A city within a paradise could best describe Oslo, Norway. You will get to enjoy a combination of a city life and outdoor activities. The core of the city is compact with museums, galleries, castles, parks and modern architecture that are easy to navigate by public transportation or by rentable city bikes that are very accessible within the city. The city is surrounded by vast forest dotted with little lakes and a fjord making Oslo a city in close contact with nature’s breathtaking sceneries.
The Allure of Oslo
If you want to unwind in a paradise that can cater your modern lifestyle in the same time, Oslo is the best city for you. Oslo’s location gives tourist a chance for a one of a kind city break. Stroll on castles, museums and galleries; swim in the fjord and hike in the forest all in the same day can possibly happen in Oslo. If you’re a tourist, you can take a guided tour by bus or boat to see the city’s attractions and learning about the city’s history. And you don’t need to worry if what part of the year would you arrive since the tours are available all year round.
The city offers many attractions and events. Like historical artifacts that can be seen in the Viking Ship Museum and the Munch Museum; striking sculptures at the Vigeland Sculpture Park; skiing in the metro at the Holmenkollen; to the world famous Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony every December 10 th held at the Nobel Peace Centre and the Holocoust transport. Addition to these historical artifacts and modern architecture, the city also house various flora and fauna in the mountains and forest that surround Oslo. And since the city is close to nature, opportunities for many outdoor recreational activities are never far away. Free parking, many museums with cheap to free admission and nature in the city’s doorsteps what more can you ask for.
What tourist needs to know? Here is a helpful travel guide to what you should know when you are planning to visit the capital and largest city of Norway, Oslo.
Why visit Oslo? In 2003, Oslo received The European Sustainable City Award and in 2007, Reader’s Digest ranked Oslo as the second city in the world with the greenest, most livable city. And for several years now, Oslo has been listed as one of the most expensive cities in the world. Aside from its breathtaking scenery, Oslo’s cityscape is a mixture of modern architecture, financial district, extensive metro-system, shipping ports and cultural city. It also houses a large number of parks and green areas great for outdoor activities. It’s like living in the best of both worlds – - a modern and in the same time a nature-friendly world.
When is the best time to come? Although Oslo’s into northern latitude, the city’s climate is relatively mild thanks to warm air being blown across the Atlantic from the Gulf Stream. Summer weather in Oslo is mild and pleasant, best for recreational activities in the park, strolling on museums and galleries, hikes in the forest and swimming in the fjord. Biologists, environmentalists and nature lovers can also use these long sunny days to visit the various flora and fauna in the mountains and forest that surround the city. Winter in Oslo is cold and snowy. In this season, people in the city usually enjoy skiing and other winter sports. And they doesn’t need to go far to do this because they can ski literally in the cultural center in the metro, the Holmenkollen. Rainfall on the other hand is spread across the year, with the rainiest month on August.
Who should visit Oslo? Everybody is encouraged to visit Oslo. Given that family values are taken seriously here, and Norway’s social programs are mainly woman- and family-friendly. They can visit a lot of museums and galleries that range from cheap to free entrance fee. Many of these museums and galleries are also walking distance of each other which make them time efficient to visit. Addition to that are castles and other Viking artifacts that are preserved within the city. Aside from its breathtaking scenery and historical artifacts, Oslo offers several parks and recreational activities that anyone can participate.
Although Oslo is a modern city, the surrounding is clean and favorable for outdoor activities. What could best attest that Oslo is a good place to visit is the large number of business people and tourists visiting this city every year.