Det Norske Teatret – The Norwegian Theatre

Det Norske Teatret – The Norwegian Theatre

At Det norske teatret you can see plays and musicals performed in the New Norwegian language.  This theatre is famous for excellent scenography and performance.  In spring 2019 there are performances of David Bowie’s Lazarus (photo above of the final song “We can be Heros”) as well as Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.  In the autumn children of all ages can look forward to a spectacular performance of Roald Dahl’s Charlie og sjokoladefabrikken (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).  There are many more plays to enjoy – visit DNT’s website

Oslo Summer Park

Oslo Summer Park

Oslo Summer Park is the biggest climbing park in Oslo and very popular with locals and visitors alike.  There is climbing for everyone, regardless of age or skill. There are over 150 elements among the trees, across 9 different routes of varying difficulty.  The routes range from half a meter over the ground, up to 20 meters up in the tree tops.  Don’t worry if it happens to be raining – just put on rain clothes!
However the Summer Park is more than climbing!  It is the place for renting bikes, radio cars and walking in beautiful nature with spectacular views over Oslo and the surrounding region. 
You can bring your own picnic or buy food in the kiosk.  We also recommend the excellent Frognersæter restaurant which is half way down the road towards the Holmenkollen jump.  Here you can buy reasonably priced meals which are Norwegian specialities.

It would be a good idea to combine visiting the Summer Park, with a stop at the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Ski Museum.  There is good parking at the Park. 
Visitors going to the Summer Park by public transport can take Bus 250 to Nationaltheatret stop in Oslo and then tram 1 up to Frognerseter stop (see picture below).  From there it is a 14 minute walk up to the park.

Bicycles: on- and off-road

Bicycles: on- and off-road

Exploring the Oslo region and city is especially great by bicycle.  There are lots of cycle tracks in and around the city and throughout the region.  Norway has been enthusiastic in encouraging people to cycle to work or free time activities.  Tourists to our region can hire cycles at Viking Biking or to join one of their organised bike tours.  Click on the link for many exciting suggestions and prices.

For those who have their own bike, the forests surrounding the city offer amazing off-road tracks and of course the forests are for everyone to enjoy, whether by bicycle or on foot.

Looking down on Oslo city

Biking in the Oslo forests in December

As you can see from the picture, it is possible to rent off-road bikes at Oslo sommer park at Tryvann.  Oslo Sommerpark is at the top of the Holmenkollen hill.  In winter this is where you find many slalom/snowboard tracks while in summer it is a great starting place for cycling in the forests above Oslo.  This is also where you find the beautifully situated Climbing Park with one of Scandinavia’s biggest and best rope courses

The Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo (Norsk folkemuseum)

The Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo (Norsk folkemuseum)

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is located at Bygdøy in Oslo and has an open-air museum with 160 historic buildings.  One of the main attractions is Gol Stave Church which dates from around 1200.  Indoor exhibits include Norwegian folk costumes, folk art, church art and Sami culture.  There are temporary exhibits and activities for children all year.
Opening times:
In the winter half year, from September 15th – May 14th, the museum is open on weekdays 11:00 – 15:00 and at weekends from 11:00 – 16:00
In summer from May 15th – September the museum is open every day from 10:00 – 18:00
Open between Christmas and New Year from 11:00 – 15:00.
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

By bus, take the 250 bus from Vollen to Nationaltheatret and then the number 30 bus towards Bygdøy, getting off at Folkemuseet.  The journey should take one hour.

There is a large gift shop at the Folk Museum.  Do be aware that the prices are very high, even for Norway. 

Munchmuseet – The Munch Museum

Munchmuseet – The Munch Museum

Edvard Munch was one of Modernism’s most significant artists. He was active throughout more than sixty years; from the time he made his debut in the 1880s, right up to his death in 1944. Munch was part of the Symbolist movement in the 1890s, and a pioneer of expressionist art from the beginning of the 1900s onward. His experimentation within painting, graphic art, drawing, sculpture, photo and film has given him a unique position in Norwegian as well as international art history.

The Munch Museum is located at Tøyengata 53, Oslo and is open every day from 10:00 to 16:00.  In the summer season from 11th May to 8th September the Museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00.  Please be aware that the museum is closed on the following dates in 2019: 1. January; 20. – 21. February; 1. May; 8. – 10. May; 17. May; 25.-27. September; 23. – 26. December and 31. December.
Tickets cost kr 120,- for adults; kr 60,- for students.  Oslo Pass and children under 18 years old are free.

At the museum there is a good selection of lunch dishes, sandwiches and cakes in Stockfleths kaffebar (the coffee shop).
The Museum shop has an excellent selection of Munch inspired products, posters and books.

The bus number 20 takes you to Munchmuseet.  There is paid parking outside the museum.
For more information about exhibitions please visit the Munch museet website  You can find the calendar in English by clicking to EN at the top right of the web page. 

Special exhibitions at the Munch Museum, please consult the web-site.

 

The new Munch Museum opens in 2020 in Bjørvika, Oslo.  Across 13 floors, visitors will be able to see more of Munch than ever before.  In fact this will be one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to a single artist.  The building is designed by the Spanish architecture firm Estudio Herreros. Building materials used to construct the museum, in particular concrete and steel, is environmentally friendly and can be recycled. The building’s exterior is covered in translucent, perforated aluminium.

Munch’s art is displayed in three permanent exhibitions, and temporary exhibitions show works by renowned Norwegian and international artists as well as innovative contemporary artists.

In addition to exploring the different exhibitions, you can attend concerts, literary readings and discussions, debates and other cultural events, or gather friends and family to enjoy fantastic meal and the spectacular view from the 13th floor. The museum also houses art workshops where you can experiment with different techniques and materials, and other fun activities where children and adults can create inspiring art experiences together.

Magic Ice, Oslo

Magic Ice, Oslo

Magic Ice is found in four towns in Norway (and also in Anchorage, Alaska, Copenhagen, Denmark and Reykjavik, Iceland) The photos here were taken in Svolvær, in Lofoten in the North of Norway but the concept is much the same at each location.  On entry you are given a warm robe and gloves as the temperature is several degrees below zero Celsius.  Then a drink at the Ice Bar and afterwards you have fun wandering round the ice-blue rooms filled with ice statues.
The Oslo Magic Ice is right in the centre of Oslo.

Opening times:
Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 to 23:00
Friday and Saturday till midnight.

Admission price is NOK 195,- which includes a welcome drink served in an ice glass and a winter poncho to wear in the exhibition hall. Children pay 50% and there are discounted prices for families and students