Gay Guide • OSLO | What to See, Where to Stay, Best Gay Bars and Restaurants | LGBT Guide
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Norway was one of the very first countries in the world to disseminate anti-discrimination laws and for this reason it has a very free and open perspective towards homosexuals who have the same rights as heterosexual couples, including church marriage, adoption and procreation assisted. Every year the Pride is held which attracts many people.
WHAT TO SEE in OSLO?
10 THINGS TO SEE in OSLO
The Norwegian Opera and Ballet
The Theater is a beautiful glass and white marble building located on the banks of the Oslofjord. Inside there are many details and a refined choice of materials in which Baltic oak dominates.
The National Gallery houses the largest collection of Norwegian art from the Romantic period to modern works. Without a doubt, the masterpieces of Edvard Munch stand out, including the very famous 'Scream by Munch'. But not only that, also works by Picasso, Monet, Degas and many others.
The Munch Museum, completely dedicated to the artist, is located in the north-eastern part of Oslo. Inside it is possible to admire his most famous masterpieces such as the Madonna, the Vampire, Jealousy and the Kiss, which have now become icons of world art. Be careful though, Munch's The Scream is not here but in the National Gallery. Here are 2 versions of the work, but not the definitive one!
Also known by the name of the Church of Our Savior, in Baroque style, it is famous for its splendid stained glass windows, for the beautiful ceiling painted with scenes from the New and Old Testament and for the decoration of the vaults.
Vigeland Park is a veritable open-air museum with 212 granite and bronze sculptures to be admired and photographed. So we advise you to visit the park at sunset, when the shadows create spectacular plays of light.
Folklore Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum)
The Norwegian Folklore Museum is Norway's largest open-air museum where you can admire reconstructions of rural and urban landscapes and rich collections from the Middle Ages onwards. The museum includes more than 150 buildings from different regions of the country.
There are old shops, craft workshops, carriages, popular music and dances, guides dressed in traditional costumes and even a historic playground. We absolutely recommend it if you want to spend a pleasant day outdoors discovering Norwegian life, arts and traditions!
Considered one of the main monuments of Oslo, the Royal Palace is the residence of the Norwegian royal family and is immersed in the greenery of a park.
Seat of the municipality of Oslo, it is one of the most particular buildings in the city as it has several rooms used for events and ceremonies. The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held inside the structure every year. Particular is the music of the bells, in fact here there are 49 bells that ring 18 times a day, while on the first Wednesday of the month there is a concert at 13:00.
Akershus Castle is the main architectural symbol of the capital. Inside you can find the Norwegian Resistance Museum and the Armed Forces Museum. Not to be missed is the wonderful panorama over the port and the city and the famous Changing of the Guard which takes place every day at 1.30pm.
Inside the Fram museum it is possible to admire the entirely restored Fram ship since she was the most resistant boat in the world and the one that remained further north and further south of the earth than all other boats. Furthermore, you can get on board and take a journey on an ice corridor where it seems to immerse yourself totally in the experience accompanied by various projections including an audiovisual show that reproduces the northern lights.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
Day 1 - Complete Oslo - Google Maps
Extra - Munch Museum & The National Museum (by Foot) - Google Maps
Extra - Vigeland Park (by Bus) - Google Maps
Extra - Grünerløkka (by Foot) - Google Maps
(By opening the Maps with Google, you can easily follow our path)
5 BEST EXCURSIONS from OSLO
Norway in a Nutshell - Norwegian Fjords
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WHERE TO SLEEP in OSLO?
10 BEST GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS in OSLO
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WHERE TO EAT in OSLO?
10 BEST RESTAURANTS in OSLO Quality / Price
€€€€ - Sjømagasinet
€€€ - Louise Restaurant & Bar
€€€ - Lofoten Fiskerestaurant
€€€ - Ristorante EDDA
€€€ - Ekebergrestauranten (with view)
€€ - Fiskeriet Youngstorget ® Tested by World Mappers
€€ - Taverna'n ® Tested by World Mappers
€€ - Seaport Restaurant - Sørenga/Bjørvika ® Tested by World Mappers
€€ - Rorbua Aker Brygge
€€ - Skur 33
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BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in OSLO
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If you intend to get around the city very well by taking public transport and doing as many activities as possible, then you absolutely must get the 'Oslo Pass': a card that provides free admission to museums and allows unlimited use of public transport, including ferries.
To reach the center of Oslo from Gardemoen Airport there is a very convenient train "Flytoget" which connects these two stations every 10 minutes in just two stops. It is possible to buy tickets from the automatic machines that you will find at the arrivals. The cost is around € 23,00 each way, but to save money you can get a ticket for a regional Trento (same route) which takes a few more minutes but only costs around € 12,00.
