When to Go to Oslo
When to Go to Oslo
Norway is an important place for winter sports. January, February, and early March are good skiing months. Avoid late April, when sleet, rain, and repeated thaws and refreezings may ruin good skiing and leave roads -- and spirits -- in bad shape. The country virtually closes down for the five-day Easter holiday, when Norwegians make their annual migration to the mountains. If you plan to visit at this time, reserve well in advance. In May, days are long and sunny and cultural life is still going strong. In fact, Syttende mai (Constitution Day, May 17), with all its festivities, is worth a trip in itself. Norwegians tend to take their vacations in July and the first part of August. Summers are generally mild. With the midnight sun, even in the "southern" city of Oslo, night seems more like twilight around midnight, and dawn comes by 2 AM. The weather can be fickle, and rain gear and sturdy waterproof shoes are recommended even in summer.
From Stockholm to Oslo
This is one trip where the journey up high is more pleasant than the destination... that being of the airport (in transit) ;-)
I had been on transit in many airports in the world but this one definitely takes the cake! ;-)
A day out in Oslo
I have taken several groups from work to Oslo on day trips - and all of the suggestions which have been made are good and of course it depends on what you wish to see or do when in the city.
If you started with Akershus, you can capture the City Hall, Nobel Musuem, Aker Brygge and then you could take a short ferry ride to visit, Fram, Kontiki and the Viking Ship Museum - then back into the centre for a snack at the Cathedral or somewhere on Karl Johans Gate.
There is of course all the artistic stuff too - inded Vigeland, but then there is the Munch Museum - or you could travel further and see the Holmen Kollen Ski jump.
Lots to do - but a day is never enough time I have found.
King Christian IV
It's pretty interesting that in Oslo there are still statues and streets named after Norway's Danish rulers. It's true that Oslo was for a long time named Christiania, after King Christian IV, the 17th century ruler portrayed here. His statue overlooks the Stortvoret, a public square in central Oslo overlooking the historic Domkirke. (There's a recent novel about Christian IV, "Music and Silence," by contemporary British writer Rose Tremain. I recommend it.)
Christian Krogh Statue on Karl Johann gate
The Christian Krogh statue watches as the parade of Karl Johann gate passes at his feet. Krogh (1852-1925) was a realist, naturalist painter who was influential in early 20th century Christiania. He was something of a role model - and later a rival - of Edvard Munch.