Surrounded by towering mountains and a glistening sea, Oslo’s scenic location, along with a vibrant harbour, numerous museums, lively bars and thriving culinary scene, makes it perfect for a weekend break. Oslo is notoriously expensive but plan your trip wisely and you can enjoy all its Nordic charm without breaking the bank. The Thorn Hotel offers trendy, colourful rooms from £80 per night, and is within walking distance from the city’s major attractions. Citybox Hotel is a cheaper, no-frills, city centre alternative that has double rooms starting at £40 per night. Return flights from Edinburgh start at £78.
With seafood sourced straight from the Oslofjord, Oslo unsurprisingly is home to some superb restaurants. The harbourside Solsiden is famous for its seafood platters, while Restaurant Fangst is a top choice for sushi. Mamma Pizza Osteria in the city centre is the place to go for pizza, while the Chef’s Menu at hos Thea is a great way to sample traditional Norwegian dishes.
The drinking scene is a lively but expensive experience. Bar Boca and HIMKOK are the gold standard when it comes to cocktails. Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri is an atmospheric brewpub housed in the cellar of Schouss brewery. Its huge, open fireplace makes it a cosy spot for a pint. Meanwhile, Champagneria is home to some of the city’s best champagne and wines.
Located on Bygdøy Island, the Viking Museum is home to original longships and a burial chamber housing warrior skeletons. Another lure of Norway is its stunning fjords, so a sightseeing cruise is an unmissable experience. Afterwards, seek out Oslo Opera House, an impressive waterfront building. A tour of Oslo City Hall will bring you face to face with magnificent murals and artwork that recounts Norway’s history and culture. More history awaits at the Akershus Fortress which has been standing guard over the city for 700 years and comprises a castle, historic buildings, museums and defence installations. For shopping and people-watching, take a stroll along the Karl Johans Gate, the city’s busiest thoroughfare.