A weekend in…


- Alyssa Nilsen, Au­thor Travel · Norway · Oslo · United Kingdom

Grow­ing up in a small town in the south-east of Nor­way, to me, Oslo al­ways seemed like a shiny di­a­mond glim­mer­ing in the dis­tance. Where my home­town was quiet and sleepy with not much go­ing on, Oslo was en­tic­ingly busy, full of life, events and ad­ven­ture. As soon as high school was over, I left my home for Oslo, ready for all it had to of­fer. I spent my days walk­ing the streets of the cap­i­tal, get­ting to know the dif­fer­ent dis­tricts, learning the city way of life, and I fell in love with the Oslo cul­ture: the cof­fee shops with their deep dis­cus­sions, the pic­nics in the lush, green parks, the con­certs and fes­ti­vals with their joy­ous en­ergy, and the dark win­ter nights lit up by street lights and can­dles all made Oslo mag­i­cal.

More than a decade later, I left Nor­way for the UK to see what else the world had to of­fer in an even big­ger city. But the en­tire time I lived there, I missed the Oslo life­style – the na­ture of the peo­ple, the food and drink, and the mod­ern in­fras­truc­ture and ac­com­mo­da­tions of the city I’d made mine all those years ago; the city where tech­nol­ogy and tra­di­tion go hand in hand and the city feels big and ex­cit­ing though the dis­tances al­low for walk­ing and bik­ing wher­ever you want to go. I had to go home.

Even though it felt like I’d never left, get­ting to know Oslo again was ev­ery bit as mag­i­cal this time around. The city has found its dis­tinc­tive iden­tity among the Scan­di­na­vian cap­i­tals, and what was a city still search­ing for its mod­ern ex­pres­sion the first time I moved there has be­come a thriv­ing, puls­ing ur­ban cap­i­tal, fo­cus­ing on bring­ing peo­ple to­gether de­spite the se­cluded na­ture of Scan­di­na­vians, the harsh cli­mate, and the city’s rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing quiet and re­served.

With this e-guide, I in­vite you to dis­cover Oslo with me. Visit the food halls that gather crowds across gen­er­a­tions, tastes and traditions. Ex­plore the art and parks that let peo­ple en­joy the city’s spa­ces for free, de­spite the in­fa­mously high prices else­where here. En­joy the prox­im­ity of na­ture, pro­vid­ing city dwellers and tourists with fresh air and ac­tiv­ity. At­tend the fes­ti­vals, mar­kets and events that bring peo­ple to­gether in the en­joy­ment of cul­ture and ex­pe­ri­ences. Taste what has been dubbed among the best cof­fee in the world, while watch­ing the world go by. Sip a frosty ‘utepils’ beer out­side in the spring sun, or take a ferry out to one of the many is­lands in the Oslo ar­chi­pel­ago.

En­joy the Oslo life as a lo­cal would. It’s all there for your en­joy­ment.

God tur!

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