The Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway
Construction of Akerhus Castle and Fortress began in 1299, and the structure has fended off a number of attacks since then. It's also been a royal residence and a prison, so there's a lot of history to take in. Don't miss the great views over the harbor while you're here.
View of the Holkmenkolen ski jump in Oslo, Norway
The observation deck at the top of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump offers 360-degree views of the city. But it's the Ski Museum that really delivers, with thousands of years of skiing history right up to modern times, as well as polar exploration artifacts.
Frogner Park is the largest sculpture park made by a single artist in the world, with over 200 sculptures of varying sizes rendered in iron, bronze and granite. The collection of sculptures in the park's middle section is particularly of note; only wander there if you're strong of heart, and don't bring the kiddos.
In Oslo, hearty traditional fare is as popular as hip international cuisine. The popular Grunerlokka neighborhood is the perfect place to grab a bite. For a taste of down-home Norway, seek out local cod, hake or herring served with local garnishes like pea puree and pickled red onions. With cruises to Oslo, you can head to an Indian spot for samosas and fried king prawns — the local bounty shows up in the international eats, too.
When it comes to shopping, Oslo has it all — whether you love big malls and department stores or prefer small boutiques, antique shops and markets. The hip Grunerlokka district offers that well-known Scandinavian cool. Stop here for top international designer outlets and smaller shops offering traditional items like sterling silver jewelry and handmade woodcrafts.
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