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.
Oslo is a thriving metropolitan area, although the outskirts of Oslo remain largely forested, laced with hiking trails and cross-country ski routes, where moose and wolves can be seen. Surrounded by mountains and sea, this compact, cultured and fun city is the only European capital where you can go hiking, kayaking, skiing, and sailing without ever leaving the city.
What to see in Oslo
The centrepiece of Oslo’s waterfront redevelopment is its Opera House. The Opera House is spearheading Oslo’s campaign to become a world-class cultural city. 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. You’ll also find world-class restaurants, museums and art galleries, including the most complete collection of Viking ships, tools and artefacts in Scandinavia.
Dining in Oslo
Looking for a place try out Scandinavian and international foods and specialities during your visit to Oslo? Then look no further.
Mathallen (The Food Court) in central Oslo features delicacy shops, restaurants and cafes serving some of the best food Oslo has to offer. Mathallen offers everything from sushi to Norwegian craft beers. The food court’s atmosphere reflects the Norwegian passion for high quality food and beverages and is a "must see" for the gastronomic tourist in Oslo.
Vigeland park is one of Oslo’s most popular tourist attractions with more than 1 million visitors every year. This unique outdoor sculpture park is open to the public and features more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron.
The bronze statue of the Angry Boy (Sinnataggen in Norwegian) is among the most famous sculptures, along with the Monolith (Monolitten), and the Wheel of Life (Livshjulet). The park is open all year round at all times.