A few words on Oslo
If you are looking to escape, this subtle fjord capital is definitely a place worth considering. In a fabulous dream world, you'll meet Vikings, trolls and even Santa Claus. Oslo inhabitants are living their lives between the sea and the mountain, on the verge of an amazing fjord. Skiers never tire of enjoying their good fortune. The harmony with nature and respect for the environment are made easier as the subway lines join directly with the city centre and the slopes, even the forests. You can practice kayaking in the heart of the city!
For those who are not really familiar with physical exercise, museums and parks are plentiful, as well as delicious restaurants.
Of course the cost of living is higher in this parlementary monarchy, as Norway did not join the European Union. But still, you'll have plenty of things to see and to do.
This wild land is an open book relating Scandinavian culture, thanks to wonderful architecture, the environment and customs. It is also the mirror of an amazing modernity with its design, trendy bars and the incredible civic spirit of its citizens.
Contrary to what you may think, this Nobel Peace Prize city offers a very mild climate.
A few pictures on Oslo
Oslo marina stretches right along the harbour. It is here that you will find restaurants, bars, nightclubs and outdoor stores. Enjoy the sun during the day and party at night!
This peninsula provides a lot of residential living, but you'll also come across numerous museums relating to Norway's history. The Norsk Folkemuseum, Fram Museum (the Fram being an ancient expedition ship), Kon-Tiki Museum which honours Thor Heyerdahl's crew and the Viking Ship Museum which exhibits the amazing Oseberg ship... In summer, the best way to reach the peninsula is to hop on a boat at Râdhusbrygge. The crossing lasts for only 15 minutes. Otherwise, bus no.30 will drop you there in less than 30 minutes, departing from the National Theatre.
City Centre and Karl Johan Street
Located between Karl Johan Avenue and the harbour, and often referred to as the Norwegian Champs-Elysées, you'll find the city centre. This is the Kyadraturen district which is where the Contemporary Art Museum is located. This area has become very bohemian with its abundance of art galleries.
Historically, Eastern Oslo has always been an area of poverty, particularly on the work front. Since then, it has become a trendy avant guard shopping centre, a place to meet designers and students. Young, trendy, creative, this neighbourhood is definitely worth a visit. You will also find the Munch Museum.
Located on the West side of this huge city; the Holmenkollen district is a very popular area. What makes it exciting is availability of sporting activities; hiking, skiing, ski jumping... Perhaps enjoy a visit to the Ski Museum.
Shopping here is reserved for substantial budgets only! However if you are looking to relax, head to Frogner Park, where you will locate Gustav Vigeland's statues. Don't miss Bogstadveien Street, with its abundance of shops and venues.
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