Everyone wants to travel this time of year and one of the best destinations in Europe to visit is Oslo, Norway. The city is the capital of Norway and is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Nearly 1000 years old, the city is a great example of a place that has a blend of the ancient and modern worlds. With countless of places to shop, things to see and places to eat, this world class destination will be sure to impress you and keep you coming back for more exploration.
Book your flight to Oslo with us and see the many things the city has to offer to visitors from all over the world. There is world-class shopping, dining and sightseeing here that will impress even the most particular tastes. With its vibrant culture and beautiful environment, the city is quickly gaining popularity with tourists and is now considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Let us take you to the Norwegian capital so you can explore all of the wonders it has to offer the world.
World-class shopping – so many locations, so little time
If you're only in the city for a few days, it can be difficult to hit all of the best shopping spots. Don't worry, we're here to help! The following are a few of the locations that you can't miss if you want the best shopping experience in the Norwegian capital.
If you are arriving via train from the airport, Byporten shopping center will be your first stop since it is located right next to Oslo Central Station. Choose from over 70 shops that offer a variety of items. If you are staying close by, you will have time to explore the three-floor shopping mecca completely for a great shopping experience.
Aker Brygge is a beautiful shopping location on the coast near the city center. There are many the popular shops you will likely recognize as well as other new ones to discover. Unlike other shopping locations, Aker Brygge does not feel like a mainstream mall. It feels more like a little town where you can walk around and explore shops and restaurants. In 2015, the shopping center will get a complete makeover, which will make the shopping experience even better.
If you want a unique experience that is removed from the typical modern shopping mall, then you can’t go wrong if you go to Bærums Verk shopping center. Located about 13 miles outside of the city, this shopping center is set in a restored village that dates back to 1610. The village had a strong tradition of iron production that can still be witnessed today. You can find clothing shops, restaurants, arts and crafts, glassblowers and many other unique things to explore.
Restaurants – the world's cuisine all within easy reach
The Norwegian capital has a vibrant culture made up of people from around the world. The cuisine is very diverse and offers dishes from all over the world. You can explore Norwegian cuisine or, if you’re feeling homesick, find your all-time favorites.
34 Restaurant is a fine dining experience located in the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. Chefs use their exemplary creativity to create delicious dishes using the freshest organic ingredients found locally. The menu changes frequently according to the ingredients that are in season, so you will always have a different experience. Apart from great food, you can also have a few drinks at their Skybar, which offers great views of the city skyline.
If you feel like eating Italian food while visiting, head to Olivia at Aker Brygge. It is located in the shopping center, so you can take a break and enjoy a delicious meal, then go back to shopping. With delicious pizza and pasta dishes, you surely will not be disappointed.
If you want a true Norwegian experience, you cannot go wrong at Lysebu. This restaurant is highly regarded by many Norwegians and it serves Norwegian and Danish dishes. Best of all, the restaurant is in a fantastic fairytale-like location surrounded by nature. Every week, they have a different menu to ensure that only the freshest ingredients are used.
Sightseeing – immerse yourself in Nordic culture
With a city steeped in so much history and tradition, there are countless things to see. Venture into the old part of town and experience the unique past that the city has to offer or visit modern parks and museums that will leave you in awe.
The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology is the perfect place to visit if you have a curious mind and like to learn more about the inner workings of the universe. At the museum, you can find exhibits that teach about medicine, energy, cars, trains, and other revolutionary inventions that have changed humanity forever. The museum is located right off of Maridalsvannet Lake, which is used for hydroelectric power.
One of the most wonderful sights on earth is a beautiful fjord covered in lush vegetation. Even in the winter while covered in glimmering snow, fjords are majestic sights. This is why fjord sightseeing is one of the best things to do while visiting the beautiful Norwegian capital. One way to do this is to sail on the Christian Radich, which is an old-style sailing vessel that offers trips to the nearby fjord. Aboard the ship, one can also take advantage of the great food and live music.
If you like prefer relaxing strolls in the park while sightseeing, head to Frogner Park. Bridges, fountains, picnic areas and many trails provide enjoyment to visitors. The biggest attraction of the park is the Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. The sculptures attract around 1.5 million visitors each year. The staple of these statues is a 45-feet-high column carved out of a single stone. The column consists of 121 human bodies in different positions and it is truly a spectacular sight.