Small in size but impressively large in atmosphere, Oslo reveals a cosmopolitan feel beneath its medieval exterior. Surrounded by sweeping woods and farmland on one side and the shimmering expanse of the Oslo fjord on the other, Oslo is a colourful city slice on Norway’s southeast.
Filling its glossy streets with intriguing museums, inspiring galleries and stunning castles, Oslo is a cultural delight as well as a fine-dining capital. The thriving heart of the city is alive with late-night shopping, crammed cafés, merry pubs and wonderful theatres. Proudly standing as one of Europe’s most heavily forested cities; Oslo is a nature-lovers paradise. The city centre itself is charmingly small, while the outskirts are all forest, lakes and hiking trails.
The sleek, modern waterfront stretch of Aker Brygge offers a different side to Oslo, boasting artistic steel and glass buildings that dominate the skyline and contrast with the medieval-style city centre. Offering visitors a delightful array of fine restaurants, upscale shops, cinemas and theatres, this post-modern complex is well worth a visit.
Seasons in Oslo
Extremely appealing in both winter and summer, Oslo offers everything from cross-country skiing to relaxing fjord-front beaches. Winter is the perfect time to head to Oslo for action-packed winter sports, while summer welcomes endless evenings and long mornings spent sunbathing in any one of the graceful parks.
Summer in Oslo is always a festive affair, as being so short-lived, locals clamour to cram their days with as much outdoor activity as possible. From the emergence of open-air beer gardens and street musicians to boating and festival parades, Oslo is an amazing place to be when the sun is at its warmest.
Oslo’s nightlife is more about sociable cafés, intimate restaurants and scenic bars than rollicking pubs and all-night clubs. Frogner and Bygdy on Oslo’s quieter west side appeal to a mature, upmarket clientele, while the lovely Karl Johans Gate attracts a sociable crowd both day and night.