Holidays to Oslo
If you are visiting Norway, make sure to tear yourself away from the fjords to spend some time in the arty, alternative capital city. The galleries in Oslo are some of the finest in Europe and the thriving music scene gives the nightlife a unique character. The eating and drinking is laid back, with a relaxed vibe and a focus on quality. Holidays in Oslo are not necessarily city-bound however; the area just outside the city offers myriad opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing and boating. With activities for every season, Oslo is a year-round destination with a unique personality.
Arts and culture
At Oslo’s impressive National Gallery you can explore a mind-blowing collection of Norwegian and other European art. Many of the best-known pieces by the Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, are on display including The Scream. The National Museum of Contemporary Art has thousands of diverse and thought-provoking post-Second World War pieces, along with innovative temporary exhibitions.
If you are a jazz fan, your holiday to Oslo is not complete without an evening at Blå, which is an internationally renowned jazz club. It also has live music from other genres, from hip hop to salsa. The Oslo Opera House is architecturally remarkable and is the highlight of the redeveloped waterfront. It plays host to international touring opera and ballet companies, as well as home-grown performers.
One of the best ways to see the sights on your Oslo holiday is by bike. Take a cycling tour and you can enjoy a leisurely pace and a route that encompasses Oslo’s most famous buildings and monuments. Although Oslo has one of the largest areas of any European cities, its population is one of the smallest, so the streets are quiet, spacious and stress-free to cycle. The many city parks are also fun to explore, particularly the Frognerparken. At the centre is an open-air collection of hundreds of works by Norway’s renowned sculptor, Gustav Vigeland.
Out and about
Just outside Oslo there is a plethora of outdoor activities and natural playgrounds to discover. The Nordmarka is a forest just to the north of the city, which offers some of the best hiking and mountain biking in the country. In winter, it is a prime destination for skiing and sledding. Next to the Nordmarka is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, which offers panoramic views of the city and is also used as a live music venue. In March, Oslo’s ski festival draws the best ski-jumpers in the world to compete at Holmenkollen. You can visit this exciting site and browse the ski museum, before climbing to the top of the ski-jump tower and having a go on the jump simulator.
To the south of Oslo, the open-air folk museum gives you an insight into life during the 17th and 18th century in Oslo, with over 140 faithfully restored buildings. The life-like reproduction is joined in summer by demonstrations of pottery-making and weaving.