Norway is a unique country and I think you can spend ages exploring it and you’d still have something you haven’t yet seen. So, obviously a weekend wasn’t enough to see all that Norway has to offer, but we did well in exploring everything that Oslo alone had to offer. It is a unique country in the sense that it has islands, hills, greenery, urban settling, beaches and lakes all at the same time, hence why there is always something to see. While I was not my own tour guide this trip, here is what we managed to experience:
Holmenkollen Skii Jump
They say if you tell someone you went to Oslo and didn’t see the Holmenkollen, they won’t believe you ever came here. It is very representation of what Oslo and its culture is like. It is a colossal ski jump where tournaments are held, and Norwegians love winter sports, thanks to the temperatures in Norway. The view from here is amazing too!
Cruise from Aker Brygge
While in Oslo, you need to explore the beaut lake Fjord and one of the best ways to do it is to take the City Cruise which takes about 40 minutes to take you to and from a nearby island giving you a good view of the city and other islands/ peninsula. The cruise we took left from the port in Aker Brygge, a lovely street with shops, cafes and restaurants.
Sightseeing: Royal Palace – Slott, Parliament, Karl Johan Gate, Opera House, Nobel Peace Prize Museum
Oslo has a very rich history and standing in the world peace and equality. This is the reason why you would find people to be very kind and nice. Some of the landmarks and events which make Norway what it is can be witnessed in the Royal Palace, Parliament and Nobel Peace Prize Museum. Opera House needs no explanation of any sort, except for the fact that it was one of the most amazing pieces of architecture I have ever seen, I wish I had enough time to actually watch a theatrical play in it too but the next time I visit, I will definitely have that on my list.
Frogner is the most unique park I have ever been too. While it has the usual green patch, flowers, fountains and lakes – it also has a story behind the sculptures throughout the park. They represent the different phases and events in life of a person from birthday to death, it is interesting how it has been expressed in these sculptures.
Good to Know
Oslo has cosy and fancy cafes in most of its central shopping streets and around the tourist attractions. Among these, Pascal café is one of the most famous and posh ones, because of not only its amazing French pastries and coffee, but also because this has become quite an attraction since Bill Clinton came here. Otherwise food and drink in Norway is a treat, especially for those who love sea food.
Norwegian is not the easiest language to understand or speak, but the good thing is that most people speak English too.