Oslo, Norway Outdoors in Oslo Mini Guide by Stian Thoresen

Oslo is located at the northernmost point of the Oslofjord - a spectacularly naturally beautiful area dotted with lush islands, quaint lighthouses and sandy beaches. Especially in the summer, enjoy the longer daylight hours in the wonderful outdoors of Oslo.

Oslo Harbor

 
It's one of Oslo's main attractions for both locals and tourists. The Nobel Peace Center, the Town Hall (Radhus) and the castle are located around the harbor and the spectacular natural scenery is a wonderful backdrop to some of the city's most famous sights.

Oslo Harbor

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Oslofjord

 
The Oslofjord is an inlet in stretching from Langesund in the south to Oslo in the north. It is part of the Skagerrak strait, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat sea area, which leads to the Baltic Sea. The Oslofjord is not a fjord in the geological sense as in Norwegian the term "fjord" can refer to a wide range of waterways. Dotted with islands of varying sizes, the fjord is one of Oslo's most beautiful features.

Oslofjord

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Dyna Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located on a reef south of Bygdøy, in the Oslofjord. It was established in 1875, and automated in 1956. It's one of the fjord's most notable sights. It's rumored that treasure was hidden here many years ago...

Dyna Lighthouse

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source: wikipedia owner: Helge Høifødt

 
Hovedøya or Hovedøen is one of several small islands off the coast of Oslo in the Oslofjord. The island is quite small, no more than 800 metres across in any direction, the total area is 0,4 square kilometre. It is well known for its lush and green nature, with a wide variety of trees, bushes and flowers

Hovedøya

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Bygdøy or Bygdø is a peninsula on the western side of Oslo. It's known for its beautiful beaches and great museums, including the Maritime Museum and the Fram Museum which is dedicated to the exploration of Norwegian Polar exhibitions.

Bygdøy

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source: wikipedia owner: Grzegorz Wysocki

 
Did you know that Oslo has some of the warmest coastal waters outside of the Mediterranean in Europe? Head to Huk beach to play in the sand and stick your toes in the water!

Huk

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Aker Brygge is a port and neighborhood in Oslo and one of Norway's most popular destinations. It's popular for shopping, dining and entertainment, but also great to walk around and see the boats and scenery. It also boasts fantastic views of the Akershus Castle.

Aker Brygge

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The Vikings were some of the best seamen in the world so what better way to learn about the seas than at the Viking Ship Museum? It houses the three best-preserved Viking ships in the world: the Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune ships. The objects found in the ships, which were used as burial ships, are on display as well. When you're done, you can look out over the same seas these ships sailed and even enjoy some time on the beach next to the museum.

Viking Ship Museum

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