As the capital city of Norway, Oslo has quite the reputation to uphold. It’s a large city, the third largest in all of Scandinavia, and features a rich history, stemming back to the early 11th century.
There are three main airports that serve the city, all within driving and convenient distance, the primary one being Oslo Airport (Gardermoen), the largest airport in the area, served by the rest of Scandinavia and a large portion of Europe as well, great for tourists who wish to grab flights to Oslo.
Once in, Oslo is a thriving city, alive with passion in terms of its architecture, things to do, see, smell and taste. A great place to start would be the Royal Palace, a large and grand building which offers tours to guests, with tours operating in English on occasions. A similarly built establishment includes the University of Oslo, which contains a Faculty of Law and is also open for the public.
For those who are big on culture, Oslo is something of a haven with a vast selection of museums, music establishments and theatres. The Opera House is a wondrous triumph in terms of Oslo’s, and indeed Norway’s, architectural hierarchy. It’s a structure that pleasantly allows guests to climb its walls, offering a unique view of the city beyond. Elsewhere, guests can purchase the Oslo Pass which gives unlimited access to the majority of museums in the city as well as free travel around Oslo without having to spend money on bus/tram tickets. Some of the museums in the area include Munch Museum, a tribute to the works of Norwegian painter Edward Munch, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Viking Ship Museum which contains ancient Viking artefacts which commemorate a unique Scandinavian era.
Another culturally astute part of Oslo is its penchant for putting on a show, specifically in the shape of festivals, usually held each year, embracing the fantastic culture and livelihood. Many of them celebrate with live music, dancing on the streets and market stalls selling food and drink. Norwegian Wood is one of the most prominent festivals held in the city, found next to Vigeland Park.
Speaking of parks, Oslo does green as well as it does beautiful architecture. Frogner Park is renowned for being home to a selection of sculptures as well, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The monolith found in the park is another little tourist setting that makes it a great place for visitors, eager to enjoy a spot of relaxation. Another excellent relaxation spot is Oslo Fjord, perfect for the summer months with great beaches and sunny spots.
One of the most unique activities to do in Oslo is to engage in a spot of Viking Biking. This strange sounding activity comes in tours, including English tours, and lets tourists rent bikes and traverse some of the more rural areas of Oslo as well as great city trails. Another strenuous activity is cross-country skiing, great in the Holmenkollen area of the city. The idea is that tourists are able to ski in the winter and hike the mountain in the summer.
Finally, Oslo is perfect for those seeking a bit of retail therapy. The shops are plentiful and the streets are blossoming, beautiful and packed with great stores. The Grünerløkka district is renowned for its retail outlets, bars, cafes and other great restaurants. It’s also pleasantly divided by the River Akerselva which runs directly through the area.