Oslo Harbour, Norway © Moyan Brenn
Legends of heroes and trolls roaming the countryside
outside this charming city attract many travellers looking for a
Scandinavian holiday. Oslo, situated at the end of a 70-mile
(110km) long fjord, is Norway's capital and its largest city, rich
in culture and folklore with a fascinating Viking history.
Oslo is the gateway to some of Norway's most scenic
areas, with forests, lakes, and hiking trails just a subway ride
away. But a holiday in Oslo is a joy in its own right. This
sophisticated city offers cultural attractions, nightclubs, cafes,
and chic boutiques enough to tempt any urban soul.
Oslo is an eclectic mix of old medieval buildings,
churches, and modern architecture, sitting among the green trees
and forests that form the balance of nature and civilization.
Around the city there are numerous museums, art galleries, and
places of interest.
These include the Edvard Munch Museum and the
Norwegian Folk Museum on the sought after Bygdoy Peninsula. Other
attractions include Vigeland Park with its interesting collection
of sculptures, and the medieval Akershus Fortress dominating the
Although Oslo has a small population compared to
other European capital cities, it retains a true vibrancy. The city
centre is filled with restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs, and
theatres, enjoying a very cosmopolitan feel with street artists
hanging around the main street, Karl Johans Gate. Oslo is renowned
as a city of culture and the City Hall hosts the annual awarding of
the Nobel Peace Prize.
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