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If you’re in the mood for sculptures after your visit to the famous Vigeland Park, head for Ekebergparken. This little oasis is lovely regardless the season.
Ekebergparken is the less famous baby brother of Vigeland Park, and it truly deserves more. For anyone who loves art and nature, this sight is magic. Ekeberg has a long history, already since 1889 it’s been a public park. Today you’ll find 35 sculptures erected in the park, with more to come. It’s a big pak with paths, woods and art existing together.
In the park you’ll find art and sculptures from some of the biggest artists of modern time like Sebastian Dalí, Richard Hudson, Gustav Vigeland and Marina Abramović, to mention a few. Ekebergparken is located close to Oslo Central Station, and if you go by tram you can take both line 18 and 19 to Ljabru station. The park is open daily, year around, and has no entrance fee. Special events and exhibitons can be found here.
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Tryvann Ski Resort is the actual name of the park that functions as Oslo Winter Park. It’s been open since the 1930s and is the most used ski resort in the country.
Perhaps you’re tired of shopping or strolling the streets upside down, or just want to blow off some steam during your stay in Oslo? Regardless, Oslo Winter Park will do it. The area (which is the biggest ski area in Oslo) is located only 40 minutes outside the city center, so it’s very easily accessible. Just jump on the metro line 1 to Frognersetern. At the park you’ll find slopes that suits the beginner and the pro, a ski school and rental. If you really want to challenge yourself, they have a Superpipe (only one in Europe that’s open to the public), and one of Norway’s biggest slopestyle course.
If you need to warm up you can take a hot choco in the park’s café. The park is open from early December to April. For more information, visit Oslo Winter Park’s website.
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During Christmas, many attractions and restaurants are closed in Oslo. There’s not much to do about it! Instead, let’s focus on some of the places that are open for eating at in Oslo during Christmas.
First of all, let’s get one thing straight. In Norway, we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. Thus, this is the day you might have some trouble (but you might, on the other hand, have the whole city to yourself).
De Fem Suer, Kongeveien 26
You’re actually lucky with this one, it’s one of the most popular restaurants in Oslo and it’s still open throughout the whole Christmas week (including New Year’s!) from 16.00 – 20.00. You can also combine the visit with one of the more famous sightseeing attractions in Oslo – Holmenkollen Ski Jump. De Fem Suer is located in a wooden building from 1894 and offers delicious Norwegian food with a twist.
Dovrehallen, Storgata 22
Dovrehallen might not be the most luxurious restaurant in the city, but if you’re looking for a decent priced meal and don’t mind trying classical Norwegian dishes, this will definitely do. Except for December 24th (when it’s open 12-16), the restaurant is open from 12-23.
Seaport Restaurant, Sørengkaia 101
Just a glimpse away from the Opera House in Oslo lies Seaport Restaurant, an absolutely approved restaurant, focusing on the Turkish kitchen. The restaurant is located just by the fjord, which gives you a lovely view while dining. On Christmas Eve, December 24th, they’re open to 18.00. The other days until 22.00.
Looking for other stuff to do in Oslo during Christmas? Don’t miss to visit a Christmas market during your stay! Read about a few of them here.
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We are closing in on December, so why not indulge the coming holidays by visiting a Christmas market while in Oslo? Here are Christmas markets in Oslo that you can attend already!
Spikersuppa Christmas Market
The most centrally located Christmas market is the one in the area of Spikersuppa, which is the name of the pool/skating rink just by Eidsvoll Square. Here you’ll find anything you can possibly ask for in a Christmas market, from crafts to delicacies. There’s also a Ferris wheel and entertainment for kids. The market is open daily from November 18 – December 30, 10.00 – 20.00.
Swedish Christmas market at Margaretakyrkan
Well, you have travelled all the way to Scandinavia, so why not experience a Swedish Christmas too, while you’re at it? At the Swedish church called Margaretakyrkan, at Hammersborg Torg 8B, you can do just that. Here you’ll find a traditional Swedish Christmas market with Christmas food, items for sale and raffles. Once every hour you can also listen to delightful Christmas music in the church. The profits from the market is donated to charity. The market is open from November 24-25th, starting at 11.00 both days.
Christmas market like back in the days at Bærums Verk
We have been writing about Bærums Verk earlier (link to blog post here), because it truly is the cosiest place this time of year. When the Christmas markets starts, yeah, that’s peak season! From November 26th to December 18th, Thursday – Sunday, you can shop Christmassy stuff in the small shops located in the houses originating from the 1700s. Trust us, it’s worth the ride.
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In November there’s quite a big chance that rain will be pouring over you during your visit to Oslo. Heck, it might even snow! Even though both are cosy at some point, it’s always nice to hide away from the rain in a nice setting. Here are three venues that’s perfect to sneak into for a warming beverage.
In our favorite bohemian area Grünerløkka lies Schous MikroBryggeri. This micro brewery has brewed and served over 60 unique beers. The pub is located in a cellar of the old ‘actual’ brewery and has that cosy atmosphere with wooden furniture and a massive fireplace. Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri is located Trondheimsveien 2.
Kaffebrenneriet is a chain of cafés in Oslo, but don’t expect any Starbucks-vibes – this is better. As their name implies (The Coffee Roastery) they know their coffee. In the city center you’ll find shops at Rådhusplassen, Karl Johans Gate 7 & 24 and Akersgata 16 & 45, to mention a few.
Oslo Mekaniske Verkstad
Located on Tøyenbekken 34 you’ll find a two room-bar located in an old workshop (thus the name, which translates to Oslo Mechanical Workshop). In this bar, you will most definitely feel satisfied on a rainy winter’s day, with the open fireplace, sofas and cute set-ups for tables.