Oslo, the metropolitan capital, is a modern, progressive cosmopolitan hub, full of green open spaces, an abundance of world-class architecture, museums, restaurants and shopping. For the last decade, Oslo has been one of Europe’s fastest growing cities buzzing with energy from new up-and-coming neighbourhoods with cutting-edge food, fashion and creative arts.
Tucked away between the Oslofjord and forested hills, Oslo has been named the European Green Capital 2019 due to its dedication to conserving surrounding natural areas and for reducing pollution. The city centre is compact, easy and safe to explore by bike or on foot. Its efficient public transport system makes the entire city accessible without a car!
The city is currently in the process of being certified as a Sustainable Destination. This is a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism on their environment.
Norway is the land of winter sports and Oslo is no exception. For those who are not faint hearted then a trip up to dizzying heights of the Holmenkollen Ski Jumps and Museum is an essential Oslo city buzz. Here you’ll experience the best views of the capital while learning more about the history of downhill skiing and Norway’s famous Antarctic adventurer Amundsen.
Holmenkollen is well worth a stop on your tour of Oslo, even for those not keen on trying out the actual ski jump…
One of Norway’s most visited attractions is the Vigelandsparken – a unique sculpture park filled with over 200 art works by the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. This outdoor park is open all year round and includes sculptures made out of granite, bronze and iron.
Visit the world famous Munch Museum, home to more than half of the expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s entire body of work including a version of his most iconic painting “The Scream”.
Learn more about this pioneer’s life, work and take part in one of the many special events hosted at the museum including concerts, screenings and workshops.
The opera house in Oslo has become one of its most famous landmarks since opened in 2008. Designed with the harsh nature of glaciers in mind, the building serves as a fantastic vantage point when you climb up to the terrace and onto the roof. On a sunny day you’ll be share the space with many Norwegians and other tourists enjoying the weather and the view. The interior hosts world class acts including both opera and ballet.
Shop till you drop in Oslo at Karl Johan, the city’s main boulevard, lined by international brands stores, designer boutiques and high street fashion shops.
Venture down some the small side streets for a more independent selection of shops where you find local fashion brands, artisan shops and quirky boutiques.