24 Hours in Oslo

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Oslo is surrounded by the fjord on one side and by the green hills of Oslomarka Forest on the three others. This proximity to nature is in the very soul of the citys residents.


If you arrive in Oslo on a crisp Sunday morning in winter, you might find the city centre fairly empty. Cross-country is the national passion and everyone participates  from newborn babies pulled in pulk sledges to spry octogenarians. The sun sets around 5pm in winter, but no worries. Snow brightens everything and there are candles in windows, on shop counters, and in restaurants. Just remember to dress warmly.

Try the sumptuous breakfast buffet at Grand Café. Don’t miss the back-wall mural depicting the Christiania Bohemians, an eclectic group of artists who frequented Grand Café in the 1880s. Famous playwright Henrik Ibsen is on the left.

Take the tram to vibrant, trendy Grünerlokka. Explore the many quaint, independent shops, relax in the parks, and have morning tea at Tea Lounge or a hot chocolate at Cocoa.

OsloOpera House opened in 2008 and resembles an ice floe gliding slowly into the water. Lunch at Brasserie Sanguine in the foyer, then take a stroll on the roof. Fabulous fjord views from the top.

Catch the hop-on hop-off sailing ship to the Bygdøy Peninsula to get a feel for Norway’s maritime history. There are Viking ships, the famous raft Kon-Tiki, the polar shipFram, and much more.

Hop back on the ship and get off at City Hall. Take in the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony venue, the Nobel Peace Center, and the medieval Akershus Fortress on top of the hill.

Wander around the renovated shipyard Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen. Visit fashionable shops, cosy pubs, elegant restaurants, art galleries, and spectacular architecture, including the Astrup Fearnley Museum.

Housed in a wonderful rambling 17th -century building, Statholdergaarden is one of Oslo’s very best restaurants, run by Bocuse d’Or winner Bent Stiansen.

Pop into Radisson Blu Plaza, Northern Europe’s tallest hotel, and take the lift to the top floor. The elegant 34 Skybar offers festive drinks and stunning fjord and city views.

Still not tired? Most nightclubs stay open until 1am on weekdays and 3:30am on weekends. Try Revolver for rock’n’roll, The Villa for electronica, and the popular riverside club Bla for R&B and jazz.


Oslo, Norway
Distance: 4,964km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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