A symbol of Oslo for many people. You can see it from most parts of the city, making it an important landmark. It's not only pretty to look at, however: it's also popular for sports enthusiasts to run the stairs up the jump tower, or take the zip line down.
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Oslo Sights and Landmarks
Every once in a while, you might feel the need to get away from stressed students running around campus. When this happens, follow the exit signs and make your way to one of the spots suggested below.
There are plenty of activities to try and places to see, so there's no need worrying about Oslo being a small city to live in.
Another “must-see” is Frognerparken (also known as Vigelandsparken). It's known for a permanent sculpture installation devoted to the human form. Take a walk around to admire the sculptures, go for a run, or do as many Norwegians do in the summer - invite some friends and bring a blanket and a barbeque.
Maybe one of the most well-known spots in Oslo! It's a spectacular monument that greets you if you enter the city by sea. The Opera is conveniently located a short walk from central train station. Take a walk on the white granite roof to enjoy the splendid view over the islands in the Oslo fjord. During the summer you can even enjoy outdoor concerts on the roof.
The royal castle
You'll find the royal castle at the end of Oslo's main street, Karl Johans gate. The castle is surrounded by a beautiful park that people enjoy during the warm months of summer. At 01:30 p.m. you can watch the changing of the guards in front of the castle.
The Norwegian Outdoors
The Norwegian outdoors has a lot to offer in a wide range of different activities and natural phenomenons.
Many Norwegians will say that there is a crazy number of places you just can't miss before you leave the country.
To make it somehow manageable, we have selected a few places and things we think you should consider visiting.
A beautiful district in the western part of Norway. The fjord is one of the longest in the world, starting at the Atlantic Ocean. It's surrounded by green nature and steep cliffs down into the fjord. You can access Hardanger by driving five hours from Oslo, flying to Bergen airport or taking a ferry. We recommend coming into Hardanger by ferry, visit the charming town, go for a hike and then keep travelling up Trollstigen by bus or car.
The Northern light is a beautiful natural phenomenon you can be lucky to see in the northern part of Norway. You are most likely to be able to experience the Northern lights if you go during late autumn, winter or early spring. Unfortunately, you are never guaranteed to see the northern lights, but there are some places where it occurs more frequently, like Tromsø, Lofoten and Svalbard.
Norway has a total of 1627 glaciers. The one in the photo above is called Jostedalsbreen. You can climb them, walk on them and even go skiing on them. With professional guides and proper equipment, however, you can get ready for an adventure for life!
A group of islands located in the north of Norway. Lofoten is known for its distinct scenery, with mountain peaks, open ocean and sheltered bays, beaches and vast unspoiled lands. We recommend that you go during summer, rent a bike and a charming fisherman's lodge by the sea. Lofoten is a popular destination during the summer so we recommend that you book your trip early.
Want to challenge yourself with a hike in the Norwegian mountains? Trollstigen is one of Norway's most popular attractions. It's a steep cliff that rises 604 meters above Lysefjorden. Pack your hiking gear and set your eyes on the prize – an amazing view that meets you on top!