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Oslo Introduction


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One of the best features of Oslo, Norway, is its setting. Located at the base of the Oslo Fjord, the city extends up the mountains that surround it on three sides. The city's cultural center is downtown, right on the water. Oslo is easy to navigate and so compact that you can walk almost everywhere.   Click here to see the full Oslo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oslo Geography


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Oslo curves around the innermost shore of the Oslo Fjord. It is surrounded by forests to the west, north and east and covers approximately 175 sq mi/450 sq km.   Click here to see the full Oslo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oslo History


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Oslo was first settled around AD 900 by Vikings who built small wooden houses at the foot of a hill in what is now called Gamlebyen (Old Town). Viking King Harald Hardraade's castle was there, and the remains of two churches and a bishop's residence from that time can still be seen. At the end of the 13th century, King Haakon V Magnusson started work on Akershus Castle at the base of the Oslo Fjord.   Click here to see the full Oslo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oslo Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Start your exploration of the city by walking along the main street, Karl Johans gate, which bustles with activity in the summer. At the top of Karl Johans gate is the royal palace, where you can watch the changing of the guard daily at 1:30 pm. Halfway down the street is the Oslo Cathedral, with its cluster of medieval-style shops. At the bottom of the street, you'll find the main railroad station (Sentralstasjon).   Click here to see the full Oslo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oslo Nightlife


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Nightlife in Oslo starts late, despite the fact that most restaurants close early. Two very popular German words used in Norway, vorspiel (foreplay) and nachspiel (afterplay), define Oslo nightlife, but without the sexual connotation.   Click here to see the full Oslo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Oslo Restaurants & Dining


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Traditional Norwegian food consists of hearty soups, meat-and-potato entrees, and seafood such as lutefisk (dried cod marinated in water and lye), smoked herring and salmon. Oslo experienced a restaurant boom in the 1980s, and with it came some inventive new dishes. Oslo now has several Michelin-starred restaurants.   Click here to see the full Oslo travel guide on Travel42 »

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