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THE INTERVIEW // WHAT’S ON DECEMBER // IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN // HAVE A TASTY CHRISTMAS HOW TO GET AROUND AND MAPS // MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES // SHOPPING // RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS OSLO NIGHTLIFE // GAY OSLO
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With its 1000 year old history, Oslo is the oldest of the Nordic capitals. The city, surrounded by islands and forested hills, is situated at the end of one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords. From the Viking age until today, people have looked to this place as a safe haven for trade, industry and cultural enrichment. Today, Oslo has a population of 600.000 inhabitants, and is the nation’s financial, political and cultural centre. Allow yourself the time to wander in the city’s streets, parks, forests or along the fjord, and get a feel for the capital’s abundant history in its character. Oslo is the capital of the changing seasons. The surrounding countryside makes its mark on the city’s inhabitants and buildings and the people’s rhythm and life-style changes with the weather. You will be able to discover a city which is full of life all year round, both in the narrow streets and in the vast forests. Oslo is a city of variation and contrast. Oslo is also Munch’s and Ibsen’s city. The art and cultural life reflect the fact that the inhabitants of Oslo come from all over the country and from all parts of the World. The city can offer unique sights and meaningful experiences, many of which are presented in this guide. Useful information may be found at www.visitoslo.com, or at our tourist information centre by the City Hall, open every day all year round. On behalf of Oslo we would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors, promising an exciting and surprising experience. Welcome to Oslo!
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SEIZE THE NIGHT
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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
HAVE A TASTY CHRISTMAS
HOW TO GET AROUND AND MAPS
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
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RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS
Seize the Night Text: Tarjei Kidd Olsen
Yes, it is getting dark early these days â€“ but thatâ€™s no reason to stay at home! Join us as we explore the evening party and dining scene in Oslo. There is no simple way to generalise about Osloâ€™s nightlife beyond the obvious: It takes place at night. And as in any capital with respect for itself, the night here is young until you say so.
SHOP AND DINE
With a mind boggling 5000+ concerts per year, Oslo has more live music performances than Stockholm and Copenhagen combined. Then there are the countless bars, clubs, pubs, theatre stages, cinemas and evening restaurants and eateries.
As well as shopping, Paleet sports four new restaurants/eateries that stay open until 11 pm (the kitchen closes at 10): El Gordo, Pizza Crudo, Public Matpub and Sabaki - and also Taqueria that stays open until 12:30 am - opening for food and drinks until bedtime for some and party time for others.
This is also a city being transformed, with new places and services relentlessly populating everything from the most local suburbs to the bustling city centre areas.
Take Paleet, a shopping centre that has just had an extreme makeover and has positioned itself as a flashy high end alternative to its more low key former self.
Smelteverket is one of many pubs at Mathallen. www.smelteverket.no
Get your quality drinks at The pub, located at Majorstuen. www.thepub.no Photo: Kai Øveraasen
Another newcomer is the helpfully titled The Pub, a classy British style pub slash bar at Majorstuen where you’re not only treated to quality beers, whisky, wines and classic and new cocktails, but also have the singular pleasure of being served by bartenders in bowler hats. Every Wednesday The Pub arranges Unpubd, a series of concerts with new and established acts and on Sundays their TV-screens show an interactive jukebox which allows you to participate in deciding the music to be played.
NORWAY’S FIRST FOOD HALL Mathallen Oslo, Norway’s very first food hall, opened in 2012 and is still evolving and drawing ever more locals and tourists who want to shop or eat local and international delicacies and savour some drinks in this huge old, refurbished factory building. There are three floors of discoveries to be
made, including Smelteverket, a bar in the basement that stays open until 3 am on weekends and has the city’s longest bar desk, as well as close up views of the Akerselva river that runs right outside.
ANXIOUS BUT AWESOME
New places have also appeared for those that fancy some late night partying, including Angst (“Anxious”, reflecting the challenges the owner faced in opening the place), a trendy and small “neighbourhood bar” (but right in the city centre) that still manages to fit a dance floor, has Ethiopian-inspired art on the walls outside and exhibitions by other artist on the inside. On the opposite scale size wise is Kulturhuset, a 800 square metre bar and club with concerts and other cultural events, table tennis and shuffle board (with the performance of players no doubt varying according to level of inebriation).
Kulturhuset, a 800 square metre bar and club with concerts and other cultural events. www.kulturhusetioslo.no Photo: Truls Fossum
JUST TURNED 20?
Oslo’s party scene can be a tricky place for younger party people as age limits are often quite high at bars and clubs. For younger people Angst therefore has the added advantage of a 20 year age limit. Another relatively new place that usually caters to 20-year olds is LaWo, which has proven popular with the masses and has a large dance floor (on Thursdays they also have free entrance for students and stay open until 3 am).
At Aker Brygge a completely new wine and cocktail bar opened its doors in the middle of October. Vérité is a place with highly experienced employees that is fast making a name for itself as a major go-to place for top notch drinks and wine. The ultra-modern architecture and brilliant fjord views in this part of town mean that it’s worth taking a stroll around the area, too. Of course, not everything is new in Oslo, and some of the best places for night owls are those that have survived for years thanks to sheer quality and popularity.
NORWAY’S BEST COCTAILS
One such place is Tranen, a restaurant and bar that opened way back in 1921 and is housed in an eccentric building finished the same year. After a number of years of decline and shrinking visitor numbers, it reopened with new owners last year, following a successful makeover. Today Tranen is a fascinating and social haunt that is still in touch with its long and interesting history. It’s worth mentioning that as well as being a great place to while away the evening enjoying tasty food, Tranen has an upstairs cocktail bar called Morgenstierne that has fast made a name for itself both here and abroad, thanks to their widely praised drinks. In fact, some consider Morgenstierne to have Norway’s best coctails!
Another legendary classic is Lorry, a café, restaurant and bar on two floors with a big terrace, that is a popular haunt from early until late due to its eccentric décor and labyrinthine layout. In a city where some feel that the nightlife is too segmented between young and old, Lorry is a welcome home for all ages and you can spot everything from high pow-
ered business people to artists, journalists, slackers and your average Joe here.
F**KS UP MONDAYS
Blå is also a stayer, having survived the tumultuous club scene since 1998. Originally mainly a jazz club, it has metamorphosed into a club for almost everything, with jazz competing for space with hip hop, rock, pop and electronica and everything in-between. As well as DJs they often have concerts, and on Sundays the in-house big band Frank Znort Quartet fills up the stage for hours on end, ensuring that Blå is one of the most popular places to hang as the weekend draws to a close. The band’s mantra is “We f***k up your Mondays” and, boy are they right.
One place that is not actually that old, first opening in 2010, but that feels like it has been around forever, is Ryes. This is a burger bar in the daytime and a bar bar in the evening and night, with rockabilly-inspired décor, three beers for a discount price before 8 pm and lots of people with chequered shirts and tattoos (again, here we are talking rockabilly). They also have a little dance floor, and the place can get very packed with people swinging the night away – when they are not queuing outside.
TRADITIONAL, WITH A VIEW
At the top of Holmenkollen and with amazing views of the city and Oslo fjord sits Frognerseteren restaurant. This classic restaurant is housed in an impressive traditional-style wooden building where the oldest parts are from 1891. Open until 10 pm, it is a place that is deservedly hugely popular with both locals and tourists alike and a great place to spend the early part of the night, enjoying à la carte dining in a cozy and very “Norwegian” atmosphere.
In the hills above the opposite side of town another classic restaurant with a great view gazes out over town. But where Frognerseteren was built in “dragestil”, a Norwegian version of the national romantic style, Ekebergrestauranten, built in 1927-29, represents one of the country’s finest examples of classic functionalism. This is an establishment with class, and you may want to dress accordingly. The largest area is the a la carte restaurant, but there is also a bar, mezzanine, chambre separée, a more relaxed café just inside the entrance and during the summer months also an outdoor restaurant and a fine dining veranda.
Ekebergrestauranten, classy wining and dining with a spectacular view. www.ekebergrestauranten.com
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MERRY CHRISTMAS! Welcome to What’s On Oslo in December, when the signs of Christmas are all around us in the homes, establishments and streets of Oslo - and we reach the simultaneously darkest and most heartwarming time of year… On the 21st of December Oslo faces this year’s very darkest day. But don’t worry, for luckily it’s only the darkest day weather-wise! The next day will have daylight ever so slightly longer, and so on and on until we reach the brightest day in distant June, 2015. But most importantly December is also the Christmas month, warming hearts and minds all over town. As the Christmas holidays and Christmas Eve draws ever closer, hectic last minute work at companies and hectic gift shopping mingles with the anticipation of cozy days with family and friends, shared moments, gifts under glittering trees and – for expectant kids in many a home – a nocturnal visit by none other than Santa Claus. For many Christmas is a time of reflection and for many it is of course also a religious holiday. It’s not necessary to be a Christian to enjoy free time with family and friends however, and as you can read in this issue Christmas takes many forms. Christmas time is social time, and here you can read about restaurants, bars and nightclubs that are popular with evening urbanites. You’ll find an article about Christmas markets and an article about traditional Christmas food and some of the places to eat it. Another article covers some alternative Christmas food options, including vegan food and foreign food, the lively “Christmas table” tradition, and an important initiative to provide a worthy Christmas Eve celebration for the less fortunate among us. Read about the fascinating life of the head chef at a prestigious restaurant, browse our diary and listings for things to get up to, and let What’s On Oslo guide you on your travels through winter Oslo. Enjoy! What’s On Oslo team
The Restaurant Chef
Who: Esteban Villalpando, Head Chef at the restaurant Lofoten Fiskerestaurant From: Norway / Mexico Age: 37 Interviewed: Oct 29.
Text: Tarjei Kidd Olsen Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Norway? I was born in Mexico, but I’ve lived most of my life in Oslo. I’ll be 37 in a few weeks and I’ve lived here for 32 years.
It sounds like you had a tough adolescence? Yes. It’s about being an immigrant in Oslo and looking for an identity. And back in the day Holmlia was a pretty rough environment.
How did you end up as Head Chef at Lofoten Fiskerestaurant? My mother was the private cook at the Mexican embassy in Oslo, so in a way I followed her, although really I’m a car mechanic. My mum was working several obs, so I decided to start making food she could have when she got home. But I would make it way too early in the day, so the first time the food went straight in the bin!
Is this the first restaurant that you have worked at? No. In fact before this I ran a café with a friend. He came from the restaurant Bagatelle and I came from the restaurant at Hotel Bristol. We eventually parted ways and I began working as Sous Chef at Ekebergrestauranten 10 years ago, before coming here almost 6 years ago.
A car mechanic? That’s rather different from Head Chef at a major restaurant at Aker Brygge? I know. Although I partially grew up near Skillebekk in (wealthy, ed.) western Oslo, we moved to Holmlia in the east when I was 14 and that’s where I got that impulse. I have heard rumours that you’re great at making the traditional Norwegian dish lutefisk? Great is relative. I’m a full blooded Mexican, so I’m not one of the best! Also, everyone has their own way to make it. Still, it’s not actually that difficult. I prepare lutefisk in the way that I think is best for the restaurant and our guests. Have you tried lutefisk yourself? I try to eat it every year and I spit it out every year. To me it tastes like over cooked and over salted egg white! Tempting! You have a lot of tattoos on your arms. What do they depict? The tattoos on my left arm refer to things my mother has done, such as being in the Mexican Rockabilly environment in the 1950s. The tattoos on my right arm refer to my background – many stupid things that I did when I was young and dumb. What kind of stupid things? A lot, when I was a teenager. For instance fighting, gangs and generally getting into trouble. I have a dove tattooed on each fist that represent that I never want to injure someone again and never want to return to that kind of life.
How is life as Head Chef? I have two siblings and I hope they don’t follow my route. It’s a tough profession with a lot of alcohol and parties, crazily long working days and little sleep, for instance. But you enjoy your job? Actually I’m very happy with my job and I have it great. But it is a tough profession. It’s not that I’m not enjoying it, but if you want to become a cook you have to work hard. The average career length for cooks is until you turn 40-45 and after that you’re quite burned out. Many end up working in canteens after that. You can work 17 hours every day and have lots of responsibility. I don’t have regrets, but I feel that I’ve achieved what I wanted to achieve as a cook. All cooks dream of three things: Becoming Head Chef, having their own place and working in a restaurant with Michelin stars. I’ve done all those things and wouldn’t go for another job as Head Chef. If I had regrets I wouldn’t be here still. But if I were to change career I’d like to work in a kindergarten, as they have bad food. Tomato soup in a bag isn’t food. You’re envisioning something like U.K. celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his campaign for healthier food in schools? Norway needs something like that, too. It could be something like that, or even just working with the kids, as I love kids.
WHATâ€™S ON OSLO
DECEMBER The following pages present selected highlights from Osloâ€™s event calendar: Concerts, dance performances, opera, stand-up, and more. Diary relies on externally provided information. While we strive to ensure that the listings are correct, errors may sometimes occur. A great tip is to doublecheck information at the event websites we include for each event.
