Oslo Holidays 2019 / 2020
Norway’s capital, Oslo enjoys a location of two contrasts. Situated on the coast, the capital experiences a coastal setting as well as another surrounded by lush mountains. This cultural city has plenty of it to explore. Home to famous playwrights and a thriving art scene, Oslo is filled with museums and galleries to peak your interest.
On the other hand, Oslo is also a capital which is constantly growing and building. Aside from its crowded skyline, the city has another side to it. Brimming with an increasing number of green spaces, Norway’s capital is known as one of the world’s most ‘green cities’. With a large number of parks, Oslofjord’s waterways, forests and ski slopes, it's clear to see how Oslo is so varied when it comes to landscapes.
Things to do in Oslo
Oslo has an exciting past to learn about, due to the Vikings and their stories of seafaring and exploration. The capital has a number of different museums available in order to learn more about the city’s history and culture. On top of that, Oslo is known for its open spaces. With loads of parks to choose from, why not enjoy your Oslo holiday strolling around, admiring the views and natural landscapes?
- Vigeland Sculpture Park – This park is filled with fascinating sculptures and a museum which hosts the work of national artist Gustav Vigeland.
- Viking Ship Museum – The Vikings were around at a truly fascinating period. Learn all about their seafaring ships and artefacts.
- Frogner Park – This park offers visitors a lovely green space, perfect for walks or relaxing. It also hosts a museum and one of Gustav Vigeland’s famous sculptures.
- Royal Palace, Oslo – The residence of the King and Queen of Norway, the palace is open during the summer for the public to explore on guided tours.
- Holmenkollbakken – A ski jump which provides amazing views of the city and also hosts the oldest ski museum in the world.
Places to eat
Oslo is soon making a name for itself in terms of its culinary scene. The great thing is that there’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether it be cuisine or beverages. In Oslo, you’ll find Michelin star restaurants serving traditional dishes as well as incredible fusions. But, you’ll also come across local restaurants selling dishes which are just as great. Coffee lovers, rejoice! Oslo has a neighbourhood coffee scene to be excited about. With hand-roasted coffee beans in use, there are plenty of options to choose from. Hot dogs, known as polse in Norway are also popular as well as shrimp.
- Engebret Café
- Fjord Restaurant
Oslo presents its culture for all to see. In fact, one of the main things to do in the capital is to explore and learn all about the city’s culture and history. There is plenty of chance to experience it, thanks to the large number of museums available to the public. Explore topics from the Vikings to range of various art pieces and sculptures by Norwegian artists.
- Oslo Opera House – This striking opera house is located right on the harbour and serves as the base for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.
- Norwegian Museum of Cultural History – Complex of medieval buildings housing exhibits representing Norwegian life from the 1500s to the present day.
- Kon-Tiki Museum – Traces back the life of Thor Heyerdahl with the use of artefacts and boats.
- Vigeland Museum – If you’re interested in art, a visit to this museum will offer you intricate sculptures, drawings and woodcuts by the Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland.
When to go
Oslo doesn’t experience extremely high temperatures as it can be quite cold and mild all year round. July sees the warmest temperature for the year, averaging in the early 20s. So, it’s important that you pack the right clothing items for your Oslo holiday. Remember your coat! In the summer, Oslo experiences extended hours of daylight, in particular during June and July. On the other hand, the winter can see the capital in near total darkness, along with cold weather, sometimes diving into the minus temperatures.
Average monthly temperatures (°C):
- January: 0° / -5°
- February: 1° / -5°
- March: 5° / -2°
- April: 11° / 2°
- May: 17° / 7°
- June: 21° / 11°
- July: 23° / 13°
- August: 21° / 13°
- September: 16° / 9°
- October: 10° / 4°
- November: 4° / 0°
- December: 1° / -4°
As much of the calming city that Oslo is, it’s also one to watch out for during the night. Whether you’re looking for a subtle night out with a couple of drinks in a bar, or perhaps a livelier night out, dancing to the sounds of top local DJs, Oslo has it all. Choose from local beer brews to unique cocktails to top your night off. Oslo provides a grittier nightlife than its neighbouring Copenhagen and Stockholm, making its nightlife definitely one to experience.
- Café Sør
- The Club
- Horgan’s Bar & Restaurant
- The Villa
- Nox & Sollihagen
Oslo's open spaces
Oslo is well known for its open spaces as well as its museums. So, if you love the outdoors or would simply like to explore one of Oslo’s best features, a visit to one or more of the capital’s green or open spaces should definitely be on the cards. From lush parks to lovely lakes, there is plenty to do in terms of activities. Whether it's relaxing or ice fishing, make sure you check out these top open spaces during your Oslo holiday:
- Sognsvann – A lake which is great for ice fishing, swimming or boating. Some even skate on it during the winter.
- Akerselva – Oslo’s river which is the perfect setting for a spot of hiking or walking.
- Hovedøya – Island off the coast of Oslo which provides lush forests and woods as well as beaches.
- Palace Park – A lovely public park which surrounds the royal palace. Complete with statues and ponds.
- Tryvann Ski Resort – This ski resort is quite small and contained but is great fun. Try out the snowboard park too!