Oslo: An undiscovered gem
As the smallest and quietest of the Scandinavian capitals, Oslo isn’t known for all that much – except being excruciatingly expensive. There’s no getting away from it, it’s not cheap – but it is bustling, bohemian and beautiful.
In Oslo street art rubs shoulders with historic palaces, new wave coffee shops and micro-breweries cozy up with great museums, and bars heave well into the night. Then there’s the vast parks, cutting-edge architecture and stunning waterfronts – all just half an hour from the slopes, should you fancy a touch of skiing. In other words, Oslo is a city that well and truly punches above its weight.
It’s clean and colourful and filled with green spaces. The people are friendly, and it has a fun mixture of both old and modern architecture. And it’s not really even that big — the population of Oslo is just 620,000. Oslo is definitely NOT just another cookie cutter city in Europe, and I don’t think you should skip over it when you go to Norway.
I was in the city for about 72 hours, which I think it a decent amount of time to see the highlights of the city.
Whenever I get to a new city, I like to do one thing first: WALK. Walking around a new city is the best way to get to know it, in my opinion, and walking along the trendy new waterfront in Oslo was a neat way to see the old and modern being mixed together. The waterfront area has been revamped in recent years, with a bunch of really modern buildings going up alongside some of the older ones. They’re building a big promenade that will eventually let you walk for kilometers.
My favorite attraction to check out on this walk included the Opera House (which is actually classified as a work of art, meaning you can walk all over it — even on the roof).
Fram is the strongest wooden ship ever built and still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south.
At the Fram Museum we could on board the ship and see how the crew and their dogs managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth – the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Fram Museum also has a polar simulator where you can experience both the cold and the dangers of polar expeditions over a hundred years ago. The museum’s Gjøa building has exhibitions on the Arctic and the Northwest Passage.
North of the centre – but well connected – is Holmenkollen, which is a source of national pride for Norwegians. This ski jump has been hosting ski festivals since 1892, and has been home to many prestigious international competitions including the Winter Olympics. The jump itself is an impressive sight, while a Ski Museum and a display of polar artifacts will also be of interest to snow-o-philes. Don’t miss out on visiting the observation deck on top of the jump tower and seeing unparalleled 360 degree views of Oslo any time of year.
Sognsvann is in the lower and southern parts of Oslo. Two parallel paths (one for the active runners) and one for walkers makes it easy to walk. It is a lot of smaller or larger areas for resting, eating (your own brought food and drinks) and to enjoy the nature. This is probably one of the most ignored attractions (by the tourists). It is a very popular recreational destination for the inhabitants of Oslo. The track around the lake is used as a jogging and walking track during summer and people swim in the lake. And during winter this place is used for ice skating and playing ice hockey which was interesting to see.
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