Central Oslo is an architecturally stunning quarter, steeped in rich history. From the starkly angular form of City Hall, to the opulent period finery of the Royal Palace and Akershus Castle, it is a district of visual wonders. Make for the palatial National Gallery and bask in the Expressionist beauty of Edvard Munch's The Scream, which takes pride of place among a veritable treasure trove of works.
Grunerlokka is a bohemian melting-pot, where the coolest Osloites hunt out antique bargains, artisan breads and cakes, and artistic inspiration at the galleries and cafes down Thorvald Meyers Gate and Markveien. For a real taste of Norwegian culture, take a tour of the Popsenteret – a pop music museum. And if you're after quieter pleasures, you can clear your mind at the Sofienberg Park or the Botanical Gardens.
As you slice your skis through powdry-white slopes, breathe the fresh mountain air deep into your lungs and gaze out across the green Marka Forest, you'll see why visitors flock to Holmenkollen. This beautiful mountainous region, dominated by the colossal ski jump, is a snowsport-addict's dream, while the views of Downtown Oslo from the ski tower and the ancient, 5,000-year-old Ekeberg Rock Carvings are awesome in very different ways.
This picturesque corner of Oslo is one of Scandinavia's most up-and-coming neighborhoods. You can explore every possible corner of life, from the latest in high fashion to vibrant artworks and motor shows at the Norges Varemesse exhibition center. Prefer outdoor thrills? Sports fans can delight in 90 pulsating minutes of soccer at the Arasen Stadion, home to Lillestrom SK, one of Norway's most decorated teams.