Hidden Gems in Oslo

Visit Akershus Fortress

Right by the harbor you’ll find Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle that now serves as a museum. It has nice views of both the city and waterfront and I always see lots of families here on sunny days.

Walk down Karl Johan

If someone only has a few hours in Oslo, say before getting a train to Bergen, I always at least recommend that they walk down Karl Johan, Oslo’s main shopping street, which ends with the Royal Palace. You can store your luggage in luggage lockers at both the bus terminal and central train station, and then Karl Johan starts from right outside the train station.

Nordmarka wilderness area

Nordmarka is the mostly forested region which makes up the northern part of Oslo, Norway. Nordmarka is the largest and most central part of Oslomarka. The area called Nordmarka also extends into the municipalities of Hole, Ringerike, Lunner, Jevnaker and Nittedal. It is the largest part of the Marka borough. There are several lakes in Nordmarka, which are used as a supply for drinking water, largest of these is the Maridalsvannet. Svarttjernshøgda in Jevnaker is the highest point in Nordmarka, at a height of 717 m. The first element in the name is nord ‘north’, the last element is the finite form of mark ‘woodland, forest’. The name is first mentioned on a map from 1760.

Oslo flea market

If you visit Oslo between March and December and are near Frogner Park, the chances are good that you will come across the Vestkanttorvet flea market. You can always find it on Saturdays in a tree-lined parking lot, just a few minutes’ walk east of the park. Up to 100 different market stalls are waiting there, where practically everything is for sale – from paintings and sculptures to porcelain and Norwegian enamel jewelry. The snack stands, which provide you with regional specialties and drinks, also contribute to the pleasant atmosphere. A special delicacy that you shouldn’t miss are Norwegian waffles with jam.

“Røkt laks”, Try Norwegian smoked salmon

A visit to Oslo simply means eating salmon at least once or trying one of the traditional salmon dishes. With røkt laks – the most popular Norwegian smoked salmon – the fine salmon taste comes into its own. In Norway, fish and meat have been smoked for centuries, making them durable for the long winter months. Nowadays, fish and meat with this particular taste can be found in most restaurants and supermarkets. Including røkt Orret , smoked salmon with dill and salt.

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Colorful Norwegian Houses

Here’s your chance to see come super cute traditional Norwegian homes. Located on Damstredet and Telthusbakken these two charming roads are lined with colourful and well-preserved wooden home which have been inhabited since the late 18th and early 19th century.

Fram Museum: Roald Amundsen’s expeditions

Oslo is famous for being the home of the world-record holding polar ship, Fram. She sailed both furthest north and south with Roald Amundsen at the helm, and now calls one of Oslo’s classiest neighborhoods home.

See ‘The Scream’ at the Munch Museum (Munchmuseet)

The Munch Museum has the world’s largest collection of Edvard Munch’s works in its permanent collection with well over half of Munch’s entire production of paintings and at least one copy of all his prints. That’s an impressive 1,200 paintings, 18,000 prints, six sculptures, 500 plates, 2,240 books, and various other items. The Munch Museum are moving into a new state-of-the-art building and may be closed during the transition.

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Go hunting for Oslo’s street art and sculptures

Oslo has a lot of excellent sculpture parks but there are also many other pieces around the city you can see including from street art and sculptures. Amongst the most memorable is the Sphinx, which is a sculpture of supermodel Kate Moss in a very uncomfortable-looking yoga pose. You can find out the front of the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret. One other a controversial sculpture by Paul McCarthy which depicts a Santa Claus with a “christmas tree” in his hand.

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