Oslo may be Norway's largest city, but it is quite small compared to the rest of the world. I first visited Oslo when I lived in Telemark and moved north five months ago, and a few weeks ago I visited it for the first time since moving.
Armed with the Visit Oslo app that I downloaded to my phone, I set out to explore this fascinating city. It was a really fitting way to spend a few hours in Oslo and I loved to experience Norway on the water. Oslofjord is not the water Norway is famous for, but it is always nice to be on the water, especially in winter. After a great stay in Iceland this winter, Norway was a special place to visit in the cold.
The water is straight from the Oslo Fjord and the perfect place to catch some rays and show off your diving skills. It is also possible to visit the ski tower, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of Oslo and its fjords in summer.
The Naeoryfjord is a World Heritage Site and you can explore Norway in a short tour through Oslo - a round trip on the way back to Oslo. The downside of visiting Oslo is that it can be very busy due to the short summer in Norway, so you should book your accommodation in advance. If you have more time, some of Norway's most popular tourist attractions, such as the Oslofjords, are within easy reach.
If you have a day off, why not visit the Naeroyfjord in western Norway or the Oslofjords in southern Norway? If you know you are going to spend more than one day in Oslo, you should definitely get an Oslo Pass. The best Oslo has to offer is the Oslo Pass, which gives you access to all of Oslo's attractions and a return ticket to Oslo. If you are outside Oslo, you can also book accommodation in the city for a few days in advance.
One place to enjoy Oslo outdoors is the Holmenkollen Ski Jumping and Ski Museum in Oslo. Right next to the train station, Oslo Cathedral happens to be one of Norway's oldest and most famous churches. The cathedral, built in 1694, was used by the Norwegian royal family and the Norwegian government for all kinds of public events. The city centre can be reached by train from Oslo Central Station, Oslo Central Station or by bus from the airport.
Oslo is also known to be the home of the Nobel Peace Prize and is a beautiful sunny day, especially in summer. Here comes Frogner Park, which happens to be the largest park in central Oslo. The forest, called Marka, consists of many different tree species, such as pine, birch, oak and oak.
Getting there: You can start your trip to Oslo by train or bus from Oslo International Airport or from the airport in the city centre. A flight between Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian will take you to the city centre on a Flybus or a train from Stavanger to Frogner Park.
Ferries and cruise ships dock here, and the expanse of the Oslo fjord stretches all the way to the horizon. Norway itself borders Norway and borders Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the United Kingdom.
Although Oslo was founded in 1048, it was only Norway's capital until the end of the 11th century and was only named "Oslo" as its capital. Norway and Denmark formed a personal union, and the newly created Danes and Norwegians elected Copenhagen as their capital, but Oslo lost its capital status when both countries joined the Kalmar Union (Denmark & Sweden) in 1397.
Although Norway is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, you can spend money in Norway besides food. It is definitely an underrated European city, and it must be said that it is. Oslo has a wide range of restaurants, bars, shops, cafés, restaurants and hotels, but you won't find them in any other European city that says anything.
Although Oslo can be an expensive city, there are some free things you can do in Oslo to keep your budget in check. Although I probably still wouldn't consider Oslo a must-see on a trip to Norway when planning your time in the city, you won't be at a loss as to what to do during your stay there. If you are wondering where to stay in and around Oslo, don't worry, I have written all about it.
There are many museums in Oslo that showcase Norwegian history and Viking stories, but the Viking Ship Museum is the most interesting and is located in the city center, just a few blocks from the Norwegian Folklore Museum. With this map you can walk through the museum and then go to the Swedish Museum, the Danish Museum and finally the Norwegian Folklore Museum, where you can see what life was like in Norway before the Viking arrival in Viking Norway.