I just landed for 24 hours in Oslo, Norway and even though the weather has been crappy, I am excited to be back in Europe. Tomorrow I will catch my last flight and return to Lofoten, an archipelago above the Arctic circle that is stunning, rugged and one of my favourite destinations in the world.
Here are my personal highlights....
1. Aker Brygge
Aker Brygge is Oslo´s go-to place for shopping, food and entertainment. Located in the southern part of the city, next to the harbour, you will be able to enjoy wonderful sea food or coffee and have a stunning view across the Oslo Fjord, usually swarmed with boats, ferries and everything in between. Aker Brygge is a real melting pot, where people like to mingle and meet. Its buzzing small streets are filled with locals and tourists. In the summertime, you will see lots of street artists and musicians and there are tons of festivals throughout the warm summer months. For more information, visit http://www.akerbrygge.no/english/
2. Munchmuseet - The Munch Museum
Edward Munch, the famous Norwegian painter, is one of the most important painters of Modernism. His experimental style of painting, graphic art, drawing etc has given him a truly unique position in international and Norwegian history.
At the moment, they are showing a Munch & Van Gogh exhibition that is worth seeing.
For more details, visit http://munchmuseet.no/en/
4. Karl Johans Gate
Karl Johans gate is "the" street in Oslo, and apart from endless shopping opporunities, cafes and bars also includes many of Oslo´s tourist attraction, such as the Royal Palace, Central Station, the National Theatre, and the Palace Park. From Oslo Main Station (Oslo S, or Sentralstasjon) the promenade is a pedestrian zone and a composite of several older streets that used to be separate.
5. The Royal House of Norway - Oslo Slottet
After visiting Aker Brygge, take a 10 min. walk from the ocean and visit the palace in Oslo.
Even though Norwegian history goes back many centuries, as an independent nation, it is relatively young and the Norwegian monarchy dates back more than one thousand years. So, for all those who are interested in history, this is the place to go.
More details can be found here http://www.royalcourt.no/
6. AYO Oslo - Ashtanga Yoga Oslo
When I arrived after an excruciating 24 hours of travelling, all I wanted was to stretch out and practice. Not far from my hotel is the Ashtanga Yoga Oslo shala and I was able to drop-in on saturday for a guided primary series. Just like any other traditional Ashtanga yoga shala, this is the real deal. I really enjoyed the practice, everyone was exceptionally friendly and I will be back there to practice at the end of next week.
In case you would like to drop in, here the link to AYO´s website http://ayo.no/
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