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Encompassed by the fjord and gorgeous mountains, Oslo stands as Norway’s historic capital city brimming with world renowned cultural institutions, architecture, and picturesque parks. Due to its northern latitude, the city experiences inconsistent amounts of daylight depending on the season—during midsummer, the sun can shine for weeks without completely setting and thus bring temperate weather. Conversely, the middle of winter may experience sunlight for only a few hours resulting in colder weather appropriate for skiing and ice skating.
Things To Do In Oslo
Celebrated as one of the leading art capitals in Europe, Oslo is home to an abundance of galleries, history museums, and notable structural designs. A few prominent cultural centers to visit include the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet; Vikingskipshuset (Viking Ship Museum); and Nasjonalgalleriet (National Gallery) which displays artwork by numerous master painters such as Pablo Picasso and El Greco. Architectural marvels like the medieval castle Akershus Festning (Akershus Fortress) and grand residence of the current Norwegian monarch Slottet (Royal Palace) serve as majestic reminders of Oslo’s past. Enveloping Slottet is Slottsparken (Palace Park), a green park replete with lovely paths and creeks. Visitors with a penchant for winter activities should head over to the Spikersuppa Skating Rink, Oslo Winter Park, or Korketrekkeren, a tobogganing track.
Day Trips From Oslo
Beyond its city center, Oslo features several diverse boroughs and nearby islands with unique scenery and ambiance. Aker Brygge is an Oslo neighborhood which was formerly a shipyard that has transformed into a popular boardwalk lined with shops and restaurants. Located toward central Oslo, Grønland is another neighborhood that offers a charming vibe with affordable multicultural markets, bars, and dining options. At Oslofjorden (Oslo Fjord), a stretch of waterway situated on the southeastern part of the city, visitors can immerse themselves in outdoorsy activities such as kayaking, fishing, and sailing. Only a short ferry ride from the city proper, the island of Langøyene and monastery ruins at Hovedøya are just two of several attractions along Oslofjorden that are ready for exploration.
In contrast to Oslo’s many distinguished historic buildings, the city’s accommodations are modern and comfortable. Lodgings such as the Scandic Holmenkollen Park built in the prominent Dragon Style and the traditional Hotell Bondeheimen provide beautiful views of the city. Visitors seeking a more relaxed alternative should check out beautifully furnished, spacious vacation rentals on Tripping.com. From deluxe apartments overlooking the sea to exclusive flats that are just a stroll away from Oslo Central Station, Tripping has hundreds of listings to choose from. Let Tripping assist you in discovering your home away from home at Oslo.
Transportation In Oslo
Pedestrians are in luck as Oslo’s efficient public transportation system makes it easy to navigate the city by train and foot. Oslo Central Station is the city’s primary railway station that services large cities to the south of the country as well as Swedish cities like Gothenburg and Stockholm. Other rails include the Oslo Tramway, Oslo Commuter Rail, and Oslo Metro. There is also an extensive bus network that spans the city. Additionally, bike rental stations are accessible at various locations throughout the city center.