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When you wake up to a hot sunny day in Oslo and you’re wondering where all the norwegians are, try visiting a park. We barbeque, have picnics, enjoy some frisbee and pick each other up. Don’t be surprised if the park turns into a party place at night.

Akershus Fortress
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The park surrounding Akershus fortress is perfect for picnics. From here you have a great view of the Town Hall, the fjord and Aker Brygge, the former shipyard that was renovated in the 1980s. Akershus fortress was first erected in 1299 but was heavily rebuilt a some hundred years later.

Birkelunden
{ Grünerløkka }
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Birkelunden is situated in the middle of Grünerløkka and as popular as a park can get. The young and trendy chill out all summer, you might feel this is some sort of a festival. If you’re asthmatic, beware of the continuous smog from the barbecues.

Botanical Gardens
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Close to the Munch Museum are the Botanical Gardens, a colourful oasis in the east side of Oslo. Many of the plants and flowers originate from Norway’s mountain areas, including the national flower, Røsslyng. If the weather gets bad, seek refuge in the tropical world in the greenhouses. Beware that that it is not allowed to picnic all places, please follow the signs.

The Frogner Park
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The Frogner Park also goes by the name Vigelandsparken since the artist Gustav Vigeland designed this sculpture park, inside the regular park. It is Norway’s most visited tourist attraction, and completely free. The Frogner park is not a museum, but a wonderful place to go for a stroll or have a picnic and at the same time enjoy Vigeland’s sculptures.

Kuba
{ Grünerløkka }
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Kuba is a popular park among younger people, located between Akerselva and Grünerløkka. Concerts and other activities are often arranged here in the summertime. Kuba is a breather, away from the café lattes and the shopping at Grünerløkka.

The Medieval Park
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The Medieval Park is a real treat. It is quite large and soon you find yourself in a state of perfect Zen, surrounded by ruins from the dark ages. It is perfect for picnics and you learn a bit of Norwegian history in the process.

The Royal Park
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The Royal Park, surrounding the royal castle is the largest park in downtown Oslo. It is a nice place to relax after hours of sightseeing. This is the only park in Oslo where sunbathing is prohibited, but not everyone abides by this rule.

Sofienbergparken
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This park is huge. Sofienbergparken was built in the late 19th century, and was supposed to be the green lungs of the heavily industrialized east side of Oslo. And it still is. It is very popular among locals, all day and all night. Late evening/night it is dominated by youth, more or less drunk. This park also has stationary barbeques, 1 NOK per minute.

St. Hanshaugen
{ St. Hanshaugen }
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This park is hilly with both a great view of Oslo and a bandstand with happenings each Wednesday throughout the summer. The park also has a quite popular outdoor café.

Stensparken
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Stensparken is a green cozy hill for park dwellers. Stensparken is rather small but has a great view of Oslo.

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