Trendy capital on the fjord

Published: 05 August 2022, 17:00

Relaxed, casual and incredibly innovative: The Norwegian capital offers an exciting mix of urbanity and rural charm. Nestled in deep forests, mountains and the Oslo Fjord, Oslo presents itself as a vibrant trendy city with unconventional architecture, cultural diversity and idyllic nature. With an area of 454 square kilometres, Oslo is half the size of Berlin. Half of it is forest, there are more than 300 lakes. If you want to combine an exciting city trip with adventures in nature, this is the place to be.

Facts and figures

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 700,000
  • Official language: Norwegian
  • Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)

Oslo is considered one of the most architecturally interesting cities in the world: the opera resembles an ice floe, the skyline a barcode and the new Munch Museum has a kink. A special eye-catcher with a transparent façade is the Deichmann public library. All this is wonderful to take in on a walk along the harbour promenade. 

10 Photos, 10 Highlights

Norway – The land of great adventures

The cities of Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim are ideal starting points to discover the homeland of Henrik Ibsen, Roald Amundsen and Edvard Munch. Majestic fjords and glaciers, picturesque coastal towns with Viking charm and adventures under the midnight sun: a trip to Norway promises many highlights. The incredibly beautiful nature is especially inviting for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing or kayaking. No fewer than nine Norwegian places and traditions are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Art and culture occupy an important place in Norway. With renowned museums, architectural masterpieces and a diverse festival culture, Norway has much more to offer than breathtaking nature.

Norway from BER

Five travel tips for …

1. Travelling to the spectacular white water area on the Sjoa River for raftin

2. Fly through the air in the village of Flåm on Norway’s longest zipline

3. Discover ancient rock formations on the cave hike in Grønligrotta

4. Join climbing tours from the mountaineering capital Åndalsnes

5. Experience the magic of winter in summer at the Stryn Summer Ski Centre

1. Try roller coasters and water slides at Dyreparken amusement park

2. Book a farm holiday and walk with alpacas

3. Discover whales, musk oxen and moose on a wildlife safari

4. Race along the trails in the middle of nature at Trysil Mountain Bike Park

5. Discover the beautiful nature while horseback riding or dog sledding 

1. Visit Bryggen, the first Norwegian World Heritage Site in Bergen

2. Marvel at the ancient wooden stave church Urne in Sognefjord

3. High up in the north, admire the petroglyphs (rock paintings) in Alta

4. Count the pristine islands of the Vega Archipelago from the Vega Trappa trail

5. Experience the breathtaking nature of Geiranger and Nærøyfjor

1. Cycle leisurely through Trondheim and take the bike lift up to Kristiansten Fortress.

2. Put together your own tour along the coastal route from Svinesund to Kirkenes, Norway’s longest cycling route.

3. Cycle the Fjords and Mountains cycle route, covering the magnificent natural wonders of the west coast

4. Discover the “eighth wonder of the world”, the Telemark Canal, on the canal route

5. Seek out famous shrines on the pilgrimage route from Halden to Trondheim

1. See world-famous paintings such as “The Scream” at the Munch Museum in Oslo

2. Admire street art in Bergen and Stavanger

3. Visit the new Deichman Bjørvika Library in Oslo

4. Experience a very special ambience at one of the many music festivals

5. Attend a guided tour and event at the Oslo Opera House

Title picture: © Figurniy Sergey / Adobe Stock and © vichie81 / Adobe Stock

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