by Sarah Marshall, The Telegraph, July 3, 2018
The Norwegian capital has plenty to fill the long days and light nights.
Why go now?
Long summer days and light nights are cause for celebration, with festivals and parades across the city. Oslo Jazz Festival (oslojazz.com) runs from Aug 12-18, with performances in concert halls, saunas and forest clearings. Connections from the UK with Norwegian (norwegian.com/uk), SAS (flysas.com/en), Ryanair (ryanair.com) British Airways (ba.com) and Finnair (finnair.com).
Sleep with original artwork at fashion-forward The Thief (1) on Landgangen and wake up to glorious views of Oslo’s archipelago. Doubles from 3,890 Norwegian kroner (£362) including breakfast (telegraph.co.uk/tt-oslo/the-thief). Or save without scrimping at Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret (2) in an art deco building on Storgata. Doubles from 1,206 Nkr (£112) including a respectable breakfast, afternoon tea and small evening buffet (nordicchoicehotels.com).
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Starting on an architectural high note at Oslo Opera House (3), curve south-west around the Bjorvika waterfront, passing pop-up sauna and art space SALT (4), built to resemble a fish-drying rack; then head right along Grev Wedels Plass into Myntgata and on to the medieval Akershus Fortress (5) where daily tours take place throughout summer (50 Nkr/£5). Head north through the Kontraskjaeret park (6) to Otto Sverdrupsgate to see Oslo City Hall (7); from here, head for Karl Johans Gate to reach the Royal Palace (8) and its gardens.
Most of Edvard Munch’s paintings hang in the Munch Museum (9), but several of his most famous including a version of The Scream are at the National Gallery (10). Entrance is 120 Nkr (£11) or free on Thursdays when the gallery opens until 7pm; arrive late to beat the crowds (nasjonalmuseet.no).
Admire outrageous and bizarre creations by Gustav Vigeland (including city mascot, Angry Boy) on a stroll through Frogner Park (11), the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. It’s free and open 24 hours.
Sip spirits distilled on site at Himkok (13), in one of Oslo’s oldest brick buildings. Drinks around 120 Nkr (£11) (himkok.no).
Set aside several hours for the epic 15-course tasting menu at Maaemo (14). Expect to pay 2,800 Nkr (£261) for the three-Michelin-star experience, excluding wine (maaemo.no).
Off the Map
Holmenkollen ski jump (holmenkollen.com) is a gateway to Nordmarka forest. Climb the observation deck for panoramic views (Metro Line 1 takes 30 minutes from the city centre). Entry is 140 Nkr (£13).