Without further ado, here are Oslo’s top 11 must-sees/must-dos:
1. Oslo harbour
Take a minicruise in Oslo harbour, going past (and stopping at) Oslo City Hall, Oslo Opera House and the Bygdøy Peninsula, famous for maritime museums and nude beaches.
2. Nordmarka forest
Catch the metro to Frognerseteren and hike, bike, ski or just amble in the wonderful Nordmarka Forest. Just 15 minutes from the city centre, nature is Oslo’s foremost attraction. After a vigorous stroll, you deserve delicious waffles at Frognerseteren.
3. Sleep outdoors
in a tent or in a forest cabin, waking up to fresh air, birds chirping and bees buzzing.
4. Frogner Park
Rejoining urban life (but perhaps not entirely), go for a walk in Frogner Park, taking in Gustav Vigeland’s 212 life-size nudes, showing off human life in all its glory.
5. The Opera House
Take a walk on the roof of the fabulous Oslo Opera House.
7. Ekeberg Hill
Walk to the top of Ekeberg Hill, stopping to look at Stone Age rock carvings along the way. At the top, relax at the Ekeberg plateau and have a meal at the very cool Art Nouveau Ekebergrestauranten. If you have kids along – or if you are young at heart – stop off at EKT riding school and animal park.
8. Henie Onstad Art Centre
Get out of town for a bit. 20 minutes from the city centre is Henie Onstad Art Centre, displaying the art collection (and trophies) of world-famous figure skater Sonia Henie. While there, try the fabulous Bølgen & Moi restaurant on the premises. On a hot summer day, bring swimming costumes and laze at the beach.
9. River walk
Walk along Akerselva River, taking in the old industrial estates-turned-cool-riverside cafes. Stop at Blå, either to sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet along the river. Or to venture inside and risk ripping your ear drums out.
10. Akershus Fortress
Walk along the ramparts of medieval Akershus Fortress and admire fantastic fjord views.
11. Aker Brygge
Join the locals at Aker Brygge, Oslovians favourite venue for utepils (outdoors beer) on warm summer days.