Hello Oslo, your Beast has arrived! A couple of months ago we launched Beast in Norway. Crazy! Since Norway is bold and beautiful, there is a lot to do and see. Norway is not just rich from its oil but from its nature too. As we are writing this blog post, we are booking our tickets to Norway ASAP. We have put together a list that contains different activities for everyone.
You wanna see the city? Want to get away into nature? You wanna eat and shop? What about going surfing? – We got you! Let’s see what we have to offer to you.
Oslo Opera House
Starting off from the central, this is a must go if you appreciate classical music, ballet and culture. Oslo Opera House is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway since Nidarosdomen was completed circa 1300. Covered in white marble and white granite, to make it seem it is rising from the water. A perfect place for a date night out with Beast.
The largest park in central parts of Oslo, know for Vigeland Sculpture Park – one of Oslo’s most popular attractions. In the park, you can be more active and go for a run or walk a dog, but when you need a little break, just have a picnic. In the park you’ll also find a café and a restaurant. The best part? Children can play on Norway’s biggest playground. Frogner Park has Norway’s biggest collection of roses that makes it even more beautiful; a total of 14,000 plants of 150 different species.
Aker Brygge & Tjuvholmen
Shopping, food trucks, fancy wining and dining, strolls on a swarming promenade, or just sitting along the pier, taking in the view of the Oslo fjord – that’s what Aker Brygge has to offer.
Maybe feeling a little artsy? A bridge connects Aker Brygge to Tjuvholmen, known for its architectural diversity and many art installations in between the houses. There are also a lot of galleries and restaurants with high standards in Tjuvholmen.
Time to get out of the city and into nature. Just a little north of Oslo, there is a beautiful lake, Sognsvann. Very popular among locals during summer to have a picnic, go swimming or camping by the lake. That does not stop there. It is also famous for skiing, skating, and ice-fishing during winter, so it is a low-cost year-round attraction for everybody. Definitely worth the visit!
Paradisbukta – A Little Bit of Paradise by Bygdøy
Bygdøy itself is a lovely area and although it has a couple more beaches (Bygdøy sjøbad or Huk), Paradisbukta has nothing on them, especially when you’re looking for a little calmer and more remote beach. You can only get to this little paradise in Bygdøy by foot or by bike, but it is only around one kilometer along beautiful forest paths from Bygdøy. Paradisbukta has fine sand and lovely swimming conditions.
Bonus round: Some suggestions for longer road trips around Norway with a Beast
3 cities in Norway that definitely deserve a visit as well:
Bergen – “The heart of the fjords”
Home of Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest fjord. Located on Norway’s southwestern coast, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. 10% of the population are students, so there’s always something going on at the various watering holes and venues throughout the city.
Also, all the seafood lovers, listen up! Bergen is the UNESCO City of Gastronomy and fresh seafood is the core of Bergen cuisine. The picturesque Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway’s most visited outdoors markets.
Streets painted in all the colors of the rainbow, with lovely cafés, boutiques, and galleries. Yes, we are talking about Øvre Holmegate area in Stavanger, a place with numerous photo opportunities to step up your Instagram game or to just make colorful memories.
In addition to the Øvre Holmegate area, Stavanger has lots of exciting street art that the Nuart Festival has left all over the region. Talking about excitement, are you’re looking for some adrenaline rush? Kongeparken is the way to go! In there you and your family can enjoy more than 60 activities and rides, it also has Norway’s only roller coaster with spinning gondolas, and you can even make your own chocolate at the Freia chocolate factory. Take us there already!
Park your Beast for charging, it’s time to hop on a bike because you have just arrived in Norway’s leading cycling city.
Trondheim is also known as the “Home of Nordic Flavors”. The city has developed into a top destination for foodies and can show off three stars in the Michelin guide.
Trondheim has the largest university in the country, therefore it’s established itself as a leader in innovation and is known as Norway’s capital of knowledge. This city with 40,000 students makes it always fun with a huge variety of festivals, concerts, and other cultural events.
Enough about the cities, we need more nature, don’t we?
We need more rocks! Big and very picturesque rocks. Are you up for a challenging hike? If your answer was yes, then let us introduce you to Trolltunga (“Troll tongue”) a rock formation situated in Ullensvang Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. In recent years it has gained a lot of popularity among hikers, in 2016 more than 80,000 people hiked the 27-kilometer round-trip from the village of Skjeggedal, making it one of Norway’s most popular hikes. How nice would it be to have a warm and cozy Beast Tesla waiting for you after the 10-hour hike.
This is a special recommendation from our very own Norwegian manager, Papa Beast. Meet Hoddevik, a village, and a surf beach on the western coast of the Stadtlandet. White-sand beach, local surf hostel, and just enough wind to catch some nice waves. An ideal place to get into nature and surf. As they say, keep the best for last!
And there you have it, our top list for some Norwegian fun. Make sure to let us know your thoughts and more suggestions in the comments.