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Oslo

N 5954.719', E 1044.023'
2009-07-23
http://www.visitoslo.com
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Oslo is the capital of Norway and the largest city of the country. However, it is large only for Norway standards, the population is about 600 thousand people. It's curious that from 1624 to 1924 it was called Christiania.

The city center is quite compact and you almost do not need public transport to see the most interesting places.

You should start from the City Hall, which is located in the harbor. If you stand back to it, then to the left will be the Akershus Fortress of the XIII century. It is possible to walk along the walls and admire a great view of the harbor.

Akershus Fortress and Oslo City Hall
Akershus Fortress and Oslo City Hall Yuriy Buriak

To the right is the Aker Brygge district. It is the most visited place in Norway, every year more than 12 million people walk here. Until 1982, shipyards and industrial buildings used to be here. The first phase of construction of modern residential buildings was completed in 1986. Since then, the district has been gradually expanded and turned into a holiday destination for millions of tourists who like to stroll along the waterfront and sit in the restaurants. The distinctive features of the district are unusual architecture and street design.

Aker Brygge district in Oslo
Aker Brygge district in Oslo Yuriy Buriak


Aker Brygge district in Oslo
Aker Brygge district in Oslo Yuriy Buriak


Aker Brygge district in Oslo
Aker Brygge district in Oslo Yuriy Buriak


Aker Brygge district in Oslo
Aker Brygge district in Oslo Yuriy Buriak


Aker Brygge district in Oslo
Aker Brygge district in Oslo Yuriy Buriak

Apart from Aker Brygge, a good place for walking is the main Karl Johans Gate Street. It is located behind the City Hall and runs from the Opera House to the Royal Palace and garden.

Royal Palace in Oslo
Royal Palace in Oslo Yuriy Buriak

One of the main attractions of Oslo is the Opera House, which was opened in 2008. Its distinguishing feature is the roof. The roof of the building angles to ground level creating a large plaza that invites the pedestrians to walk up and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo.

Oslo Opera House
Oslo Opera House Yuriy Buriak


Roof of the Opera House in Oslo
Roof of the Opera House in Oslo Yuriy Buriak


View of Oslo from the roof of the Opera House
View of Oslo from the roof of the Opera House Yuriy Buriak


View of Oslo from the roof of the Opera House
View of Oslo from the roof of the Opera House Yuriy Buriak

You will need public transport to visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Use the bus #20 or tram #12 as well as all subway lines to the Majorstuen station. However, the park is located within walking distance from the downtown, just 3 km.

It's quite hard to describe the park, this is definitely a "must-see" place :)

Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park Yuriy Buriak


Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park Yuriy Buriak


Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park Yuriy Buriak


Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park Yuriy Buriak

You will also need public transport to visit the Viking Ship Museum, which is located on the Bygdoy Peninsula (map). Besides various stuff of the Vikings, you will find here the two best-preserved ships of the 9th century.

Oslo
Oslo Yuriy Buriak

It's easy to get to the museum by bus #30 from the Nationaltheateret stop (National Museum of Art, located behind the City Hall) to the Vikingskipshuset stop. From April to October you can use a ship from the Rådhuskaia pier (near the City Hall) to Dronningen.

There are two more marine museums nearby. The Fram Museum is dedicated to three outstanding polar expeditions that took place on board the "Fram." The ship itself is also in the museum. The Kon-Tiki Museum is dedicated to the life and work of Thor Heyerdahl. The main exhibit is the Kon-Tiki raft, on which the famous Norwegian crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947.

There's a place to relax near the museums.

Oslo
Oslo Yuriy Buriak


Oslo
Oslo Yuriy Buriak


Tourist map of Oslo
Tourist map of Oslo @

There's a Hop On Hop Off tourist bus in Oslo, the details are here. The most interesting city sights are marked on the map of its route.

Tourist map of Oslo
Tourist map of Oslo @

Useful links:

 - https://ruter.no/en/ - website of Oslo urban transport.
 - http://www.autopass.no - information for car owners. Information about the entrance fees in Oslo can be found here. And here you can read about the studded tyre fee.
 - Oslo Pass - free public transport, entrance to museums etc.

Getting there: There are several airports.

1. The Oslo Airport Gardermoen is located 45 km away. The city can be reached by the Flytoget Airport Express Train ($42). There are also several NSB trains, which are much cheaper ($15, schedule). You can also take the Flybussen bus ($26, price, schedule).

2. The Torp Sandefjord Airport is located 110 km away. The city can be reached by the Torp-Ekspressen Airport Bus ($40, price, schedule) or by NSB train from the Sandefjord Airport Torp station ($40, schedule), there's a free shuttle bus to the station from the terminal.

3. The Moss Airport Rygge is located 66 km away. The city can be reached by NSB train ($25, schedule) and also by the Rygge-Ekspressen Bus Service ($17, price, schedule).

Here are details about the ferry lines that connect Oslo with other countries, mainly with Denmark, Sweden, and Germany.

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