The landscape in Oslo is nothing short of spectacular, rumour has it the stunning views of the fjords, mountains and forests were the inspiration for Disney’s Scandinavian village, Arrendell in Frozen. Aside from the breathtaking landscape, Oslo is well known for its large art collection, in particular that of Edvard Munch, currently on display at The Munch Museum and The National Gallery.
A worthy addition to your itinerary should be some of the many museums and galleries Oslo has to offer and with an ‘Oslo Pass’ you gain free admission into most. Alternatively spend a few hours wandering through the House of Oslo, a four storey building of interior boutiques, showcasing the best of Scandinavian design. If shopping is right up your street, head down to Bogstadveien or Hegdehaugsveien, the two most popular shopping districts where you can pick up a bargain or splurge, there is something for everyone.
The one attraction that cannot be missed is the majestic Opera House, constructed on the edge of the fjord; it rises up from the edge of the water like an iceberg. Home to the ballet as well, even if you don’t catch a performance visitors are encouraged to scale the building to admire the views from the rooftop.
For a trip outside the city there is no better place than Holmenkellen, offering hiking trails through the dense forest from spring to autumn and various ski routes in the winter season. Why not make a day of it and stop off for a spot of lunch at Kafé Seterstua, enjoy a coffee and their famous apple cake whilst admiring the panoramic views of Oslo.
For something a little different, head over to Grunerlokka, located along the River Akersevla. Behind the old industrial buildings lies a hip, trendy neighbourhood, reminiscent of London’s Soho. You could lose track of time perusing vintage and antique stores, enjoying a drink or two in one of the many bars before heading back to your hotel for a well deserved rest.
With so much on offer it’s hard to know where to begin, so why not start planning your trip now from Leeds Bradford® Airport.
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