Are you making a long layover in Oslo, Norway or planning to spend a long weekend in the city? If so, I have some items to share for you to check out while in the city. The city feels modern with an old charm touch. Part of the modern feel has to do with all the new construction going on near the harbor by the Oslo Opera House. Next door there is a new Munch museum being built with plans to open in 2020. As well as the new Deichman library opening in 2019.
If you visit before these new buildings open, you can still visit the current building locations. The city center is easy to walk around and window shop or buy some souvenirs. For other museums, you have a wide variety to choose from. For additional indoor museums there is the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art located on the waterfront, the Viking Ship museum displaying 3 different wooden 19th century ships, the Nobel Peace Center, the Fram Museum which houses the 19th century polar exploration ship, and the iconic Holmenkollbakken as the world’s oldest ski museum with beautiful views of Oslo. For outdoor parks and museums you can choose from Vigeland Park and Frogner Park which are both sculpture parks with beautiful scenery or, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History which is open air and houses a old stave church.
Now for your appetite, since you have walked all over the city, let’s discuss food. You will find lots of duck, fish, and reindeer available throughout. One restaurant I enjoyed was Sentralen. You have an option for a 3 course, 6 course, or even a la carte menu. We went with the 3 course which included a heart shaped waffle topped with fish eggs and a horseradish spread, baked cod, and pan fried duck with tasty raspberry sauce. Another fabulous choice is Bristol Grill inside the Thon Hotel Bristol. We enjoyed our final meal in Oslo here for dinner. My aunt had the Ox which was cooked perfectly. I indulged in some mushroom soup garnished with a slice of duck and a beautiful plate of halibut. One of my favorite halibut dishes to date! The service is also top notch and worth a visit while in central Oslo.
If you want a nightcap, I would suggest stopping into see Lisa or Nash who are fabulous bartenders at The Grand Hotel. Whether you visit Oslo during a layover or for a few days, you won’t be disappointed by the options for things to see and food to taste.