Oslo is one of the least visited countries in Europe and also one of the most expensive countries in the world. The countryside of Norway is supposed to be more beautiful but the capital Oslo has its own charm.
These are some cool places to see on your Oslo layover
1.) Oslo Opera House
You would like your day to start with the opera house. Situated at the harbor, this stunning-looking monument is one of its kind and it looks like its rising from the water.
To get the best pictures to go exactly opposite the street across the ocean.
The Oslo cathedral is the main church of Norway and one of the oldest. They say it is still used by the Royal family of Norway for public events. It is situated right in the middle of the city. Make sure also visit the Oslo bazaar next to it.
The castle was built in early 1300 to protect the capital city from enemies but was later captured by Germans and used as a prison. The fortress houses 2 museums, the beautiful Akershus church, and a castle. A visit to Akershus Castle is a journey through the history of Norway from the past to the present day. Some say the castle is full of ghosts.
This is another beautiful landmark of the city made of red concrete, the building has 2 towers one of them with a huge clock and the other with more than 30 bells which you can hear throughout the day.
Christiania was the Original name of Oslo and it was named after the king Christian IV of Denmark and Norway. In 1624 there was a major fire and half of the city was destroyed.t But then the king decided to rebuild the city, one day he pointed to a spot and said “The new City will lie here”
Till now there is a small statue of his pointing finger. Take a walk around Christiania which still lies here near the fortress.
6.)The national theatre
I’m big a fan of theatre and plays, so this was a place I couldn’t miss.Located in the quiet corner of the city, it’s easy to miss this place but you shouldn’t miss it. Its roots can be traced back to a time when Oslo was Christiana and it was known as Christiana theatre. It is really beautiful and looks magnificent. Every month there are still performances from the Norwegian artists.
Can you imagine a park with more then 200 sculptures made of bronze, copper and iron .Created by the famous sculptor Gustav Vigeland this park is the most visited place in Oslo.
8.)Karl Johans gate
It is the main street in Oslo downtown. The street is filled with bars, discos, shops,cafes, and stores. Downtown Oslo is a bit of everything. It’s around 4 km street which leads to the Oslo Palace. One of my favorite walking streets in Europe.
The yellow brick building is another example of how beautiful the architecture in Norway was.
Oslo parliament is right in the center of the city and a must see. It looks more like a palace.
It is right at the end of the Karl Johans gate. Built in the 18th century this palace has witnessed legends who resided here. Today the king and the queen still stay here. The palace is open to the public during the summers.
It’s a small town located close to the airport if you have a short layover or in a transit, this is the perfect place to chill for few hours and see the simple life of Norway. Simple people, good food and Nature all around. This is the place I met my first girlfriend.
12.) Eat Bacalao in Norway
Bacalao is most traditional Nordic dish found in Norway. It actually made of a famous fish called Salt Cod which is found in abundance in the Nordic Seas.In simple words “Bacalao” is a Nordic dish made of salt codfish mixed with olives, chilies, some garlic, Paprika, boiled potatoes and tomato stew as the base. It is very rich in flavors and very low in fat.
Layovers is a personal travel blog which was started by Baba Aka Karanveer .He currently works as Cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world.He loves traveling to new countries where he explores the culture, the city, and its food. He hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.