Get to know Oslo: St. Hanshaugen

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St. Hanshaugen is not only a big district in the middle of Oslo, it’s also the name of one of Oslo’s biggest parks. Get to know the area below!

The name St. Hanshaugen means “midsummer hill” and comes from the fact that citizens used to celebrate the summer solstice (St. Hans) in the park with the same name. In 1855 it was decided that the hill should be planeted and turned into a park, St. Hanshaugen, in the coming 30 years. The park was created in the years 1876 – 1886 by the city and has a reflecting pool and pavilion. In the square on top of the hill, where you also have a great view of the city, you’ll find the popular café Festplassen, which opened in 1936. This is a popular café both to locals and visitors of the city. Today the park is a great place for walks, relaxation or just hanging out. The neighborhood of St. Hanshaugen is located west and south of the park, and is a regular district with residential areas, shopping, restaurants and public transport. Southeast of the park is Aker Kirke and Vår Freisers Gravlund.

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by:Larm – Scandinavia’s biggest music conference

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In the beginning of March, it’s time for the largest music conference in Scandinavia to take place in Oslo. It’s both a festival and a conference.

Between the 2nd of March until the 4th, by:Larm takes place in central Oslo. The festival concerts are open to the public, this year with artists from whole Scandinavia as well as the UK – the main focus is to present artists that are about to break through – on the verge of success. The concerts mostly take place in the area around Youngstorget.

The topics for the conference are many, for example “Breaking Into Berlin: The Electronic Marketplace” and “Equality in the Nordic Music Industry”. All of the topics and schedule can be found here.

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Get to know Oslo: The Parliament Building, Storting

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Karl Johans Gate is really one of the must fundamental streets in central Oslo. If you walk in one direction you will end up at the Royal Palace, if you continue in the other direction you will sooner or later walk pass Stortingsbygningen, the building where the Parliament of Norway sit.

It’s on 22 Karl Johans gate that Storting building is located. The construction of the building started on August 3rd, 1860, and it opened on the 5th of March, 1866. The architect behind the building was the Swede Emil Victor Langlet. He designed the building in yellow brick, with details in light gray granite. Stortingsbygningen has no specific style, it’s a combination of several ones, for example styles from France and Italy.

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Our New Tours in Oslo, 2017

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Soon 2017 is here and we want to start it with a bang! Here’s some of our new tour options for Oslo in 2017.

We have scouted the city of Oslo for treasures and one area that definitely sticks out from the rest is Grünerløkka. Here, the atmosphere is different than from the city center. The architecture reminds us of Paris, the spirit of Södermalm in Stockholm. Here you’ll find everything from stores filled with yarn, vintage shops to cool pubs. Of course we had to do a Hipster Oslo-tour here!

Another new tour is our Full Monty (of Oslo) bus tour. A private tour that’ll show you all you didn’t know you wanted to see in Oslo – the musts – the full monty! If you find yourself hungry after, you might want to give our Private Food Tasting a try?

Looks like 2017 is going to be a fabulous year!

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Things to do on a rainy day in Oslo

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Winter in Oslo might not always be sunshine, crispy air and beautiful snow on the ground. There might as well be rain and chilly winds. Here’s our tips on what to do on a rainy day in Oslo.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (Museet for samtidskunst) is located on Bankplassen 4 (and is the building on the picture above). Here you will find a contemporary art collection that consists of approx. 5000 Norwegian and foreign works from 1945 and forward. The museum opened in 1990 and is located in an old bank facility. Read more about what special exhibitions can be found during the time you’re in Oslo.
Mathallen, the food hall in Oslo, is the perfect spot for lunch on a rainy day, here you will find all types of dishes and it’s all under one roof, situated in a big venue in Grünerløkka. Read more about the food hall in Oslo here.
The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset) is one of the coolest museums in the world according to us. Located on the island of Bygdøy, it has three of the most well preserved viking ships in the world. On the museums website you’ll find opening hours and entrance prices.

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The National Library in Oslo

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The magnificent building in the picture below is one of the two The National Libraries of Norway.
Nasjonalbiblioteket, as it’s called in Norwegian, was established in 1989, to preserve the past for the future. The building seen on the picture is the National Library located in Oslo, there is actually another one in Norwegian town Mo i Rana as well. Even though the establishment had been created in 1989, it wasn’t until 2005 that Norway got it’s very first national library. The building in which you’ll find the national library today had been renovated and was ready to be opened to the public. As it happens, it opened exactly 100 years after Norway dissolved its union with Sweden, 15th of August. Isn’t it a truly gorgeous building? If you want to visit it, it’s located at Henrik Ibsens gate 110.

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