An Introduction to Oslo, Norway

I have Norwegian blood but I’ve never been to Norway!!! Until this month! After speaking at a marketing conference in Stockholm I made sure to take the short two hour flight over to Oslo. I had two full days to explore the city and, through my torturous jetlag, I set out to see what I could find! I only managed to conquer a few of the things on my list, but here are the must-do’s I became aware of during my short stay. I can’t wait to plan a summer trip here to explore more when the sun shines longer and the days are warm!

Walk from Oslo Cathedral to the Royal Palace, and see Stortinget (the Norwegian parliament building) along the way! 

This walk takes you through a large downtown area with lots of great shops and restaurants. I have to admit that the shopping streets seem a little generic but every couple blocks a new Oslo landmark pops up and you feel the Norwegian pride. My favorite part about this walk were the little bands busking throughout the public squares. It sounded like a mix between gypsy jazz and polka.

Holmenkollbakken Ski Jump

Holmenkollbakken is a large ski jumping hill located in Oslo.  It hosted the Winter Olympics in 1952, but has hosted competitions since 1892!!! It started as a stone take-off and went through over 19 rebuilds to transform into the superstructure that exists today. Definitely worth checking out! Winter sports are hugely popular in Oslo.

Viking Museum

This museum is incredible. And I’m not even a fan of museums! It was really exciting to see archeological finds and artifacts from a culture I had never learned about in school. I’ve seen so many exhibits in the United States, but never one about vikings! The reassembled ancient ships were my favorite part of the museum tour.

Boat Ride

This was something I did not have time to do, but lots of people recommended it! It was about 30 degrees F when I was walking around so perhaps this is a better activity in the summer.

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Lillehammer

The closest ski area to Oslo! It’s about a 2 hr 30 min drive. I didn’t have time to make this part of my trip, but next time I will! It is one of my life goals to ski in Norway :)

 

Two days was definitely not enough time to see this city, but I’m glad I got to catch a glimpse! Let me know if you have any other suggestions, or plans to visit Norway! There are so many other amazing destinations throughout the country!!!

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