To do in Oslo this week: Picnic in the park!

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Photo by Ida Kroksæter / Piknik i parken

The summer is here, so why not celebrate it by going to a festival? From the 22nd to the 24th of June, the Frogner Park becomes Piknik i Parken (Picnic in the park). 

Picnic in the Park is going in on it’s 4th year as a music festival in Oslo. In the southern end of the huge park Frogner Park (just by the Vigeland Museum), two stages will have both Norwegian as well as international artist perform on them. This year, artists like Solange, First Aid Kit, Ane Brun and Spoon will perform at the festival. This festival is for those who prefer a cosy, relaxed atmosphere rather than disco. Bring a blanket and a good mod! Tickets can be bought here.

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Jewish Heritage in Oslo

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Photo by Wikipedia Commons

If you’re walking the streets of Oslo, you might notice brass stones on the ground. What that is? It’s memorial cobblestones. 

Every here and there in Oslo you can spot them, the cobblestones in brass with a memorial plaque, in memory of Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Norway. They are set in the sidewalk at locations where Jews and Nazi victims lived until they were deported and killed. All of the locations can be found in this map.

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Oslo Pride 2017

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Photo by Monica Løvdahl

From Friday the 23rd of June to 2nd of July it’s finally that happy time of the year again – time for Oslo Pride!

Oslo Pride has been celebrated in one way or another since 1982, however with the name Oslo Pride since 2014. It’s goals it so make gay culture visable and contribute to increase the acceptance for the gay community in Oslo. Oslo Pride is the largest festival in Norway for the community and there are so much fun (and important!) stuff to do – more than 150 events are planned to take place during the ten days. There will of course be a festival area, The Pride Park, which is free to enter. Wether you’re in the mood for concerts, shows, parties or political debates, you’ll find something for you in the program here.

 

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Three restaurants in Oslo with a fabulous view

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Photo by Radisson Blu

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.

Solsiden
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.

Stratos
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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Musikkfest Oslo – the beginning of summer in Oslo!

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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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Happy Syttende Mai, Norway!

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Photo by Aftenposten / Lien, Kyrre

Today we cheer and celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day – Syttende Mai (17th of May!) 

This year Norway landed FIRST on the list of the world’s happiest country, something that we celebrate that extra much today. What makes us so happy? In our opinion, referring to Oslo, it’s the green areas close to the inner-city, the accessibility, the nice people. What’s not to love?

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