Another excursion not to be missed is the famous "Norway in a Nutshell" (from Oslo), where in one day you can travel by train and bus to see some of the most beautiful places near Oslo. On the way you will admire the scenery from the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the famous Flåmsbana - one of the steepest railway lines in the world, ride the scenic Bergen Railway, ascend Voss mountain by cable car, take a boat trip along the Aurlandsjord and the spectacular narrow Nærøyjord, a UNESCO heritage site, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Western Norway on a bus journey. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on this site.
Impossible not to see SALT during a walk on the port of Olso. It is a nomadic art project located in Langkaia in Oslo, opposite the Oslo Opera House. Here you will find art, music, food and architecture in several spectacular wooden constructions designed by Sami Rintala (Rintala Eggertsson Architects). There is an extensive program including concerts, art projects, talks, sauna, theater performances and more. Tickets for SALT events can be booked on the official Universe website.
If you have children you should definitely take them to 'Tusenfryd Amusement Park', Norway's most famous amusement park.
One of the experiences not to be missed in Oslo is undoubtedly the famous KOK Oslo Sauna, in Langkaia, in the Olso port area. It is a Floating Sauna where you can combine the warm experience of a sauna with a refreshing swim in the Oslo fjord. There are two large boats which can accommodate up to 24 people in total - 10 on the small boat and 14 on the larger one. The experience lasts 3 to 4 hours.
For architecture lovers, the new library in Oslo, the Deichman Bjørvika / Oslo Public Library, is a must, and its shapes and interiors will leave you speechless.
Unusual and Particular Places to See in Oslo
Outside the classic places to visit of the city, there is a "Secret Oslo" that has simply bewitched us. Here are the 5 Things and Places to See in Secret Oslo (and Surroundings):
Grünerløkka - This is undoubtedly Oslo's trendiest neighborhood, a perfect place to go shopping and buy second hand items, antiques making it the more hipster side of the Norwegian capital. In recent years, the neighborhood has experienced a period of great transformation and has become the main street art nucleus of the capital.
Fuglen Cafe – a place that in addition to being a café with Scandinavian furniture, is also a design shop as all the furniture is for sale.
Mathalen – the hipster market where you can taste international and Nordic cuisine.
Piscina con Acqua di Mare Sorenga – the hipster market where you can taste international and Nordic cuisine.
De Franske Toalettene i Spikersuppa - They are particular toilets that recall France both for the colors and for the writing "Liberté, égalité, fraternité".
GAY FRIENDLY TOURS
Do you want to discover the city more deeply through Oslo's Best Gay Tours? We recommend the following local operators:
Gaily Tour - Tour Operator offering tours and excursions dedicated to the LGBT + community throughout Europe. Special Tours and Gay & Lesbian Friendly Guides ready to make you discover the beauties of this destination. Info & Booking: info@GailyTour.com
Oslo • Classic Tour
Be ready to admire Oslo's must-see local landmarks. First stop Oslo National Opera and Ballet House, a famous example of Scandinavian architecture, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the fjords on one side and the bustling city life around Karl Johan Gate on the other side. Then continue your walking tour towards Akerhus Castle and Fortress that has protected Oslo since medieval times. Next stop is the Oslo Town Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held. Follow your LGBT friendly Tour Guide through the ornate building and learn about the culture and history of Norway while you have a look around. Continue your walk down the city's main thoroughfare to see the National Theater, the Parliament building, and the Royal Palace. Finally reach the Vigeland Sculpture Park, with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland in bronze, granite and cast iron. Here you will have time to explore the special sculptures conserved inside this green and amazing park. Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours) * Public Transportation - Daily Pass
Oslo • Gay Tour & Edvard Munch's Secrets
Participate to a very special LGBT walking tour of Oslo together with our LGBT Friendly Tour Guide. Explore the alternative and hipster area of Grünerløkka. From free thinkers and artists to street art and parklands. The district lies on the east side of the river, behind the old industrial buildings. Here you will discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. This area is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores. Afterwards continue to one of the most famous sights of Oslo, the Munch Museum. Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum's collection, left to the city of Oslo by the artist, consists of paintings, graphical prints and drawings. Discover the Sexuality of Edvard Munch and the secrets behind his painting "Bathing boys". Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours) * Public Transportation - Daily Pass * Entrance Fee – Munch Museum
Oslo by Night • Gay Tour
Enjoy an enlightened Oslo and an amazing walking tour through Oslo's gay & lesbian bars and clubs to live on your skin the magic atmosphere and LGBT scene of the city. Enjoy your included drink (also alcohol free drink available) and own the night ! Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for Night Tour (2 hours) * Drink in Gay Bar (1 Drink)
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