Oslo is one of the world’s largest port cities and a premier destination in Europe. The ancient viking heritage and modern, stylish European nightlife call to many travelers. Whether you’re arriving by sea or land, the city is well prepared to accommodate you. There are plenty of appealing ways to pass the time in this diverse and historic city and here’s our recommendations for any lucky traveler that washes up in Oslo:
The fjords are open year-round, and these UNESCO protected sites are well worth exploring. On the west coast of Norway, either on your way to or from Oslo, the inlets offer some of the most unique and beautiful waters that beg to be explored. If you arrive by air, don’t fret, there are multiple ways to get to the western fjords by train or car, and there are luxury passenger tours year-round. These magnificent natural landmarks are one of Norway’s greatest attractions; seeing them in person is one of the most serene experiences one can have with nature.
In Oslo, there are plenty of fancy hotels to choose from, two favorites being The Thief and Hotel Continental. The Thief is a sleek and modern five-star hotel and spa geared towards lovers of contemporary style, art, and elegance. The Thief Spa offers Turkish baths, Moroccan clay treatments, and the standard array of facials and massages. Thief Bar offers fabulously unique cocktails you won’t find anywhere else, and in the warmer months the Roof Bar is a party on top of the world.
If you’re traveling for business, Hotel Continental might be more appealing its traditional luxury and style. Eik Annen Etage offers exquisite fine dining options and Bar Boman is a ritzy lobby bar great for grabbing a nightcap or making a new friend. There’s also a cafe that offers a great place to meetup with colleagues and Theatercafeen which is great for hosting a luncheon or dinner.
The city offers numerous sites to explore, such as several museums and art galleries, and a nearly endless array of restaurants and shops. The Fram Museum features original wooden ships used to explore the Arctic and Antarctic. Frogner Park features over 200 sculptures to explore. If you’re a history buff, the Norwegian Folk Museum features an outdoor collection of historic buildings, such as the 12th century Gol Stave Church, as well as an indoor museum of historic cultural items and clothing. There’s the 13th century Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace, and too many other attractions to list. No matter what you’re into, Oslo has something for everyone.