welcome to oslo
Oslo has a diverse and complex atmosphere. The city has the pulse and energy of a big city, with a plethora of cafés, markets and people – yet it is rested next to the huge Oslo-fjord and surrounded by wild forest, giving it a rural feel and an air of mystique.
You can literally leave a concert in the city and wander in the quiet forest 20 minutes later.
The city is large enough to have areas with a distinct “feel” – from the urban Grünerløkka to the “uptight” Frogner – yet you can cross the central areas by foot within hours. It is big enough to attract huge concerts and happenings, yet it is almost abandoned like a ghost town during certain holidays.
This complexity reflects in the Norwegians who live here as well. As a people we are both open, engaged, techno-savvy and world-oriented – yet still rooted in traditional “narrow-minded” attitudes sometimes found in smaller places.
Make no mistake – we citizens of Oslo love our city, and cherish its feel and persona. We hope you will too.
We have some typical “Tourist Attractions” – like the Vigeland Park, the Opera-building, The Fortress of Akershus or the ships at Fram-museum. You’ll love them.
We at USE-IT Oslo strongly recommend that you also put these attractions aside – at least for one day –to find the hidden pearls of Oslo, with our USE-IT Oslo map in hand.
This is what we do – and the USE-IT Oslo map is our way to share our love for the city, and the secrets within it – to you.