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Oslo – Capital of Norway

The city is located at the innermost point of the Oslo fjord. A green and modern city with a population of 661,000. Oslo’s history goes back 1000 years, but it only became the capital city of Norway after the constitution was drafted in 1814. Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to the Norwegian government and the Royal Family. The city has undergone a considerable modernization, with captivating new landmarks and a stylish new silhouette with state of the art skyscrapers. Music is an important and integral part of Oslo. With thousands of concerts each year everything from music to food and children’s events taking place. Oslo also hosts one of the world’s most famous sport facilities – the Holmenkollen ski jump. Sports events of all kinds take place in the famous arena as well as in other sportarenas all over Oslo throughout the year. Oslo also offers a number of excellent restaurants, eateries and food halls. The city caters to everything from exciting street food, traditional Norwegian cooking and world class gourmet restaurants.

Oslo has become a new centre for contemporary architecture. Over the last few years world famous architects have added to the city’s growing skyline with new high-rise buildings, whilst existing neighbourhoods have been transformed in the wake of new building projects.

What to See and Do Whilst in Oslo

Nobel Peace Centre. Nobel Peace Centre – Nobels Fredssenter is a showcase for the Nobel Peace Prize and the ideals it represents. The Centre is also an arena where culture and politics merge to promote involvement, debate and reflection around topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution.

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The Munch Museum was financed from the profits generated by the Oslo municipal cinemas and opened its doors in 1963 to commemorate what would have been Munch’s 100th birthday. Its collection consists of works and articles by Munch, which he donated to the municipality of Oslo upon his death, and additional works donated by his sister Inger Munch.

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Norsk Folkemuseum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History at Bygdøy in Oslo, is a large open air museum. Norsk Folkemuseum is one of Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. It was established in 1894 by librarian and historian, Hans Aall (1867-1946). It contains over 150 buildings which have been relocated from different districts of Norway. Reidar Kjellberg became Director of the museum in 1947 and remained museum director until he retired in 1974

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The Viking Ship Museum -Vikingskipshuset på Bygdøy– is located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway. It is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad (Sandefjord), Oseberg (Tønsberg) and the Borre mound cemetery.

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The Fram Museum -Frammuseet- is a museum telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration. It is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway.Fram Museum is situated in an area with several other museums, including the Kon-Tiki Museum; the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History; the Viking Ship Museum; and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. Bygdøy Royal Estate, the official summer residence of the King of Norway…

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The Frogner Park -Frognerparken– is a public park located in the borough of Frogner in Oslo, Norway, and historically part of Frogner Manor. The manor house is located in the south of the park, and houses the Oslo City Museum. Both the park and the entire borough derive their names from Frogner Manor…

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Bygdøy or Bygdø is a peninsula on the western side of Oslo, Norway. Administratively, Bygdøy belongs to the borough of Frogner. Bygdøy has several museums, like the Kon-Tiki Museum, which shows all year long the legendary expeditions of Thor Heyerdahl; the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum); the Viking Ship Museum; the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the ship Fram,…

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The National Theatre in Oslo – Nationaltheatret is one of Norway’s largest and most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts.The theatre had its first performance on 1 September 1899 but can trace its origins to Christiania Theatre, which was founded in 1829. There were three official opening performances, on subsequent days in September

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Norske Opera and Ballet

Norway’s largest music and performing arts institution! In addition to experiencing opera, ballet and concerts on one of our stages, you can stroll around the roof and into our beautiful, spacious foyer. Shop in the Opera store, have a cup of coffee or enjoy a tasteful meal in one of our restaurants!

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Concerts

Oslo has one of Europe’s most exhilarating event calendars with an unusual amount of venues and concerts.

Oslo Spektrum and the Telenor Arena regularly host concerts for world famous artists. The famous Rockefeller stage and Sentrum Scene have weekly concerts with known national and international names. The Oslo Philharmonic plays at the Oslo Konserthus, which also hosts big names from the world of classical music and jazz. Among the many jazz clubs in Oslo, the magnificent Gamle Logen is worth mentioning.

Opera, ballet and dance

Experience opera, ballet and concerts of the highest artistic quality at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Bjørvika. The Dansens Hus at Vulkan offers a varied program with emphasis on contemporary dance.

Theatre and shows

The three big theatrical institutions of Nationaltheatret, Oslo Nye Teater and Det Norske Teatret have ten separate stages in Oslo city centre, which enrich the city with their assortment of theatre shows on offer. The smaller stages outside of the centre tend to play more experimental compositions. If you prefer musicals and stand-up, Folketeatret and Latter at Aker Brygge have big performances on all year round.