Get into the Christmas spirit with the Nordic Tenors, at Oslo Konserthus.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 03
03.12 AT 19:30
BUGGE WESSELTOFT: IT’S SNOWING ON MY PIANO Jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft’s fabulous Christmas It’s Snowing on my Piano from 1997 has become a classic. The album contains beautiful, toned-down instrumental interpretations of some of our best-known Christmas songs, along with two pieces composed by Wesseltoft himself. At this concert, Wesseltoft will create the Christmas spirit in his very own way. Location: Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 350,- >380,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
Concert with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Oslo Concert Hall. Location: Oslo Konserthus Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: A: 100,- >450,- / Se: 100,- > 350,-/ St: 100,- >225,- / C u16y: 100,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslokonserthus.no
04.12 AT 19:30
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: THE STAFF BAND OF THE NORWEGIAN ARMED FORCES The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces holds its annual Christmas concert, with well-known Christmas songs,
03.12 AT 21:00
JAVID AFSARI RAD Javid Afsari Rad from Iran is one of the world’s leading players of the traditional Persian instrument santur. His musical career includes domestic and international concerts, both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble. Location: Cosmopolite, Soria Moria Address: Vogts gate 64, Soria Moria Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 225,www.cosmopolite.no
03.12 AT 21:00
LOOPTROOP ROCKERS Concert with the prominent Swedish hip hop band Looptroop Rockers. Lyrics in Swedish. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 305,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
THURSDAY DECEMBER 04 04-05.12 AT 19:00
OSLO PHILHARMONIC: KODALY/ LISZT/ BRAHMS
Looptroop Rockers perform at John Dee, 03.12 at 21:00.
beautiful classical works for winds, and more modern Christmas music. This year’s soloist is soprano Eli Kristin Hanssveen. Location: Ridehuset, Akershus festning Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 350,www.fsmk.no
04.12 AT 20:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: BEATE S. LECH & SKRUK Christmas concert with Beate S. Lech and the acclaimed choir SKRUK. Location: Kulturkirken JAKOB Address: Hausmanns gate 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 325,How to get there: Bus No.34/54 > Jacob kirke www.jakob.no
04.12 AT 20:00
GEORGE EZRA 19 year-old George Ezra from Bristol, England is a singer/songwriter who plays self-composed songs inspired by his heroes, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Location: Parkteatret Address: Olaf Ryes plass 11 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 245,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.parkteatret.no
05.12 AT 19:00
J.S. BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO Two acclaimed Norwegian musical ensembles, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Schola Cantorum, join forces and perform J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Location: Trefoldighetskirken Address: Akersgata 60 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 250,How to get there: Bus No.33/37/46 > Apotekergata www.trefoldighet.no
Christmas concert: Hanne Krogh and Three Tenors perform at Uranienborg church 05.12 at 18:30.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 05 05.12 AT 18:30
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: HANNE KROGH AND THREE TENORS Christmas concert with the popular Norwegian singer Hanne Krogh and her three tenors Thomas Ruud, Nils Harald Sødal and Marius Roth Christensen. Location: Uranienborg kirke Address: Uranienborgveien 22 B Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 435,www.uranienborg-kirke.no
05.12 AT 19:30
FIRST AID KIT The Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, with their unique sound, are nothing less than multi talents. They write, sing, play and produce. Klara, who accounts for much of the songwriting, is also inspired by other art. The song Stay Gold, which is also the name of the album, is largely based on a poem by Robert Frost which includes the iconic phrase “Nothing gold can stay.” Klara and Johanna say that the latest album is personal to a much greater extent than before, and they explore feelings in a whole new way. Location: Den Norske Opera & Ballett Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1 Tickets: operaen.no Prices: 390,- > 590,-
How to get there: Transport > Jernbanetorget/Oslo S www.operaen.no
05.12 AT 19:30 AND 06.12 AT 13:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: ARVE TELLEFSEN & NIDAROSDOMEN BOYS’ CHOIR Traditional Christmas concert with world-famous violinist Arve Tellefsen and Nidarosdomen Boys’ Choir. Location: Frogner kirke Address: Bygdøy allé 36 Tickets: www.billettservice.no Prices: 350,How to get there: Bus No.30/31 > Frogner kirke www.frognerkirke.no
05.12 AT 19:30
RUDOLF NILSEN TRIBUTE Rudolf Nilsen (1901-1929) was a Norwegian poet and journalist, known for his portrayals of working-class life on Oslo’s east side. In 1973 an album based on his songs and poems was released and has become a classic. The album’s original crew now celebrate its 40th anniversary with two concerts at Cosmopolite. Lyrics in Norwegian. Location: Cosmopolite, Soria Moria Address: Vogts gate 64, Soria Moria Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 280,www.cosmopolite.no
05.12 AT 21:00
VALENTOURETTES The late Norwegian rock legend Jokke’s two backing bands, Valentinerne and Tourettes, play Jokke’s old songs. Location: Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 305,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
05.12 AT 21:00
The Norwegian band Taake celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Unlike several other influential bands in the genre, Taake remains a faithful representative of traditional Norwegian black metal. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Tickets: billettservice.no
Prices: 225,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
SATURDAY DECEMBER 06 06.12 AT 13:
TØYEN FAMILY FUNK FREE At Tøyen Family Funk, children are invited to hit the dance floor while professional DJs play soul and funk. The event is best suited for children up to age six. Location: Cafeteatret Address: Hollendergata 8 Tickets: Tickets at the door Prices: Free of charge How to get there: Tram No.18/19 > Oslo gate / Munkegata Bus No.37 > Politihuset www.kampenjazz.no
06.12 AT 15:30
DELILLOS FAMILY CONCERT Family concert with the popular Norwegian group DeLillos. Lyrics in Norwegian. Location: Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: C: 100,- / A: 200,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
06.12 AT 17:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: SILENT NIGHT - HOLY NIGHT The concert “Silent Night - Holy Night” has toured Norway during Advent for almost 30 years, spreading the Christmas spirit in churches across the country. This year’s performers are Tor Endresen, Rune Larsen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Marian Aas Hansen. The quintet will perform a mix of traditional Christmas carols and classic psalms, accompanied by musicians Øystein Lund Olafsen and Olav Torget. Location: Ris Kirke Address: Risbakken 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 408,www.taran.no
06.12 AT 17:00
RIO BRAVO FREE Free concert at Smelteverket with the country band Rio Bravo. Reservations recommended. Location: Smelteverket
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06.12 AT 18:00 AND 20:30
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: SISSEL KYRKJEBØ
Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø is considered one of the world’s top crossover sopranos. Several of her popular record releases are dedicated to Christmas, including Christmas in Vienna (1994) with Placido Domingo and Charles Aznavour. The programme of her 2014 Christmas tour contains cherished Christmas classics. Location: Oslo Konserthus Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 595,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslokonserthus.no
several of their releases are considered milestones in the development of extreme metal. They celebrate their 30th anniversary this fall, and visit Sentrum Scene with guests and support. Mayhem recently released the album Esoteric Warfare their first in seven years. Location: Sentrum Scene Address: Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 250,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
06.12 AT 21:00
The Norwegian group DeLillos has been going strong for almost 30 years. This is their annual Christmas concert at Rockefeller. Lyrics in Norwegian. Location: Rockefeller
Mayhem perform at Sentrum Scene 06.12 at 20:00.
06.12 AT 19:00
Zotora was one of the first European didgeridoo players. He learned about the Didgeridoo from the indigenous population of Australia, and has worked as a professional didgeridoo player for 20 years. Location: Emanuel Vigelands museum Address: Grimelundsveien 8 Tickets: 815 33 133 Prices: 220,-
06.12 AT 20:00
Mayhem figures among the world’s greatest cult bands, with a history defined by drama and mystery. They have held their position as pioneers and innovators, and
Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 375,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
06.12 AT 22:00
OST & KJEX/ MUNGOLIAN JET SET For the fourth year in a row, the two electronica duos Ost & Kjex and Mungolian Jet Set present a Christmas concert a bit out of the ordinary, with great DJs, BIG BAND, great guest artists, and more. Location: Parkteatret Address: Olaf Ryes plass 11 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 250,-
How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.parkteatret.no
SUNDAY DECEMBER 07 07.12 AT 19:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: NOVA CHAMBER CHOIR NOVA Chamber Choir performs beautiful and varied Christmas music by Geilo, Poulenc, Rathbone, Smith, and others. Location: Kampen kirke Address: Bøgata 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 170,- >220,www.kampenkirke.no
07.12 AT 19:00
SØLVSUPER CONCERT SERIES Solo concerts with Norwegian folk musicians. Location: Kulturhuset Address: Youngstorget 3 Tickets: Tickets at the door Prices: 120,www.superfolk.no
07.12 AT 20:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: KAMPENJAZZ A number of Oslo-based jazz musicians play music related to Christmas. Location: Cafeteatret Address: Hollendergata 8 Tickets: Tickets at the door Prices: A:150,- / St:100,How to get there: Tram No.18/19 > Oslo gate / Munkegata Bus No.37 > Politihuset www.kampenjazz.no
07.12 AT 20:00
TOM WAITS TRIBUTE 7 December marks the 65th birthday of the legendary musician and actor Tom Waits, and a group of Norwegian artists celebrate by performing their favourite Waits songs on stage. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 250,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
MONDAY DECEMBER 08
TUESDAY DECEMBER 09
08.12 AT 18:30
09.12 AT 19:00
Christmas concert with Solveig Slettahjell (vocals), Tord Gustavsen (grand piano) and Sjur Miljeteig (trumpet). Location: Kulturkirken JAKOB Address: Hausmanns gate 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 400,How to get there: Bus No.34/54 > Jacob kirke www.kkv.no
The acclaimed trio Nordic Tenors offer a Christmas concert full of Christmas spirit and warm humour. The concert programme contains everything from traditional Norwegian Christmas songs in new arrangements, to American hits, interspersed with a few musical Christmas surprises. They are accompanied by pianist Øystein Lund Olafsen. Location: Oslo Konserthus Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 440,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslokonserthus.no
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: NIGHT IN BETLEHEM
08.12 AT 19:00
MUSIC FOR A WHILE Music for a While consists of prominent Norwegian jazz musicians, praised, among other things, for their unique take on baroque music. In celebration of their 10th anniversary they now release
CHRISTMAS WITH NORDIC TENORS
Wenche Myhre gets you into the Christmas spirit at Oslo Konserthus.
Photo: Michael Pfleghar
their third album, Canticles of winter. The release features music by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Georg Friedrich Händel, Carbonelli and Bach, with lyrics that mainly focus on winter and Christmas Location: Location: Parkteatret Address: Olaf Ryes plass 11 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 220,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.parkteatret.no
09.12 AT 19:30
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: OLE EDVARD ANTONSEN W/ SØLVGUTTENE BOYS’ CHOIR Christmas concert with Ole Edvard Antonsen, one of the world’s foremost trumpet players. Antonsen will be accompanied by the renowned boys’ choir Sølvguttene, and tenor Didrik Solli Tangen. Location: Frogner kirke Address: Bygdøy allé 36
Christmas concert: Julenatt at Østre Aker church 11.12 at 17:30.
Tickets: www.billettservice.no Prices: 420,How to get there: Bus No.30/31 > Frogner kirke www.frognerkirke.no
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10 10.12 AT 19:30
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: WENCHE MYHRE The popular Norwegian singer Wenche Myhre presents a new Christmas show filled with old, new and popular Christmas songs. She is accompanied on stage by a large orchestra and a children’s choir. Location: Oslo Konserthus Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 495,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslokonserthus.no
.How to get there: Tram No.18/19 > St. Hallvards plass www.osloladegard.no
THURSDAY DECEMBER 11 11.12 AT 17:30
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: JULENATT Christmas concert with Gaute Ormåsen, Cecilia Vennersten and Christian Ingebrigtsen, all known to be great singers. They offer a warm and evocative holiday concert with a programme that features both Christmas classics and other musical gems. Location: Østre Aker kirke Address: Ulvenveien 110 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 365,www.ostreakerkirke.com
11.12 AT 19:30
10.12 AT 20:00
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT
Soprano Birgitte Christensen and an ensemble of professional musicians present a Christmas programme with music from the Baroque era: arias and instrumental music by Buxtehude, Händel, Corelli, Caldara, Merula and Stradella. Location: Oslo ladegård Address: Oslo gate 13, St. Hallvards plass Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 150,- >200,-
The Nobel Peace Prize Concert takes place in Oslo Spektrum on 11 December, with Norwegian and international artists performing in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Location: Oslo Spektrum Address: Sonja Henies plass 2 Tickets: Spektrum 815 11 211 Prices: 635,- >1045,How to get there: Transport > Oslo S nobelpeaceprizeconcert.no
11.12 AT 19:30 AND 12.12 AT 18:00
Since their debut in 1994, the Norwegian band Jaga Jazzist has defied musical genres and been labelled “experimental”. The band’s eight musicians combine jazz, rock and electronic music and captivate their audience with large musical constellations. Location: Parkteatret Address: Olaf Ryes plass 11 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 120,- >275,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.parkteatret.no
FRIDAY DECEMBER 12 12.12 AT 19:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: CHRISTEL ALSOS Christmas concert with Christel Alsos based on her acclaimed Christmas album from last year, I den kalde vinter (‘in the cold winter). This concert is a collaboration with the Church City Mission, and part of their Christmas campaign. NOK 40,- of each ticket sold will go to people who are isolated and in difficult life situations. Location: Kulturkirken JAKOB Address: Hausmanns gate 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 355,How to get there: Bus No.34/54 > Jacob kirke www.jakob.no
12-13.12 AT 20:00
THE SOURCE: OF CHRISTMAS The Source: of Christmas is an extravagant and different Christmas celebration with popular Christmas songs performed in new and exotic ways. Location: Cosmopolite, Soria Moria Address: Vogts gate 64, Soria Moria Tickets: 815 33 133 Prices: 485,www.cosmopolite.no
12.12 AT 21:00
This evening, the concert venue Sentrum Scene will be transformed into a large night club. The New York-based DJ duo CLMD, also known as Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, takes the club atmosphere of the
world metropolis home. Location: Sentrum Scene Address: Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 330,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 13.12 AT 17:00
BROKELAND BULLETS FREE Free concert at Smelteverket with the bluegrass band Brokeland Bullets Reservations recommended. Location: Smelteverket Address: Maridalsveien 17 Prices: Free of charge email@example.com
13.12 AT 18:00 AND 20:00
ST. LUCIA CONCERT
Free concert at Smelteverket with the bluegrass band Brokeland Bullets. Reservations recommended. Location: Svenska Margaretakyrkan Address: Hammersborg torg 8 Tickets: www.billettservice.no Prices: 170,How to get there: Bus No.37 > Apotekergata www.svenskakyrkan.se/oslo
13.12 AT 19:30
ISAC ELLIOT Isac Elliot is only 13 years old, but he already has a hit album and a number of major concert appearances under his belt. Elliot’s breakthrough came in 2013, when his debut album Wake up World reached fourth place on the Norwegian charts with the help of the hit single “New Way Home”. Location: Oslo Spektrum Address: Sonja Henies plass 2 Tickets: Spektrum 815 11 211 Prices: 455,How to get there: Transport > Oslo S www.oslospectrum.no
13.12 AT 20:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: HILDE LOUISE ASBJØRNSEN Norwegian jazz singer Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen holds a groovy and slightly mischievous Christmas concert. Together with her band, Asbjørnsen has picked out a mix of well-known and less well known
Christmas classics both from the American and Norwegian catalogues. Location: Nasjonal jazzscene Victoria Address: Karl Johans gate 35 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 210,- >260,How to get there: Transport > Eidsvolls plass/Nationaltheatret www.nasjonaljazzscene.no
Location: Frogner kirke Address: Bygdøy allé 36 Tickets: www.billettservice.no Prices: 385,How to get there: Bus No.30/31 > Frogner kirke www.frognerkirke.no
Isac Elliot performs at Oslo Spectrum 13.12 at 19:30.
