Oslo, the beauty in the fjord
Fly with Lufthansa from the UK to Norway’s capital Oslo. It may be as high up north as the Shetland Islands, but the unique landscape at the end of the Oslofjord, surrounded by forests and mountains, makes for a surprisingly mild climate. Both summer and winter are great times for outdoor activities in and around Oslo.
Sightseeing and fun in OsloIn the roughly 1000 years of history Oslo has been burnt down and rebuilt several times. From the early times the most iconic building of Oslo, the Fortress Akershus, is still around. Most early houses were made of wood and didn’t survive. The Oslo of today has been planned and built in the early 17th century. To get an idea what Norway looked like from the Vikings to the present, visit one of the biggest open-air museum of Europe, the Norwegian Museum of Ethnology on the nearby peninsula of Bygdøy. Here you will find Viking farm houses, wooden churches and also a reconstruction of an old petrol station from the 1950’s. Nearby is the Viking Ship Museum with the Oseberg Ship, a beautiful example of the dragon boats used by the wild Norsemen in the 9th century. More recent is the Munch Museum, showing the collection and the works of the famous Norwegion painter Edvard Munch.
If you visit Oslo in the winter, take a trip to the famous Holmenkollen, the ski resort of Oslo. You can actually get there by taking the subway that will bring you to the cable car. Whether nordic or alpine skiing, snowboard or sleigh, for all kinds of winter sports this is the place to be. Even up here you will find a little museum on the art of getting about on two planks wired to your feet. You will also find the mighty ski jump Holmenkollbakken, where courageous ski jumpers fly downhill to the applause of thousands of fans. For a good insulation try the Norwegian specialties: Fresh Norwegian salmon, fenalår, a smoked mutton, Lutefisk, reindeer ham and elk steak are nowhere else to be found. Lufthansa wishes you a great time in Oslo, Norway.