Located at the tip of Oslofjord,
Norway’s glittering capital is becoming a leading light for contemporary architecture in Scandinavia. The skyline may be modern but the setting could not be less so. Fronted by water and backed by dense forest, if you want to enjoy the great outdoors and a city break – Oslo is the place for you.
Why visit Oslo?
Oslo is a flourishing city on the shores of the beautiful Oslofjord. It’s an appealing mix of old and new, where the leafy streets and squares of the old city centre contrast with bold new developments by leading architects from around the world.
If you’re in Scandinavia, then getting to Oslo is easy. Our luxury
ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo
sails daily and will take you directly between the two capitals via the magnificent Swedish coast.
What to see in Oslo
Europe’s biggest capital city, Oslo is also its least densely populated. The outskirts are largely forested, crisscrossed with hiking trails and cross-country ski routes where moose (and even wolves) can be seen. In fact Oslo is the only European capital where you can go hiking, kayaking, skiing and sailing without actually leaving the city limits!
The centerpiece of Oslo’s waterfront redevelopment is its Opera House. This magnificent building – all slopes, slants and glass – is designed to look like a giant glacier floating in the Oslofjord. An icon of contemporary Scandinavian architecture, the Opera House is also spearheading Oslo’s campaign to become a world-class cultural city.
The outdoor setting is incredible, but Oslo is also a modern, progressive city whose skyline has changed rapidly in recent years. Massive redevelopment – particularly of the waterfront area – is moving the city swiftly towards being the most celebrated for contemporary architecture in Europe.
You’ll also find world-class restaurants, museums and art galleries in Oslo, including the most complete collection of Viking ships, tools and artifacts in Scandinavia.
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum is set in the forested hills outside the city centre. A lift will take you almost to the top of the tower, but from there it’s another 114 steep steps to the summit. There’s a panoramic view over the city from the top, as well as a ski jump simulator that’s not for the faint hearted!
The Norsk Folkemuseum is one of Oslo’s most popular attractions. Norway’s largest outdoor museum, it showcases more than 140 17th and 18th century buildings that were gathered from across Norway and painstakingly rebuilt here. The restored stave church dates from around 1200, and with its farm animals and horse and cart rides this park has something for everyone.
More Norse history can be seen at the Viking Ship Museum, which contains the best-preserved Viking ships in the world. With their dark slender hulls and elaborate carvings these ships still send a shudder down the spine, even though they are more than 1,300 years old.
The National Gallery contains Norway’s most impressive collection of European art with works by Gaugin, Picasso, Matisse and Monet among others. It also displays some of Edvard Munch’s best-known work including his most famous painting, The Scream.
Where to stay
Oslo has a wide range of accommodation, whether you’re looking for a value b&b, big chain hotel or a swanky city apartment. Our partner
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