Legends of heroes, trolls and princesses roaming the countryside
outside this charming city attract many travellers looking for a
Scandinavian holiday. Oslo, situated at the end of a 70-mile
(110km) long fjord, is Norway's capital and its largest city, rich
in culture and folklore with a fascinating Viking history.
Oslo is an eclectic mix of old medieval buildings, churches and
modern architecture, sitting among the green trees and extending
forests that form the natural balance of nature and civilization.
Around the city there are numerous museums, art galleries and
places of interest, especially the Edvard Munch Museum and the
Norwegian Folk Museum on the sought after Bygdøy Peninsula. Other
attractions include Vigeland Park with its interesting collection
of sculptures, and the medieval Akershus Fortress dominating the
Although Oslo has small population compared to other European
capital cities, it retains a true vibrancy about it. The city
centre is filled with restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs and theatres
and has a very cosmopolitan feel to it with street artists hanging
around the main street, Karl Johans Gate. Oslo is renowned as a
city of culture and the City Hall hosts the annual awarding of the
Nobel Peace Prize.