Oslo - The capital of Norway 

With its rich heritage and stunning location at the head of Oslo, Norway's capital city is the perfect mix of culture, city life and spectacular natural beauty. Popular travel options to the city include the DFDS Seaways ferry to Oslo from Copenhagen.

Whether you want to visit the many galleries and museums, go skiing or mountain biking or simply watch the world go by from a street cafe, Oslo has something to suit every taste.

Although Oslo is known as a winter city, the Gulf Stream ensures that its climate is surprisingly mild given its latitude, and there are plenty of activities and attractions all year round.

Oslo offers something for everyone - from galleries and museums to shopping and bars, or even skiing and kayaking, all within the city limits. Take a ferry and explore the islands in the Oslo Fjord, discover Norway's Viking history at the Viking Ship Museum or have an exciting day out at TusenFryd Amusement Park.

Norway's chefs are among the best in the world, and Oslo offers a wide variety of food, from Michelin-starred restaurants to more affordable cafes and bistros. Oslo also has an active and friendly nightlife, with a variety of pubs, bars and clubs offering DJ's and live music as well as a respected jazz scene.

Getting to Oslo is also part of the cities overall charm. Not only can you reach Oslo by plane, but because is situtated on the coast, you can also take a ferry to Oslo sailing daily from Copenhagen.

Things to do and see Olso

Statue in Oslo

Oslo Fjord and Islands

No trip to Norway is complete without a trip to see one if its famous fjords. Relax on the beaches, enjoy the spectacular scenery or take a ferry to one of the islands in the fjord, each with its own character and history.

The National Gallery

Norway's largest collection of Norwegian and Nordic art, including many works by Oslo's most famous painter, Edvard Munch.

The Viking Ship Museum

See Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune, the three best-preserved Viking ships currently known, as well as a variety of other Viking artefacts and grave goods giving a fascinating insight into Viking life.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron, and attracts upwards of 1 million visitors every year.

Shopping in Oslo

Couple in Oslo

Oslo is a shopping mecca. Here are some of the main shopping areas:

 The city centre around Karl Johans Gate offers a pedestrian precinct with several chains like H&M and Benetton, as well as some larger shopping malls and department stores.

The streets of Bogstadveien and Hegdehaugsveien offer a good mix of exclusive brands, mid-price clothing and value clothes at shops like Hennes & Mauritz and Vero Moda.

Bygdøy allé offers a good selection of exclusive, modern interior design shops. In this area you can also find small independent shops with everything from exclusive underwear to kitchen utensils.

Grünerløkka is the place to look for young, Norwegian designers. Small, independent shops with clothes, pottery and handicrafts are presented - as well as second hand book- and record shops.

At Grønland there is a wide variety of shops run by immigrants. They offer Oslo’s best selection of fruits and vegetables. In addition you can get a good bargain on exotic textiles and gold. The main streets are Grønlandsleiret and Smalgangen.

Eating out in Oslo

Oslo is home to some of the best chefs in the world, with 5 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. If you can stretch to it, Oslo's fine dining is outstanding.

However, Oslo also boasts a huge range of great quality cafes and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes. Here you can sample everything from exotic cuisine sourced from across the globe to local favourites and Norwegian specialities like fish, game or even moose and reindeer!

Fresh fish is also a local speciality, and the Aker Brygge district of the city is the place to go for top quality seafood. This coastal area is bustling with bars and street cafes.

For world food, try the Torggata area - here there are Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai restaurants selling good quality food at affordable prices.


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