The city with everything
Oslo has everything you’d expect from the capital of Norway: great shops, wonderful restaurants and an incredible array of things to do. There are, for instance, more than 50 museums and galleries.
This is why a visit to Oslo is a must. You’ll find plenty to interest you and your family. Oslo is one of those places where you’ll never be bored.
TusenFryd Amusement Park
If you visit Oslo with your family, you must go to the TusenFryd Amusement Park. You can easily spend a day or more using the exciting rides, eating in the restaurants and browsing through the shops.
Among the rides are some of the most exhilarating experiences of any amusement park in the world. For example, the SpinSpider propels you 44m towards the sky at speeds that reach 115km/h (72mph). Once you’ve enjoyed the SpinSpider, try the SpeedMonster. The SpeedMonster rushes you from 0-90km/h (56mph) in a mere two seconds. And if you’re still in the mood for thrills after these two, then head for SuperSplash. This sends you plummeting down the world’s steepest, highest drop straight towards the water.
For younger children, go to the Barnas Fryd area of the TusenFryd Amusement Park. Barnas Fryd has gentler activities that will nonetheless hold your children’s attention.
Another highlight of Oslo is the Vikingskipshuset (Viking Ship Museum). This contains Viking artefacts found at archaeological sites such as Tune, Oseberg and Gokstad.
Allow yourself time to study the two Viking ships on display at the museum. The ships date from the ninth century. They are in remarkable condition and are powerful symbols of Viking life and culture.
Galleries and museums
Unless you’re planning a long stay in Oslo, you’re unlikely to see more than just a few of the museums and galleries in the city. Among the most popular, apart from the Vikingskipshuset, are the Nasjonalgalleriet (National Gallery), the Kon-Tiki Museum and Vigelandsparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park).
The Nasjonalgalleriet houses Norway’s largest range of Nordic, Norwegian and international art from 1800 to the present day. In particular, look out for the dynamic works of Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944).
In Oslo’s Kon-Tiki Museum, you can see the raft that carried Thor Heyerdahl on his expeditions to the Galapogos Islands, the Easter Islands and Peru. You can also learn more about his series of voyages and discoveries.
The Vigelandsparken in Oslo has more than one million visitors a year. Once you’re in the park you’ll see why. It contains more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943). These are in cast iron, bronze and granite and set in a beautiful landscape.
Two buildings in Oslo that you must make a point of seeing are the Akershus festning (Akershus Fortress) and the Opera House. The first began life in 1299 and the latter opened in April 2008. They stand, therefore, as examples of the city’s architecture separated by more than seven hundred years.
At the Akershus festning, take a guided tour and try to be present for the changing of the guards at 1.30pm. As for the Opera House, book to see a concert or show on one of the three stages, or simply admire the building from the outside. The Opera House stands by the side of the sea in a magnificent location.
For convenience and to save money, obtain an Oslo Pass. You can buy these at any of Oslo’s Tourist Information Offices. They give you free travel on public transport; free parking in Oslo’s municipal car parks; and free access to the city’s sights and museums. There’s a separate pass for children under 16.
The passes last for 24, 48 and 72 hours. You can also use them for discounts at various attractions in Oslo such as TusenFryd Amusement Park.
Fly to Oslo with SAS and explore a city that will keep you busy and happy.
Scandinavian Airlines offers daily cheap flights to Oslo from the UK.
Tel: +47 22 83 71 10
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