Best time to visit Oslo

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Best time of year to visit Oslo

There are two seasons that could claim to be the best time to visit Oslo: summer with its warm and long days and winter full of Chrismas mood and sports. June–July are perfect months to explore the city, chill in rooftop bars, and hunt for wild berries. Winter comes early to the city and brings Christmas foods, winter sports like skiing and ice skating, and some cold, so you might want to put a warm parka on. It gets warmer in late April–May, and besides a better weather, you will spot lots of red and blue colours on Norway's National Day and take dozens of pictures with school kids celebrating Russefeiring.

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Northern or Polar Lights

Northern or Polar Lights

late September–late March • nature

Northern lights become observable only in the darkest nights

Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating

November–early March • activity

Oslo is famous for its love for winter sports with ice skating being one of the locals' favourite

Aquavit

Aquavit

November–early January • food

The Norwegian "water of life" contains spices, herbs, and around 40% alcohol. It is a common Christmas drink always present during festivities

Tobogganing in Korketrekkeren

Tobogganing in Korketrekkeren

December–March  • activity

The most popular toboggan run in Oslo will take you around ten minutes to go down the hill

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

early January–early April • activity

Oslo is the ski capital of the world with skiing facilities so close to the city centre

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

December–March • activity

There are more than 2,600 km of cross-country ski trails around Oslo

Gløgg

Gløgg

November–early January • food

Not a single Norwegian Christmas party can do without warm spicy Gløgg, a local version of mulled wine

Juleøl or Christmas Beer

Juleøl or Christmas Beer

November–early January • food

Long ago brewing Christmas beer was obligatory for all Norwegians and breaking this law was grounds for punishment

Pickled Herring

Pickled Herring

mid-December–late June • food

Herring pickled with onions, garlic, mustard, lingonberries, and other flavorings is a great Norwegian delight

Skrei Season

Skrei Season

January–April • food

The world's healthiest whitefish is abundant in the waters along the Norwegian coast during winter season

Christmas Desserts: Multekrem, Riskrem, Marzipan Christmas Pig

Christmas Desserts: Multekrem, Riskrem, Marzipan Christmas Pig

November–early January • food

Soft and creamy vanilla-flavored puddings topped with fruit preserves that melt in your mouth. These desserts are a must try during the holidays

Christmas Ham and Sausage

Christmas Ham and Sausage

November–early January • food

Succulent Christmas ham and a savory pork sausage is a highlight of Christmas cuisine all throughout Norway.

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Cloudberry

Cloudberry

late July–early August • food

Whoever dares to pick up unripe cloudberries risks to be punished by law for wasting precious Arctic Gold

Island Hopping in the Oslo Fjord

Island Hopping in the Oslo Fjord

May–September • activity

It takes just a few minutes for a ferry to take you from the messy city centre to delightful peace and silence

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

September 12–21, 2019 • event

Discover a piece of music you've never heard before—Ultima performers surprise even the most experienced concert-goers

Rooftop Bars

Rooftop Bars

May–September • activity

Visit local rooftop bars to chill out and view the best of Oslo panoramas

Oslo Middelalderfestival

Oslo Middelalderfestival

May 24–26, 2019 • event

Dive into the Medieval atmosphere of the Folk festival

Inferno Festival

Inferno Festival

April 18–21, 2019 • event

One of the biggest heavy metal festivals in Scandinavia

Norway's National Day

Norway's National Day

May 17 • event

Norway celebrates its statehood through ceremonial parades. The biggest parade winds its way through the streets of Oslo

Russefeiring

Russefeiring

mid-April–May 17 • event

The russ are wearing red pants inside out and red caps with a string of knots celebrating graduation

Norway Cup

Norway Cup

July 28–August 03, 2019 • event

The world's second largest football cup for young amateur teams

Norwegian Wood Festival

Norwegian Wood Festival

2020 • event

Everybody is welcome to enjoy three days of world and local music in an unusual venue

Fårikål Season

Fårikål Season

September • food

Norwegian children are taught to cook traditional lamb and cabbage stew in elementary schools

TusenFryd Amusement Park

TusenFryd Amusement Park

May–October • activity

Swings and roller coasters of all kinds make it a heaven for both adult and young thrill seekers

Oslo Marathon

Oslo Marathon

September 21, 2019 • activity

The annual marathon attracts more than 16 thousand participants annually

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

mid-November–late December • event

Experience some Scandinavian holiday magic

Red Bull Ragnarok

Red Bull Ragnarok

April 04–07, 2019 • event

The largest snowkiting competition in the world

Norwegian Lobster

Norwegian Lobster

October–November • food

To preserve the stock of Norwegian lobsters for the future years the young and spawning crayfish goes back to the sea

Lussekatt Buns

Lussekatt Buns

December 06–December 13 • food

Lussekatt buns are typical saffron treats served on St. Lucia Day

Kingsland Oslo Horse Show

Kingsland Oslo Horse Show

October 17–20, 2019 • event

The horse show marks the beginning of the World Cup in horse jumping

Open-Air Public Bath

Open-Air Public Bath

June–August • activity

One of the most famous open-air swimming pools, Frognerbadet, offers a lot of family activities

Huk Beach Season

Huk Beach Season

June–August • activity

If you fancy to relax on the beach, it's possible in Oslo