Oslo, Norway’s capital is worth considering for a short city holiday break whether you choose a summer or winter break Oslo has plenty to offer its visitors in and around the city.
A great way to see some of the spectacular scenery is to book a coach and boat tour or a mini cruise around the fjord. There are a variety of excursions to choose from including city tours and boat sight-seeing tours, well worth taking.
There are a number of museums you can visit with something to suit most everyone the popular Viking Ship Museum is an impressive museum on display are the Viking ships, Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune with displays of Viking tools, jewellery and weapons giving an insight into Viking life.
Other museums you might be interested in are the Norwegian Folk Museum which is an open-air museum with some original buildings; you can enjoy folk music and shows, you have to take a short ferry ride from the city to the museum. The Munch Museum is dedicated to the famous artists work and life is also worth seeing.
The Akershus Fortress is an important monument built in the 1300,s it overlooks the harbour and is one of the oldest buildings in Oslo. The Fortress is used these days for some state occasions guided tours are available during the summer and it is worth visiting. There are museums in the grounds and some green areas where you can rest awhile from all that sightseeing!
One of the most popular visitor attractions is to the Holmenkollen ski - jump this famous ski-jump is over 100 years old although it has been modified in the meantime. You can enjoy some great views of the city from the top, visit the Ski Museum to learn more about the history of the sport and how it has progressed over the years. It takes around 20 minutes by car to get to the ski-jump.
Other visitor attractions you might visit include the National Gallery which has an impressive collection of paintings; some of Edvard Munch paintings are displayed here. Oslo Cathedral which was completed in 1699 the interior with its beautiful organ is worth seeing. You can watch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace each day at 1.30pm.
The city is easy enough to walk around as you stroll through the streets of the city you will find antique shops, department stores in the shopping malls as well as small retailers and boutiques. Evenings can be spent in one of the traditional bars or restaurants there are discos and nightclubs too. Sea-food is popular here however you can eat Indian, Spanish or Italian if you prefer! You will find the bars near the city centre are more expensive than the ones situated a little further away.
It may be beneficial to purchase an Oslo travel pass which would give you unlimited travel by bus, tram, underground train and boat plus entry to some of the museums for the duration of the pass. If you are visiting Oslo for a weekend or short stay break you will have to prioritize which of the attractions/sights you would most like to visit as you cannot get to see everything on a short visit.
Oslo can be an expensive city to visit but if you are looking for a unique holiday destination Oslo may suit you. There are a number of airlines that operate direct flights to Norway from the U.K. flight time is around 2 hrs.