When we’re putting up with rather cool, damp weather in the UK in early summer, we tend not to think of Norway when we dream of warmer climes.
Despite the Oslo’s status as one of the northernmost world capitals, the city tends to enjoy surprisingly warm summers thanks to the moderating effects of the Gulf Stream. Indeed, Oslo is currently enjoying a very pleasant, settled spell of warm weather with daytime temperatures as high as 25ºC on many occasions.
There’s plenty to do in Oslo on a fine summer’s day. Here are a few possibilities:-
Visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, an imposing monument of steel and concrete, which offers spectacular views of Oslo and the Oslofjord. Located inside the base of the Ski Jump tower, the SkiMuseum presents the history of skiing over the past 4,000 years, as well as the expeditions of Norwegian polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen.
The Viking Ship Museum shouldn’t be missed by any visitor to Oslo. The museum displays the world’s two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century, as well as small boats, sledges, a cart with exceptional ornamentation, implements, tools, harness, textiles and household utensils.
The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park is another must-see on any Oslo city break. The s park is filled with 212 bronze and granite sculptures and locals enjoying outdoor life.
Vigelandsparken is a popular meeting place for Oslo residents who head to the park to enjoy a picnic or barbecue, or play among the sculptures. One of the most famous sculptures is the Monolith, a column over 14 metres tall and carved in one single stone. Gustav Vigeland modelled all his sculptures in full size without any assistance of pupils or other artists. The carving in stone and the casting in bronze were left to a number of talented craftsmen. Vigeland also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds with their far stretching lawns and long straight avenues bordered with maple trees.