“Oslo i mitt hjerte”
“Oslo in my heart”
I fell in love with Oslo and Norway as a whole since my first trip to Norway about 15 years ago. It all started with a wintery trip to the cold capital: tons of snow, a sharp wind and temperatures below -10°C (I love it!). Nowadays, the winters haven’t been that cold, but even if you do travel in cold weather conditions, you’ll still love Oslo for its architecture, culture, nature and its cosiness.
Let me guide you through Oslo on a wintery day.
Feel free to watch my video or continue reading my blog with photos below.
It all starts when you exit the station (Oslo Sentralstasjon) en walk straight into Karl Johans Gate, the main street of Oslo. There, you’ll find lots of (souvenir) shops and restaurants.When walking a bit further up Karl Johan, there’s Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament), Spikersuppa (a fountain which turns into a skating rink during winter) and Paleet (a high end, beautifully renovated shopping center). There’s also the Grand Hotel, where celebrities like ex-President Obama stayed at. Those who love Hard Rock Café can buy their Oslo t-shirt in the HRC halfway up Karl Johans Gate.
The Royal Palace
At the very end of Karl Johans Gate, you end up at the Royal Palace, or Kongehuset (The King’s House). It may not be as huge as the one in Stockholm, but it sure is pretty. It’s surrounded by Slottsparken, which is beautiful in any season. In summer you can hang out here, enjoying the sun, laying in the gras… in autumn the leaves colour the park in fifty shades of red and brown… in spring the flowers start popping up… and in winter you’re treated with a wintery scene where white snow contrasts the dark trees.
From the Royal Palace, you have two directions you can go to:
- Go further up north-west through Parkveien and Hegdehaugsveien, you’ll end up in Bogstadveien, a street with lots of boutiques. At the very end, you arrive at Majorstuen, where you can catch the T-bane to Holmenkollen and Frognerseteren.
- Go south, and you’ll end up at Aker Brygge and Rådhuset (the town hall).
During my first winter in Oslo I was amazed to see so many people, young and old, taking the tram and metro (T-Bane) all the way up to Frognerseteren, bringing along their own skis, snowboards and sleds.
Pure happiness. That’s my description of Frognerseteren in two words.
People carrying their materials off the T-bane, strapping them on and gliding down to Frognerseteren. Others just walk down the slippery way and rent everything there.
From this place, you can zig-zag down Korketrekkeren (literally: the Cork Screw) or ski around the place. Well, maybe langrenn is a better word.
At Frognerseteren Restaurant you can try their famous apple cake with a warm cup of coffee (or a cold sweet glass of Solo) while staring at people outside.
(Oh, in case you might ask: just like with the rest of Norway, you’re enjoying nature for free.)
Days sure are shorter in winter, with the sun setting at around 3:10 PM in December, but that doesn’t mean fun is over. Oslo is filled with cosy restaurants and tea rooms where you can just relax, have a drink, review the photos you took and plan your itinerary for the next day. The typical places to do this, is at Espresso House, Deli Di Luca or Wayne’s Coffee. Sure, there’s also Starbucks in Oslo, but why not try something else?
This blogpost was all about winter in Oslo specifically. You can read more about Oslo in my next posts, where I’ll definitely be mentioning:
- Bjørvika & Sørenga (the new, modern area near the station)
- The Opera House (saving this for my architecture post)
- Nasjonalmuseet, the Nobel Peace Prize Museum and Munch Museet
Also check out my YouTube channel to watch all of my videos about Oslo.