Oslo is the capitol of Norway in Scandinavia. There are lots of nice attractions throughout the country, but most visitors do travel to Oslo before they travel on to other destinations in Norway or Scandinavia.
Oslo has lots of shopping malls, restaurants and lots of cultural offers like live music, festivals, operas, theaters, discos and so on. However Oslo also has many really nice attractions. Here are the top 5 attractions you absolutely have to check out while in Oslo.
- Vigeland Sculpture Park: This is a sculpture park in the Frogner Park with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) in bronze, granite and cast iron, including The Angry Boy (Sinnataggen in Norwegian), The Monolith (Monolitten) and The Wheel of Life (Livshjulet). Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park, which is one of Norway’s top tourist attractions, with more than one million annual visitors. The park is free to enter and open all year round, 24 hours a day.
- The Viking Ship Museum: This museum shows discoveries from the Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune ships, plus small boats, sledges, a beautiful cart, tools, textiles and household utensils. This is the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. The adventure film “The Vikings Alive” is screened throughout the day on the ceilings and wall inside the museum.
- Akershus Castle: Dating from 1299, this medieval castle and royal residence developed into a fortress in 1592 and was rebuilt into a renaissance castle between 1637 and 1648.Akershus Castle today contains banquet halls, the Royal Mausoleum and the government’s reception rooms, and its small, historic church is the home of the royal sarcophagi.
- The Royal Palace: The building is in neo-classical style with a facade of stuccoed brick, and was completed in 1849. The Royal Palace Park surrounds the palace on all sides and features grassy areas, majestic trees, small ponds and statues. Changing of the guards every day at 1.30 pm. Service in the Palace Chapel on Sundays at 11 am.
- Opera House: The spectacular Opera House was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. Audiences can enjoy world-class opera and concerts on three stages. The Main Auditorium has 1369 seats, Stage 2 has 400 seats and Rehearsal Stage 1 seats 200 people. The tours give you a chance to learn more about the architecture and catch a glimpse of life backstage. Tickets are available online, by phone and at the Opera House’s box office.
An there you have it, a short list of attractions in Oslo you have to check out. Maybe you will be so impressed by Oslo that you will consider moving to Oslo. In that case, check out Tigerstaden Flyttebyrå in Oslo witch can help you relocate.