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Oslo, Norway

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 cruises

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Oslo, Norway

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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.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Experience the sites, history and art of Oslo as you travel through the beautiful scenic countryside to Hadeland, where you can discover the art of Hadeland Glassworks.
  • Visit the Royal Palace, current residence of the Royal Family.
  • Take the winding road of Holmenkollen Hill where you'll see charming residences and impressive views. At the top, you'll see the world-famous ski-jumping area Hollmenkollen, built for the 1952 Olympics. The area was completely rebuilt between 2009 and 2010 with a more modern ski-jump, featuring a glass lift that takes you to the top for a breath-taking view of Holmenkollen and Oslo.
  • Visit the Viking Ship Museum and see the incredible artisanship of the beautiful Viking long ships.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

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.

Local Currency

The unit of currency in Norway is the krone (NOK). Major credit cards are also widely accepted and often offer a good exchange rate.

Weather in Oslo, Norway


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Average Precip. 1.9 in 4.83 cm

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