Recently this Nordic city ranked first as the most expensive city in the world. Not exactly the best credentials to have but then again it must be expensive for a reason. The price tag of Oslo shouldnt put you off her riches are much deeper than youd think and are well worth the krones.

Off Norways coasts are some abundant oil sources that have made the entire country extremely well-off. At least the locals can afford this expensive city! But the riches of Oslo arent just limited to these natural resources. Oslo, founded by a Viking king, is steeped in history and is one of the oldest Scandinavian cities to boot. Its one of the most heavily forested cities in Europe, surrounded by the spectacular Nordmarka Woods. Not to mention the breathtaking Oslo Fjord with its 40 islands and pristine wilderness.

In the winter, the mountains around Oslo are covered in snow and ski fields are a skip away from the centre of town. Long winters and cold weather is spectacularly contrasted to short summers with long sunny days (an average of 20 hours!!). With all that sunshine crammed into such a short time, the fjord is packed with water sports, boats, canoes and pretty much anything that can float.

Enough to justify the price tag yet?

Remember then that Oslos alternative vibe means an interesting nightlife and some great underground options. There is a great cultural scene to enjoy here, and with a growing multicultural community, Oslo also boasts modern international cuisine too.

What to see
In winter, its the snow. In summer, its the fjord. Simple as that with such pristine natural beauty surrounding a capital city, what more could you ask for?! Try sledding when the grounds covered in snow the locals head to Frogneretesen (accessible by metro), where the 1952 Winter Olympics bob sled run is well illuminated.

If its 9 at night and the sun still happens to be shining, then take a ferry ride out on the Oslo Fjord, island hopping your long summer days away. The ferries leave from Vippetangen - make sure you visit Beikya, Gressholmen, Lindya and Hevedya. The city itself is divided by the Akerselva River, with walkable bridges if the mood takes you. Wander around Grnerlkka, in the east, where the student bars, second hand clothes, and ethnic flavour lies. Theres also the Markreien and Throvald Heyers Gate. At the Bydy penninsula, youll find the Museums and the famous Munch Scream at the National Museum of Art, and more Edvard Munch at well, the Munch Museum. Best of all, many of Oslos museums are free!

Youll find medieval Oslo in the Gamlebyen area, with St Hallvard Church, the Bishops Residence, the Srence Medieval Park and Church of Mary. To search for Viking treasures, make sure that you get out of bed on Sundays and head to the Bl markets at Brennerlulen between 12 and 5.

What to eat
Norways number one export is fish, so unsurprisingly youll find the best selection still in Norway. Try the smoked wild salmon, mackerel, rakfish and lutefish on your tables, and make sure you fill up on modern takes of Viking staples. If its a bit chilly out, then try an Artic liquer like lakka (distilled cloudberries) or polar (from cranberries).

To stock op on your own groceries, stop by the Youngstorget, a 150 year old refurnished produce markets offering everything from fruit and vegetables to clothes.

Where to party
The locals party it up on the islands in summer hop on a ferry and find the hippest crowd to crash. Just remember to take a swimsuit and forget about taking the last ferry back! (The first one in the morning is the best bet!)

If youre staying in town, try the area around Solli Plass for the best bars, or gritty and hip Grnland for restaurants, bars and clubs.

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