Currency: Norwegian Krone
The oldest Scandinavian capital is a city of great natural beauty and charm. Its impressive roll call of museums, open spaces, and the forests, islands and fjords that surround the city are a huge draw for travelers.
Since gaining independence from Denmark in 1905 the city has become a strong economical and cultural centre for Norway, something that is reflected in the graceful green spaces and buildings.
The Domkirche Cathedral and Stortinget square just outside it are worth a visit, however it is the museums that are Oslo’s main tourist attractions. The Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Fram Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum are a little walk from Bygdøynes Pier. They are an interesting introduction to explorer Thor Heyerdahl and the polar expeditions of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Norsk Folkemuseum contains reproductions of over 150 houses from the past, including furniture, clothing, and other household objects. Ski fans will delight in the Ski Museum, which has a concise history of skiing beginning over 2,500 years ago.
Ekeberg Park can be accessed via the same railway line (Holmenkollen), and has panoramic views over Oslo as well as stone-age carvings; however the most exciting part of a trip here is surely taking a sleigh ride through the woods, which can even be done by torchlight after night has fallen.