Photo: Ville Juurikkala
13.12 AT 20:00
14.12 AT 20:00
Split gig with Return and Stage Dolls, two popular Norwegian ‘80s bands that both have made a comeback in the last decade. Location: Sentrum Scene Address: Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 380,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
Self-reliance and musical integrity are the two principles which Dying Fetus have always lived by. Formed in 1991, during the death metal explosion, Dying Fetus have matured to become one of the most respected and extreme death metal/ grindcore bands to come from the massive global metal underground. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 330,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
STAGE DOLLS/ RETURN
SUNDAY DECEMBER 14 14.12 AT 19:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: HELENE BØKSLE Christmas concert with Norwegian singer Helene Bøksle. The programme features well-known Christmas songs.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 16 16.12 AT 21:00
Mastodon from Atlanta has spent the last 14 years refining their impressive blend of progrock, stoner and classic metal. With their superb ability to combine catchy melodies with their patented prog, they have steadily gained a broader audience. The band is currently out with the critically acclaimed album Once More ‘Round the Sun. Location: Sentrum Scene Address: Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 500,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
16.12 AT 21:00
OWEN PALLETT When Owen Pallett released the album Heartland in 2010, it was the first release under his real name. He was previously known as Final Fantasy, an alias he abandoned due to the video game associations. Right before last summer he released a new album, In Conflict. This is a less fantasy-inspired and more personal record; the result of an unstoppable scribbling of his own stories and life situation worked into complete songs. Location: Parkteatret Address: Olaf Ryes plass 11
Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 275,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.parkteatret.no
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17 17.12 AT 19:30
The young DJ from Bergen has in a short time become a big EDM star, with over 80 million streams on Soundcloud, a set at the Tomorrowland Festival and first place on the Norwegian charts with his remix of the Seinabo Sey track “Younger”. And at this summer’s Findings Festival Kygo performed for 18,000 people at Bislett Stadium. Location: Oslo Spektrum Address: Sonja Henies plass 2 Tickets: Spektrum 815 11 211 Prices: 475,How to get there: Transport > Oslo S www.oslospectrum.no
THURSDAY DECEMBER 18 18-19.12 AT 20:30 AND 18:00
KIRKELIG KULTURVERKSTED ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Christmas-themed 40-year anniversary concert for the record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted. Several notable Norwegian
Kurt Nilsen has a Christmas concert at Oslo Spectrum 18.12 at 19:30.
artists and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra contribute Location: Kulturkirken JAKOB Address: Hausmanns gate 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 500,How to get there: Bus No.34/54 > Jacob kirke www.jakob.no
18.12 AT 19:30
KURT NILSEN: CHRISTMAS CONCERT The World Idol winner’s Christmas album “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has become a modern Christmas classic, with hundreds of thousands copies sold and over 22 million streams on Spotify and WiMP. Location: Oslo Spektrum Address: Sonja Henies plass 2 Tickets: Spektrum 815 11 211 Prices: 500,How to get there: Transport > Oslo S www.oslospectrum.no
18.12 AT 21:00
FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 19.12 AT 20:30 & 17:00 & 20:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: DESEMBERTONER FREE Christmas concert in Oslo Cathedral with several well-known Norwegian artists, including Highasakite, Thomas Dybdahl, Melissa Horn, and OnklP & De Fjerne Slektningene. Location: Oslo Domkirke Address: Stortorvet Prices: Free of charge desembertoner.nordea.no
19.12 AT 20:00
THE CARBURETORS The Carburetors play classic Motörhead-rock mixed with punk. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 225,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
J Mascis is an iconic, some will say legendary, guitarist. He is best known as the leader of Dinosaur Jr., but has also had numerous projects on the side. In 2011 he released the solo album Several Shades of Why, which surprisingly presented a mellow, often acoustic, sound. His most recent album, Tied to a Star, is also acoustic. J Mascis plays solo this evening. Location: Parkteatret Address: Olaf Ryes plass 11 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 205,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.parkteatret.no
19.12 AT 21:00
18.12 AT 21:00
20.12 AT 17:00
Ronny Pøbel plays brutal, intense and uncompromising punk rock. Lyrics in Norwegian. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 200,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
Free concert at Smelteverket with the rock band Electric Woodland. Reservations recommended. Location: Smelteverket Address: Maridalsveien 17 Prices: Free of charge www.smelteverket.com
Concert with Di Derre, one of Norway’s most popular rock bands of the ‘90s. Lyrics in Norwegian. Location: Sentrum Scene Address: Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 380,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
SATURDAY DECEMBER 20 ELECTRIC WOODLAND FREE
20.12 AT 20:00
CHRISTMAS BANJO SHOW: ILA AUTO For the fifth year in a row, the Norwegian bluegrass & country band Ila Auto visits
Enjoy a delicious dinner while being entertained by a fantastic show at Wallmans.
John DEE with its Christmas banjo show. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 225,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
20.12 AT 21:00
OSLO ESS AND FRIENDS Concert with the popular Oslo-rockers in Oslo Ess. Location: Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 355,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
SUNDAY DECEMBER 21 21.12 AT 19:30
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: MAGNOLIA JAZZBAND Free concert at Smelteverket with the rock band Electric Woodland. Reservations recommended. Location: Gamle Logen Address: Grev Wedels plass 2 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 325,www.gamlelogen.no
21-22.12 AT 20:00
Annual Christmas rock concert with Norwegian cover band Young Neils. Location: Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 350,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
21-22.12 AT 21:00
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: PAAL FLAATA Christmas concert with Paal Flaata. Flaata is known from the band Midnight Choir, and is considered to be among Norway’s best voices. Location: Herr Nilsen Konsertpub Address: CJ Hambros plass 5 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 275,How to get there: Tram No.11/17/18 > Tinghuset www.herrnilsen.no
FRIDAY DECEMBER 26 26.12 AT 21:00
LOVESHACK 80’s party with Loveshack! Doors open at 9 pm. Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata
Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 200,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
TANGO FROM ARGENTINA SHOW This is a tour of the most famous songs in the history of tango; “La cumparsita”, “Mi Buenos Aires querido” and “El día que me quieras”, that manages to capture and transmit to the audience the passionate spirit and evocative music that transcends all times. This is an artistic combination with orchestra, ballet, singing and the essential instrument the “Bandoneón”, which creates a watercolour of rhythms, melodies and aesthetic movements for a show that defines the essence of Argentinian music. Dates/times: 02.12 at 19:00 Location: Oslo Konserthus Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no
Prices: 380,- >450,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslokonserthus.no
MIRACLES INTERNATIONAL DINNER SHOW Wallmans Oslo features Scandinavia’s top young show artists, fantastic singers, great dancers and world-class new circus artists. During the show the artists themselves come around to the audience and serve a delicious four-course dinner. After the show you can finish the night off with drinks and dancing in the night club. Dress code: Smart casual. Dates/times: Until 20.12, Tue-Sat at 18:30 Location: Wallmans Oslo Address: Mølleparken 6 Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org Prices: 695,- >1095,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Birkelunden www.wallmans.no
svenskakyrkan.se oslo www.svenskakyrkan.se/oslo Margaretakyrkan ligger centralt utmed Grubbegatan.
PEER GYNT: OPERA Few works have so embodied what it means to be Norwegian as Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. Not only is it a key work in the Norwegian literary canon, it is also one of Ibsen’s most frequently performed plays on the international theatre stage. Grieg’s setting of Ibsen’s text is still Norway’s best known dramatic music. But what does this legacy mean for us today? Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere explores this question in a completely new Peer Gynt. This is not an operatic version of Ibsen’s dramatic verse play, but a new interpretation, with Reinvere providing both the music and libretto. In his Peer Gynt, Ibsen’s characters have different encounters and travel to new places. The famous verse play meets elements from other Ibsen pieces – as well as lines from the Norse epos Edda and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Dates/times: 01.12 at 19:00. 11.12 at 19:00. 14.12 at 13:00. 30.12 at 18:00 Location: Den Norske Opera & Ballett Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1 Tickets: operaen.no Prices: 100,- > 745,How to get there: Transport > Jernbanetorget/Oslo S www.operaen.no
MOT I BRØSTA: SHOW (NO.) Show in Norwegian. Dates/times: until 13.12, Thu-Sat at 21:00 Location: Edderkoppen Teater Address: St. Olavs plass 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 441,->520,How to get there: Tram No.11/17/18 > Tullinløkka www.edderkoppen.no
TUSVIK & TØNNE: SHOW (NO.) Stand-up comedy with the Norwegian comedians Sigrid Bonde Tusvik and Lisa Tønne. Dates/times: 02.12 at 18:30 Location: Latter på Aker Brygge Address: Holmens gate 1 Tickets: 815 33 133 Prices: 150,How to get there: Tram No.12 > Aker Brygge www.latter.no
TROND-VIGGO TORGERSEN/ KRISTOPHER SCAU: SHOW (NO.) Show in Norwegian. Dates/times: 02.12 at 20:00 Location: Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 285,How to get there: Transport > Brugata/Storgata www.rockefeller.no
SHOCKHEADED PETER: MUSICAL (NO.) The popular cult musical Shockheaded Peter performed in Norwegian. Dates/times: 03.12 at 20:30. 11.12 at 20:00. 12.12 at 18:00. 17-18.12 at 20:00. 30.12 at 20:00 Location: Det Norske Teatret Address: Kristian IV’s gate 8 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 225,- >450,www.detnorsketeatret.no
THE NUTCRACKER: BALLET Every year before Christmas, the Norwegian National Ballet stages Peter Tsjaikovskij’s Nutckracker, a Christmas ballet for the whole family. This classic is full
Prices: A: 10,- >450,- / Se: 100,- >350,- / St: 100,- >225,- / C u16 y: 100,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslokonserthus.no
JULELATTER 2014: SHOW (NO.) Christmas show in Norwegian. Dates/times: 12-13.12 at 20:30 Location: Latter på Aker Brygge Address: Holmens gate 1 Tickets: 815 33 133 Prices: 320,How to get there: Tram No.12 > Aker Brygge www.latter.no Get to know Peer Gynt at Den Norske Opera & Ballett.
