Written by Anne-Sophie Redisch
Oslovians enjoy summer, but they truly appreciate living in a city with four distinct seasons even more. Come and enjoy the gorgeous autumn foliage, and bring your umbrella, just in case.
Autumn is a time when many begin looking forward to the coming ski season. For some, it seems, winter can’t come soon enough. For most, however, it’s a time to enjoy the warm red and golden colours in the forest, the parks, or along the tree-lined main street Karl Johans Gate. Gardens are heavy with apples, pears, plums, and cherries, and Oslomarka forest is full of people, as always; not merely hiking or skiing this time of year, but also harvesting nature’s bounty, such as blueberries, cloudberries, and mushrooms.
On the menus of Oslo’s restaurants, lamb, game, and fish play the lead; think reindeer, moose, ptarmigan, quail, and Arctic char. Try Maaemo or Statholdergaarden in the city centre, or De fem stuer at the edge of Oslomarka, for excellent seasonal Nordic fare. A favourite autumn dish at home is fårikål, a traditional lamb and cabbage casserole.
Great places to photograph autumn foliage in the city centre are Vigeland Sculpture Park, the grounds of Akershus Fortress and the gardens behind the Royal Palace, the islands in the Oslo Fjord, and of course the forest.
If it’s pouring – and it does rain a bit this time of year – Artesia Spa in the venerable Grand Hotel or one of the many public baths like Vestkantbadet will tempt you indoors.
At Kunstnernes Hus, the National Annual Autumn Exhibition takes place in September and October, showcasing contemporary art in all its shapes and forms, and never fails to spark debates as to what constitutes art.
Tjuvholmen – Thief Islet
Connected to Aker Brygge via two footbridges, Tjuvholmen is Oslo’s newest neighbourhood. Apart from being home to restaurants and cafés, you’ll also find the Astrup-Fearnley Museum (afmuseet.no), housing one of the world’s most important private contemporary art collections, and Oslo’s newest design hotel, The Thief (thethief.com).
Flight Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes