With a rich history in farming and surrounded in greenery, Oslo is a city in close contact with nature. The inclusion of so many old pastures into the city’s modern borders make it the one of the largest capital cities in the world at 453 square kilometers in total. The city fans out much like an amphitheater and residential areas spreading up into the hills. Oslo’s Marka forest is home to wildlife large and small, all included in this unique city’s unofficial demographic.
- Literary fans should head to the Ibsen Museum. The perfectly retained last residence of the ‘Father of Realism’ and playwright Henrik Ibsen gives visitors a true insight into Oslo of the 19th century.
- The Oslo Opera House is an iconic building that sits on the city’s waterfront. Reflecting the rippling waves in its glass windows and all-in-all resembling a giant glacier floating along the Oslofjord, it’s a must-see.
- While a fire in 1624 destroyed much of medieval Oslo, Akershus remains. Built in the 14th century as a protective fortress, Akershus castle commands the Oslo harbour.
- One of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions is the focal point of Frognerparken. Vigelandsanlegget is an incredible body of work showcasing everyday people by Norway’s most-loved sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
- Food is expensive in Oslo. If you’re buying groceries, stick to local produce that is cheaper than imported products and save upscale restaurants for a special treat.
- To save money on sight-seeing, get a tourism card that will give you free entry to all attractions as well as public transport.
- Nature lovers can take advantage of the free public camping laws in Norway. Pitch a tent in any part of Oslo’s greenery and save on accommodation costs.
- Book transport tickets in advance to save as much as 50% on the costs.