If you’ve spent Christmas in Oslo, you have probably eaten heaps of high-calorie food for the last month. If you’re among the ski fanatics, no problem: any kilos gained are probably already gone. But if you’re the lazier sort, you might be looking for softer ways to begin shedding some of that extra winter weight.
Joining a not-too-strenuous winter walk by Oslo guidebureau might be just the ticket. You’ll walk, get a bit of fresh air, perhaps discover a new part of town and pick up some interesting titbits. The walks are organised from 2 January to 16 April and cost NOK 150 for adults and NOK 70 for children under 16. Monday – Friday tours begins at 1700 (5 pm), Saturday and Sunday tours begins at 1400 (2 pm).
Here’s what to expect on the different weekdays this winter:
Mondays: Oslo in the year 1899 – with theatrical guide “Mrs Amalie Sofie”
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Up Main Street, Karl Johansgate, through the Palace Park and on towards Homansbyen, Amalie Sofie will comment on life in Kristiania (as Oslo was called then), on the impressive new buildings along the way, on everyday life, gossip and the scandals of the day. Tour begins at Grand Hotel and ends at Summit 21 for a hot drink and excellent city views.
Tuesdays: Oslo in painting and writing
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Check out works of world-famous Norwegian artists – including Edvard Munch, Knut Hamsun, Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson – and important places in their lives. Tour begins in The National Gallery and ends at ICEBAR Oslo.
Wednesdays: Modern to medieval Oslo
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Thursdays: Henrik Ibsen and his 289 steps
For the last decade of his life, Henrik Ibsen lived in Oslo. This tour follows his footsteps from his Oslo apartment to his regular twice-a-day watering hole, the Grand Cafe. Tour begins at the Ibsen Museum (his apartment) and ends at Grand Cafe.
Fridays: Market squares in Oslo – old and new
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Walk through 400 years of Oslo history beginning at Kristiania Torv from 1624, past Stortorvet, stopping in at the 300-year-old Oslo Cathedral, and onwards to the baby among the market squares, 60-year-old Youngstorget. Tour begins at First Hotel Millennium and ends at Youngstorget.
Saturdays: Amazing Oslo. City Hall – Design and Architecture
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See the evolution of architecture on this tour beginning at the 1930s City Hall, venue of the annual Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, past the former ship yard Aker Brygge renovated in the 1980s and on towards the new Tjuvholmen, stopping en route at local artist Pushwagner’s gallery. Tour begins at City Hall and ends at Tjuvholmen.
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Beginning at the ultra-modern 21st century Oslo Opera House and ending at the ramparts of Akershus Fortress, this tour takes you through 700 years of Oslo history. At Akershus, you’ll hear all about 13th century resident royals and villains. Tour begins at Thon Hotel Opera and ends at Youngstorget.
For more information, have a look at the website of Oslo guidebureau