The Stovner Tower is a project inaugurated by the city district Stovner and Municipality of Oslo’s Agency for Urban Environment. It’s located more or less 30 minutes from Oslo’s city center and offers a great experience. Walking up the tower will give you the sense that you’re literally walking up in the air. The tower is a 260-metre pathway, up in the air. It doesn’t cost anything to visit the tower and it’s open 24/7. It’s not in all cities you really can take a walk among the rooftops, right? In the evenings the tower is lit with gorgeous lightning. To make your way to The Stovner Tower, take metro number 5 to station Stovner. The tower is located behind the shopping centre and by the mountain called Fossumberget.
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Translating to The Thief Islet, Tjuvholmen is an intriguing area in Oslo, located by Aker Brygge. Let’s get to know it.
Tjuvholmen is in matter of fact a peninsula, sticking into the Oslo fjord and out from Aker Brygge. It’s an area that in the mid 19th century was bought by a shipyard company, aiming to build a dry dock in the area. Since 1982, it was been transformed into an area with office spaces and warehouses. In 2005, the area came up on the market for private investors. This is when it became an area with housing and shops. Today there’s approx. 1200 apartments in Tjuvholmen. It’s also a hub for art galleries. Besides from that, there is a city beach and a sculpture park. The first thing that strikes many as they enter the neighborhood is the fact the architecture is quite interesting. One of the reasons for that may be that the buildings in the area have been designed by 20 different architects. It differs from style to style.
Are you looking for a really lovely dinner in Oslo? The city has many great restaurants to offer, but if you are looking for an extraordinary experience, you’ll wanna visit a Michelin-restaurant in Oslo. Here are three that all recently received one or more stars to be proud of.
Maaemo, Schweigaards gate 15B
With none-the-less than three stars in Michelin Guide, Maaemo have become a restaurant to count on. Maaemo’s menu takes you through the Norwegian landscape, and consists of a set number of dishes served to all guests. The restaurant recommends that you should be able to dedicate the whole evening to them, which can’t mean anything but a success. And food coma. You have a great view of the project barcode, which you can read more about here (link). Visit the website to book.
Kontrast, Maridalsveien 15a
Kontrast serves modern Scandinavian food, designed by Swedish chef Mikael. In 2016 they got their first star in Michelin and it is well deserved; the food is often organic, nutritious and seasonally based. Here you will really get a taste of Norway. The menu changes on a daily basis and is determined according to what is available on the market that day. Read more at restaurant Kontrast’s website.
Statholdergaarden, Rådhusgata 11
With its central point in Oslo, Statholdergaarden has been one of the country’s best restaurants for a long time. The owner is Bent Stiansen, who won the world championship in the chef contest Bocuse d’Or. At Statholdergaarden six-course menus are served, that are created day by day and adapted to season. Book a table here.
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Autumn is a cosy time of year in Oslo. It’s the perfect time to hide away in museums, cosy pubs and to see exhibitions, but also to be outside in the fresh air. Here’s a couple if things we look forward to in Oslo this autumn.
Do you have a dream about opening a restaurant one day? Then you’ll enjoy the 18th of November in Oslo, when Restaurant Day takes place. For one day per year, anyone can open a bar, café or restaurant and serve others. Whether it’s “built” up in a garden, office, or just a table in the street, you are free to do so. It’s a food fest with flavours from across the world! Restaurant Day takes place from 09.00 – 20.00. Soon you’ll be able to see the available restaurants on this site.
Oslo Knitting Festival
This festival is perhaps not for everyone, but it’s everything to the one’s who enjoy knitting. From 20th – 22nd of November, Oslo Knitting Festival takes place at Deichmanske bibliotek/Norsk Folkemuseum. Here you can join a workshop (within weaving, knitting, spinning etc), go to a Knit Party, do a fiber-quiz, or just show some new clothing for the winter at the marketplace. Read more about the knitting festival on their website.
ByLam Food Festival
A festival completely focusing on lamb? Why not! On the 12th of October you can visit it in Oslo. ByLam Food Festival is a celebration of lamb dishes from all over the world. Youngstorget will be filled with food trucks and stalls, all focusing on the delicious meat. At the same time by:Larm music festival takes place, so why not combine the too? The food festival is free of entrance and is open from 11.00 – 20.00. Bon appétit!
See the colours change in Vigeland Park
Vigeland Park is a treasure year around, but in autumn, the colours will most definitely amaze you. The sculpture park (the world’s biggest) is surrounded by luscious trees and flowers, and big alleys with gigantic trees. It’s like a painting! If you want to explore Vigeland Park with a guide, check out our tour Oslo Must Sees.
If you’re out strolling the inner-city of Oslo, you’ll probably pass a huge sign sooner or later, by Karl Johans Gate. That’s the Freia sign (seen in the photo above).
Perhaps it’s the first time you hear the name, and if that’s the case it’s no wonder. The company is, since a couple of years back, owned by Kraft General Foods. But once upon a time, it was the biggest chocolate factory in Norway. It was founded already in 1889, but became successful first when Johan Throne Holst took leadership. He realised that the Norway market was missing one thing, and it wasn’t the dark chocolate that they already manufactured, it was milk chocolate. Quickly they became the country’s number one supplier of chocolate. The factory was located in city district Grünerløkka. As the success rose, they also started a chocolate factory in Sweden, none other then Marabou, which to this day is the biggest supplier in the country. However, the biggest legacy (well, if you ask us) is probably the fact that Freia the chocolate factory was the inspiration for writer Roald Dahl to write the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His parents were Norwegian from the beginning, thus the connection. Nowadays, the passed Roald Dahl remains world famous for the book, that have been filmed twice. Now that’s something a knowledge to brag about next time you’re in Oslo!
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Vulkan is the name of the area located on the western side of the river Akerselva, nearby (and part of) city district Grünerløkka. It’s a constantly developing area, with plenty of cool attractions. Here’s three reasons why Vulkan is worth a detour from your sightseeing in Grünerløkka.
1. It’s an exciting area. The area of Vulkan used to be an industrial area, that in 2004 started to be transformed into what it is today – a constantly vibrating area. From the start, the area have become a hub for culture and creativity; Oslo’s first food market is located here, the offices often belong to progressive companies, and the restaurants and shops all blend in perfectly in that mix. Here’s (link) a glimpse of the venues located here.
2. If we were to describe the architecture that defines this neighborhood it would be new and improved. It’s all built in a way that’s good for the environment – it’s eco-friendly and built to be sustainable. When it comes to cooling and heating, the area of Vulkan is self-sufficient in energy. Oh, and it looks fab too. Is this the future for architecture in Oslo? We hope so!
3. It’s crammed with cool street art. Here, mural painting is legal and artists from all across the world have participated in making the walls something out of the ordinary. Brenneriveien and Ingens Gate are two excellent examples on how great street art really can be. For more art, visit Brenneriveien Gallery Shop or Galleri Vulkan on Maridalsveien 13.