Staying in Touch
Studenten (Karl Johans Gate @ Universitesgata) is a bar in the absolute center of Oslo; downstairs it's got a row of terminals. Cost is 20 for 1205 minutes.
What to See and Do
Medieval Quarter: Towering above the port area is old Oslo, where some of the city's most historic relics remain. Prime attractions include Akershus Castle, a fortress that dates back to the 17th century where state and Royal events are still held. The site has gorgeous gardens and its hilltop locale offers great views of Oslo and the fjord. Nearby is the fascinating Resistance Museum showcasing exhibits from Norway's very strong Allied resistance efforts.
Downtown: Head first to City Hall, which has a fantastic series of murals depicting everything from scenes of real life to exciting glimpses of Resistance efforts during World War II. The real action in this city, however, takes place in Stortings, a fabulous long-and-green (lots of trees) park that leads up to the Royal Palace. While there's a daily changing of the guard ceremony, the Royal Palace is actually not open to visitors, but the park, with its outdoor cafes, impromptu music performances, and relaxing ambiance is a great place to spend an hour. Shoppers will want to fan out from Karl Johan's Gate, where the downtown retail and cafe scene is concentrated.
Museums of the Bygdoy Peninsula: Some of Oslo's most intriguing museums emphasize its relationship with the sea and they're all located on the peninsula of Bygdoy. The Kon Tiki Museum (showcases the balsa-wood raft that native son (and explorer) Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to Polynesia. The Viking Ship Museum features ancient Viking ships that date back to 800 AD
Art Galleries: There are two must-sees. First is the Munch Museum. Edvard Munch, a Norwegian and famous for his eerie painting "The Scream," donated his art to the city when he died in the mid-20th century; the contemporary museum also exhibits other interesting artists. Another highlight is the Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Check out the Hollmenkollen Ski Tower (Kongevn 205) in Oslo's western hills. This was the original site of ski jumping in the Olympics (1892) and was rebuilt in the mid 20th-century. You go for the awesome view overlooking the city and the fjords; there's an Olympics' museum as well.
Take a boat ride along the fjords; right on the docks are tour boat operators and you can hop on any range of "cruises," from quick 2050-minute overviews of the waterways to two-and-a-half hour fjord tours.
Take a nature hike. Oslowalks organizes 2 1/2 hour regularly scheduled guided excursions around the city and/or in nearby forests. The proprietors will also, upon request, offer more specialized options, such as the Vigeland Walk and the River Walk.
On foot! Much of downtown, particularly the shopping areas, is pedestrianized and this is a compact city with the major attractions--save the Bygdoy Peninsula museums--all located pretty close to the heart of town.
Where to Eat and Drink
In-town Lunching: For people watching, any of the cafes in Stortings or along Karl Johan's Gate are great options. Gourmet seekers should try Theatercafeen (Stortingsgt 24); it's a Viennese-style cafe with hip audience that's long been popular with local theatergoers and visiting celebrities.
Where You're Docked
Ships dock within easy walking distance of downtown. A five-minute walk takes you into central Oslo. But, if you forget to pick up postcards and/or sweaters in town there are excellent shops in the little terminal.
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