Languages: Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorskn, Northe
Best Time to Visit: July - August (Summers)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1
Driving Side: Right Side
Main Attractions: Viking Ships Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo Harbor, Oslo Town Hall, Royal Palace, etc.
The largest city and also the capital of Norway, Oslo is a municipality and has a county of its own. Due to the numerous tourist attractions here, Oslo is a popular place to visit. It is the 4th largest Scandinavian city preceded by Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki and also forms the 4th largest urban area in that region after these three places. A major fire destroyed most parts of this city in early 17th century and this place was relocated to the Akershus Fortress. This place was renamed Christiana after the King Christian IV of Denmark. In the contemporary times, Oslo has one of the highest living standards in the world.
Places to See in Oslo
Oslo is home to plenty of museums. Each museum has something special to offer to tourists. Among the must visits are Viking Ships Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum, Ski Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Historic Museum, etc. One must visit the Viking Ship museum to check out how the Vikings discovered the world. This museum has a fascinating ship of the Vikings that has been preserved since the 9th century. Also do visit the Norsk Folkemuseum, which has a beautiful open air museum and also houses one of the oldest buildings on Norway, the Gol Stave Church that was built in the 13th century.
Oslo has a number of parks that are worth visiting. On a warm summer afternoon, just visit one of the famous parks of Oslo and relax in the naturally wonderful landscape. One of the most famous and popular parks of Oslo is the Vigeland Sculpture Park. This park has a number of intricately carved sculptures that are worth clicking with your camera. Don’t skip the park located around Akershus Castle, which is a wonderful place to take a stroll. It has got an old world charm about it that simply mesmerizes visitors. You can click some lovely photographs of the fjord caused by the movement of glaciers centuries ago.
Oslo will not let your taste buds down and has some very good restaurants to cater to your need. Check out Apotheket, which is a reasonably priced café bar located at St Olavs Pass. The food is pretty good and the ambience is marked by high ceilings and antique furniture. Have a chilled beer here after a tiring day of sightseeing. If you have a sweet tooth and crave for scrumptious cakes, check out Kaffenbrennerjet. The coffee and cakes here are simply delicious. Looking for something a bit upscale? Try Det Norske Hus where you can have the local cuisine of Oslo, which tastes excellent. If you want to visit clubs for dancing and gulping down a drink or two, try out places like So What, Bla, Last Train, etc.