At Parkteatret (the old cinema at Grünerlkka) you will find an exciting theater company that has performed a number of interesting plays. Nordic Black Theater is a drama school specifically aimed at young people with origins in Third World countries. It readily experiments with alternative methods and forms of expression. This is a good place to visit if you are looking for a different and unusual theatrical experience.
Inspired by the Norwegian wilderness, the Oslo Opera House is a marvel of modern architecture and the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The glass facade of the playhouse is embraced by a marble roof that swoops down to its base in a graceful arch, inviting the audience to take a walk on the roof and drink in sweeping views of the waterfront. Inside, the spacious hall is a tapestry of textures and patterns designed by local artists; a visual and tactile experience that mimics the country's natural wonders. The concert hall itself is illuminated by a moon-like chandelier of hand-cast glass bars, beneath which sprawls a horseshoe chamber replete in wood. On stage, the Oslo Opera House hosts a diverse program of the performing arts, showcasing classical performances alongside contemporary renditions by some of the world's best-known artists. A cultural and artistic pearl, the Oslo Opera House is a contemporary wonder that was built to be touched by the masses.
Holmenkollbakken on the west side of the city is famous for the enormous ski jump that can be seen from just about everywhere in Oslo. The most popular sports arena in Norway, Holmenkollen also contains the world's oldest Ski Museum and an exciting ski-simulator (on which visitors can try out the Holmenkollen ski jump themselves!). Holmenkollen hosts a variety of winter sports events, culminating in the annual ski festival in March. Even those not interested in winter sports should not miss the chance to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city.
The former studio of sculptor Gustav Vigeland's lesser-known brother, Emanuel, is now a combined museum and mausoleum. The windowless, church-like room plays tricks on your eyes when you enter, but after a few minutes an impressive mural covering the walls and ceiling will unravel, a truly awe-inspiring representation of entire human life.
Norsk Folkemuseum, the open-air museum that has been giving visitors a peek into a life-sized past for over a century, contains more than 150 authentic buildings from different regions. The buildings date from as far back as medieval times, including the 13th-century Gol Stave Church. The permanent exhibition features sections on handicrafts, traditional clothing and the culture of the Sami people. A souvenir shop, cafe and restaurant are located on the grounds.
Sognsvann Lake, and its surrounding countryside, is one of the most popular choices for a city-dweller's day out, both in summer and winter. During the hottest months, the lake is excellent for swimming and sun-bathing, and when the lake freezes over later in the year, it becomes a huge, natural ice rink, popular with skaters of all ages. Sognsvann is the terminus for the Sognsvann branch of the underground, so it is very easy to get to, whether you come from the city center or from Majorstuen. Marked trails take you straight into the woods, with a variety of alternatives for short and long walks. In the winter, the same paths, now snow-covered, are used for cross-country skiing.
Founded by Norwegian monarch Harald Hardrada in 1049, Norway's capital city is wrapped around the craggy terrain of the Oslofjord at its foreground, while its backdrop is shrouded in lush forested hills. Between these natural landscapes, Oslo has flourished to represent an environmentally aware nation, a rapidly developing European metropolis that wholeheartedly supports a green atmosphere. A row of breathtaking modern architecture crowds its stellar skyline, while a rich cultural spirit holds you in perpetual awe. Oslo is also home to an impressive line-up of illustrious museums that house everything from regional and international art, and riveting accounts of Nordic history and culture. The annually held Oslo Jazz Festival and a repertoire of world-class concert halls and theaters indicate its passionate inclination toward the arts. One of Norway's most livable cities with a commendably low crime rate, Oslo offers its residents a safe haven in which to live and thrive.
This is Oslo's main street, a pedestrian area leading from the central station to the palace. Visitors can watch the world go by at one of the street's numerous watering holes or simply follow the crowds down the road, past street vendors and entertainers, past the parliament, national theatre, Grand Hotel and the university. With hundreds of different shops, the street is also a Mecca for shopaholics. The park between the parliament and national theater is turned into an ice-rink in the winter.
Brace yourself as you enter the famous Victoria Teater, as you're in for some great entertainment. The jazz haven, which is a part of the Nasjonal Jazzscene, has attracted the creme de la creme of the city of Oslo. From theater acts to musicals to live jazz concerts, this spot hosts them all. With a capacity to admit a big crowd, this venue has had many famous artists from different genres performing here. The sound and lighting compliment each other, thus making every show a brilliant one.
Dedicated solely to Jazz music, this nightclub is a cozy place to go, for all the devotees of Jazz music. This venue has over the years become a meeting ground for talented musicians seeking to explore different rhythms and explore the variations that can be created with jazz music. With a high seating capacity, this hall often tends to get crowded and finding seats is difficult so if you plan to catch up on one of the concerts happening there make sure you reach well in advance.