Amidst mystical forests and shimmering lakes lies Norway’s dynamic and dazzling capital of Oslo. Norway is famed for the fabled beauty of its natural landscapes, all of which appear to have been created by a skilled artist. In Oslo however, architects and artists have carved a rich architectural and cultural scene in which exuberant exhibitions, refined restaurants and dramatic performances thrive. A cosmopolitan culture has been created by an influx of immigrants, the influence of which is most prevalent in the fabulous food and vibrant nightlife.
Experience some of Norway’s breath-taking natural splendour in its visionary and verdant Botanical Garden. A psychedelic array of vivid vibrancy can be enjoyed amongst the 1800 varieties of plants that bloom here; the Scent Garden encourages visitors to rely on senses other than sight to enjoy plants and woven sculptures add an artistic element to this perfectly picturesque place.
Simultaneously an iconic landmark and a centre intricately linked to one of Norway’s primary cultural expressions, the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower presents over 4000 years of skiing history. The futuristic design of the building epitomises Oslo’s love of the dynamic and distinct, while fascinating exhibitions present artefacts from polar exhibitions and modern skiing. Ascend the teetering tower in order to enjoy panoramic city vistas.
Oslo is hailed as one of Europe’s culinary capitals due to the innovation and originality of its cuisine. An exquisite eatery that encompasses Norway’s most classic culinary concepts is Gamle Raadhus Restaurant, a place in which the classic and the contemporary combine. Seasonal specialities include exquisite seafood dishes and delicately steamed mussels, all of which can be perfectly accompanied by a glass of fine wine. (Nedre Slottsgate 1, 0157 Oslo, Norway)