Immerse yourself in the beauty that is Oslo! Surrounded by mountains and the sea, this compact, cultured, and fun city is considered one of Europe’s fastest-growing capital. From its art, unique architecture, and ever changing culinary cuisine, Oslo has a palpable sense of reinvention. The eccentric food, and fashion scene buzzes with energy as hip, new neighborhoods are always popping up. Some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Norway also surround the city, making it a perfect staging area for a day of hiking, boating, skiing, or camping. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend adding Oslo to your bucket-list. In the meantime, allow Rubinsohn Travel to take you on a tour with the best things to do while exploring Norway’s capital city!
Oslo Opera House
At the center of the city’s waterfront is Oslo’s Opera House, one of the most iconic buildings in the nation’s capital. The building itself, which opened in 2008, resembles a glacier floating in the waters of Oslofjord, and its slanted roof creates a space on the waterfront for visitors to take in spectacular views of Oslo. The Opera House is also utilized as a vibrant workplace for more than 600 opera and ballet professionals, as they prepare for upcoming shows and routines. Whether you’re there to see the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, or just to experience some of the city’s most incredible architecture, you’re sure to be in for a show at the Oslo Opera House.
Join local Norwegian people as they rock out at the annual Oya Festival! The four-day festival first kicked-off in 2009, and has grown to become one of Norway’s largest festivals. The festival consists of 4-stages, and features over 80 different bands. Known to be environmentally friendly, the Oya festival and its four stages are powered by renewable energy, and all trash is recycled. The sewage generated by festival-goers is converted into biofuel to fuel the shuttles that attendees take between Oslo and the festival grounds! Since 2014 it has moved to Toyen Park, and attracts some of music’s biggest names in the Rock and Indie genre.
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
Designed by Renzo Piano, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is a private contemporary art museum. The museum is housed in a building comprised of silvered wood, with a glass roof that feels at one with the Oslofjord landscape. While the museum’s original collections consisted of conceptual American work from the 1980s, it has recently broadened beyond that, with, for example, a room dedicated to Sigmar Polke and Anselm Kiefer – both exceptional German artists. However, its most famous piece, the gilded ceramic sculpture, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, created by Jeff Koons still remains at the museum’s forefront. On Tuesdays and Fridays, visitors can also chime in on a 10-minute art chat. You can listen to an in-depth history of the museum, and different art pieces that are in current exhibitions!