Relaxing and romantic winter Oslo

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A white snow-covered wonderland, candles lit in windows during the long northern winter nights, a city surrounded by nature on all sides: fjords, mouintains, forests - might this be something for you?This guide is designed for a romantic winter getaway that is not strenuous. If you love winter sports, have a look at the guide called "Active and romantic winter Oslo" for a suggested itinerary. With a few more days at your disposal, you could do both, combining active fun in the snow with a few more relaxing days of leisurely ambling and good food.Oslo offers hotels in all price ranges. Anker Hotel is a budget option with rooms at NOK 900 (about USD 150) pr night. Next door, Anker Hostel is cheaper still. If you would like a splurge, indepedently-owned Hotel Continental in the city center is very romantic and offers special weekend package deals, including their Romantic Experience and Long Weekend, both with early check-in, late check-out and a fabulous breakfast buffet.

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Author: Anne-Sophie Redisch


Day 1 - Oslo


Begin with an easy stroll on top of the hill along Akershus Fortress. Have a look at this 700-year-old stronghold and the fabulous views of Oslo harbour and the fjord. On the way down the hill to Aker brygge, stop at City Hall and have a look inside. This is where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held every December. Then, stop at Pascal Cafe de la Paix in Nobel Peace Center for coffee and one of their delicious high-calorie gateaux - or a light lunch. Aker brygge is next. This converted ship yard houses high-end boutiques, restaurants and cosy pubs.

At night, try award-winning chef Bent Stiansen's culinary creations in the 17th century Statholdergaarden.


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Akershus Fortress and Castle (Akershus festning)

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Akershus festning
0150 Oslo, Norway

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+47 23 09 31 50


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Best Western Anker Hotel

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Storgata 55
0182 Oslo, Norway

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+ 47 22 99 75 00


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Anker hostel

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Storgata 55
0182 Oslo, Norway

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+ 47 22 99 72 00


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Oslo City Hall (Oslo rådhus)

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Fridtjof Nansens plass
0160 Oslo, Norway

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+47 23 46 16 00


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Hotel Continental

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Stortingsgata 24 - 26
0158 Oslo, NO

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+47 22 82 40 00


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Nobel Peace Centre

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Rådhusplassen
Radhusplassen
0250 Oslo, Norway

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+47 48 30 10 00


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Pascal Café de la Paix

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Brynjulf Bulls plass 2
0250 Oslo, Norway

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+ 47 22 83 04 00


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Aker brygge

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Stranden 3
Aker Brygge
0350 Oslo, Norway

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+47 22 83 26 80


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Statholdergaarden

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Rådhusgaten 11
0151 Oslo, Norway

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+47 22 41 88 00


Day 2 - Oslo


Even though this is a non-strenuous romantic weekend, you really haven't seen Oslo if you haven't spent at least a day in nature. Take the Holmenkollen metro to the last stop. Go for a leisurely stroll on the tracks surrounding Frognerseteren, then stop for hot chocolate and waffles in this cosy log restaurant. Or, you could take a super-romantic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh into Nordmarka forest (must be arranged in advance - contact Ivar Bakke, phone: + 47 22 23 03 39). Then either stop at Ullevålseter cabin for a light lunch – or bring a picnic basket and find a secluded spot between the trees or on a snowy meadow. Arrange with the driver to pick you up and take you back to Frognerseteren.

Afterwards, walk down (or take the metro) to Holmenkollen and check out the venue for the World Ski Championship in 2011, as well as the world's oldest skiing museum. Finally, gourmet restaurant De Fem Stuer in Holmenkollen Hotel has superb food and amazing views; be sure to book a window table.


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Oslomarka forest

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Nordmarkveien
0890 Oslo, Norway

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+ 47 81 53 05 55 (Tourist Information)


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Frognerseteren

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Holmenkollveien 200
Finstua AS
0791 Oslo, Norway

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+47 22 92 40 40


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Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Museum of Skiing (Holmenkolltårnet og skimuseet)

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Kongeveien 5
Holmenkollen
0787 Oslo, Norway

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+47 22 92 32 00


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De Fem Stuer

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Kongeveien 26
Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica
0787 Oslo, Norway

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+47 22 92 20 00


Day 3 - Oslo


Today, head for Frognerparken (entrance free) with Gustav Vigeland's amazing life size nudes. After strolling through the park, walk back towards the city center by way of shopping street Bogstadveien, stopping off for a light lunch at Arcimboldo restaurant in the House of Artists. A few blocks further along, stop at the National Gallery (also free) to have a look at Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream. Have dinner at super-romantic Klosteret, a cosy cellar restaurant lit exclusively by candles.


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Frogner Park

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Kirkeveien
0268 Oslo, Norway

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+47 23 49 37 00


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Kunstnernes Hus Restaurant & Bar

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Wergelandsveien 17
0167 Oslo, Norway

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+ 47 41 74 17 17


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The National Gallery

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Universitetsgaten 13
0162 Oslo, Norway

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+47 21 98 20 00


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Klosteret

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Fredensborgveien 13
0177 Oslo, Norway

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+47 23 35 49 00


Day 4 - Oslo


On your last day, get out on the fjord. Not the first thing you think about on a chilly winter day, perhaps - but standing on board an old wooden boat sailing past this 1000-year-old city is truly magical. The easiest is to get a hop-on hop-off minicruise from the pier in front of City Hall. The boat sails past Akershus Fortress, the new Opera House and the Bygdøy Museum Peninsula.

Make sure you stop at the Opera House. Even if you're not interested in opera, the building itself is very much worth a little exploration. Built by Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, it's all white marble, shaped like a snow floe tapering into the waters of the Oslo fjord. Walk to the top of the roof for unmitigated fjord views. Have lunch at the lively Brasserie Sanguine in the foyer.

If you're in the mood for museums, get back on the minicruise and hop off at Bygdøy. The popular outdoor cultural history museum is here, as is several small museums celebrating Norwegian polar and maritime history. Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki raft is here (used to travel from Peru to Polynesia in the late 40s). So is Fram, a ship used by several Polar explorers, including Roald Amundsen for the 1911 race to the South Pole. Finally, the Viking Ship museum is here.

If you'd rather just stroll and shop, get off the minicruise back at City Hall and walk the few blocks to Oslo's main street Karl Johan.

Have tea (or dinner) at 110-year-old Theatercafeen.


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Minicruise on the Oslo fjord: Hop-on hop-off

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Vika
Oslo, Norway

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+ 47 23 35 68 90


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Oslo Opera House

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Kirsten Flagstads plass
Plass 1
0150 Oslo, Norway

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+47 21 42 21 00 / +47 815 444 88


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Brasserie Sanguine

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The Opera House
Oslo, Norway

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+ 47 21 42 21 42


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Bygdøy

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Off Sjølystveien (E18)
0374 Oslo, Norway

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+47 815 30 555


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Karl Johansgate

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Karl Johans gate
0154 Oslo, Norway

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+47 81 53 05 55 (Tourist information)


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Theatercaféen

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Stortingsgata 22
Hotel Continental
0158 Oslo, Norway

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+47 22 82 40 50


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