For many years, Norway’s capital has been eclipsed by its stylish Scandi neighbours.
The travel guide’s best-selling yearbook Best in Travel has selected Oslo as one of the ten best cities in the world to visit in 2018, citing the Norwegian capital’s “innovative architecture and unmissable museums alongside cool bars, bistros and cafés”.
Lonely Planet further highlights urban regeneration projects such as the waterfront area of Tjuvholmen, and writes that “Oslo’s charms have sailed under the Scandinavian radar for far too long, but this compact capital is rising fast”.
The guide also notes that “showing off doesn’t really come naturally to Oslo: first and foremost, this is a city to live in, with parks to get lost in, waterways to wander and fjords to kayak – not to mention a coffee culture the equal of Stockholm or Copenhagen”.
But Oslo, along with the rest of the nation, is set to toast a landmark event: in 2018, Norway’s beloved king and queen celebrate the 50th year of their marriage. Expect fanfare and pageantry aplenty, along with a packed calendar of events – civic, culinary and cultural.
As a bonus, Oslo’s landmark Opera House is marking its 10th birthday in 2018 with a celebratory season of concerts and performances, so you really couldn’t pick a better year to visit.
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