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A Perfect Day in Oslo

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Norway’s capital is one of the world’s largest—in terms of land that is, extending over 177 square miles. In terms of population, it’s fairly modest, with fewer than 600,000 residents and green spaces and open skies are easy to find, both within the city limits and the greater region. That’s not to say, however, that it lacks urban attractions. If you only have one day in Oslo, here are our recommendations. Before the sun has set, however, you likely will have decided one is not enough.
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Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo, Norway
I'm on my RyanAir flight to Oslo and decide to start flipping through one of their magazines and find an ad for an art museum in Oslo with a big picture of The Scream next to it. 'The Scream??' I think to myself? 'One of the most famous paintings...
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Studenterlunden, Karl Johans gate 24, 0162 Oslo, Norway
Karl Johans gate is Oslo’s main street, stretching from the city’s central train station to the Royal Palace. It’s possible to walk the entire length of it in about fifteen minutes, but the point isn’t to hurry. The pedestrian-only boulevard is...
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Vulkan 5, 0178 Oslo, Norway
Mathallen is modeled on European food markets and offers a wide variety of delis, cafés, and eateries. Most of the produce on offer is rather unique or locally sourced, be it meat, fish, veggies, baked goods, or coffee. Mathallen claims to...
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Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo, Norway
Perhaps Norway’s most famous cultural attraction, the Viking Ship Museum should be at the top of any list of must-see attractions in Oslo. It is one of five museums on the Bygdøy peninsula, which sits on the western side of Oslo—the nearby...
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Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1, 0150 Oslo, Norway
From the ancient Vikings to the Oslo Opera House is a journey across a thousand years. The building in white marble sits on the banks of the Oslofjord and was designed by Norway’s most famous architectural firm, Snøhetta. Since it opened in 2008,...