Festivals

Pop and rock play an important part in summer’s biggest festivals Norwegian Wood (June), Øyafestivalen (August) and Granittrock (September). Fans of other genres can count on diverse events such as the International Church Music Festival (March), the Inferno Metal Festival (April), Oslo Jazz Festival (August), Chamber Music Festival (August), ULTIMA Contemporary Music Festival (September) and the Oslo World Music Festival (November). There’s also a variety of festivals throughout the year including film, food & drink, literature, dance, opera and much more.

Sport

March will see Holmenkollen host world cup events in cross-country skiing, ski-jumping and Nordic combined, whilst biathlon will take the stage in the famous arena one week later World class athletes will be travelling to Oslo in June to compete at the yearly Bislett Games. The Norway Cup football tournament, one of the world’s largest youth sporting events, takes place in late July to August.

Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize is celebrated every year on the 10th and 11th of December in Oslo, with the award ceremony in City Hall followed by a torchlight parade and concert to honour the winner. Visit the Nobel Peace Centre throughout the year for exhibitions and more on the famous prize.

Winter Activities in Oslo

If you’re visiting Oslo in the winter why not combine skiing and skating with shopping, food and culture.

Alpine skiing and snowboard

The Oslo Winter Park is located just north of the city centre. A large ski resort with 18 slopes and 11 lifts open from December to Easter. The Oslo Winter Park offers rental of skis, snowboards and relevant equipment. Skiing courses and private lessons can be booked at the Oslo Winter Park ski school.

Skating

The ice rinks in Oslo are open throughout the winter. The Spikersuppa ice rink is located in the city centre, whilst a larger rink is located in the Frogner stadium, Majorstua. Rental of skates available at both venues.

Tobogganing

Korketrekkeren is Oslo’s largest and most popular toboggan run – 2 kilometres long with a 255 meter descent. Toboggans can be rented at Skiservice at the top of the run. You can catch the T-bane from the bottom of the run all the way back to the top.

Cross Country Skiing

There’s over 2,700 kilometres of prepped runs in the woods surrounding Oslo, with a vast array of alternatives for both beginners and experienced skiers. The closest runs are 20 minutes from Oslo city centre. Skis and equipment can be rented at the Oslo Winter Park. Both the Skiforeningen and Skiglede offer courses and private lessons.

Summer Activities in Oslo

There’s over 19 hours of sunlight in Oslo in the summer, and with the fjord and the marka within easy reach there’s always something exciting to do.

Swimming pools

The public swimming pools at Tøyenbadet, in the east side, and Frognerbadet in the west, both have big outdoor pools with diving platforms. If you feel like swimming in the Oslo fjord there’s plenty of idyllic islands and beaches just a few minutes from the city centre by public transport.

Climbing

The Oslo Summer Park is one of Scandinavia’s largest and best climbing centres, only 30 minutes from Oslo city centre. The park has nine different runs with various zip-lines, the longest one measuring 230 metres.

TusenFryd

There’s over 30 exciting rides for you to choose from at the TusenFryd amusement park, including roller coasters, exciting rides, a water park and loads more. TusenFryd is about 20 kilometres south of Oslo.

Cycling

Experience Oslo by bike. The city bikes are an easy and affordable alternative. Viking Biking, located in Oslo city centre, also offers quality bicycles for rent, and if you feel like a ride in the woods why not rent an off-road bike from the Oslo Summer Park.

Boat trips and island hopping

A boat trip is the best way to experience the Oslo fjord. A single Ruter ticket will allow you to discover a number of islands with beaches and picnic spots, just a few minutes by boat from the city centre.

Walking tours in the city and surrounding woods

Discover some of Oslo’s exciting architecture as you stroll along the new seaside promenade which runs adjacent to the Oslo fjord from Sørenga to Frognerkilen, Walk along the Akerselva river to experience the nature, history and culture that Oslo has to offer. The woods surrounding the city provide fun alternatives, with walks starting at Sognsvann and Frognerseteren and venturing into the wilderness.

Attractions and Museums in Oslo

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Akershus Slott

Astrup Fearnley Museet

Besøkssenteret Akershus Festning

Det Kongelige Slott

Ibsenmuseet

Kunstnernes Hus

Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum

Oslo Rådhus

Stortinget

Vigelandsparken

Kon-Tiki Museet

Norsk Maritimt Museum

Oscarshall

Hadeland Glassverk

Eidsvoll 1814

Oslo Klatrepark

TusenFryd

www.akershusfestning.no

www.afmuseet.no

www.akershusfestning.no

www.kongehuset.no

www.ibsenmuseet.no

www.kunstnerneshus.no

www.hjemmefrontmuseet.org

www.rft.oslo.kommune.no

www.stortinget.no

www.vigeland.museum.no

www.kon-tiki.no

www.marmuseum.no

www.kongehuset.no

www.hadeland-glassverk.no

www.eidsvoll1814.no

www.osloklatrepark.no

www.tusenfryd.no

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