Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is located on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslo fjord. It is a compact city surrounded by green hills, mountains, and the sea, it is also one of Europe‘s fastest growing cities. Oslo prides itself in not only being one of the world’s most sustainable cities but also being one of the cities with very distinct climate between the seasons.
Oslo perhaps is most famous for its modern architecture, museums and its close proximity to the wild nature and an array of outdoor activities. Since Oslo is the capital it is also the economic and political hub, which means that it is a host to several national institutions which are also worth visiting such as the parliament and the royal palace.
Not only do the tourists enjoy the beauty which the city of Oslo has to offer but they can also find hotels which are affordable and close to the attraction sites, with staff that is friendly and services which are great. And since it is the hub of the country there is an abundance of affordable hotels to choose from for whatever best suits your needs.
2. The Scenic Beauty of Oslo
Best thing about visiting this city? Not everything you do here requires money, in fact, the city is best suited for walks and bicycle rides in the many beautiful public parks and forests that are present there. Especially during the seasons of spring, summer and autumn, and during the winters, there is a whole different array of activities that can be enjoyed.
3. Skiing in Oslo
You can look forward to ice-skating and skiing during the winter. Oslomarka, the huge forest high on the hills overlooking the city, offers a huge network of cross-country tracks. Back in the city center, there is a Spikersuppa ice rink right by Karl Johans gate which is open from December to February, and the rink at Frogner Stadium is open from late January to mid-March. Moreover, the historic landmark in the Norwegian consciousness Holmenkollen embodies more than a century of skiing competitions.
4. Museums and galleries in Oslo
Oslo is home to many of the major museums and galleries, which includes the Munch museum, the Astrup Fearnley Collection and the Viking Ship Museum. The Munch Museum’s collection, left to the city of Oslo by the artist himself, consists of paintings, graphical prints and drawings it is also where the infamous “scream painting” by Edvard Munch resides, the museum presents the variety in his work by changing it every so often.
The Astrup Fearnley Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted as one of its kind in Northern Europe. The museum showcases works from the permanent collection by rotating exhibitions with internationally renowned artists. The museum building itself is designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. It is made up of three pavilions that reside under one distinctive glass roof, which is shaped like a sail.
The Viking Ship Museum shows discoveries from the Gokstad, Oseberg, and Tune ships, and also small boats, sleds, a beautiful cart, tools, textiles and household utensils. Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula with the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord.
Oslo is a city of cultural diversity, rich in history and filled with beautiful sites and forests waiting to be explored. It is an experience of a lifetime!