Having recently celebrated its 1,000-year anniversary in 2000, Oslo has shaped itself into one of the most interesting capital cities in Europe. The incredible natural beauty of the waterfront, fjords and forests seems to infuse itself in the urban landscape. Although it’s not one of the cheaper cities in Europe, you won’t be disappointed.
Oslo is one of the hottest cultural cities in Scandinavia, particularly for young artists. There are some great art museums here as well as the interesting Folk Museum and the impressive 700-year-old Akershus Castle. Skiing has a 1,000 year history in Norway, so don’t miss the Holmenkollen ski complex, with its ski museum, famous ski jump and amazing views from the top of the tower.
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of Oslo is its restaurants and bars scene. There are some amazing places to eat, drink and listen to live music in this city and the locals are a big part of it. The restored waterfront area of Aker Brygge is the place to go for a dizzying selection of cafes, bars and shops.
Norway is one of the most stunning countries in northern Europe and offers plenty of great sightseeing outside of Oslo. From deep forests to electric blue fjords, nature rules the roost once you get out of the city. There are also a handful of amazing islands just off the coast of Oslo that are worth exploring for a day.
You are never far from nature when you’re in Oslo. Just minutes outside the city centre and you come to the amazing Oslomarka, a massive recreational forest area used by the locals year-round. People here love to get out into nature. In summer, hiking and lounging at the beach are popular, while in winter, it’s all about skiing. Oslo is one of the safest cities in Europe and shouldn’t present any major concerns for visitors.