With its 1000 year old history, Oslo is the oldest of the Nordic capitals. The city, surrounded by islands and forested hills, is found at the end of the beautiful Oslofjord. Oslo has a population of more than 600 000 inhabitants and is the nation’s financial, political and cultural centre. If you allow yourself the time to wander in the city’s streets, parks, forests and along the beaches, you will get a feel for the capital’s abundant history in its character.
Oslo surprises many visitors with its intimacy. Which other capital can give visitors the unique experience of enjoying a brisk forest walk, the relaxing sea breeze and the busy atmosphere of the city, all in one day? It’s perhaps this combination of culture and nature which makes Oslo such a unique destination. Among internationally known museums are the Munch Museum, the National Gallery, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Polar Ship FRAM, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Viking Ship Museum, which houses the best preserved Viking ships ever found. Other attractions not to be missed are the Vigeland sculpture park, Holmenkollen Ski museum and jump tower, the Nobel Peace Center, the Opera House and the new Astrup Fearnley Museum.
The best way to discover Oslo is with the Oslo Pass, which gives free entry to over 30 museums and sights, free public transport within zone 2, discounts on sightseeing tours and many other advantages.
Photo: Bjørn-Eirik Østbakken – Visitnorway.com