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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Exploring Oslo’s Fjords Waterfront

As an adult with no children, we kind of take all of our vacations as “romantic getaways”. On Tuesday, I gave you a list of great ideas for free things to do in Oslo and today I’m going to talk about what to do on and along the Oslo Fjord, because we all know that the seaside can be pretty romantic.

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Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t really get modern art, but there are a lot of you that love it, so why not check out this amazing museum housed in a building built to resemble a giant ship with sails that are made of glass. Tickets run a little over $13 per person and for that you can view both permanent and rotating Norwegian exhibits.

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Here’s a free and interesting attraction. This medieval park is located in Old Town and is just a 10-minute walk from the Central Station. It holds the ruins of St. Clement’s Church, St. Mary’s Church and the former Royal Estate. It is bordered by Lake Tenerife and several events and festivities happen here throughout the year. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera, because there’s fantastic photo opportunities that make a great backdrop for pictures of the two of you.

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Hanami Japanese Restaurant
For me, the worst thing you can do is visit a seaside destination and ignore all the seafood possibilities. Hanami resides in a very modern building full of windows facing the harbor and serves up sushi and cooked dishes that come from the area, such as black cod (one of my favorites), Norwegian lamb and pan-fried duck. Prices here aren’t cheap, but they aren’t crazy expensive either. It’s well worth the splurge for an afternoon or night out.

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Oslo Opera House
Do you love opera or ballet? If so, then the Oslo Opera House is on the waterfront and a fabulously popular attraction in the city. The outside is angular and covered in marble and granite, making it appear as if it’s a part of the water. If this type of culture is not really your thing, you can still head over and take a tour of the building and its gorgeous architecture.

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Lofoten Fiskerestaurant
Overlook the harbor while enjoying a delicious and local seafood meal. Sundays they offer a two-course dinner for 345 Krone (around $45 US) or you can choose from a lovely – and more affordable – menu the rest of the week. Some of the dishes that jumped out at me were pan-fried skate, king crab ravioli and grilled whale. Why not try something brand new? If you are afraid of some of those, you can also try Greenland shrimp or Norwegian lobster.

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Akershus Slott & Fortress
This medieval castle is full of history and you can learn more about it in my other Oslo post.

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Aker Brygge
Go shopping along the fjord, but even more than that you can learn about shipbuilding and hop on a boat to one of the islands. Aker Brygge is a hotbed of entertainment, unique shopping opportunities and delicious dining all on the seaside. Take a cruise of the Oslo Fjord or spend your whole day exploring the mall, which is like a small city in itself. This is where you can pick up a nice little souvenir from your trip, enjoy the promenade along the fjord or sit down to a romantic meal with a view of the water.

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Have you been to Oslo? What are your suggestions for romantic days/nights out?

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