of magic, adventure, beautiful music and world-class dancing. We are introduced to little Clara, who after the family Christmas party sets out on a dream adventure where she meets the Mouse King, the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Not to forget the Nutcracker Prince who guides her around wonderland, where she is given a display of dance from all corners of the world. Dates/times: 3-4.12 at 18:00. 06-20.12 Sat at 13:00 and 16:30. 09-10.12 at 19:00. 12.12 at 18:00.17.12 at 15:00 and 18:30.19.12 at 15:00 and 18:30. 22.12 at 13:00 and 16:30 Location: Den Norske Opera & Ballett Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1 Tickets: operaen.no Prices: 100,- > 595,How to get there: Transport > Jernbanetorget/Oslo S www.operaen.no
OSLO PHILHARMONIC: JOHN WILLIAMS - STAR WARS SUITE: CONCERT Concert with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Oslo Concert Hall Dates/times: 11.12 at 19:00 and 12.12 at 18:00 Location: Oslo Konserthus Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no
OPERA SOLOISTS’: CHRISTMAS CONCERT Just as Christmas is approaching, the soloists at the Opera offer a much needed break from shopping and preparations. New memories are created and old ones evoked through music, lights and a beautifully decorated second house at the opera. The programme features Christmas favourites from several countries and time periods. Dates/times: 09-06.12 at 19:30. 20-22.12 at 18:30 Location: Den Norske Opera & Ballett Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1 Tickets: operaen.no Prices: 100,- > 295,How to get there: Transport > Jernbanetorget/Oslo S www.operaen.no
BILLY ELLIOT MUSICAL (NO.) The popular musical Billy Elliot, performed in Norwegian. Dates/times: 05-06.12 at 19:00. 07.12 at 17:00. 12-13.12 at 19:00. 13.12 at 14:30. 14.12 at 17:00. 19-20.12 at 19:00 Location: Folketeateret Address: Storgata 21-23 Tickets: billettportalen.no Prices: 195,- >995,How to get there: Transport > Brugata/ Storgata www.folketeateret.com
IN DULCI JUBILO CHRISTMAS CONCERT Oslo Cathedral’s traditional Christmas concert with several choirs
affiliated with the cathedral and an ad hoc instrumental ensemble. Dates/times: 13.12 at 15:00 and 18:00. 14.12 at 17:00 and 20:00 Location: Oslo Domkirke Address: Stortorvet Tickets: www.billettservice.no and at the door Prices: 275 desembertoner.nordea.no
OSLO FAGOTTKOR: CHRISTMAS CONCERT Christmas Concert with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Oslo Concert Hall Dates/times: 16-18.12 at 20:30. 17-18.12 at 18:00 Location: Lilleborg kirke Address: Oskar Braatensgt 35 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 440,How to get there: Bus No. 20/30 > Lilleborg kirke www.oslofagottkor.no
OSLO PHILHARMONIC: CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Oslo Philharmonic’s Christmas concerts convey tradition, great expectations and first-rate musical experiences. Oslo’s most popular holiday concerts are an integral part of many people’s Christmas rituals. The programme offers a splendid assortment of both Norwegian and other Nordic music. Location: Oslo-Filharmonien Dates/times: 16-18.12 at 20:30. 17-18.12 at 18:00 Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 150,- >320,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslofilharmonien.no
OSLO GOSPEL CHOIR: CHRISTMAS CONCERT Oslo Gospel Choir’s Christmas concerts have become a cherished tradition. Dates/times: 21-22.12 at 18:00. 21.12 at 21:00 Location: Oslo Konserthus Address: Munkedamsveien 14 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 485,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.oslokonserthus.no
F**K YEAH! FRIDAYS FREE The club concept F**k Yeah! Fridays mixes Guns N’ Roses, Ramones, The Strokes, Motley Crüe, The Hives, Bloc Party, Blondie, The Orwells, The Clash, Bass Drum Of Death and more. Dates/times: 05.12 at 22:00 Location: Bushwick bar Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Prices: Free entrance How to get there: Transport > Stortorvet / Brugata www.rockefeller.no
CLUB: GET READY! Club Get Ready with the best of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and early reggae from the ‘60s. Dates/times: 06.12 at 22:00 Location: Leiligheten, Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: at the door. Cash only. Prices: 50,How to get there: Transport > Stortorvet / Brugata www.rockefeller.no
CLMD This evening, the concert venue Sentrum Scene will be transformed into a large night club. The New York-based DJ duo CLMD, also known as Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, takes the club atmosphere of the world metropolis home. Dates/times: 12.12 at 21:00 Location: Sentrum Scene Address: Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1 Tickets: billettservice.no Prices: 330,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
The Oslo Philharmonic puts you in the Christmas spirit at their Christmas concert.
CLUB: OSLO SOUL EXPERIENCE
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER & PARTY
Club concept aiming to promote quality danceable American soul & funk from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Dates/times: 20.12 at 22:00 Location: Leiligheten, Rockefeller Address: Torggata 16 Tickets: at the door. Cash only. Prices: 50,How to get there: Transport > Stortorvet / Brugata www.rockefeller.no
For the 12th consecutive year, Stratos holds a dinner and a great New Year’s party “on the roof of Oslo”. Dinner (1250,-) For those who want to dine, Stratos offers a delicious 3-course menu. Dinner will be served on the top floor, with a spectacular view of the city. Doors open for dinner guests at 6 pm. An aperitif will be served on arrival, and dinner will commence at 6.30 pm. Party (490,-) The party starts at 9 pm. Aperitif for nondiners is served between 9 pm and 11 pm. Dresscode: black & white Age limit: 25 years Dates/times: 31.12 at 18:00 Location: Stratos Address: Youngstorget 2 A, 12. et. Tickets: +(47) 21 04 64 00 / email@example.com Prices: 490,- >1250,How to get there: Transport > Storgata/ Brugata www.stratos.as
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Dance into the New Year at John DEE! For the 20th year in a row, Radio Latin America throws their successful New Year’s Eve party with Oslo’s best Latino DJ’s and top dance music: salsa, reaggeton, merengue and Latin hits. Doors open at 10 pm. ID: 18 years. Dates/times: 31.12 at 22:00 Location: John DEE Address: Torggata 16, entr. Hammersborggata Prices: 225,How to get there: Tram No.11/12/13 > Olaf Ryes plass www.rockefeller.no
Doktor Proktors prompepulver exites the kids at The National Theatre.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES CHRISTMAS MARKET
Traditional Christmas foods and great gift ideas at Blaafarveværket, located in peaceful surroundings one hour outside Oslo. The café (Kroa) serves Christmas dinners, rice pudding, waffles, Christmas porridge and Christmas cookies. Blaafarveværket has three shops, all of which offer excellent gift ideas. The Blue shop offers cobalt coloured glass, the General store has candy and a large variety of other products and the Gemstone and Jewellery shop has a unique selection of gifts. Christmas workshop for children on weekends. Dates/times: Untill 14.12 at 12:00-17:00 Location: Blaafarveværket Address: 3340 Modum How to get there: By car: Royal Modum Blaafarveværk is located about one hour’s drive outside of Oslo. Please refer to the museum website for driving directions. By bus: TIMEkspressen route 10 to Vikersund/Hønefoss. The bus stops in the centre of Åmot, where you change to a local bus to route 105 to Sigdal/Prestfoss. www.blaa.no
DOKTOR PROKTORS PROMPEPULVER: CHILDREN’S THEATRE
CHRISTMAS AT BLAAFARVEVÆRKET CHRISTMAS MARKET
Annual Christmas market on Skjerven Farm in Maridalen in northern Oslo with highquality Christmas gifts. The market offers Christmas activities for the whole family, including sleigh rides, traditional Christmas porridge in the barn, storytelling for children and more. Dates/times: 13-14.12 at 12:00-16:00 Location: Skjerven gård Address: Maridalsveien 469 Prices: 50,- / F: 150,How to get there: Bus No.51 > Skjerven www.skjervengard.no
Childrens theatre in Norwegian. Dates/times: 02-05.12 at 12:00. 05.12 at 18:00. 06.12 at 13:30 and 17:00. 10-12.12 at 18:00. 13.12 at 14:00. 22.12 at 18:00. 26.12 at 15:00. 29-30.12 at 17:00 Location: Nationaltheatret Address: Johanne Dybwads plass 1 Prices: A:200,- >460,- / C: 100,- >300,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.nationaltheatret.no
JUL I BLÅFJELL: CHRISTMAS FAMILY THEATRE (NO.) Christmas family theatre in Norwegian Dates/times: untill 20.12, Wed-Sat at 18:00. Until 20.12, Sat at 14:30 Location: Oslo Nye Teater Address: Rosenkrantz gate 10 Tickets: 815 33 133 Prices: 200,- > 420,How to get there: Transport > Stortinget www.oslonye.no
BABYSCREAM: GUIDED TOUR (NO.) Guided tour in Norwegian for people with babies. Dates/times: 03.12 at 13:00 Location: Munch-museet Address: Tøyengata 53 Prices: 50,How to get there: Metro > Tøyen Munch-museet www.munchmuseet.no
Hans og Grete, children’s theatre at Riksteateret.
HANS OG GRETE: CHILDREN’S THEATRE (NO.)
MININØTTER MINI-WORKSHOP (NO.)
Children’s theatre in Norwegian. Dates/times: 5-9.12, Mon-Tue, Fri-Sun at 13:00 Location: Riksteatret Address: Gullhaug torg 2, Nydalen Tickets: 815 33 133 Prices: 230,How to get there: Metro No. 4/5/6 > Nydalen www.riksteatret.no
Mini-workshop that introduces children ages four to seven to opera and ballet. In Norwegian. Dates/times: Until 20.12, Sat at 13:15 Location: Den Norske Opera & Ballett Address: Kirsten Flagstads plass 1 Tickets: operaen.no Prices: 50,How to get there: Transport > Jernbanetorget/Oslo S www.operaen.no
PIPPI FEIRER JUL: CHRISTMAS THEATRE (NO.)
CHILDREN’S CINEMA CINEMA
Children’s Christmas theatre in Norwegian. Dates/times: 6.12-13.12 at 12:00 and 15:00. 07-14.12, Sun at 13:00 and 15:30 Location: Chat Noir Address: Klingenberggata 5 Tickets: 815 33 133 Prices: 300,How to get there: Transport > Nationaltheatret www.chatnoir.no
Film screenings for children, primarily in Norwegian. Dates/times: Until 20.12, Sat at 13:00. Until 14.12, Sun at 14:00 Location: Cinemateket, Filmens Hus Address: Dronningens gate 16 How to get there: Tram No.12 > Kongens gate www.barnascinematek.no
Itâ€™s that Time of Year again... Christmas is here, and with it one of our favourite winter offerings â€“ Christmas markets! As this list of markets shows, your chances of getting into the Christmas spirit is about 100%.
Text: Tarjei Kidd Olsen Foto: Morten Brun EVERY WEEKEND FROM NOV 29
CHRISTMAS FAIR AT BÆRUMS VERK
Get into the Christmas spirit at Bærums Verk. Take a short ride with a reindeeror horse sleigh or mushing (transport powered by dogs) during the weekends, or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings and small shops in old houses from the 17th Century. Experience an old-fashioned Christmas market with lots of handicrafts & designer goods. Make Christmas tree decorations from sheep’s wool, make your very own soap, and take part in a multitude of other Christmas activities. Admission: Free Address: Verksgata 15, 1353 Bærums Verk Tel: 67 13 00 18 www.baerumsverk.no
NOV 11-DEC 21 (11AM-8PM)
CHRISTMAS MARKED AT SPIKERSUPPA
Right in the centre of Oslo you will find an exciting and cozy Christmas market for adults and children. The Spikersuppa Christmas market has food and drinks, presents, Christmas delicacies, Christmas decorations and arts and crafts. Spikersuppa, along Karl Johans gate, is filled with stands and tents, lit and decorated for Christmas. Bring your family and friends and come find the Christmas spirit! Admission: Free Address: Spikersuppa Tel: 90 54 86 33 julemarked.no
DEC 6-7 & DEC 13-14 (11AM-4PM)
CULTURAL HISTORY FAIR
The Christmas Fair at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is the largest pre-Christmas event in Oslo, and is a popular tradition among both tourists and locals. From old-fashioned stalls one can purchase homemade crafts, Christmas decorations, cakes and other treats. The museum cafés are decorated for the holidays, and serve coffee, gingerbread cakes and other Norwegian Christmas specialties. The houses in the open-air museum are decorated
according to the traditions of the original inhabitants, showing how Christmas has been celebrated through the ages in both poor and rich Norwegian homes. Address: Museumsveien 10 Tel: 22 12 37 00 www.norskfolkemuseum.no
DEC 6-7 (10AM-6PM)
DESIGNERS´ CHRISTMAS MARKET A market where you can buy Norwegian-designed products from the designers themselves. Expect to find clothes, jewellery, purses, bags, accessories, ceramics, glass, pillows, lamps, small furniture and more. A unique opportunity to purchase products that are not mass produced. Admission: Free Address: Hausmannsgate 16 Tel: 23 29 28 70 www.doga.no
SAT & SUN IN DEC (12-5PM)
On Saturdays and Sundays in December you can visit the Christmas market around “Blå” at Grünerlokka. Here you’ll find knitwear, jewellery, ceramics, glass, wool, clothes, toys, paintings, bags and more. The rest of the year there is a Sunday market in the same place. Admission: Free Address: Brenneriveien 9 C E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/pages/Søndagsmarkedet-på-Blå/130414723672098?fref=ts
Have a Tasty Christmas
You haven’t celebrated a proper Norwegian Christmas until you’ve tried some of these weird and wonderful Christmas dishes! Text: Tarjei Kidd Olsen Apart from cross country skiing, few things make traditional Norwegians more patriotically minded than traditional Christmas food. - What is typical for Norwegian Christmas food is that we eat what’s been eaten for generations, points out restaurant keeper Kay Johnsen at Café Engebret, Oslo’s oldest restaurant and a bastion for traditional food - including at Christmas. Lofoten fiskerestaurant, a respected and Michelin-awarded restaurant at Aker Brygge that has been wooing critics and guests since 1997, begin serving Christmas dishes particularly early.
- We were the first restaurant of the season to serve lutefisk (stockfish in lye) this year, on the first Monday in October. We have lutefisk, pinnekjøtt (salted lamb ribs), rakfisk (fermented trout) from Valdres and a little reindeer meat from Røros, head chef Esteban Villalpando tells What’s On Oslo. Just a few of the many other restaurants well known for their Christmas food are Ekebergrestauranten, Restaurant Havsmak, Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin, Festningen, Frognerseteren and Dovrehallen.
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Christmas food traditions vary by region. Coastal traditions are different from those found inland, and the traditions of East Norway are different from those of North, South and West Norway. Because of this, Café Engebret’s Johnsen is a little unsure what a typical Christmas dish consists of. - Norwegian Christmas food has strong and varied traditions. But I think most people either eat lutefisk, pinnekjøtt or ribbe (roasted pork belly). Many also eat rakfisk - and for those who really want to challenge themselves there is Smalahove (boiled lamb’s head), Johnsen says. All Norwegian Christmas food is also accompanied by lots of great side dishes. There is pease pudding, red cabbage, mashed swede, Christmas sausage and more.
When it comes to sweet dishes, tradition dictates that seven different kinds of Christmas biscuits should feature on the table at Christmas – all homemade!
The specific kinds of biscuits vary by region and even family, but some of the most popular today are pepperkaker (gingerbreads), krumkaker (waffle cookies), sandkaker (sugar cookies), sirupssnipper (syrup cookies), smultringer (Norwegian doughnuts), berlinerkranser (wreath-shaped cookies) and kransekaker (a series of cookies placed on top of each other to form a cone). For dessert, the two most common dishes are multekrem (cloudberries and whipped cream) and riskrem (rice porridge mixed with whipped cream served with red berries sauce).
