Being one of the biggest capitals in the world, the vast territory of Oslo is covered with wild forests, lakes, parks and greenery of all kinds. All this nature can be easily accessed from anywhere in the city, so take your time and enjoy the subtle mix of vibrant green hills with navy-blue lakes and elegant architecture of the city with unforgettable cultural sights that can be explored all day long. The best way to experience Oslo is on foot, especially if you stay somewhere near the Karl Johans gate, the main street in the city that runs along main sightseeing spots. Whether you are a history buff or an art-lover, Oslo has lots of interesting spots that will take your breath away.

Take a step back in time as you visit the Akershus Fortress. It was built in 1299 and strikes all its visitors with majestic medieval architecture, grand halls, spacious banquet rooms, and picturesque views of the harbor that can be seen through the castle’s windows. Explore the quaint chapel that’s located on castle’s premises and the Royal Mausoleum where you can marvel at the tomb of castle’s founder Hakon VII. The fortress has seen its fair share of sieges over the last few hundred years, but now the Ministry of Defense has transformed it into its headquarters.

Vigeland Sculpture Park attracts millions of tourists each year and for a good reason. It is one of the biggest parks of such kind that have ever existed and is dedicated solely to the works of one author – Gustav Vigeland. As you wander among hundreds of exquisitely made sculptures you’ll get to visit 6 sections of the park with various themes including the Wheel of Life, depicting all aspects of being human, and the marvelous collection of statues in the Fountain area.

Fans of the Viking culture will be overjoyed to visit the incredible Viking Ship Museum elegantly put on display in well-lit white galleries. The collection includes a lot of reconstructed wooden light boats and the exquisite Oseberg boat with rich and stunning ornamentation. You can also enjoy extensive collections of Viking goods at the Museum of Cultural History.

While strolling along the streets of Oslo don’t forget to visit such iconic places as the National Museum of Art with its breathtaking collections of contemporary and traditional artists from around the globe and the Royal Palace with its lush gardens and the changing of the guards. Stop by to take some photos of the noble-looking Oslo Cathedral with its amazing bronze doors and antique interior. City Hall is another iconic site that cannot be missed. Being one of the greatest landmarks in Oslo, it’s a majestic square building made of brick with 38 bells hidden inside one of its towers. Their sound can be heard throughout the whole city! Go to Aker Brygge to marvel at the most stunning architecture and a pleasant boardwalk that runs along the sea. It is also the go-to place if you want to have an unforgettable dinner with your friends, family or an intimate date with a girl.

Article submitted by Gregers Peder Nass, A student resident of Oslo