24 Hours in Oslo
Written by Anne-Sophie Redisch
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.
Taking one of the many blue trams is a good way to get a feel for the city and its architecture.
The T-bane (metro) efficiently connects the heart of Oslo with surrounding areas. Oslomarka Forest – and skiing – is only 15 minutes from the city centre.
Walking is the locally preferred method of transportation. Youll also see Oslovians on bicycles fitted with studded snow tyres.
Stopping at City Hall, the Opera House, and Bygdy, the hop-on hop-off old wooden sailing ship plying the harbour is a great way to see Oslo.