Welcome to Oslo! We hope you had a safe flight, let’s journey through the capital of this magnificent country. One of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Oslo is thriving with energy from being the country’s hotspot for new neighbourhoods, high fashion, nouveau art, and cutting-edge food. From stunning landmarks like the Opera House to sparkling skylines to being the culinary capital in Europe, Oslo truly is worth the journey up into the Scandinavian region. Oslo is also one of the most environment-friendly cities on the planet, and was named as the European Green Capital for 2019 for having one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world, excellent public transport, and a strong commitment to sustainable food production.
Places to Visit
Oslo City Center
The city centre is located around the main street, and is the place for street parades during national holidays; on Norway’s Constitution Day (May 17), people flock to the city centre and dress in national costumes as a way to express pride and patriotism. Kvadraturen is the name of the centre in Oslo, and the city centre is where you will find a large number of the city’s attractions, including the Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace, the City Hall, the Parliament building, and the Opera House. The city centre is also the cultural hub of Olso, with a number of museums including the National Gallery, Nobel Peace Center, and the Museum of History are located. The city centre is also a source of history, with some of the oldest buildings in Olso located next to a number of museums, clubs, restaurants, and cafes. From boutiques to cute cafés, the city centre is the first place to visit in the city.
Oslo Opera House
The Oslo Opera House is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The Opera House was opened to the public in 2008, and the innovative design of the space encourages visitors to walk along, and on top of, the Opera House. An extension of the idea of being free to walk everywhere, the Opera House encourages guests to walk on the roof, while also providing opportunities to explore the myriad number of public rooms and halls within. The space is a must-visit as there are events that are held throughout the year, including outdoor plays and concerts, and the Opera House is a magnet for international opera and ballet performers, with an ever-changing ensemble that consists of critically acclaimed performers from around the globe. The Opera House is, itself, a work of art as the architects at Snøhetta worked with artists to create stunning examples of visual design. One popular event is the concert by Grigory Sokolov, a Russian concert pianist and one of the greatest recitalists and soloists of our age.
The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway, is home to three historic ships from the Viking age; the Oseberg, Tune, and Gokstad Ships are housed within this museum, and were built between the years 800 and 900, the height of the Viking age. The Oseberg was first uncovered in 1903, and is made entirely of oak. The work on the ship is stunning, and its prow and stern are covered with intricate animal detailing, and the deck had enough space for approximately 30 oarsmen. The Gokstad ship was discovered earlier, in 1879, in Sandefjord. After its excavation, the ship was dismantled and reassembled piece by piece, and some damaged pieces were replaced with newer timber. The Tune ship was unearthed in 1896, and is the smallest of the three. Due to its smaller size, scholars have theorised that it was used to ferry people across short distances, as it would have been faster than the larger ships. The museum also contains rooms for other artefacts found on these excavations, allowing visitors to get a deeper glimpse into Viking life.
The Oslo fjord is a 100-kilometre long inlet, and is also stunningly scenic, attracting citizens, residents, and tourists alike during the summer months. The islands in the innermost part of the fjord, too, are worth visiting, and each island is home to a number of attractions and accommodation. The fjord also offers chances for kayaking, canoeing, diving, and sailing for those looking to have a more active time in the water. The fjord’s islets are great places to enjoy a sunny day on the beach, or go for a calm cycle ride or hike around the islet. The lighthouses on the islets are historic as well, and are worth the visit. The fjord is a fantastic place to hop on sightseeing cruises, and many cruises offer commentaries from guides on-board as they explain the history behind Oslo and the countryside that surrounds it. The cruise also offers you a chance to see Oslo’s stunning waterfront, and see the sunset on the sparkling turquoise waters.
Nesoddtangen is a village outside of Oslo, and is located on the tip of the peninsula between the inner Oslofjord and the Bunnefjorden. Located about four miles from Oslo, it is easy to get a water taxi or ferry from Oslo to this village. Though its smaller than Oslo, it is worth including in your itinerary. The views itself are worth the ferry, and the peace and quiet are a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of Oslo. The village is also home to a number of museums and cultural landmarks, paying homage to the country’s rich history. Langøyene, a small island off the Oslo Fjord, is a great place for beach enthusiasts, and has a beach volleyball court, a football field, and is filled with fun hiking possibilities. Accessible from Nesoddtangen, the island is a relaxing day trip for the family, and is a fun place to spend time with friends or even as a romantic getaway.
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