn Brygge, where we are going visit in this stop.

Field Trip Leaders

  • Anita Torabi (University of Oslo)
  • Sofie Hildegard Ryen (University of Oslo)
  • Abhisek Basa (University of Oslo)


Health and Safety Requirements

Walking tours are short and accessible to everyone of average fitness. Both locations are at a beach close to the sea. Attendees are recommended to wear hiking shoes or good walking shoes. There could be possibility for swimming in Nesodden but is on your own risk.

Route Information


All time in CEST

08:30 – 09:00Departure from NOVA Spektrum (conference venue) to Bygdøy (Huk bus stop)
09:00 – 11:00Huk excursion
11:00 – 12:00Departure from Huk to Signalen Sjøbad
12:00 – 13:00Lunch at Signalen Sjøbad
13:00 – 13:15Departure from Signalen Sjøbad to Alværn Brygge, Nesodden
13:20 – 15:30Excursion in Alværn Brygge (possible swimming on your own risk)
15:30 – 16:00Arrival back at NOVA Spektrum (conference center)
Huk in Bygdøy

Meeting Point

Depart from the conference venue at NOVA Spektrum. The meeting point is at the registration area close to the main entrance in front of hall D. 

Kindly remember to:

  • Bring your delegate badge.
  • Be at the meeting point at least 20 mins before departure.
EAGE Annual 2023 - Fieldtrip Meeting Point - Hall A