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A dinner with a view is always a good idea for your Instagram feed, right? If you’re planning to visit Oslo this summer and want to have a dinner experience out of the ordinary, check out this list of three restaurants in Oslo with a fabulous view.
34 Restaurant at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
Let’s kick this list of with the créme de la créme! 34 Restaurant is in fact the highest restaurant in Norway, with it’s 110 metres above the ground. The menu consists of local ingredients and changes after every season. When you’re done with your meal, don’t miss go grab a drink at the connected SkyBar. See the menu and make your reservation here.
If you’re in the mood for seafood – which practically is a must during your visit to Oslo if you ask us – you should check out the restaurant Solsiden, located by Akershus Fortress with gorgeous views over the Oslo Fjord. How awesome to feel the sea breeze whilst eating seafood?! Solsiden offers a “Plateau des Fruits de Mer” – a place of oysters, crabs, clams, mussels, crayfish, lobster, shrimp and king crab, are you drooling yet? More information can be found on Solsiden’s website.
Are panoramic views your cup of tea you need to head to Stratos, located on the 12th floor on top of the theatre Folketeateret. During two months of the summer the restaurant offers barbecue on their 260 meter big terrace five days a week, often with a DJ or live entertainment. Check out their Facebook page to see if they’re open when you’re visiting Oslo.
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Summer in Stockholm means picnics! If you want to hang out with the locals, check out one of these parks during your visit in Stockholm.
In the middle of Stockholm’s hipster area, head to Vitabergsparken on Södermalm, just by Nytorget. This park is crammed with residents having a beer, barbecuing and hanging out with friends. While you’re here, note the classical wooden houses in the park, and the church Sofia Kyrka. To go to Vitabergsparken, take the metro to Skanstull or Medborgarplatsen and walk 10 minutes.
For being so close to the city center and all it’s attractions, the island of Skeppsholmen is surprisingly quiet. This little island is the home to Moderna Museet and the famous boat af Chapman, but it’s also great for picnics. Around the island are smaller green spots where you’ll most often sit alone of with a few others. The best thing about Skeppsholmen is the view over the water which are found from the whole island; watch over Gamla stan and Södermalm from one side and Östermalm and Djurgården from the other. To go to Skeppsholmen, walk from the city center or take the metro to Kungsträdgården.
Långholmen used to be the prison island, but now it’s a place for relaxation and bathing. Here you’ll find a beach, big cliffs and and a café and inn. A walk around the island is not longer than 3 kilometers, so why not go exploring before you choose where to sit down for a picnic? To go to Långholmen, take the metro to Hornstull and walk.
Hagaparken is in many way a royal park; it’s the venue where our Swedish Princess Victoria lives with her family, and it’s grounds are huge. In Hagaparken, there’s much to do if you get bored during picnic; you can check out Haga Castle, have a fika at Koppartälten café, and of course go to The Butterfly House Haga Ocean. Here you’ll find one of Scandinavia’s largest shark aquariums, and walk around in the tropical closed environment where butterflies fly freely. To go to Hagaparken, take bus 515 from Odenplan.
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Copenhagen is a great city to visit regardless if the sun’s shining or the snow’s covering the ground. But there’s just something special about being in Copenhagen during summer. Here’s three things you cannot miss if you’re going!
Soak up the sun and feel that summer breeze from the sea
Copenhagen is very much surrounded by water which enable one of our most beloved things to do: hang out by the waterfronts! Buy yummy picnic stuff at the nearest supermarket and set the table wherever it suits you. Three beloved examples of places in Copenhagen that’s great fot picnics are Islands Brygge, Dronning Louises Bro and the canals of Christianshavn.
Tivoli – Copenhagen’s amusement park and fabulous concert venue all in one
Since 1843 the amusement park Tivoli has been offering residents and visitors of Copenhagen an experience out of the ordinary. The carousels are surrounded by beautiful gardens and over 30 restaurants of all types and for every wallet. Besides the obvious reason for a visit – going for a ride in one of the many carousels – you can enjoy concerts, fireworks and theatres at Tivoli. The full programme can be spotted here. We can’t imagine a better place to spend a lovely summer evening. PS. Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen was so inspired by the lovely gardens when it just had opened, that he wrote the fairytale the Nightingale efter? As if you weren’t already convinced by this blog post’s photo yet!
Stay surrounded by flowers at Copenhagen’s Botanical Garden
What better way to celebrate summer than smelling flowers, watching cool plants and lay down for a while in a beautiful setting? The 10 hectares big Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen is located in the inner city and it costs nothing to enter. Their collection of living plants consists of more than 13,000 species. Don’t miss the lovely glasshouses and two cafés!
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If orchestras and operas are like sweet music for your ears, you’ll love this seasonal event in Copenhagen’s amusement park Tivoli! SommerKlassisk is a program of classical music concerts taking place from 27th of May to 17th of September.
For only DKK 50 you can enjoy wonderful classical music at Tivoli in Copenhagen all summer long. Weather you’re interested in listening to Mozart or Bond music, or want to experience prestigious orchestras like Norwegian National Youth Orchestra or Royal Danish Academy of Music, we assure you there’ll be something there for you! The full list of concerts can be found on Tivoli’s website, where you’ll also find opening hours and ticket prices. What a wonderful time to be alive!
Photo by Sophie Thorell / Osloalive
It’s known as the “welcoming if summer” in Oslo: the first Saturday in June the city of Oslo arrange the marvelous festival Musikkfest Oslo (Music Party Oslo). Hundreds of artists perform spread on 40 stages, and everything is free!
The festival used to be called National Music Day, and heritages from the French equivalent Fête de la Musique, once known as the world’s biggest international music festival. Since 1992, Norway and Oslo have one way or another arranged a counterpart, in recent years known as Musikkfest Oslo.
This year, the date of the festival is June 3rd. All over town events will take place; H&M arranges H&M LOVES MUSIC at Vulkan Arena, concerts will take place all day long in Torshovparken. At one of our favorite pubs concerts will take place too, Schous Mikrobryggeri. Regardless if you prefer metal over jazz or want to dance to electronics, you’ll find it this day in Oslo.
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Finally summer has come to Stockholm! Time to spend more time outside, eating, listening to music and enjoy all the events taking place in the city this time of year. Here’s three things you can do in Stockholm in June.
See what Stockholm’s food scene has to offer at Smaka på Stockholm (A taste of Stockholm)
Smaka på Stockholm is one of the world’s biggest food festivals and it gathers both gastronomes and chefs to eat and talk about food. From the 1st to 6th of June, Kungsträdgården will turn into a mecka for food. 13 of the best food trucks in the city will park here, as well as some of the best restaurants in Stockholm – Farang, Den Gyldene Freden, Burger & Lobster and Bun Meat Bun to mention a few. The opening hours are 11.00 – 23.00 all days except the 6th of June. No entrance fee, so what are you waiting for?
Zara Larsson at Gröna Lund
In only a few years, she has become one of Sweden’s most famous artists and music exports – of course we’re talking about the cool Zara Larsson! On the 1st of June, she’s taking over the stage at Stockholm’s one and only amusement park, Gröna Lund. Sing along to hits such as “Lush life” and “I would like” for only SEK 115 (before 18.00).
Cheer at the participants at the Stockholm Marathon
For the 39th time, thousands of participants are going to run through the 42,195 meters that make Stockholm Marathon. The route passes landmarks such as The Royal Palace, City Hall and Royal Dramatic Theatre. During the marathon the city usually turns into a folk fest, with people cheering the participants along the route. Why don’t you join them?