All in a Day: Visiting Oslo

Scandinavia’s third-largest city and Norway’s capital is a stunning mix of nature and architecture.

The towering Oslo City Hall overlooks the inner Oslo Fjord.

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Go off the beaten path to find pristine woodlands, sparkling waterways and intriguing neighborhoods when visiting Oslo.

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

When visiting Oslo make sure to ride the elevator to the top of this storied ski jump, which launched daredevil Olympic champions into flight and is still used by top athletes today. The panoramic views of the city far below are no less stirring to mere mortals.

Akerselva River Walk

Starting on Karl Johans Gate, stroll along the Akerselva river past red-brick factories that date back to the Industrial Revolution. A quick jaunt off the riverfront are Vår Frelsers, the historic cemetery where Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch are buried; and the 12th-century Gamle Aker Church, the oldest building in Oslo.

Grünerløkka

Once the domain of the 19th-century working class, this enclave is now Oslo’s hippest neighborhood. Its many bistros and bars are great places to mix with the locals.

Frognerseteren Restaurant

When visiting Oslo, savor the view and pine-scented air while enjoying coffee and a slice of warm apple cake on the broad terrace of this historic red-awninged café and intimate restaurant, perched on a forested hilltop high above the city.

Drøbak

Take the 90-minute ferry ride past the wooded islets of the inner Oslo Fjord to this charming town, which boasts a famous Christmas shop, eclectic art galleries and waterfront cafés.

AAA Travel offers a variety of vacations to Norway and beyond. Call 877-396-7159 or contact a AAA Travel Counselor.

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Rose Stadt, AAA Travel Counselor, Vallejo, Calif.

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