With regular flights taking just 50 minutes, Bergen has become an increasingly popular day trip from Oslo and Norway’s second largest city is a worthwhile addition to any itinerary. Renowned for its world class art museums and lively music scene, Bergen is one of Norway’s most effortlessly cool cities and there’s plenty for tourists to do in a day. Explore the 13th-century Bergenhus fortress, stroll the city’s historic fish market or ride the Fløibanen funicular to the scenic plateau of Fløyen, then soak up the unique atmosphere in Bryggen, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hansa dock.
Norway’s famous fjords are the undeniable highlight of the country’s natural sights – a vast expanse of rugged coastline, glistening waters and sparsely inhabited islands that spread along the west coast. Taking a sightseeing cruise on the Oslo Fjord is top of the to-do list for visitors to the Norwegian capital and you’ll get a whole new perspective of the city while sailing through the patchwork of tiny islands, narrow sounds and ‘marka’ - the forested woodlands that surround the city. Alternatively, head inland to the Mjøsa lake, Norway’s largest lake, where you can take a ride on the world’s oldest paddle steamer and visit the lakeside towns of Gjøvik and Lillehammer.
For those who don’t want to stray too far from the city, head instead to the highest point of Oslo – Holmenkollen hill, less than 30 minutes from the city center. Oslo’s most popular recreational area, Holmenkollen is home to a vast network of hiking, cycling and skiing routes, as well as offering seasonal activities like dog sledding, fishing and canoeing. Most famous is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the world’s only steel ski jump, teetering 60 meters above the summit of Holmenkollen and a magnet for adventurous skiers. You don’t have to be skilled on the snow to visit the landmark ski jump, though – the Ski Jump Tower, offering spectacular views over the city, is open to the public, the Ski Museum provides a fascinating introduction to the history of the sport, and there’s even a ski simulator where beginners can experience the thrill of the ski jump without even having to hit the snow.