The A to Z Challenge is more than halfway over and I didn’t even notice!
I’d really like to visit a Nordic country (or several). I guess that’s obvious, since I already posted about Iceland. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden…I wouldn’t turn down a free trip to any of them! But since today’s letter is O, Oslo comes out on top.
Oslo is Norway’s capital city. It has been called the most environmentally-friendly international city. (In 2007 Reader’s Digest ranked Oslo as number two on a list of the world’s greenest, most liveable cities.) It’s also one of the world’s most expensive cities. Hm…
Their language is super bizarre, but awesome-looking. I don’t know what anything means, and I wouldn’t be able to read any signs or find my way around. (That’s kind of what it was like in Athens, although at least I knew the Greek alphabet, which helped.)
I don’t know anything about Nordic history or culture. I’d like to do some research before embarking on this trip.
Highlights of Oslo:
- island hopping in the Oslo Fjord
- the Norwegian Nobel Institute and the Nobel Peace Center
- the Oslo Opera House
- the Botanisk Hage, a botanical garden (with a Scent Garden designed especially for the blind, mentally handicapped and wheelchair-bound — so cool!)
- Vigelandsparken, a sculpture park that contains the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron
- Vikingskipshuset, the Viking Ship Museum
- + lots of other museums
Best time to visit: March to August, according to Google
Current cost of a plane ticket from Charlottesville (CHO) to Oslo (OSL): $945.66 with taxes
For those of you who have visited, what are the highlights of Oslo? Any must-sees? Any tips on learning the language? Recommendations on hotels, restaurants, museums, events? (Or do you prefer a different location that begins with O?)