The Norwegian capital Oslo may be over 1,000 years old but it feels decidedly hip and happening. Set between the glassy waters of the Oslofjord and green, forested hills, its city centre buzzes with lively bars, cafés and restaurants.
There are some great museums and iconic attractions, such as the famous Holmenkollen ski jump. And everywhere there’s a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that makes a stay here very appealing. Choose an all-inclusive city break to Oslo with lastminute.com and you’ll get the very best deal on hotels and flights.
The 80-acre Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park attracts an astonishing one million visitors each year. Featuring 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, it’s open daily, round the clock.
Think of Oslo and the chances are you think of ski jumping. Although the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump has since been rebuilt, it remains an instantly recognisable landmark. The new state-of-the-art ski jump is also home to the world's oldest Ski Museum, detailing over 4,000 years of skiing history as well as featuring Norwegian polar exploration artifacts. There’s also an observation deck where you can enjoy panoramic views of Oslo.
Whether you’re taking your Oslo city break with children in tow, or are something of an adrenalin junkie, don’t miss TusenFryd, Norway’s biggest amusement park. It features over 30 attractions, including rollercoasters, children's rides and a water park. It’s open from April to October.
The Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula is one of Oslo’s most popular attractions. Here you can see the two best-preserved Viking ships in the world, dating back to the 9th century. The museum also contains a display of Viking tools and sledges, a horse cart and wood carvings.
Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is housed in Oslo’s National Gallery. The art is mostly pre-1950 and counts The Scream and Madonna by Edvard Munch among its top attractions.
If you prefer your culture a little more hands-on, climb aboard Fram, the world’s most famous polar ship in the The Fram Museum. Here you can discover how Norway's polar explorers lived and survived in the coldest places on the planet over 100 years ago.
All aboard on the fjord
Oslo Harbour on Oslofjord is in the very heart of the city. And since many of the city’s main sights overlook the fjord, one of the best ways to see the city is on a sightseeing cruise. There are numerous little forested islands dotted about, some of which you can visit, while on shore there is the fortress town of Fredrikstad, the Viking burial mounds of Borre and the holiday resort of Tønsberg.