The most traditional drinks accompaniment to Christmas food is Norway’s national drink, Aquavit – a potato based spirit flavored with herbs such as caraway seeds, anise, dill, fennel and coriander. Many Norwegian breweries produce special beers for Christmas that are dark and often stronger than normal beers. Vinmonopolet, Norway’s chain of statecontrolled stores for alcohol stronger than 4.75 percent, stocks no less than 107 kinds of juleøl (“Christmas beer”) this year. There are also slightly less strong juleøl in grocery stores. Many locals are exited that Sagene Bryggeri, a brand new Oslo-brewery that is the first big brewery to open in Norway since 1876, launched its very first juleøl Sagene Sterk Jul (“Sagene Strong Christmas”) in November. Christmas drinks don’t only involve alcohol, though. For the kids (and quite a few adults!), the red soda julebrus (“Christmas Soda”) is popular this time of year. Then there is gløgg (mulled wine). While the traditional kind containing red wine with sugar and spices is still usual, many popular alcohol-free variants can be found in stores.
THE CHRISTMAS TABLE
Finally, if you are Norwegian, just live here or will be mingling with locals this Christmas season, there are two special activities you can get up to that will involve lots of Christmas food!
One is the Norwegian tradition of serving up a big Christmas buffet for breakfast/lunch on Christmas day. The buffet contains of a lot of Norwegian Christmas food, usually also including leftovers from Christmas Eve. In addition there is the julebord, translating as “Christmas Table”. This is a party that usually takes the form of a feast or banquet and has a buffet with both traditional and new Christmas food and drinks. While originally a tradition from the Middle Ages involving giving food to the poor and leaving food outside the house at night as an offering to mythical creatures such as Trolls, today a julebord is very commonly arranged by people’s work places. The parties can get very lively and it’s not uncommon during this time to see people of many ages roaming the streets at night in dark suits and stylish dresses - and clearly slightly worse for wear!
Alternative Christmas Few things feel as traditional as Christmas, but in a city with many different cultures, diets and wealth levels, Christmas can take unexpected forms. Text: Tarjei Kidd Olsen
The menu at Lofoten fiskerestaurant, a prestigious “traditional” fish restaurant at equally prestigious Aker Brygge, underscores an interesting thing about modern Norway: While old Christmas traditions survive, there is no mistaking that the world has come to this small, traditionally isolated enclave on the northern edgee of Europe. - Lofoten fiskerestaurant is a traditional fish restaurant, except that the only traditional food we have served the last six year is the Christmas food, the restaurant’s head chef Esteban Villalpando points out. - We stick to Norwegian fish, but we do things our own way. The people working here are from places like Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Poland
and Mexico, as well as Norway. We combine Norwegian traditions with inspiration from our countries of origin and further afield. We read a lot of books and magazines and we’ve been to New York, Esteban says. - We always steal ideas, but make sure that we don’t copy exactly. “That’s the way of cooking,” as someone once said. When we make things up and don’t follow rigid traditions, the food turns out better, he argues.
ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS Even Christmas food isn’t always what it once was. As people with different nationalities, religious beliefs or dietary requirements have increased, new markets have opened for traditional Christmas food while Christmas food itself has expanded to
Preparing food at Lofoten Fiskerestaurant.
encompass new dishes. Quite a few Muslims, for instance, join other non-Christians in celebrating Christmas as a cozy social event. The only Christmas food Muslims need to avoid is that made from pork. Pak Mat, a company based in Oslo that is Norway’s biggest distributor of Muslim halal meat, sells about 1.5 tons of the traditional Christmas dish pinnekjøtt (salted lamb ribs) every year. In addition, alternative Christmas food is reflected in the menu at some of Oslo’s restaurants. As well as alternative Christmas dishes at normal restaurants, there are niche restaurants catering to some of these tastes. These niche restaurants include
Vega restaurant, a vegan restaurant with roots dating back to 1938, which serves a popular “nøttestek” (“nut steak”) made from nuts and green lentils every Christmas. - We grind the nuts and green lentils together into a mix that becomes a kind of steak that you can slice and serve it with brown sauce and the traditional side dishes potato, surkål (“sour cabbage” ) and rødkål (red cabbage), managing director Laila Karstensen at Vega tells What’s On Oslo. Vega began serving their nut steak on Nov 30 – the date of this year’s Advent Sunday in the Western Christian tradition. - The nut steak is very popular. It becomes a kind of social food à la
Enjoy Swedish/ Norwegian Christmas food while gazing out over Oslo.
ham steak. For Christmas we need to provide more than just stews with vegetables, as Christmas food should be that little bit extra, Laila points out.
request) and more. If you are part of a group you can also pre-book Swedish Christmas food for other days in December.
Similarly, Lysebu, also at the top of Holmenkollen and with fantastic views of its surroundings, is Norway’s gift to Denmark for help during World War Two.
At the top of Holmenkollen, Voksenåsen Hotel enjoys an amazing view of town and its surroundings. Voksenåsen was Norway’s national gift to Sweden as thanks for help during and after World War Two and is owned by the Swedish Ministry of Culture.
As with Voksenåsen, Lysebu has family Christmas dinners on the 7th, 14th and 21st, but this time the Norwegian Christmas food is mixed with Danish Christmas food! Specifically, the northern Norwegian head chef and Danish sous chef have concocted a modern Nordic mix of Danish and northern Norwegian dishes that draw inspiration from classic variants. There is also food especially suited for children, a Christmas workshop for kids after the dinner - and Santa may drop by for a visit.
It’s also possible to find traditional Christmas food from a few other countries.
On three Sundays in December, the 7th, 14th and 21st, as well as Saturday the 8th, Voksenåsen serves a mix of traditional Swedish and Norwegian Christmas dishes at their family Christmas dinners. The specifically Swedish dishes include Swedish Christmas ham, prince-sausage (on request), honey-glazed pork ribs (on
It’s also possible to drop by the restaurant on other days and try different types of Danish-Norwegian Christmas
Have you seen the orange scarves literally hanging out in town? They are Church City Mission’s reminder that not everyone can expect a warm and cozy Christmas.
food. These menus change every week. A few of the Danish-inspired dishes are helleflynder (Atlantic halibut) with fennel and parsley, glazed Norway lobster served in a classic Danish way and with Danish goat cheese and dill, and baked duck with Danish Vildmose-potatoes and pickled plum.
CHRISTMAS FOR ALL
Christmas time is supposed to be a time for family and friends, but also a time to take care of those that are less fortunate. Among those putting words into action in this regard is the diaconal foundation Kirkens bymisjon (Church City Mission), which as well as their usual social work, is running a Christmas campaign to raise awareness about people that don’t have the resources – and maybe not even a home – for the kind of Christmas that many take for granted. The campaign culminates with their annual Christmas Eve celebration in
Oslo Cathedral (Oslo domkirke), from 5pm to 10:30pm (mass at 11pm). As well as being an important social meeting place for those that may feel lonely on Christmas - and for anyone else that wants to join - the evening features a Christmas dinner, Christmas gifts, coffee and cakes. If you send an sms to 2490, you automatically donate 80 Norwegian kroner that provide two dinners on the night. Kirkens bymisjon expects about 300400 guests on the night. There will be both young and old, students, tourists and people living on the streets of Oslo. In other words, this is a great opportunity to really get in touch with the Christmas spirit and celebrate with people from many walks of life. - We call for warmth and inclusion in this city. We’re working for a warmer society where people receive empathy, respect and justice, says the foundations’s General Secretary Johannes Heggland.
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MAPS AND HOW TO GET AROUND Short distances and convenient public transportation make it easy to get about in Oslo. On the following pages you will find maps and other information that will help you get around and see all the city has to offer. * On the maps pages you will find numbers that correspond with the numbers for each of the museum listings. *
PARKING IN THE CITY Oslo has both municipal and private parking. Street parking and parking lots are mostly municipal, while parking houses and some larger parking lots are mostly private.
MUNICIPAL PARKING Municipal parking is divided into zones with various price and time regulations. Look for the municipality symbol in addition to the P on the parking signs - a white P on a blue background. In the daytime you always have to pay a fee to park in any of these spots. www.oslo.kommune.no
PRIVATE PARKING HOUSES Parking in private parking houses and parking lots require a fee any time of the day, and are not free with the Oslo Pass.
TRANSPORTATION IN OSLO When in Oslo, there are several options when it comes to transportation throughout the city. You can use public transport, take a taxi - or, perhaps you would like to try one of the city bikes?
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION RUTER
Single tickets can be purchased from the driver, but are cheaper if you buy them in advance. On the metro, tickets must be purchased before entering the train.
Ruter is an administration and service company responsible for planning, managing, marketing and operating the public transport system in Oslo and Akershus. Tel.: 40 00 67 00 Fax: 40 00 67 01 ruter.no
Tickets can be purchased from vending machines and ticket offices at the metro stations, Oslo Visitor Centre, Østbanehallen, Jernbanetorget 1, in kiosks including Narvesen, 7-Eleven and Deli de Luca, and at Ruter’s Service Centre at Jernbanetorget (in front of Oslo Central Station).
RUTER’S CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTRE
Located in the clock tower outside Oslo Central Station, the customer service centre provides information about timetables, tickets and fares in Oslo and the surrounding area. The centre also sells tickets for public transport in Oslo and the surrounding areas. Address: Jernbanetorget 1. Tel.: (from Oslo/Akershus): 177 Tel.: (from out of town): + 47 815 00 176 ruter.no
Oslo’s local buses, trams, ferries and the metro share a ticket system.
Single ticket (on board): NOK 50 Single ticket (in advance): NOK 30 24-hour ticket: NOK 80 7-day ticket: NOK 220 30-day ticket: NOK 630 (students: NOK 380) Children under age 4 travel for free. Children ages 4-15 and seniors ages 67+ pay half price. All tickets are valid for one hour.
GOD TO KNOW CURRENCY EXCHANGE
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OSLO VISITOR CENTRE
Østbanehallen, Jernbanetorget 1. Exchange the most common foreign currencies into Norwegian kroner (NOK).
Lost property department, Grønlandsleiret 44 Tel. 22 66 90 50 Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 08.00-16.00 Fri: 08.00-15.00
8 branches in Oslo offering a wide range of foreign exchange services. forex.se/en
Foreign exchange office in the Airport Express Train Terminal at Oslo Central Station. ATMs with 13 different currencies.
TRAM Oslo has six tram lines that run through the city from east to west. The route network primarily covers the inner city, but a couple of longer routes go out to the residential areas west, south and north of the city centre METRO (T-BANE) Oslo’s metro network is extensive, with six connected lines and frequent departures from early morning until late at night. All the branch lines and the new ring line come together in a major tunnel through the city centre, with stops at Nationaltheatret, Stortinget and Jernbanetorget (Oslo Central Station).
LOST ON METRO/TRAMS/BUSES
Ruter’s lost property office, Nationaltheatret metro station Tel. 22 08 53 61 E-mail: email@example.com Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00
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NSB’s lost property office, Oslo Central Station Tel. 815 68 340 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 07.00-16.45
LOST CREDIT CARDS: American Express: Tel. 800 68 100 Diners Club: Tel. 21 01 53 00 Eurocard/Mastercard: Tel. 21 01 53 20 Visa: Tel. 800 12 052
MEDICAL, DENTAL, PHARMACY OSLO MUNICIPAL MEDICAL EMERGENCY SERVICE Tel. 22 93 22 93
24-HOUR PHARMACY SERVICE Tel. 23 35 81 00
DENTAL SERVICE BUS Buses supplement the metro and tram systems within the city boundaries. Oslo’s city buses have a two-digit route number, and the converging point for most bus routes is Jernbanetorget outside Oslo Central Station. Many of the most popular bus routes are cross connections, including 20, which passes both the Munch Museum and the Vigeland Park.
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The starting point for all regional and long-distance bus routes, located next to Oslo Central Station. The ticket and information counter is open every day. Tel. 23 00 24 00
Cruise between Oslo and Kiel, Germany. Daily departures from Hjortneskaia at 2 pm. Tel. 810 00 811 firstname.lastname@example.org colorline.no
Regional and long-distance bus network that covers most of Norway, and operates with a seat guarantee. Groups of more than nine persons must reserve seats in advance. Tel. 815 44 444 nor-way.no
Low-fare express bus service between Oslo and Kristiansand, Stavanger and Trondheim, with numerous stops along the way. Operated by NOR-WAY Bus Express. Tickets only available online. lavprisekspressen.no
Regional and long-distance bus network that covers most of Southern Norway, including the Oslo region. Tel. 177 nettbuss.no
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Sweden’s leading express coach network offers bus services between Oslo and over 180 stops in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Seat guarantee. Tel. 800 58 444 swebus.se
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Norway’s largest international airport, located 50 kilometres north of Oslo. Tel. 915 06400 firstname.lastname@example.org osl.no
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High-speed train service between Oslo Airport Gardermoen and Lillestrøm, Oslo Central Station, Nationaltheatret, Skøyen, Lysaker, Sandvika, Asker and Drammen. Departures every 10 minutes from Oslo Central Station. Tel. 815 00 777 flytoget.no
(Airport Express Coach) Bus service between Oslo Airport Gardermoen and 120 locations in the Oslo area. The routes start from Bekkestua, Fredrikstad, Majorstua and Ski. The route from Fredrikstad also stops at Moss Airport Rygge. Tel. 815 44 444 flybussekspressen.no
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Airport for low-fare airlines, located 65 kilometres southeast of Oslo. Tel. 69 23 00 00 firstname.lastname@example.org ryg.no RYGGE-EKSPRESSEN (Airport Express Coach) Bus service between Rygge and Oslo Bus Terminal, Ryen, Mortensrud and Korsegården. Tel.: 67 98 04 80 ryggeekspressen.no NSB REGIONAL TRAINS Train service between Oslo and Rygge train station with 1-2 departures every hour. Free shuttle service between Rygge train station and the airport. Tel: 815 00 888 nsb.no
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Find more maps at Oslo Visitor Centre, Østbanehallen, Jernbanetorget 1. Oslo Pass The Oslo Pass offers free entry to most museums and attractions, free parking in municipal car parks, free public transport including zone 1 and 2 with Ruter and NSB. This includes free metro, trams, bussses and local trains including zone 2 in Oslo and surrounding region. For more detailed information please see www.visitoslo.com
THE MUSEUMS LIST Oslo has about 50 museums covering all kinds of topics, including intriguing stories from the past, classic and contemporary art, scientific and literary achievements, human rights, and much more. Whatever youâ€™re into, chances are good youâ€™ll find it in one of the museum on these pages! *On the map pages you will find numbers that correspond with the numbers for each of the museum listings.
