Day 1 in Oslo
Discover Oslo’s Harbor
Start your adventure in Oslo by taking a walk at the city’s docs. It is well known that Oslo is an important center for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. It has among the world’s largest shipping companies.
Oslo’s Harbor is one of its great attractions, popular among tourists, but also among residents. So, spend your day by exploring some of the picturesque buildings around the harbor.
Walking along the Harbor, visit Akershus Fortress – the foremost monument of Norway. This played a decisive role during about seven centuries, as royal residence, administrative center, fortification and prison. In the past, it was considered that whoever controlled Akershus fortress ruled Norway. Currently, the building is used for official events and dinners for dignitaries and foreign heads of state. The Akershus fortress is still a military area that presents to its visitors several attractions to explore: the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, Norway’s Resistance Museum, and the Royal Mausoleum of the fortress. As well, you can admire the parts of the fortress that host the Norwegian Ministry of Defense and Defense Staff Norway.
On the background of the fortress, you can see the building of the City Hall, also known as Radhus. This is one of the most renowned edifices of Oslo due to the events that take place here and its architecture. The building hosts not just the city’s council, but also several art studios and galleries. In June 2005, the Radhus was named Oslo’s “Structure of the Century”. The building will attract your attention with its decoration with fantastic marine creatures. Also, the main hall comprises spectacular murals, with a specifically northern thematic, and there are some historical artifacts on the upper levels. Annually, on December 10, the City Hall houses the ceremony of Nobel Peace Prize.
If you are eager to find out more information about Nobel Peace Prize, visit the Nobel Peace Center (Nobels Fredssenter). The Center showcases the ideals of this Prize, but also promotes and organizes debates on topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution. The Center displays the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work, beginning with Alfred Nobel’s story. The exhibition is much more interactive thanks to multimedia.
Oslo’s Opera House is located right at the Harbor, with an angled, white exterior that rises as if from the water. The inside of the building is mainly made of oak. The main hall is shaped like a horseshoe and is illuminated by a chandelier formed of 5.800 handmade crystals! Several art projects were commissioned for the interior and the exterior of the Opera House, such as the notable sculpture “She Lies”, a perforated wall panel which covers the roof, but also the main stage curtain.