There’s something beautiful or fascinating everywhere you look in the enchanting city of Oslo. From the brilliant winter skies to the rushing waters of the fjords and all the cultural attractions in between, there’s no city in the world as intriguing as Oslo. Check out these highlights to get an idea of everything Norweigan culture has to offer.
Finding Your Way around Oslo
One of the most challenging things about traveling abroad is transportation. There’s far too much to see in a gorgeous, cosmopolitan city like Oslo to waste time, so it’s best to secure safe and reliable transportation in advance. The following two companies come highly recommended.
For airport pick-ups and drop-offs, nobody does it better than Blacklane. They offer ease, comfort, and luxury all in one place. The drivers are consummate professionals, each of them regulated, insured, and equipped with impeccable knowledge of Oslo. Better yet, you don’t have to be in a rush when you use Blacklane’s services. They offer a 60-minute window of wait time at no additional cost, as well as liberal cancellation policies.
For transportation between sites in Oslo, it doesn’t get any better than Nordic Car Service. Their drivers are just as professional as Blacklane’s– punctual, professional, and always reliable. No matter what sort of transportation you need– sightseeing, dinner, business meetings, or nights on the town– Nordic Car Service will get you where you need to go in the elegance and comfort you deserve.
The Wonders of the Ourway Tour
The Ourway Tours is a must for anyone who wants to taste a true sample of Oslo culture, with guided fun and explorations of four intriguing locations.
The first excursion is to The Viking Ship Museum. Part of the Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum is home to some of the most impressive nautical monuments in the world. Touring the Viking Ship Museum is like traveling through time, with many of its exhibits well over a thousand years old.
Your next stop is The Vigeland Park. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, The Vigeland Park is the largest sculpture park in the world that features the work of a single artist. With over 200 iron, granite, and bronze sculptures, this astonishing achievement represents the life’s work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. If you’re ever in Oslo, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to this colossal achievement.
After the elegance of The Vigeland Park, The Ourway Tour will take you to Holmenkollen Ski Jump facility, where you can have a wonderful time with or without skis and see what’s on display at the on-site Ski Museum.
The tour then finishes up with a leisurely sightseeing drive through the beautiful inner city of Oslo. As you can see, there’s a great deal of fun to be had on this tour, but it’s probably best to set aside an entire day for it.
The Oslo Opera House
With three auditoriums and over a thousand different rooms spread out over 400,000 square feet, The Oslo Opera House is one of the most complex architectural gems in all of Norway. It’s also home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and stages an average of about 10 magnificent shows per month.
The performance of Vincenzo Bellini’s opera Norma is typical of the world-class theatrical productions you’ll discover at The Oslo Opera House. A wonderful example of the bel canto genre of opera, Norma features exquisite music throughout and a libretto that tells a traditional tale of anger, betrayal, and the redemptive power of two women’s friendship. There are many reasons that Norma has been enormously popular for almost 200 years and they were all on display at the Oslo Opera House.
The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
One of over 50 museums in the city of Oslo, the Astrup Fearnley specializes in contemporary Norweigan and international art. Since its opening in 1993, The Astrup Fearnley has exhibited thousands of major works from The United States, Germany, Great Britain, and the rest of Scandinavia. During the first few years of its existence, The Astrup Fearnley gathered most of its collection from the art of the 1980’s, but it now focuses on more contemporary styles. In 2012, it relocated to Tjulvholmen and formed a major partnership with the Thief Hotel.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design
Last but definitely not least, the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design is another place that no Oslo visitor should miss. It houses the largest assemblage of Norweigan art in the world, with works that date from antiquity to the present day. Its permanent collection contains some 400,000 items from the areas of art, architecture, and design, including works from both Norweigan and other European masters. The National Museum is a joy to behold, but make sure you set aside enough time to take it all in.
Of course, this is just a small sampling of the wonders you can witness in Oslo. Hopefully, it will make you hungry for more and motivate you to pay this timeless city a visit.
All images courtesy Aniesia Williams.