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Norway’s capital is vibrant and cosmopolitan Oslo, located on the northern shore of Oslofjord and surrounded by virgin forest. Unlike many other European capitals, it’s small enough to negotiate on foot. Founded in the 11th century by a Viking king, Oslo has an interesting mix of medieval and modern buildings and is packed with great museums, nightlife and restaurants.
Dine at one of the waterfront restaurants along Aker Brygge overlooking the fjord, browse smart designer boutiques and vintage shops in the Grünerløkka district or stroll through the attractive Slottsparken, the grounds of the elegant 19th century Royal Palace.
Oslo is a great city to visit for outdoor activities with kayaking, ice skating and skiing all close at hand. Go snowboarding or skiing at the Oslo Winter Park in Tryvann, which is so close it’s even accessible by metro. On the same line is the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, the oldest skiing museum in the world and the country’s most popular attraction. It’s famous for its 60 metre high ski jump, which has panoramic views of Oslo from the top. Cycle or hike along the Akerselva River or head off into the forested hills around the city on one of the many walking trails. Oslofjord has great kayaking, fishing and sailing options or you can take a cruise and visit some of the fjord’s 40 wooded islands.Read more
On Bygdoy Peninsula, linked to the city centre by a summer ferry or by bus all year round, are some of Oslo’s major highlights. At the Viking Ship Museum, you can see the magnificent carved prows of 9th century boats that were excavated from burial mounds 100 years ago, along with a fascinating collection of Viking artefacts. Find out about Norwegian polar exploration at the Fram Museum, which displays the well-preserved ship, the Fram, used by Roald Amundsen in his trip as the first explorer to reach the South Pole.
Another Oslo highlight is Edvard Munch’s The Scream at the National Gallery, which also has other Norwegian masterpieces, as well as paintings by French Impressionists and Picasso. North of the centre is the Munch Museum, exhibiting a selection of over 1,000 paintings donated by Munch, including a different version of The Scream to that in the National Gallery. Art lovers will also enjoy Vigeland Sculpture Park, the largest single-artist sculpture park in the world, set in Frogner Park in central Oslo. It has over 200 remarkable bronze and granite human figures.