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Oslo

January 21, 2011

I admit that on my list of places to see in the world, Oslo was never really high on my list, but after reading about it in my brand new travel book (I’m seriously obsessed) the Norwegian city went up about five slots. Much like any other major metropolitan city, Oslo is full of a variety of architecture both modern and old as well as beautiful parks, museums, and quaint cafes you long to become a regular of. The Opera House is the most well-known building in Oslo as it was the first modern design to be constructed in the city. Shaped like a glacier (something that Norwegians are relatively used to), the bright building appears to be both breaching out of and melting into the surrounding waters.

Since I’m a sucker for castles and palaces, I’m naturally drawn to Oslo’s Royal Palace and the medieval castle, Akershus Festning, which allows its visitors almost complete freedom to tour its tiny hallways and corridors. Let a game of real life Clue begin!

Aside from the Opera House, the one place that my travel guides keep mentioning is Vigeland Park which has an enormous amount of strangely disturbing sculptures by Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. Surrounding a beautiful fountain and what at first appears to be a heavily textured totem pole are smoothly carved sculptures of strangely contorted children and interloping men and women. Not exactly what I would deem inviting outdoor sculpture, but the place is said to be quite pleasant and relaxing.  The Fram Museum is another must-see on my list as it is home to the Vessel Fram, the world’s first ice breaker and last polar expedition ship constructed entirely of wood. I love a good shipwreck/sea story.

Along with all the sight seeing, Oslo is also known for its beer tastings or two hour beer school as well as a number of major shopping districts; but be warned, Oslo was ranked the most expensive city in the world in 2010, so careful what you do with those credit cards! Then again, the Oslo street style I’ve seen on Street Peeper and Face Hunter is so darn cute that maybe it wouldn’t hurt to splurge on some Norwegian clothes…just a little bit 😉

Frogner Park •

University of Oslo •

Vigeland Park •

sculpture by Gustav Vigeland in Vigeland Park •

Royal Palace •

the Opera House •

backside of the National Theater •

Akershus Festning (medieval castle) •

Have you ever been to Oslo?

photos via tumblr & flickr
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2011 6:28 am

    Beautiful site !, the photographs above are superb. The places seems to be really amazing.

  2. January 21, 2011 12:49 pm

    Yes, come and visit our city! ^^

  3. Bonnie Alicia permalink
    January 25, 2011 12:20 pm

    Well…since you ask…Back in the 70’s when I was hitching through Europe…decided to splurg on a train to Bergen on the coast of Norway. I got on at the wrong track and therefore went the opposite direction to Oslo! Learned about the artist Ferninand Hodler there. Elegant city.

    • Bonnie Alicia permalink
      January 25, 2011 12:21 pm

      P.S. I was an authentic runaway hippie chick.

  4. March 4, 2011 5:39 am

    You should definitely visit Oslo. Its a inviting and fun city. Lots to visit and see and very good restaurants. Well worth the money!

    My must-see list would be:
    Vigelandsparken
    The Royal Palace
    The Opera house
    Holmenkollen (where the World Champion ships (winter) are held as we speak)
    Viking musmeum
    Akershuus festning if your into castles
    Munch museum

    Best shopping:
    Aker Brygge
    Bogstadveien & Karl Johan
    Paleet
    Oslofjord

    Food/Restaurants
    Teatercafeen/ theatre cafe
    Dinner
    Hard Rock
    At the shopping mall Paleet there´s a lot of nice restaurants.

    Just a few quick tips from me. Oslo-girl.

    Blog: scandinavian-berry.blogspot.com

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