How to Pass for a Local in Oslo

Cosmopolitan, edgy, playful: Oslo serves up Scandinavian cool with heartwarming enthusiasm.

Here are five ways to go local in the Norwegian capital:

  1. Amble the paths in and around Akershus Fortress to capture the feeling of medieval Oslo.
  2. Investigate Nordic noir on a Harry Hole Oslo tour—Hole is the protagonist in a detective series by Jo Nesbø—which includes a stop at Hole’s favorite eatery, Schrøder.
  3. Visit the bold Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, in Tjuvholmen; its edgy design is stunning both inside and out.
  4. Experience the thrill of ski jumping at a ski-jump simulator in Holmenkollen.
  5. Take the metro to Marka and join Oslovians in favorite local pastimes, cross-country skiing in winter and hiking in warmer months.
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Must-watch list:

Kon-Tiki (2012), a historical drama about the 1947 expedition of the raft, and Kon-Tiki, the film directed by explorer Thor Heyerdahl that documented the actual expedition—and won an Oscar in 1951.

Required reading:

The Redbreast, The Devil’s Star, The Snowman, and other novels by Oslo native Jo Nesbø—a writer in the Nordic noir genre—are set in the Norwegian capital.

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This piece was adapted from a feature story written by Anne-Sophie Redish that first appeared in National Geographic Traveller, our U.K. partner edition. 

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