Photo: Fram Museum
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
THE VIKING SHIP MUSEUM 01
Meet the people! OPEN-AIR MUSEUM
The urban and rural traditional buildings from Norway’s many regions, give an excellent introduction to Norwegian history. Wooden farmhouses with fields and townhouses with cobblestone streets show homes, life and traditions in Norway. Of particular interest is the Medieval Stave Church.
Under admission: A= adult, C= child, S= student, P= pensioner, F= family
Houses the best preserved Viking ships in the world and the original burial gifts. The ships were discovered in three large burial mounds where they had been buried to serve as vessels for their rich owners’ final journey to the realm of the dead.
The Oseberg Ship
was built around 820 AD and was used as a burial ship for a powerful woman and her maidservant.
The Gokstad Ship
Folk Art. Sami Culture. Christmas Traditions.
was built around 890 AD and used as a burial ship for a chieftain.
DAILY See the indoor
The Tune Ship
exhibits and explore the many visible interiors.
WEEKENDS Activities. CHRISTMAS FAIR
December 6,7, 13 & 14. Traditions, atmosphere, and entertainment. Experience historical Christmas celebrations in decorated houses. Music, dance, activities and over 100 sale stands.
Hours and prices Weekdays: 11:00-15:00 Sat/ Sun: 11:00-16:00 Closed: Dec. 24, 25, 31. Admission: A: 110,-/ C: 30,S: 85,-/ F: 225,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Museumsveien 10, Bygdøy Tel: 22 12 37 00 www.norskfolkemuseum.no
was built around 900 AD.
The museum shop sells books and souvenirs, postcards and jewellery.
Hours and prices Every day 10:00–16:00 Admission: A: 60,-/ C: 30,-/F (2+2): 140,Free with Oslo Pass Two museums for the price of one: Use your ticket to the Historical Museum within 48 hours.
Contact The Viking Ship Museum Huk Aveny 35 Tel: 22 13 52 80 Bus 30: Vikingskipshuset Guided Tours: Tel.: 22 85 99 64 E-mail: email@example.com www.khm.uio.no Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo
THE FRAM MUSEUM Frammuseet
Fram is the most famous ship in polar history, known for its amazing expeditions to the North and South Poles.Come aboard, and see how the crew and their dogs endured years of sailing through treacherous waters, storms and the freezing cold. The fantastic stories still take the breath away from adults and children. Enjoy the spectacular northern lights show dancing in the ceiling of the Fram Museum. See the first ship to navigate the Northwest Passage, the polar vessel Gjøa! Experience the exhibitions and the fascinating polar history.
See also: The spectacular Polar film. Walk the freezing cold dark walk – if you dare! Hours and prices Every day 10:00–16:00 Admission: A: 80,-/ C (7-15): 30,-/ S: 30,-/ P: 50,- / F(2+3): 160/ Groups (+15): A 60,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Bygdøynesveien 36 Tel: 23 28 29 50 Bus 30: The Fram Museum www.frammuseum.no
THE KON-TIKI MUSEUM
Thor Heyerdahl (19142002) gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on the balsa raft Kon-Tiki in 1947. The original Kon-Tiki is on display at The Kon-Tiki Museum. The museum is allso home to permanent exhibitions about: Ra, Tigris, Fatu-Hiva, and Easter Island. This year Thor Heyerdahl would have been 100 years and new exhibition about Galapagos, extended Kon-Tiki exhibition and Easter Island exhibition is made to celebrate his anniversary. The Easter Island Exhibition is the greatest in the world outside Easter Island. The original Kon-Tiki movie is screened every day at 12.00. 60 minutes
Hours and prices Every day 10:00-16:00 Admission: A: 90,-/ C: 40,-/ S: 60,-/ P: 60,-/ F:180,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Bygdøynesveien 36 Tel: 23 08 67 67 www.kon-tiki.no
NORSK MARITIMT MUSEUM
The Holocaust Center is located in Villa Grande, the former residence of the Nazi collaborator Vidkun Quisling.
EXHIBITIONS Guided tours Sat. and Sun. at 12:30
The exhibition tells the story of Nazi genocide and mass murder during World War 2 – with special focus on the Norwegian Jews.
The Path to Exclusion
About article 2 in the Norwegian Constitution, which declared: “Jews remain excluded from admission to the Realm.”
Bunker from World War 2
Guided tours in the bunker Sat. and Sun. at 12:00 and 15:00 Kafé Villa Grande open every day from 11:00–16:00 (Mondays closed)
Hours and prices Mon-Fri: 10:00–16:00 Sat-Sun: 11:00–16:00 Admission: A: 50,-/C: 25,-/ S: 40,-/P: 40,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Huk Aveny 56 Tel: 22 84 21 00 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hlsenteret.no Bus: 30 to Bygdøyhus
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The museum celebrates Norway’s interaction with the seas, from its oldest known vessel to the latest hi-tech offshore ships. Our panoramic cinema features a 20-minute journey along Norway’s astonishingly beautiful coastline. Stop off at the café and museum shop. A joint ticket with the Fram Museum is available.
NEW EXHIBITIONS: “At Sea!” – Norwegian seafarers from the Viking era until today tell their stories! “Norway is the sea” and “The Electric Aquarium” Immersive experiences, with simulators and games! “The Ship”: The technology of ships, with possibility to navigate with remote controlled boats. “Children’s Boat Workshop” Build a wooden boat with hammer and nails! Every Sunday 12:00-15:00.
Hours and prices Tue-Fri: 10:00-15:00, SatSun: 10:00-16:00 Mon closed Admission: A: 80,-/C (6-16): 30,-/S: 40,-/P: 40,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Bygdøynesveien 37 Tel: + 47 24 11 41 50 www.marmuseum.no
HOLMENKOLLEN SKI MUSEUM AND SKI JUMP
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At the top of Oslo you can visit Holmenkollen National arena, a site where many skihistorical moments have been created. In the heart of the arena trumps Holmenkollen Jump Tower and Ski Museum. In the world’s oldest ski museum, built into the mountain underneath the ski jump, you can experience 6000 years of skiing history. At the top of the tower you can enjoy the spectacular view of Oslo and the surrounding areas. Check out our new exhibition “Freedom on Snow. Snowboarding and modern skiing” We are open during Christmas, more details on www.holmenkollen.com
Hours and prices Every day 10.00-16.00. Admission: A:120,-/ C: 60,Free with Oslo Pass
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Ski Simulator next to the Holmenkollen ski jump! Jump in “Kollen” and find out what it feels like to head down the world’s toughest downhill ski slopes alongside the world’s best performers on two skis. Technology which used to be available only to pilots and astronauts combines flight simulator movements with an ‘eye-view’ movie to create a unique and realistic feel. Once inside the the Ski Simulator you will get the ‘ride of your life’, including wind-effect when the skiing starts. Up to 12 people can sit inside at the same time and the whole ride lasts about 5 minutes. ‘’Amazing ride, amazing experience. It made me realize how crazy you have to be to go skiing at 130 km/h and how dangerous it is’’.
Hours and prices Every day 10.00-16.00 Admission: A:65,- / C:40.-/ S:65,-/ P:65,20% discount with Oslo Pass
Contact Kongeveien 5 Tel: 900 12 046 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.skisimulator.no Metro / T-bane: No 1 to Holmenkollen Station
Astrup Fearnley Museet is a private contemporary art museum housed in a building designed by worldrenowned architect Renzo Piano. The museum presents temporary exhibitions by leading International and Norwegian contemporary artists and houses an important collection of artworks by famous artists such as Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst.
ONGOING: Highlights from the Astrup Fearnley Collection 18.09.14–01.02.15 Europe, Europe 29.10.14 – 20.02.15 Marianne Heske tour – Retour Hours and prices Tue, Wed, Fri: 12.00–17.00 Thu: 12.00–19.00 Sat, Sun: 11.00–17.00 Mon closed Closed: 23.–25.12 and 31.12 Admission: A: 100,-/ P: 80,- / S: 60,-/ C (0-18): free entrance Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Strandpromenaden 2 Tel: +47 22936060 E-mail: email@example.com www.afmuseet.no facebook.com/astrupfearnley twitter.com/astrupfearnley Instagram: @astrupfearnley
TEKNISK MUSEUM The Norwegian museum of Science and Technology
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Henie Onstad Art Center
OSLO CITY MUSEUM
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Fun-packed weekend & holiday activities!
NEW: *Ting: Explore technology & democracy
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is a leading venue for 20th century and contemporary art and music, located in scenic Høvikodden.
*Oil & Gas: Interact! !Energitivoli
Last chance: 18.9-14.12: Josef Albers- Minimal Means, Maximum Effect
Play & learn Chase virtual
Until 1.03.2015: Marte Johnslien Istad/Pacini ArtLab
fish, see your temperature imprint or play mindball!
The science centre offers more than 80 exciting interactive installations. Examine symptoms, diagnose diseases and journey through medical history from the 1850s until today. Find out more about the norwegian industry. Café and museum shop. Hours and prices Tue-fri 09:00-16:00 Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 Christmas: 20-21 Dec: 11:00-18:00. 23 Dec: 09:00-16:00, 26-30 Dec: 11:00-18:00. Closed: 24, 25 and 31 Dec Admission: A: 120,-/ C: 60,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Kjelsåsveien 143 Tel: 22 79 60 00 www.tekniskmuseum.no Tram: no 11 and 12. Bus: no 25 and 54. Train: (Jaren and Gjøvik) to Kjelsås station
Until 8.2.2015: Christopher Nielsen Until 9.8. 2015: 15 great masters from the collection. Drop-in HOK LAB. Hours and prices Tue-Thu: 11:00–19:00 Fri-Sun: 11:00–17:00 Mon closed Closed for holiday 20.12.14–01.01.2015 Admission: A: 80,-/ S: 50,-/ C: free entrance/ P: 60,-
Contact Sonja Henies vei 31 Høvikodden Tel: 67 80 48 80 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hok.no Transportation: 15 minutes from Oslo. Bus: no. 151 to Høvikodden. Free shuttle bus (Senterbussen) every two hours. More info at hok.no. Josef Albers: Study to Homage to the Square: Gay, 1956. Photo: Øystein Torvaldsen, HOK, Erling Neby Samling. BONO
Exhibitions of the City’s history. The museum is located in the beautiful old building of Frogner Manor House inside the Vigeland Park, approx. 200 metres south of the sculpture park.
Early Modernism in Oslo
Despised Love Norwegian women and German soldiers during World War II In the limelight Theatre history
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Guided tours: Sat-Sun at 12.00 and 14.00 Enjoy hot and cold meals at Café Mathia Museum shop
Hours and prices Tue-Sun: 11:00–16:00 Closed: 22.-25.12 and 29.-31.12 Admission: free entrance
Contact Frognerveien 67 Tel: +47 23 28 41 70 E-mail: email@example.com oslomuseum.no facebook.com/detekteoslo Photo: Sissel Ødegård/Oslo Museum
INTERKULTURELT MUSEUM NASJONALBIBLIOTEKET
VIGELAND-MUSEET The Vigeland Museum
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In this beautiful museum situated next to the famous Vigeland Park you will find an almost complete collection of the works by Gustav Vigeland (18691943). The story behind the Vigeland Park and how the sculptures were made is also well documented in the museum, which was built as studio and home for the artist in the 1920’s.
The museum is centrally located in Oslo, close to Grønland metro station. Exhibitions focus on immigration history and cultural exchange in the Norwegian society
27.09.2014-08.02.2015 Bård Breivik, Three Organic Strings.
Free guided tours: Sat and Sun at 12:00 and 14:00
The monumental installation in steel by one of Norway’s most prominent sculptors, Bård Breivik (b. 1948), is exhibited in room VII.
20.11.2014-08.02.2015 Roni Horn. Drawings.
The exhibition consists of four large drawings by the American artist Roni Horn. The exhibition opens with a reading by Horn on Wednesday 19.11 at 18:00.
Hours and prices Tue-Sun: 12.00–16.00. Mon closed. Admission: A: 60,-/ C: 30,-/ S: 30,- /P: 30,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Nobels gate 32 Tel: +47 23 49 37 00 www.vigeland.museum.no Photo: Bård Breivik, Three Organic Strings, 2006.
The National Library of Norway
EXHIBITIONS Norvegiska romá - Norwegian Gypsies One people – many voices
13.11 – 19.12 Sissel M. Bergh Dalvedh Video Art exhibition
Hours and prices Tue – Sun: 11:00–16:00 Mon closed Closed: 20.12 - 13.01 Admission: free entrance
The National Library of Norway is a multimedia centre of knowledge and culture. Free guided tours (No): 10.12 at 14:00 Guided tours are also available by appointment.
