Explore Oslo, Norway: Myths, Munch and fjord-side strolls

Norway’s capital offers visitors a crash course in the country’s culture, history and mythology. Travel writer Tom Hall explores Oslo, Norway

Akershus Festning in Oslo, Norway

Fast-growing Oslo makes for a rewarding Nordic city break. While its striking modern architecture, world-class art and gentrifying neighbourhoods draw the crowds, Norway’s capital also offers visitors a crash course in the country’s culture, history and mythology.

Oslo is a city on the water, and if you time it right it offers a wonderful place for a sunny stroll along the fjord that shares its name. Once you’ve seen the Royal Palace, dramatic Opera House and Akershus Festning – Oslo’s fortress – it’s time to start exploring further. Frognerparken’s sculpture-filled pastures are a lovely place for a picnic while you take in Gustav Vigeland’s much-loved creations.

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