Oslo is the oldest of the Scandinavian capital cities and has a varied collection of cultural attractions and natural wonders. Situated at the head of a 60 mile (96 km) fjord on the southern coast, Oslo is beautifully framed by a vast expanse of woods, moors and lakes. Today, Norway's capital is a blend of 19th- and 20th-century architectural styles. Woodcarvings and colourful frescoes decorate the city's buildings, and the parks and public squares are resplendent with unique works of sculpture. Oslo can be visited on one of our many Europe cruisesFind Cruises Sailing to This Port
For a spectacular view of the city and the fjord, visit Akershus Castle. Sitting on a cliff, this fortress was originally built in 1300. The present structure dates mainly from the 17th century and features quaint buildings and beautiful grounds.
Får i Kål is a traditional dish here, a stew of lamb and cabbage. Kjottkaker (meatballs) are also quite common, served with sauerkraut flavoured with caraway. Reindeer appears on many menus, particularly further north. It's similar to beef, but a richer, slightly sweet-flavoured meat. The Norwegians are also partial to wild berries. Two varieties native to the area are lingonberries, similar to cranberries, and cloudberries, which are like orange-coloured raspberries, only they are a little crunchy and have a sharper taste.
The unit of currency in Norway is the krone (NOK). Major credit cards are also widely accepted and often offer a good exchange rate.
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