I always wanted to visit Norway. The reasons were numerous. Fjords. Northern Lights. Beautifully characteristic countryside, and now Oslo.
Relaxed. Sophisticated and friendly. It offers a wealth of top-class museums and galleries. Eclectic architecture. Outstanding restaurants. Modern cocktail bars. A vibrant nightlife. Stunning scenery. Skiing in the winter. Sailing in the summer and very handsome men. Everything that a girl like me might need in life.
I had a really great time in this cosmopolitan metropolis. Oslo’s attractions are refined and laid-back. Starting with the bar hopping. Bar in the Bristol Hotel serves the best cocktails in the whole city. Believe me. I have checked out a majority of them.
Lazy lunches in the sun in the Aker Brygge. Great shopping on Karl Johan Street. A rich cultural heritage. Wonderful parks and gourmet dinners. This is the definition of a good time for me. Nordic joie de vivre in full swing.
The sights are plentiful. Starting from the Royal Palace. The Parliament Building, a spectacular rococo building that houses Norway’s National Theatre. The Oslo Cathedral. The Viking Ship Museum. The Bydgoy peninsula with the renowned Kon-Tiki Museum and many, many more.
I personally really enjoyed the Akershus Fortress located in the heart of the city. On a cliff overlooking Oslo fjord. Harbour and the Aker Brygge waterfront. An amazing place to stroll around. Enjoy some ice cream or delicious seafood in various restaurants, Onda & Lofoten are my top choices.
Superb Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo
Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park was superb, quirky, surrealistic and quite bizarre. It is filled with 212 idiosyncratic sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. A modernist sculptor who holds a special place in Norwegian art history. Unmissable.
What I really appreciate about Oslo is its real architectural eclecticity. From the craggy medieval walls of the Akershus Fortress to the steel-and-glass Munch Museum in the Grunerlokka District that is teeming with bustling and vibrant cafes.
Do not miss the Munch Museum, Before going do call to check the opening hours and day, Even if your printed guide or online website says its open. Really, it’s true.
Even in super orderly and well-organised Norway, situations that are strictly reserved for Mediterranean countries can happen.
From old-fashioned charm of the National Gallery, home to the most famous Norwegian painting, The Scream by Edvard Munch. Do go there to admire it before it is stolen again.
To the futuristic Norwegian Opera & Ballet Building all made of white marble and glass. This is truly a treat for all architecture freaks.
There is one more place worth a trip and this is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump with the world’s oldest Ski Museum. It is truly impressive. What I loved most about this place was the observation deck with panoramic views of the city and Oslo fjord. Luscious green islands and shining blue waters.
I have been told that Oslo is best to visit in the winter time. All white and magical, but let me stick to the warm months of summer if I may.