Bring nice and warm clothes
Oslo, the capital of Norway with almost 700,000 inhabitants. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe.
Some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Norway surround the city, making it a perfect staging area for a day of hiking, biking, boating, skiing, or camping.
Oslo’s skyline might be crowded by cranes but this rapidly growing urban metropolis is also one of the world’s most overwhelmingly green cities. It has earned the honour of being named European Green Capital for 2019.
Don’t forget to explore one of many museums; contemporary-art scene or commercial galleries. If you like, just walk and see the arhitecture of this divine city. The neighbourhoods may already be familiar via the works of Karl Ove Knausgård, whose autobiographical novel series Min Kamp are set here, along with the mean streets of Norwegian-noir crime writers Jo Nesbø and Anne Holt.
Norway is known by cold, rainy and snowye weather, so don’t forget to pack nice and warm jacket and boots.
To see and taste
We will try to simplify here and bring four five places as a recommendation;
Oslo Opera House
The Opera House reminiscent of a glacier floating in the waters of the Oslofjord and it’s considered one of the most iconic buildings in Scandinavia. Opera design is a thoughtful meditation on the notion of monumentality, the dignity of cultural production, Norway’s unique place in the world and the conversation between public life and personal experience. To fully appreciate the building’s interior, join one of the guided tours.
The Viking Ship Museum
Around 1100 years ago, Vikings dragged up two longships from the shoreline and used them as the centrepiece for grand ceremonial burials, most likely for important chieftains or nobility. Along with the ships, they buried many items for the afterlife: food, drink, jewellery, furniture, carriages, weapons, and even a few dogs for companionship. Discovered in Oslofjord in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the ships and their wares are beautifully restored, offering an evocative, emotive insight into Viking life.
A free audioguide is available to download as a smartphone app.
Coffee shops in Olso
We believe that you are a coffee lover so don’t miss a chance to have a taste of a Scandinavian coffee. If coffee isn’t your choice have a nice cup of tea, won’t regret it. Some of them talking about the Scandinavian coffee revolution, we don’t want to name the individuals, just explore – you coffee lover!
When Oslo was named capital of Norway in 1299, King Håkon V ordered the construction of Akershus, strategically located on the eastern side of the harbour, to protect the city from external threats. Extended and modified over the centuries, it still dominates the Oslo harbourfront and the sprawling complex consists of a medieval castle.
Entry is through a gate at the end of Akersgata or over a drawbridge spanning Kongens gate at the southern end of Kirkegata. After 6pm in winter, use the Kirkegata entrance.
The Akershus Fortress Visitor Centre, inside the main gate, has permanent exhibits recounting the history of the complex, as well as temporary exhibits highlighting aspects of Oslo’s history.
Founded in 1837, the National Gallery houses Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.
This popular museum holds Norway’s largest public collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures. It is within walking distance of Karl Johans gate — Oslo’s main street. Admission for adults is 50 NOK, and it’s free for everyone on Thursdays.
The National Gallery temporarily closed after 13 January 2019
The new National Museum opens in 2020. To secure a safe moving process the National Gallery has to be temporarily closed. So it’s unsafe to combine with normal operations.