An Oslo city break
brings together a series of world-class museums. The list is topped by the Munch Museum
, whose rotating collection of Edvard Munch’s disturbing late 19th-century paintings include several examples of The Scream
. Norway’s second most famous artist is fêted at the two-storey Ibsen Museum
, the place where the author of A Doll’s House
spent the last 10 years of his life. The Viking Ships Museum
features a trio of restored ninth-century Viking oak ships excavated from burial grounds in the south of the country.
Oslo is a green city - 95% of the locals live within 300 metres of an open green space or park. Most popular is Frogner Park,
a stretch of grassy gardens holding the Vigelandsparken
and its collection of granite sculptures and obelisks of intertwined stone bodies. The diminutive Slottsparken
occupies the grounds of the Royal Palace. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place at 1.30 p.m. every day.
Long before Alexander Rybak won the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest for Norway, Oslo was a top spot for local and international music acts, notably at the jazz shows of Bare Jazz
and Herr Nilsen Jazzklubb
. Rock and dance music boom in the districts of Grønland and Grünerløkka. Blå, Last Train
and Oslo Spektrum
have long been the places to come to for cutting-edge sounds and up-and-coming bands. Classical music fans can experience a world-class philharmonic and the renowned Norwegian Opera, which performs in the new Operahuset
on the waterfront.