EXHIBITIONS 25.09–31.01 Pop! Alf Prøysen in all channels
The exhibition focuses on Alf Prøysen’s status as a popular performer and literary artist, seen in light of the explosive growth in media technology in the 1950s.
See programme update at www.nb.no
Hours and prices Mon-Fri: 09:00–19:00 Sat: 09.00–14.00 Admission: free entrance
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Top hats inspired by Ibsen`s life and work.
Henrik Ibsen - On the contrary
The exhibit shows the dynamic power of Ibsen’s drama, and shed light on his political views and their relevance to the national and international issues.
Ekdals Garden; Of Whom Nothing is Lost.
Find peace and quiet in the Nobel Field or learn more about the laureates in the Wallpapers. The magic book about Alfred Nobel gives you the read of a lifetime! Until 5 December:
COMBATING CHEMICAL WEAPONS. About OPCW. Opening 12 December: Nobel Peace Prize exhibition 2014:
MALALA AND KAILASH
- unstoppable in their fight for children’s rights.
PEACE AT WORK
Highlights from the Nobel Peace Prize exhibitions 2005–2013.
Inspired by The Wild Duck.
Activities for children
Café and museum shop
Hours and prices Every day 11:00–16:00 Thursday 11:00–18:00 Admission: A: 95,-/ C: 30,-/ S: 70,- /P: 70,Free with Oslo Pass.
Contact Henrik Ibsens gate 26 Tel: 22 12 35 50 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ibsenmuseet.no Tram: 13 and 19 Bus: 30, 31 to Slottsparken
The Stenersen Museum
Welcome to Henrik Ibsen’s apartment. This is where he lived the last 11 years of his life together with his wife, and here we are introduced to the private sphere of the world famous playwright.
Ibsen’s Top Hat - A Delight to the Eye
Hours and prices 1–9 Dec: Tue–Sun 10–18 Guided tours on weekends: English 13, Norwegian 14 10 Dec: Open 10-14.30 12 Dec: Open 12–18 13–30 Dec: Mon–Sun 10–18. Guided tours daily: English 13, Norwegian 14 Closed: 11,24,25,31 Dec. Admission: A: 90,-/ C(<16): free/ S: 60,-/ P: 60,-/ F: 160,Oslo Pass and 12–30 Dec free
Contact Rådhusplassen/City Hall Sq. Tel: +47 48 30 10 00 www.nobelpeacecenter.org Photo: Johannes Granseth
The Stenersen Museum is one of Oslo’s leading museums of contemporary art and modern art.
EXHIBITIONS 29.8 – 14.12.2014 Through Nature – A Rough Guide As part of the ongoing exhibition Through Nature at the Munch Museum a number of contemporary artists have contributed works that in different ways reflect the relationship culture - nature.
25.1 – 14.12.2014 Norwegian modernism and avant-garde – a selection of the collection
This exhibition presents some of the highlights of the Stenersen collection.
Hours and prices Tue, Wed and Fri: 12:00– 17:00. Thu: 12:00–19:00 Sat–Sun: 11:00–17:00 Mon: Closed Closed: from 15.12 Admission: A: 60,- (C<18: Free). Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Munkedamsveien 15 Tel: 23 49 36 00 www.stenersenmuseet.no Photo: Uten tittel, akvarell, 2013 © Thorbjørn Sørensen / BONO 2014 Foto © Halvard Haugerud
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Would you like to see the Parliament from the inside? If so, why not join one of our guided tours?
Antiquities, the Treasure Chest, the Viking Collection and the Ethnographic Exhibits.
We provide guided tours on Saturdays (untill 13.12: • 10.00 (English) • 11.30 (English) • 13.30 (Norwegian only) • 15.00 (Norwegian only) Tours last for approximately one hour and we recommend turning up 15 minutes in advance of the advertised time (no bookings available). We can accommodate up to a maximum of 30 visitors per guided tour.Please use the entrance from Akersgata (the opposite side of the building to the main entrance). Guided tours of the Storting are free of charge to all visitors.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS: ’The Heavy Load’:
EXHIBITION 2014 marks the Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution. To celebrate this, there will be an exhibition displaying important documents from 1814. The exhibition is in Norwegian only, but supporting materials and brochures are available in English. We reserve the right to make changes. Please visit our website for updated information.
Contact Karl Johans gate 22 Tel: 23 31 31 80 E-mail: email@example.com www.stortinget.no/en
The story of the Norwegian National Gold Treasure. The gold coins rescued from the Nazis exhibited for the first time ever.
‘For the Love of Freedom’ An exhibition exploring the limitations and challengers of freedom; ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘the Arena of Freedom’ , ‘the Forbidden Lounge’ , ‘Minus Five’ ‘Pride’ and ‘Hell’s Angels’. www.khm.uio.no
Hours and prices Tue-Sun 11:00 - 16:00. (Mon closed) Admission: A: 50,-/C(<16): free/ S: 25,-/ P: 25,Free with Oslo Pass Two Museums for the price of one: Use your ticket to the Viking Ship Museum within 48 hours.
Contact The Historical Museum Frederiks gate 2 Tel: 22 85 99 10 Guided tours: Tel.: 22 85 99 64 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.khm.uio.no Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo Tram: all to National Theatre
Natural History Museum
Where the incredible is completely natural. The museum is a part of the University of Oslo and includes the Botanical garden plus the Geological and Zoological museums. On display are dinosaurs, fossils, rocks, minerals and animals from Norway and abroad.
2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Botanical Garden.
In 2014 the Natural History Museum celebrates its 200th anniversary with events throughout the year, including an exhibit about gender, a new Viking garden, a new willow garden and more. See the famous fossil Ida before you enjoy a walk in the most beatiful garden in Oslo.
Hours and prices The Geological and Zoological Museum: TueSun 11.00-16.00. Mon closed The Greenhouses: Mon-Sun 10-17 The Botanical Garden: All days: 07.00 - 21.00. Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Naturhistorisk Museum Universitetet i Oslo Sarsgate 1/Monradsgt. Tel: 22 85 16 30 E-mail: email@example.com www.nhm.uio.no
NASJONALGALLERIET The National Gallery
10.10.2014–04.01.2015 Dahl and Friedrich. Romantic landscapes This is the first time that paintings and drawings by these two artists are presented in dialogue, and the first time since 1980 that a larger number of paintings by Friedrich are shown in Norway.
10.10.–23.11.2014 Rauschenberg erases de Kooning
NASJONALMUSEET FOR KUNST, ARKITEKTUR OG DESIGN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is Norway´s largest museum, receiving around 600.000 visitors annually. We arrange exhibitions, run educational programmes and care for the country´s most extensive collections of art, architecture and design. Admission: Adults: NOK 50 / Students: NOK 30 Pensioners/concessions: NOK 30 Children (under 19): Free entrance Sunday: Free entrance for all Free with Oslo Pass
In connection with the Drawing Biennial 2014, the National Museum will be exhibiting a key example of postwar art: Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
30.11.2013–01.01.2017 The Dance of Life. The Collection from Antiquity to 1950 The National Gallery’s art collection is the most comprehensive and wideranging in Norway, and one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The collection has an emphasis on Norwegian art after 1800. Museum shop and café
Hours and prices Tue, Wed, Fri 10.00–18.00 Thur 10.00–19.00 Sat, Sun 11.00–17.00 Mon: Closed
Contact Caspar David Friedrich, «Woman before the Rising Sun», ca 1818. Museum Folkwang Essen
Universitetsgaten 13 Tel: 21 98 20 00 nasjonalmuseet.no
KUNSTINDUSTRIMUSEET The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
19.10.2014–07.02.2015 Julie Skarland. Paris – New Delhi – Oslo
The fashion designer Julie Skarland has spent her entire career abroad. The exhibition offers a broad introduction to Skarland’s creative processes, with a focus on costumes from her Paris collections and from her years in New Delhi. Her production is further illustrated with photographs, drawings and videos.
02.01.–31.12.2014 Glass and Ceramics The Costume Galleries The Royal Dress Collection Style 1100–1905 Design and Craft 1905-2005 Museum shop and café
Hours Tue, Wed, Fri:11.00–17.00 Thu: 11.00–19.00 Sat, Sun: 12.00–16.00 Mon: Closed
Contact St. Olavs gate 1 Tel: 21 98 20 00 nasjonalmuseet.no Julie Skarland, Sail on, Alice in Hindustan, 2010, Photo: Pablo Bartholomew
MUSEET FOR SAMTIDSKUNST
The Museum of Contemporary Art 21
NASJONALMUSEET - ARKITEKTUR
The National Museum – Architecture 22
19.09.2014 – 01.01.2019 BUILDING IDEAS. From the An unique opportunity to see Architecture Collection, recently produced paintings 1830 to the present 13.09.2014 – 04.01.2015 An Appetite for Painting
by leading international and Norwegian painters. Most of these paintings were made in the past three years and some are by painters who have never exhibited in Norway before.
07.11.2014–08.03.2015 Rameau’s Nephews. Sofie Berntsen and Karl Holmqvist
The exhibition explores the relationship between the architects’ visions and the buildings that were ultimately constructed. With material by significant architects such as Christian Heinrich Grosch, Henrik Bull, Harald Hals, Magnus Poulsson, Arne Korsmo, Erling Viksjø, Sverre Fehn and Snøhetta.
Rameau’s Nephews is the title of a new exhibition 20.06.–31.12.2014 series in which young Norwegian artists exhibit in Venezia. Fehn’s Nordic dialogue with an opponent. Pavilion. In 1958, at the age of just Permanent installations thirty-four, Sverre Fehn «Celle VIII», Louise won the competition to Bourgeois. «Shaft» Richard design the Nordic Pavilion Sierra. «Inner space V», in Venice. His original Per Inge Bjørlo. «The drawings for the pavilion Garbage Man (The Man are now being shown for Who Never Threw Anything the first time, together Away)», Ilya Kabakov with Ferruzzi’s beautiful photographs from the year Museum shop and café of its opening.
Hours Tue, Wed, Fri: 11.00–17.00 Thu: 11.00–19.00 Sat, Sun: 12.00–17.00 Mon: Closed
Contact Bankplassen 4 Tel: 21 98 20 00 nasjonalmuseet.no Tomory Dodge, Texoma 2011
Museum shop and café
Hours Tue, Wed, Fri: 11.00–17.00 Thu: 11.00–19.00 Sat, Sun: 12.00–17.00 Mon: Closed
Contact Bankplassen 3 Tel: 21 98 20 00 nasjonalmuseet.no Arne Korsmo, “Tostrupgården” (most likely 1948-1953). Not built. Photo: Børre Høstland
DOGA – THE NORWEGIAN MUNCHMUSEET CENTRE FOR DESIGN AND The Munch Museum ARCHITECTURE 26
The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture is located in an old electricity transformer station in Hausmanns gate 16. Changing design and architecture exhibitions, activities focusing on design, architecture and related disciplines, activities for children and a design shop are open to the public.
06.-07.12 Designers’ Christmas market Scandinavian designers sell their products like clothes, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, etc.
16.-30.12-Sens & Sans Photo exhibition Designers’ Christmas market A group of photographers working with individual themed projects ends up with a joint sales exhibition and a book release.
Hours and prices Mon, Tue, Fri: 10.00-17.00 Wed, Thu: 10.00-20.00 Sat, Sun: 12.00-17.00 Closed during Christmas holidays, exept for 29 and 30th of Dec. Admission: Free entrance
Contact Hausmanns gate 16 Tel: 23 29 28 70 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.doga.no www.designogarkitektur.no www.facebook.com/DogAOslo
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A visit to the Munch Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Edvard Munch in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists. By constantly changing the exhibitions, the museum presents the variety in his production.
Original uniforms and artefacts dating back over 350 years. Models and documents about Customs and the history of Norwegian Import and Export through the centuries
26.04–04.01.2015 Gjennom naturen / Through Nature
Films showing Customs Officers at work in the 1950s and the 1970s.
What has Munch’s Scream to do with the primate fossil Ida? Or his lithograph series Alpha and Omega with a tableau of stuffed animals? Such seemingly improbable encounters between Munch’s art and natural history form the basis of this exhibition project.
Samples of smuglingmethods and contraband, such as cigarettes, alcohol, narcotics and other confiscated goods.
Guided tours on request. Must be booked in advance.
Hours and prices Mon-sun 11-17 Closed: Tue Closed: 23.-26.12, 31.12 and 01.01 2015. Admission: A: 95,-/ C(<18): free Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Tøyengata 53 Metro: Tøyen st (5 min from city center) www.munchmuseet.no Photo: Skrik (1910) Edvard Munch © Munchmuseet / Munch-Ellingsen Group / BONO 2014
Hours and prices Mon-Fri: 11.00 -15.00 Sat and Sun closed Admission: free entrance
Contact Tollbugata 1 A, near Oslo Central Station (sea side) Tel: 22 34 68 76. Fax: 22 34 68 60 E-mail: email@example.com
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The International Museum of Children’s Art
Museum of the year!
Museum and Experiencecenter. A must-visit for
music fans of all ages and nationalities! Several exhibitions and engaging interactive installations. Discover Norwegian music and culture in a new way through artists, songs, musical rarities and instruments. Step into one of our studios to record a hit song or create your own composition, and design your own album cover! Recordings and pictures are downloadable from popsenteret.no. Guided tours for groups – book in advance.
Closed between December 22nd and January 6th. Visit PopShop for unique Christmas gifts and souvenirs! PopShop / cafe.
Hours and prices Tue-Fri: 10:00 – 16:00 Thu: 10:00 – 19:00 Sat-Sun: 11:00-17:00 Monday: Closed Admission: A: 90,-/ C: 50,-/ S: 70,- Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Schous kulturbryggeri, Trondheimsveien 2. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.popsenteret.no Tram: 12 or 13 to Schous Plass.
