Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Ten Things to See While in Oslo

Oslo is one of the largest capitals in the area. However, only 20% of the land mass has been developed, which means the remaining area is parks, protected forests, hills, and lakes. When here, you will want to make sure that you have on good walking shoes, because there are numerous pathways and trails that connect to public areas. If you are planning to take a trip here, you will want to make sure that you stop by the following ten places.

Ten Things to See While in Oslo

Viking Ship Museum

When at the Viking Ship Museum you will be able to see two of the best preserved Viking ships from the 9th century. You will also be able to see their tools, sledges, horse cart, and woodcarvings.

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

This museum is one of the largest and oldest open-air museums that can be found in the world. It is available for tourists all year and contains 155 buildings from all over Norway including the old town and stave church from 1250 AD.

Ten Things to See While in Oslo

Natural History Museum

This museum is located in the eastern section of Oslo. It houses the Zoological and Geological Museum. It also features a Botanical Garden, which is home to 7,500 plant species from around the world.

Norwegian Folk Museum

This is one of the largest open-air museums in Europe, which has parts of Norway and a Stave Church from the year 1200 available for tourists. Inside of the museum, you will find traditional handcrafted items, such as folk costumes, items from the Sami culture, weapons, toys, historical artifacts and pharmaceutical items. During the summer, you can experience baking, horse and carriage rides, animal feedings, guided tours, demonstrations, and more. Additionally, the museum hosts various events such as folk dancing, exhibitions, church services, arts and crafts, and more.

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

This park takes up 80 acres in the western section of Oslo and it features 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Each year more than one million locals and tourists visit the park, which is always open for visitors.

Ten Things to See While in Oslo

Akershus Fortress

This 13th century fortress is full of the rich history that is running through Oslo. It is a popular recreational area for tourists and the harbor views are breathtaking.


Here you will see more than 30 attractions, such as a water park, rides for children, and roller coasters.

You can visit here from April to October and it is just 20 minutes to the south of Oslo and happens to be the largest amusement park that Norway has to offer.

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet

Here you will find a variety of programs that take place in the Main House, the Second House, and the Studio. The Opera roof and foyer are known for having great concerts too.

When here you have to love the large scale windows at street level, which enable the public to have a sneak peak of what is going on inside. The interior is primarily oak; the main hall resembles a horseshoe, which was popular in classical theaters of the past. You will see Norwegian architecture running throughout the building and it has received several prestigious awards. You can visit this amazing place during all times of the year.

Ten Things to See While in Oslo

Fram Museum

This museum is home to the most popular polar ship – Fram. Visitors can go onboard the ship and see just how Norway’s polar explores were able to live and survive during extreme temperature more than one hundred years ago.

Oslo Pass – Closing Thoughts

Keep in mind that when you get the Oslo Pass you will be able to visit more than thirty museums and attractions free. Additionally, you will be able to use public transportation free, park free at municipal car parks, access swimming pools free, go on free walking tours and receive amazing discounts. Some discounted offers that the pass includes are sightseeing, skiing, the Tusenfryd Amusement Park, tickets for concerts, climbing, restaurants, and a variety of leisure venues. When getting the card you have the option of going with a 24, 48, or 72-hour pass.

Ten Things to See While in Oslo

This card immediately becomes valid when you get it and children passes can be purchased for a discounted rate. You can purchase the Oslo Pass online in the iOS store or Android store.

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Christmas Traditions in Norway

Last month I published a post about the best Christmas markets in Norway. I had such a good response to the article (66 interactions on Facebook!) that I feel compelled to write more about the festive traditions in this part of the world.

Most people outside of Norway think Christmas time here must be really magical, snow everywhere, colourful lights, reindeer strolling along the streets, and of course, Lapland is the home of Santa Claus, right?

The reality, as you shouldn’t be surprised to learn, is quite different! Here are just some of the Norwegian Christmas traditions I’ve learned about over the last three years.

Ah, the good old fashioned Christmas party! Every company, school, sports club and social group hold their own julebord (literally Christmas table) and partners are usually welcome, meaning most Norwegians will attend at least two, possibly many more, during December.

These communal gatherings are an important part of Norwegian culture and traditional food is often served. Large amounts of alcohol are consumed and normally followed up with a late-night party (with the exception of school julebords of course!)

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