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Oslo has long tradition for winter sports. The city has hosted many great sports events, including the Olympic Winter Games in 1952, the WSC in 1982 and 2000 and not least the Biathlon World Championships last winter. The great thing about Oslo is its proximity to pristine nature in all directions. You can take the subway from a downtown location and be in the middle of the woods in just 15-20 minutes.

Oslo VinterPark
Only 30 minutes from central Oslo you find the city’s largest ski resort, Oslo VinterPark (Oslo Winter Park). Located at Tryvannshøgda, the resort features 11 lifts and 18 ski slopes. The combined ski and snowboarding resort offers something for everyone: easy slopes for novices, own slopestyle line, a super pipe, and wide slopes perfectly suited for families as well as carving.

The ski season usually lasts from November or December until after Easter. The resort is also open five nights a week and all slopes are floodlit. You can rent all your ski equipment, and there is a ski school and a café.

Read more about Oslo Vinterpark at http://www.oslovinterpark.no/

Spikersuppa outdoor ice rink
Right in the heart of Oslo, between the Parliament and the National Theatre, and just a few steps away from First Hotel Millennium and First Hotel Grims Grenka, you find the Spikersuppa rink. Here you can go ice skating all winter. If you can’t be bothered to bring your own skates, you can rent them for NOK 100.

Here you can find further information on the Spikersuppa rink

Holmenkollen is the gateway to Nordmarka, one of the city’s most popular hiking areas. It takes around 20-30 minutes to reach the area by subway from downtown Oslo. Here you will find the Holmenkollen ski jumping hill, Norway’s most-visited tourist attraction and one of its most modern ski jumps. The observation deck at the top of the ski jump offers panoramic vistas of Oslo.

Inside the mountain, under the Holmenkollen ski jumping hill, you find Oslo’s Ski Museum, the world’s oldest such museum dedicated to skiing. Here you can explore 4,000 years of skiing history and see equipment used by the great polar explorers as well as an exhibition about snowboarding and modern skiing. During the winter season, several national and international skiing and ski jumping events are hosted in the area. The local Skiing Association also offers ski schools and guided tours.

See the Ski Association event list and read more about Holmenkollen here.

On the Holmenkollen mountaintop you find the neighbourhood of Frognerseteren with sweeping views of the city and the Oslo Fjord. It’s the perfect place to soak in the vistas, relax by the cracking fireplace, and enjoy a good meal. Or you can start your ski trip here, and wander for miles on skis across the open nature that surrounds Oslo.

Korketrekkeren toboggan run
Oslo’s most popular toboggan run is called Korktrekkeren (The Corkscrew), which runs from the neighbourhood of Frognerseteren to Midtstuen. The 2,000-metre run takes about 10 minutes complete by sled. To repeat the fun, you can take the subway from Midtstuen up to Frognerseteren again in 16 minutes. The toboggan run is free to use. You can bring your own sled or rent one on site. Korktrekkeren is only open when there is enough snow on the ground. Check korken.no for updated information.

Arts and culture
Oslo is also a cultural city with many attractions, museums and galleries featuring art of world renown. Our two hotels in Oslo are centrally located close to the Opera House and the National Theatre. So why not pay a visit to the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet by the harbourfront in Bjørvika. The Opera House is Norway’s largest music and performing arts institution, and the first opera house in the world where you can walk on the roof.

Otherwise, we recommend a visit at the Munch Museum to see The Scream and Madonna, or visit the National Gallery and see paintings by Norway’s most famous artists. Or how about a trip to the Viking Museum at Bygdøy, which you can combine with a visit to the Norwegian Folk Museum? 

Find a practical overview of the city’s cultural activities here.

Wide variety of restaurants
Finding good restaurants in Oslo is not difficult. The city offers a wide selection of restaurants serving food from every corner of the world. There are restaurants in all price ranges, from renowned Michelin-starred restaurants to more affordable eateries. Local food, traditional Norwegian cuisine, street food, gourmet dining – Oslo offers something for every taste and palate.

Find an overview of Oslo’s restaurant scene here.

Nightlife and bars
Oslo also has a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. Here you can either enjoy a drink out on the town, or boogie to the beat until the wee hours.

Here is a useful overview of nightlife, bars and clubs in Oslo.

Shopping in Oslo
Oslo offers your heart’s desire of shopping, from small boutiques to large shopping centres and charming vintage shops to international brand stores.

Here are some shopping tips:

Steen & Strøm
The illustrious Steen & Strøm is located a short walk from our two hotels, First Hotel Grims Grenka and First Hotel Millennium. Here you will find many big-name clothing brands, a great cosmetics department and not least exciting food concepts and a basement food court that is also well worth a visit.

Hegdehaugsveien, Bogstadveien and Frogner
Bogstadveien is a shopper’s paradise. Take the tram to Majorstuen and head back in the direction of the centre. Along the street of Bogstadveien you’ll find one store after another.
The Byporten shopping centre next to Oslo Central Station, the Paleet shopping centre on the city’s main pedestrian street Karl Johans Gate, and the districts of Aker Brygge and Grünerløkka are also worth a visit for those in the mood for shopping.

See and overview of the city’s shopping opportunities here!

Visit Oslo during wintertime and combine skiing, ice skating, shopping, good food and culture. Stay at one of our two central hotels, First Hotel Grims Grenka or First Hotel Millennium, within easy reach of the city’s activities.


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Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt

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Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt

Photo: VisitOSLO/Tord Baklund