Oslo is Norway's confident and culturally rich capital. Its showpiece museums and galleries, combined with pretty parks and opportunities for island hopping boat tours in the Oslofjord, make this one of Scandinavia's most exciting city break destinations.
The Viking Ship Museum, which houses three 9th century Viking vessels, is well worth a look, while Norway's nautical heritage is further revealed at the Kon Tiki Museum, dedicated to the expeditions of Thor Heyerdahl, and the Fram Museum, which houses Roald Amundsen's Antarctic expedition ship, the Fram.
Another Oslo travel highlight is the Munch Museum, within which are displayed works by the celebrated Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch, including his original version of The Scream. The Ibsen Museum, dedicated to Norway's most influential playwright, and the Opera House - where performances by the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet can be watched - are also not to be missed.
You might also like to visit Vigelandsparken, where more than 200 fantastical sculptures by Gustav Vigeland provide a dramatic setting for walks and summer picnics.
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Winters (November to March) are very cold. The rest of the year is mild and pleasant.
The people of Oslo gather at the Royal Palace, in traditional dress, as part on the Constitution Day celebration on 17 May. Skiers come to the city for the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in March. Arts festivals are also held, including the Oslo International Jazz Festival in August, the film festival in October, and the Inferno Metal Festival in April. Bergen hosts its own International Festival over twelve days at the end of May, featuring dance, music, and folklore events.
Koldtbord (cold tables) consisting of smoked salmon, fresh lobster, shrimp and hot dishes are often found in hotels and restaurants. Open sandwiches topped with fish, cheese, meats and salads are also popular. Main dishes include roast venison, lutefisk (hot, highly flavoured cod) and herring prepared in a variety of ways. Aquavit (schnapps) is popular to drink, otherwise alcohol is limited and expensive, though wines and beers are available.
Normal social courtesies apply. Arrive for meetings punctually. Await for the host to make a toast before drinking. Gifts following an invitation to someone's home are much appreciated.
(And distances from nearest city): Oslo (GEN) 47 km, Stavanger (SVG) 14 km, Bergen (BGO) 20 km.
Good domestic air network. Coastal towns and fjords served by ferries. Roads of variable quality, especially under freezing winter conditions in the north. Car hire easily available but costly.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Oslo. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Oslo. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Oslo, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
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