Oslo is a magnificent city that really isn’t well known for its tourism. Nevertheless, millions of people flock to the city every year to enjoy the attractions and activities within its perimeter. The city of Oslo is the most populous settlement in Norway, and is also the centre of commerce, finance and politics, standing as the capital.
Although the Scandinavian region is renowned for its cold weather, Oslo has been lucky enough to fall under a gulf stream that brings warm air to the city. However, winters can drop to below zero for the most part. Regardless, Oslo hotels are usually equipped to deal with temperature issues.
The attractions around town are spectacular, and visitors will certainly find it hard to run out of things to do. However, just to guide first-time tourists, the following highlights Oslo’s awesome activities…which keep visitors busy for several days.
1) Norwegian beer is relatively well known throughout many countries of the world. Well, Oslo is where much of the beer is produced, so of course it is possible to see breweries and other beer related tours. There is a beer tasting tour and school located in the area of Grunerlokka, which gives tourists an unforgettable activity to take home to the family.
2) If visitors are not too hangover from the beer tasting tour, maybe a few hours of shopping will push tourists over the edge (only if they are male!) There are so many interesting shopping malls and places to shop. There is a pedestrian mall shopping strip that is known as Karl Johans Street, although at times the merchandise can be overly expensive. Nevertheless, those tourists wanting to get their fix for shopping centres should visit the Oslo City Shopping Mall in the heart of town.
3) Fresh water swimming is unlike anything visitors have tried before. Much of the water in Oslo’s lakes region are pure, fresh water. Sometimes it can get a little chilly, but the beauty of the lakes are also great viewing for visitors.
4) The Ekebergsletta is a large football competition that is the biggest of its kind in the world. Boasting more than 25,000 footballers every year, and drawing in a large crown, the festival occurs every August, within the first week.
5) Cross country skiing is one of Norway’s strongest winter games sports, so when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do. Head down to the Holmenkollen area where vast fields of cross country skiing tracks rest underneath layers of snow.
6) Near the cross country skiing area, there are several toboggans found that offer tourists a few rides. It is much easier to do than skiing or snowboarding, and even cross country running. Many younger generation skiers and cross country skiers can also be seen playing in the toboggan area.
7) One of the most endearing aspects of the city is its close proximity to Oslomarka, the main forested areas outside the city centre. There are so many public bus services offering cheap and quick transportation to the forest. Hiking is the main activity during the summer months, as winter can drop to well below freezing point. Visitors should be reminded that water and snacks are to be taken to the forest area.
8) A tremendous spot for visitors and locals in the Grunerlokka district of Oslo. Although the district hasn’t always been a trendy spot for youngsters and the young at heart, it is today. Retail stores selling the latest clothing lines and fashion market trends can be found. In addition, cafes and restaurants provide that little bit of ‘R & R’ for tired passengers.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Oslo Hotels content.