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5 things to do in Oslo, Norway

Because May 17th is the Norwegian Constitution Day, I thought I’d share a little love for my country (more specifically Oslo, a.k.a the capital and my beloved hometown). So here’s a list of  five possibly-cliché-but-still-totally-worth-it things to do in Oslo:

1. Visit the Vigeland Park

The Vigeland Park is a huge outdoor sculpture park where every sculpture is made by the artist Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943). With all the green spots in the park, it’s also a terrific location for a picnic if the weather is good.

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Photo: Ignaz Wiradi  (CC BY-SA 3.0 NO)
  

2. See the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is big, yellow and, I guess, a part of Oslo’s identity. You can look at it from the outside, and during the summer months they also offer guided tours on the inside.

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Photo: Hans-Petter Fjeld (CC BY-SA 3.0)
 

3. Walk on the roof of the Opera House

Just because it’s cool to walk on a roof that’s actually OK to walk on….

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Photo: Hans A. Rosbach (CC BY-SA 3.0
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4. Visit Norsk Folkemuseum

Norsk Folkemuseum is a museum that centers around Norwegian cultural history. It’s worth the trip if you’re into that kind of thing. The museum is located in Bygdøy, a roughly 20 minute bus ride from the city center. 

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Photo: James Cridland (CC BY 2.0)

5. Take a break at Aker Brygge

This one is definitely best during summer as that’s the best time to sit outside. A great way to take a break from walking around is to have a lunch or beverages in the sunshine, with a view of the Oslo Fjord. It does get pretty crowded at times, though, but with the amount of cafés and restaurants you should usually be able to find somewhere to sit down within a reasonable amount of time.

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Photo: Annie Dalbera (via Jean-Pierre Dalbéra) (CC BY 2.0)

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