8 Reasons to Visit Oslo in the Winter

A sun kissed paradise may seem more appealing for a winter getaway this year but why not embrace the chill and head to one of Scandinavia’s great cities. There’s plenty of reasons to explore the Norwegian capital of Oslo, here we’ve gathered 8 of the best:

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It’s affordable

Once considered among the most expensive cities in the world, Oslo has now become surprisingly affordable due to plummeting oil prices. This is great news for international travelers with the strength of the dollar at an all-time high.

There’s thrilling winter activities

Fans of the outdoors can enjoy one of the many winter pursuits on offer from cross-country skiing to ice skating and sledging. Take to one of the country’s great tobogganing tracks such as Korketrekkeren which translates to ‘The Corkscrew’. Starting at the Frognerseteren metro stop, this 2km run is great for adrenaline junkies.

The indoor activities aren’t too bad either

It may be a compact city but there’s no shortage of fascinating cultural sights worth visiting in Oslo. At The Viking Ship Museum, visitors can marvel at two incredibly preserved, nineteenth century ships with an accompanying haul of Viking artefacts. There’s also jaw dropping architecture to admire including the contemporary Oslo Opera House and Munch Museum.

You’ll find the perfect gift

Head to the Frogner neighborhood and you can indulge in a shopping splurge at one of the many boutique designers in the area. Alternatively, for vintage pieces or to find that unique Christmas gift, try the flea markets of Grunerlokka. Here you’ll find hand crafted goods alongside antiques and fresh food.

You can explore on foot

The cold and dark days of winter shouldn’t stop you from exploring the city by foot. Many operators provide winter walking tours, stopping at the major sights. But it’s not difficult to explore for yourself and stroll the green trails along the Aker River, stopping for a cup of something warm at one of the many cafes.

Norwegian coffee is heavenly

Oslo coffee

The Norwegians love affair with coffee isn’t surprising given the endless months of bitter weather. Across the city, you’ll find no shortage of charming cafes with baristas showing off their latte skills. It’s best enjoyed with the local sweet treat, skolebrod – a sweet bun filled with custard.

The nightlife won’t disappoint

In the City Centre, you’ll find plenty of trendy jazz clubs around the area of Karl Johans gate. For a more different kind of night, visit the trendy clubs of Gronland which offer the cheapest beer in Oslo.

It’s a foodie haven

From Michelin star cuisine to backstreet eateries and delicious street foot, Oslo packs a culinary punch. Foodies should visit the Matallen food hall, an indoor market which is home to 33 shops and restaurants serving up traditional dishes and produce. Be sure to sample the fresh seafood and delicious speciality, Lofoten Lamb.

Enjoy the best of the winter with a Norwegian adventure and you won’t be disappointed.

Images by FrodeRamone and Lindblom used under Creative Commons License.