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Oslo has been the Norway's capital since 1814. Considered to be one of the world’s greenest and most liveable cities, Oslo is bordered by the Oslofjord to the south, forests and hills to the north and has a large open-parkland at its heart. Few other cities in the world can offer such a varied and green landscape, covering more than two thirds of the city.

The historic centre of Oslo comprises of a compact maze of neo-classical 19th century buildings, imposing palaces and halls and an infusion of modern architecture. Here, past and present stand side by side. This is a wonderful district to explore on foot with distances short and the terrain relatively flat. At every turn, historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades, flea markets and major sites attract attention.

With the Oslo Pass (included with all bookings), it is possible to visit Oslo’s premier attractions for free. Entrance to the Akershus Castle; Kon-Tiki Museum; the National Museum; the Nobel Peace Center; the Ibsen Museum; National Gallery; the Munch Museum; Vigeland Museum and the Viking Ship Museum are included.

To the west of the city, a short ride on the metro, is the natural park of Holmenkollen. During the summer months, the lush landscape of Holmenkollen is a tranquil haven with walking and cycling trails abound. There is also the Holmenkollen Visitor Centre and Ski Museum (entrance included with the Oslo Pass) which depict the illustrious history of the park – hosts of the World Ski Championships in 1930, 1966 and 1982, and the Winter Olympics in 1952.

Measuring 100km in length, the Oslofjord links the capital with the open sea. Home to forty islands, small picturesque villages and the riverside fortress at Fredrikstad, the fjord offers an escape from city life for visitors and locals alike and, during the summer months, the perfect location for picnics and swimming.

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The historical centre of Oslo

The historical centre of Oslo is compact and best explored on foot. Start your tour at the Royal Palace and its manicured gardens, from where the Norwegian Royal Family presides over the National Day procession on the 17th May.

From the Palace stroll along Karl Johans Gate, the liveliest street in the capital, passing the National Theatre and the Parliament – remember to turn back towards the Palace to take a picture of the view!

As you approach Oslo train station the grandeur of Karl Johans Gate transforms into a modern metropolis with boutiques and fashion shops, Scandinavian design stores, market stalls, cafes and restaurants.

End your tour at the mesmerising new Opera House. Made of glistening white marble and granite and rising directly from the fjord, the design of the building is nothing but spectacular. Since its inauguration in 2008, the Opera House has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike and on a fine day you will find people relaxing on its sloping walls, eating lunch and enjoying the uninterrupted views that the rooftop affords.

Special Offer: Sunvil Discovery is pleased to offer a complimentary Oslo Pass to each client booking a stay in Oslo. The pass provides free admission to most of the city’s museums and attractions
as well as free public transport and discounts on sightseeing and activities.

Notes: The months of July and August are the height of the tourist season in Norway. Please note that outside of these months, many attractions are closed or are open for reduced hours. If you have a specific site or museum that you would like to visit, please contact us to check that it will be open during your visit.

Museums of Oslo

Vibrant Oslo has a museum for every interest. Why not take a boat from Rådhusbrygge to the Bygdøy peninsula to visit the Viking Ship Museum, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Polar Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum?

Other museums of interest include The Nobel Institute, the National Gallery with its magnificent collection of works by Edvard Munch including ‘The Scream’ and the Astrup Fearnley Museet. The latter is a privately owned museum, which has established itself as an important institution for presentation of contemporary art since its inauguration in 1993. The building in which the museum is housed is a piece of modern art in itself designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano.

Special Offer: Sunvil Discovery is pleased to offer a complimentary Oslo Pass to each client booking a stay in Oslo. The pass provides free admission to most of the city’s museums and attractions as well as free public transport and discounts on sightseeing and activities.

Notes: The months of July and August are the height of the tourist season in Norway. Please note that outside of these months, many attractions are closed or are open for reduced hours. If you have a specific site or museum that you would like to visit, please contact us to check that it will be open during your visit.

The Surrounding Nature of Oslo

Escape the hustle and bustle of the capital by taking a T-bane metro to Holmenkollen. Oslo’s premier ski area is the gateway to the Marka forest and boasts panoramic views of the city, an unspoiled natural environment and numerous marked walking and cycling trails.

The much photographed Vigeland Sculpture Park is also worthy of a visit. Adorned with 212 bronze, iron and granite sculptures, including the renowned and much photographed ‘angry child’, the park commemorates the work of Gustav Vigeland.

In 2013, a new sculpture park was opened on the Ekeberg Hills in the city of Oslo. The Ekebergparken has 31 individually commission sculptures - including the Walking Woman - and enjoys spectacular views over the capital to the Oslofjord.

For excursions out of Oslo, Hadeland Glassworks is worthy of a mention. Located 1 hour from the city at the southern tip of Randsfjord, the glassworks, founded in 1762, offers tradition, history and culture as well as the latest in trends and design. You can even try glassblowing first-hand.

Special Offer: Sunvil Discovery is pleased to offer a complimentary Oslo Pass to each client booking a stay in Oslo. The pass provides free admission to most of the city’s museums and attractions as well as free public transport and discounts on sightseeing and activities.

Notes: The months of July and August are the height of the tourist season in Norway. Please note that outside of these months, many attractions are closed or are open for reduced hours. If you have a specific site or museum that you would like to visit, please contact us to check that it will be open during your visit.

Holiday Tip

Explore a different side of Norway's capital city by bike. Rachel from Sunvil Discovery recommends hiring a city bike and taking it, on the train, to the outskirts of the city (Maridalsvannet). From here is it possible to cycle back to the city centre (9km) along the picturesque River Akerselva, a waterway with a rich history and an important part of Oslo's cultural heritage.

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