As Norway’s capital city, Oslo has a lot to offer visitors and expats alike. Sitting on the southern coast of the country on the Oslo Fjord, there’s much to like about the city which boasts Viking ships, a world renowned sculpture park and a three star Michelin restaurant.
Visiting cities can be hard work if you don’t have plan as to where you’d like to visit (and where you’d like to avoid). The official Visit Oslo website has some great ideas, edited down to bite-sized chunks to suit the culture vultures, the child friendly and the art/history buffs.
Starting with the key attractions is a good place to begin and any visit to a Scandi country isn’t really complete without seeing a Viking ship. Thankfully, the Viking Ship Museum offers plenty of opportunities to feel at one with the culture. Other sea faring museums include The Fram Museum which houses the The Polar Ship Fram, the strongest wooden ship ever built and one which still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south.
Those preferring more land based activities will love The Munch Museum. It contains paintings left to the city by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, including his most famous work The Scream. For more information about the expressionist artist, see here. Unlike many European cities, all of Oslo’s museums are open on a Monday.
Families with children will need some outdoor time to help the little ones run off some steam. There are a couple of alternatives both of which wont be too awful for adults to endure. The Vigelandsparken sculpture park houses over 200 works of Gustav Viegland and is a great place to wander and unwind. A less relaxing, more exhilarating, attraction is the TusenFryd Amusement Park. With 30 rides ranging from the tame to the terrifying, this is a great spot for all the family.
Eating and drinking is a perfect way to discover the city. If money is no object, and you want to eat the finest foods on offer, Maaemo became the first Norwegian restaurant to get three out of three possible stars in the Michelin guide. To find out more about the chef and his work, see here. There are plenty of other cheaper but no less delicious meals on offer. Visit Asylet for a typical open-faced sandwich featuring shrimps or meat patties with caramlized onions. If you fancy enjoying a beer, expect to pay around $10 a pint. Oslo has a number of great microbrewery’s where you can drink your beer within a few metres of where it was brewed. Look out for the Oslo Microbrewery and Grünerløkka Brygghus – both of which offer a number of thirst quenching tipples.
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