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Destination Oslo

WHY TO VISIT OSLO

The magnificent combination of big city and nature reserve of beautiful parks and green spaces makes Oslo a truly unmissable destination. The capital of Norway lies between the Oslo Fjord and green, wooded hills so that in 2007 Oslo was named the second greenest and most environmentally friendly city.

If you are walking in the city center, just a few steps to find a beautiful park to relax in and only 10 minutes by boat, you can explore the wonderful beaches on the Oslo Fjord. But the capital of Norway is also full of attractions, museums, art galleries and shops to go shopping. And remember: you can not leave Oslo without having first met your painter par excellence, Edvard Munch.

The paintings of this artist so tormented and brilliant are exhibited at the Munch Museum and the National Gallery. To admire the artistic sense of this city you do not have to enter a museum: the Vigeland Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Oslo and houses as many as 212 statues of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

WHAT TO SEE IN OSLO

Top attractions not to be missed are:

  • Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning)
  • Oslo City Hall (Oslo Radhus)
  • The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
  • Kvadraturen Neighbourhood
  • Stortorvet
  • Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke)
  • Karl Johans gate
  • Christiania Torv
  • Ingens gate
  • The Royal Palace
  • Oscarshall
  • Bygdøy PEninsula
  • Frognerparken
  • Viking Ship Museum
  • National Museum - National Gallery
  • Emanuel Vigeland Museum & Park

Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!

  • Worthwhile is a trip to Bergen on the scenic Bergen Railway
  • A walk along the Aker River and a look on the small waterfall near Mølla

WHEN TO GO TO OSLO

Best period to visit Oslo is from May to September.

Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Oslo.

HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN OSLO

main airports are:

public transport

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WHAT TO DO IN OSLO

typical  dishes of Oslo are:

  • Brunost, a sweet brown cheese made with whey;
  • Rakfisk, fish dish made from salted and long-fermented fish (usually trout or char);
  • Fiskesuppe, fish soup;
  • Roast wild elk or reindeer;
  • Lutefisk, baked preserved cod;
  • Grøt, a form of porridge;
  • Kjøttkaker, rough and large meat cakes of ground beef, onion and salt and pepper;
  • Tørrfisk, cod fish unsalted and cold air-dried, ured through a fermentation process;
  • Svinekoteletter, braised pork chops served with potatoes and fried onions or vegetables;
  • Lapskaus, meat stew;
  • Fårikål, mutton stew;
  • Stekte pølser, fried sausages served with potatoes and vegetables;
  • Svinestek, roast pork;
  • Smalahove, sheep's head;
  • Sodd, soup-like meal with mutton and meat balls;
  • Kjøttboller, meat balls;
  • Multer, cloudberries;

typical  souvenirs of Oslo are:

  • Lykketroll, lucky trolls figures (belived the first inhabitants of Norway);
  • Viking figures and other stuff;
  • Rosemåling style decorated hand-crafts;
  • Pewter and silver decorations;
  • Christmas ornaments;
  • Amber jewelry;
  • Norwegian knives;
  • Knitted woollen sweaters and garments;
  • Cheese slicer;
  • Smoked or gravlaks (prepared with salt, sugar and dill) salmon or Rakfisk (soaked fish salted and fermented for several months), Brunost og ostehøvel (cheese with a salty-sweet taste);

The main theatre of Oslo is the National Theatre.

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