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Oslo doesn’t boast a long list of attractions, yet the handful on offer are fascinating. Visit in summer when the days are long, the sun’s out, and the sky’s blue and you’ll be glad there’s not a lot to “do” so you can soak up the sunshine with the locals.

Things to do in Oslo

Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower

A must for sports fans, Oslo’s oldest ski jump dates to 1892. Just 25 minutes from the city centre, it offers spectacular views of Oslo. There’s a very realistic ski jump simulator beneath the actual jump and a ski museum with intriguing exhibits, including a wooden ski dating to 600AD!

Holmenkollen, Kongeveien 5, 011-47-22-91671947, www.skiforeningen.no
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Nobel Peace Center

Home to the Nobel Peace Prize, there’s an impressive space dedicated to Peace Prize Winners, where 96 flat screens, displaying the portraits and biographies of the Nobel laureates, rise like flowers from a garden.

Brynjulf Bulls plass 1; Rådhusplassen, 011-47-22-483-01000, www.nobelpeacecenter.org
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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

A trip back in time and a wonderful place to spend a day, this open-air folk museum features some 156 historic Norwegian buildings, from grand old manor houses to ramshackle wooden grocery stores. Take a picnic lunch.

Museumsveien 10, 011-47-22-123700, www.norskfolke.museum.no
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The Munch Museum

This superb museum, dedicated to Norway’s most famous artist, holds the largest collection of Munch’s work; the highlight is The Scream, returned to the museum in 2007 after a much-publicized theft.

Tøyengata 53; Vika, 011-47-23-493500, www.munch.museum.no
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Vigeland Sculpture Park

One of Oslo’s (and Norway’s) most popular sights, this splendid park features over 200 sculptures carved from stone, bronze, and cast iron by the revered Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), who also designed the park.

Frognerparken, 011-47-22-135490, www.vigeland.museum.no
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Viking Ship Museum

Fans of Scandinavian design and boat-lovers alike will not want to miss Oslo’s most fascinating attraction, an exhibit of three remarkably well-preserved Viking ships that were found in 9th-century burial grounds near Oslo Fjord.

Huk Aveny 35, 011-47-22-135280, www.khm.uio.no
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