What makes Oslo Unique
“Surrounded by mountains and sea, this compact, cultured and fun city has a palpable sense of reinvention”.
- The Lonely Planet, 2018
Ranked as a top ten city in world to visit
The Lonely Planet, one of the most renowned travel guides in the world, selected Oslo as one of the ten best cities in the world to visit in 2018, citing Oslo as a city packed with "innovative architecture and unmissable museums alongside cool bars, bistros and cafés“. To read more about The Lonely Planet’s verdict on why you should visit Oslo, please see: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway/oslo
Its history and culture
Oslo is characterized by a mix of old and new architecture, parks, hills, museums, monuments, lakes, forests and the fjord. It is a vibrant city, excellent for shopping, culture and sports activities. The history of Oslo goes back to the Viking Age, and embraces cultural traits from the middle age, centuries under Danish and Swedish rule, our history as a sea nation and love for the outdoors.
The Scandinavian capital of live music
The people of Oslo love music, evidenced by the more than 5.000 yearly concerts in the city. With several major, yearly festivals and lots of weekly gigs, Oslo has earned the title as the capital of live music in Scandinavia. With a wide variety of genres, everything from jazz to heavy metal, Oslo will cater to your very particular taste of music.
Nature at your very door-step
Oslo is surrounded by the vast forest area of Nordmarka, making it possible to go hiking, biking, Nordic walking, or canoeing (on one of the many lakes) while visiting the city.
The Oslo Fjord
The islands of the Oslo Fjord, with their many beaches, hiking trails and sites of cultural heritage, lie ready to be explored. The monastery ruins at Hovedøya date back to the Middle Ages, and make for an exciting experience for children and adults alike. With a regular public transportation ferries, it is both easy and affordable for visitors to explore what the Fjord has to offer.
Sustainable and green
Oslo is currently the European Commission’s European Green Capital, and a lot of measures have been taken to improve the local economy and quality of life in a way that is beneficial to the environment. As such, the hospitality and service industry have incorporated sustainable practices into their services and products, making Oslo the second most sustainable destination to visit according to the Global Destination Sustainability index.
The new Nordic food town
Internationally Oslo has in recent years gained a reputation as the “New Nordic Food Town” (it’s time to move over Copenhagen!). Food in Oslo is as fresh as it gets. Here, you can enjoy fish and other seafood directly at the harbour, or choose eateries where chefs grow ingredients on-site or at green urban spots. Whether you prefer a 3-starred Michelin restaurant, specialty gastro-pubs or edgy food halls, Oslo has it all.
From pedestrian bridges to art museums, ski jumps, sculpture parks, to the Oslo Opera House and the new Munch Museum, Oslo has several must-sees for the architecturally curious.