Rumour has it that Oslo may be one of the most expensive cities to live in. However, we did not find it that unaffordable (some may disagree). In 2 days, we fell in love with the city, the food, and the very, very nice people.

If you are travelling on a tight schedule, follow our route and finish 10 attractions in 2 days.

Day1: 1. Holmenkollbakken -> 2. The Vigeland Park-> 3. The Museums-> 4. Aker Brygge

1. Holmenkollbakken is Oslo’s 60-metre high ski-jump hill which has previously hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Holmenkollbakken arena has a shooting range for biathlon. The Ski Museum located inside the Holmenkollbakken Ski Jump Tower is where you can learn all about the history of skiing over the past 4,000 years. The Ski Simulator lets you experience downhill skiing at 130 km/h on a virtual ride. We were lucky to have a local friend drive us to the top, or else, it could be a good uphill hike.

2. The Vigeland Park
Take a walk through the Vigeland Park, a sculpture park housing more than 200 sculptures by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

Vigeland Park gate
Vigeland Park

 

3. The Museums
Head down to the Bygdøy area where you can find several museums including the Viking Ship Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Pick a few (or all) that interest you.

4. Aker Brygge
Walk around Aker Brygge, Oslo’s harbor front filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Enjoy a nice sunset meal and watch the Akershus Castle bathe in gold.

Don’t forget to try their seafood Norwegian style:
Lutefisk made from aged stockfish (dried whitefish) softened with lye then cooked/grilled; thick slices of smoked salmon fillet; hand-peeled Atlantic shrimps on white bread with fresh lemon juice, mayonnaise and sprinkled with dill.

(photos by Tanya)

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