The beautiful city of Oslo is located on the Aker River in the southeast of Norway. Apart from being the country’s cultural heart and capital, Oslo is also Norway’s gateway to natural beauty. Saltwater runs deep in this city’s veins. Recently, the dock areas that launched many adventures have been revamped as an entertainment hub. Here are the top must-see attractions in Oslo, Norway.
The Aker Brygge District
Amidst centuries of history, you will find many fashionable restaurants and cafes. The Aker Brygge district is a great place you can mingle with the locals. This historic area is lined with boutique shops and yachts.
To journey deeper into this city’s rich history, take a short ferry to the Bygdoy Museum. You can also see a display of an 800 year old ship at the Viking Ship Museum. It was believed by many that these warriors are one of the greatest seafarers to ever live.
Learn how the crews of polar expeditions were able to survive one of the most dangerous and coldest places on earth at the Fram Museum. Walk through Fram’s interior, it is not only the strongest wooden ship ever built, but it was designed to withstand the ice flows crushing pressure.
The Kon-Tiki Museum is a tribute to an adventure that inspired and captivated the world. In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl a Norwegian adventurer sailed on a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia.
Another museum in this historic city is the Norsk Folkemuseum. It is an open-air museum with over 140 historic buildings and a wide range of artifacts from this country’s past. Enjoy demonstrations of traditional dancing and folk music and experience what life was like on farms of this area.
Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center is a place where pioneers in the world of peace achievements are showcased. This award is usually presented in the City Hall, one of the most beautiful and famous buildings of Oslo. Just a stroll away is another of Oslo’s premier buildings – Opera House. This building resembles a glacier and its gently sloping roof is a perfect place to enjoy a panoramic view.
Norway is home to one of the World’s oldest monarchies and its Royal Palace at the city’s center is their official residence. Enjoy the palace beautiful park particularly in the summer when the sun does not set until after 11 pm.
Another great place to explore in Oslo is Thief Island. It is a land with a history of pioneering and innovation that is showing the world how to do urban renewal. It was once a prison but today a dynamic area full of outstanding public art, modern restaurants, and art galleries.
Regardless of where you wander in this modern city, Oslo is a city full of adventure, flavor, and character.