Norway’s capital is one of the largest in terms of geographical size but as the majority is covered in forests, lakes and parks, you can explore this amazing modern city and still be close to the beautiful nature and scenery. Oslo has managed to maintain a cool, laid back atmosphere of a smaller town while quickly growing into a cultural hotspot filled with world-class galleries and museums, restaurants and live music.
Oslo Opera House with its outstanding glazier design not only hosts world-class performances but also invites visitors to wander up its stunning sloped marble roof for panoramic views over the city. Visit the Vigeland Museum to give yourself an understanding into this exceptional artist before spending an afternoon in the sculpture garden, admiring his work and getting a few great holiday snaps with the incredible sculptures here.
Head to the Aker Brygge area which is known for its great shopping and strip of great restaurants to choose right on the waterfront, giving you not only brilliant dining but impressive views across the harbour to match. Continue along the waterfront to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art which looks like a wooden boat floating on the water and houses great art from internationally renowned artists both in its permanent collection and the exciting rotating exhibitions which the museum secures.
Oslo is a destination which changes with the seasons, with crisp cold winters and is pleasantly warm in the summer so depending what time of year you visit you will see a different side to the city. In winter, go ice-skating, sledging or skiing, in the summer, sunbathe in one of the parks or take the boat out to a beach for the day. Whatever season you visit, the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower is well worth a visit; get dramatic views of the ski jump and Oslo, learn more about the sport and test your skiing ability on a ski simulator.