Film director Rafael Goldin (1920-1994) and his wife, Doctor of Medicine, Alla Goldin (1938-2007), conceived and developed the idea of the Museum & collection.
EXHIBITIONS: Daddy world wide Images on display by children & young from 22 countries examining fatherhood and what a dad is and should be like.
Children & nature / Amazon rainforest
Children express their relationship to nature and environmental questions.
Yes, we love this country Celebrating the bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution, 1814–2014
Weekly guided tours, Sat-Sun art workshops & music activities. Drop in. Museum shop
Hours and pricesTue– Tue–Thu: 09.30–14.00 Sat–Sun: 11.00–16.00 Closed: Mon, fri Closed: 15.1214-12.1.15 Admission: A: 75,-/ C: 40,-/ S: 40,-/ P: 40,- Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Lille frøens vei 4 Tel: +47.22691777 E-mail: email@example.com www.childrensart.com twitter @barnekunst Instagram: childrensartmuseum Tram: Frøen station
AKERSHUS SLOTT Akershus Castle
AKERSHUS CASTLE AND FORTRESS Spend a day at Akershus fortress and experience centuries of Norwegian history. Once an active fortress, the area is now a place for official representation, culture, learning and recreation. Within the fortress walls you will find two museums, a castle, beautiful views of the fjord and the city – and history from the Viking age to modern times.
Our traditional Christmas event ‘Christmas at Akershus fortress’ is held during the weekends 06-07 and 13-14 December. Event program available at www.akershusfestning.no
(The fortress grounds): Main gate: 06:00–21:00 Side entrances: 1O October – 30 April: Mon-Fri 07:00-18:00 Sat–Sun 08:00-18:00 The port by the cruise harbour closed 01 October–30 April
Akershus castle was built as a fortified medieval castle around the year 1300. Since then the castle has been at the centre of events in Norwegian history. Today it is used for state representation and cultural events. A tour of the castle takes you through the Government representation rooms, The Castle Church, The Royal Mausoleum and The Dungeon.
Hours and prices Sat and Sun: 12.00–17.00 Admission: A: 70,-/C: 30,-/ S: 50,-/ P: 50,Free with Oslo Pass. Audio guides included in admission
Contact Tel: 23 09 35 53 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nasjonalefestningsverk.no
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The Visitor Centre is located in the ‘long red house’ from 1774 by the Carp pond. It is the natural starting point for a visit of the grounds. Our staff is up to date on the cultural events at the fortress and offer historical information on this unique monument of Norwegian history.
‘The Prisoners at Akershus (from the Middle Ages to 1950)’ and ‘Akershus. Stories from a fortress’ Guided tours ‘Akershus fortress through 700 years’ Saturdays and Sundays at 15:00 Special tours of the fortress grounds arranged on request.
Hours and prices Mon–Fri: 10:00–16:00 Sat–Sun: 11:00–17:00 Closed: 24.12–01.01 (2015). Free admission Tickets for guided tours: A: 50,-/ C: 30,-/ S: 40,-/ F: 120,-
Contact Tel: 23 09 39 17 E-mail: besokssenteret. email@example.com
NORGES HJEMMEFRONTMUSEUM Norway’s Resistance Museum
FORSVARSMUSEET The Armed Forces Museum
The museum aims at presenting a true picture of the events in domestic Norway during 5 years of German occupation during World War II. It gives the public an impression of what foreign rule may imply. Chronological exhibitions convey an historical perspective, from pre-war times to the liberation in May 1945. Several showcases, as well as varied audiovisual material animate the exhibitions. Symbolic effects, artistic details and authentic artefacts make the long and winding walk through narrow 17th century stone vaults a memorable and educational experience. Christmas at the fortress: 06 and 07 Dec: 11:00 –16:00 13 and 14 Dec: 11:00–16:00 Moald wine, ginger bread and clementins. Rebus.
Hours and prices Mon-Fri: 10:00–16:00 Sat-Sun: 11:00–16.00 Christmas: 22 and 23.12: 10:00–16:00. 27, 28, 29, 30.12: 11:00–16:00 Closed: 24, 25, 26, 31.12 Admission: A: 50,-/ C: 25,-/ S: 25,-/ P: 25,-/ F: 100,Free with Oslo Pass
Contact Tel: 23 09 31 38 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.forsvaretsmuseer.no
The museum covers Norwegian military history, from the Viking era (ca. 900 - 1000), through the numerous Nordic wars under Danish rule (ca. 1400 - 1814) to the Napoleonic wars. New permanent exhibition about the union with Sweden. The exhibition about World War II campaign 1940 is currently undergoing redisplay. Modern history includes War at Sea 1939 - 1945, the Cold War period and recent international operations.
NEW TEMPORARY EXHIBITION 10.10–Aug 2015 “The West Indian Heritage” NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION 10.11: From War to Nationbuilding 1807 - 1870. The museum is situated on the lower grounds of Akershus Fortress. Café.
Hours and prices Tue-Fri: 11:00–16:00 Sat-Sun: 11:00–17:00 Mon closed Christmas: 27 and 28.12: 11:00–16:00 Closed: 22–26.12 and 29.12–01.01 (2015) Admission: free entrance
Contact Tel: 23 09 35 82 E-mail: email@example.com www.forsvarsmuseet.no
CITY SHOPS Oslo has a great selection of interesting shops and young artists and designers are increasingly making Oslo their base. There are a wide variety of department stores, boutiques and shopping districts with hundreds of outlets, charming antique shops, flea markets, exclusive international brands and local handicrafts.
Photo: Shopping at Aker Brygge
SHOPPING MALLS & DEPARTMENT STORES Oslo’s shopping malls and department stores are spread all over town, but most are located in and around the city centre. Depending on where you go, you can get everything from electronics, reasonably priced clothes or a meal, to high end fashion items in upmarket surroundings. Oslo City (Stenersgata 1 / oslocity.no) near Oslo Central Station (“Oslo S”) is Norway’s most visited shopping centre, and contains more than 90 different shops, services and restaurants on five floors. From there you can cross a footbridge to Byporten Shopping (Jernbanetorget 6 / byporten.no), which has a further 70 shops and is located in the same building as Oslo Central Station
(“Oslo S”). Eger (Karl Johans gate 23 B/ egerkarljohan. no) is Norway’s largest high-end fashion house with over 300 international fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, while Steen & Strøm Magasin (Nedre Slottsgate 8 / steenogstrommagasin.no) is a department store near Stortinget with many well-known and attractive Norwegian, Scandinavian and international brands. Paleet (Karl Johans gate 37 / paleet.no) reopened in 2014 as a refurbished, innovative and more upmarket shopping centre that is well worth a visit. At Aker Brygge, the dock area near Nationaltheatret, large scale renovations have taken place and an attractive new department store opened in 2014 with lots of stores. Large shopping malls outside the city centre include Storo Storsenter (Vitaminveien
7-9 / thonshopping.no/storo), Sandvika Storsenter (Brodtkorpgate 7 / thonshopping.no/sandvika), CC Vest (Lilleakerveien 16 / ccvest.no) and Fornebu S (Snarøyveien 55 / fornebo-s.no).
VINTAGE & SECONDHAND Most vintage and second-hand stores are found in the Grünerløkka area, although there are some more gems spread around town. GETTING STARTED: Fretex (fretex.no), Norway’s biggest chain of second-hand shops with four shops just in Oslo, is run by the Christian charity Salvation Army Norway. It’s a great place to find clothes at very cheap prices. UFF has two stores in Oslo: UFF Underground (Storgata 1/ uffnorge.org/second-hand/uff-underground) where you can choose from thousands of pieces of trendy second-hand clothes from the ‘50s-‘70s, and UFF Family Store (Jernbanetorget 2 / uffnorge.no) with a more conventional second-hand selection. Fuglen (Universitetsgata 2 / fuglen.no) is a great retro-looking coffee shop and cocktail bar, but “everything” here is also for sale, from the retro chairs and tables to the plates. The vintage shop Frøken Dianas Salonger (Markveien 33 / frokendianassalonger.no) sells hand-picked, custom designed and mostly used clothes, and Robot (Korsgata 22A / trabantclothing. com) focuses on imported vintage, retro and mod clothing, to mention just a few of the places in this hip area.
You might also want to take a look at Damm’s Antiquarian Books (Frederik Stangs gate 46 / damms.no), the oldest antiquarian book store in Scandinavia, as well as antiques shop Galleri Gimle Arts and Antiques (Gimleveien 21 / galleri-gimle. no). Basarhallene (Lille Grensen 3) houses several handicraft and antique shops.
BOOKS & MUSIC There are plenty of places around town to satisfy your appetite for books and music. To get you started we’ll mention just a few of the more unique ones. GETTING STARTED: Bare Jazz (Grensen 8 / barejazz.no) is a great jazz-only specialty music store with a café and a place to hear good jazz music, sometimes live, while nearby Big Dipper (Møllergata 1 / bigdipper.no) has a large selection of vinyl. Eldorado Bookstore (Torggata 9A / eldo. no) is the largest independent bookstore in Scandinavia, with 4,000 square metres of books, culture and music, including Norway’s largest departments for children’s books, audio books and classical music, and a coffee shop, back yard restaurant and four stages. Tronsmo (Kristian Augusts gate 19 / tronsmo.no) is a special-
ART & ANTIQUES There are quite a lot of places to check out around town for those who would like to get in touch with their artistic or antiquarian sides. Take a stroll and explore beautiful paintings, art magazines, old books, handicrafts and antique furniture. GETTING STARTED: The popular Vestkanttorvet Market (Vestkanttorvet (Professor Dahls gate) / vestkanttorvet. wordpress.com) is Oslo’s oldest market, and the place to go for bric-a-brac and antiques on Sundays. The art shop at the Stenersen Museum (Munkedamsveien 15 / stenersenmuseet.no) has a great selection of art magazines and books, which could come in handy when you visit Blomqvist kunsthandel (Tordenskiolds gate 5 / blomqvist.no), Norway’s largest auction house specializing in local and international art, as well as Norwegian antiques.
at Norway Designs
ist book shop focusing on subjects like politics, feminism, gay & lesbian issues, movies and ficition, has a good selection of English-language literature, and a basement full of comic books. The Nobel Peace Center Gift Shop in the Nobel Peace Center (Brynjulf Bulls plass 1 / nobelpeacecenter.org) has books related to war, peace and development. The shop in the Museum of Contemporary Art (Bankplassen 4) is well worth a visit, especially for lovers of photographic art. In the National Gallery’s shop you will find a broad selection of books on art.
DESIGN Scandinavian design has enjoyed international appeal for decades, and anyone staying in Oslo has ample chances to enjoy, and buy, the fruits of these labours. GETTING STARTED: Moods of Norway (moodsofnorway.com) in the city centre (Akersgata 18), Homansbyen (Hegdehaugsveien 34) and Stortorvet (Stortorvet 3), is a chain of stores and a hip Norwegian designer brand with funky clothes for every occasion – and the slogan “Happy Clothes for Happy People”. David-Andersen (david-andersen.no) stores have a great selection of gold, diamond, silver and
enamel jewelry. Conzept (Steenstrups gate 12 / www.purenkel.no) is a shop and gallery hybrid with Norwegian, Swedish and Danish designer clothing, as well as exhibits of Norwegian design and art. At Norway Designs (Stortingsgata 28 / norwaydesigns. no) you’ll find great Norwegian, Nordic and European interior design articles, and at Pur Norsk (Industrigata 36 / purnorsk.no) you can buy Norwegian design products such as furniture and personal items. Heimen husflid (Rosenkrantz’ gate 8 / heimen.net) is a traditional handicraft shop with Norwegian sweaters and other knitwear, blankets, arts and crafts and much more, and the shop Illums bolighus (Ruseløkkveien 26 / illumsbolighus.no) is four whole floors of famous and new Danish, Scandinavian and international furniture design.
FOOD & DELICACIES You’re not alone if the words “Norwegian food” first and foremost conjures an image of Norwegian salmon, and perhaps of strange local specialties such as lutefisk (aged cod fish prepared with lye) and brown cheese. But there’s so much more, both local and international, that may tempt your palate.
Photo: Mathallen Oslo / Finn Ståle Felberg
GETTING STARTED: One of the hottest places on the Oslo food map is Mathallen (Maridalsveien 17 / mathallenoslo.no) – Norway’s very first food hall. In this red brick former factory building at Grünerløkka by the Akerselva river, you’ll find about 30 food shops and eateries offering a tasty and fascinating selection of food and delicacies from various regions of Norway and further afield. The fish shop at Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin (Tjuvholmen allé 14 / sjomagasinet.no) as well as Fiskeriet (Youngstorget 2 / fiskeriet.com) are two great places to pick up freshly caught sea food such as fish and shellfish, fair-trade treats, local produce and special imports, and the latter has a bistro with seasonal produce. And if you have a sweet tooth, Freia Chocolate Shop (Karl Johans gate 31 / freia.no) offers tasty, high quality Norwegian chocolate.
LUXURY & HIGH-END Oslo’s luxury and upmarket shopping opportunities have grown fast in recent years, and can be found in many parts of town, but especially on and near Karl Johans gate as well as on the city’s wealthy west side. GETTING STARTED: Eger (Karl Johans gate 23 B/ egerkarljohan.no) is Norway’s largest high-end fashion house, and stocks over 300 international fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, while Steen & Strøm Magasin (Nedre Slottsgate 8 / steenogstrommagasin.no) is a department store with many well-known and attractive Norwegian, Scandinavian and international brands. House of Oslo (Ruseløkkveien 26 / houseofoslo.no) is Norway’s first and only department store that specializes in high-end design, interior and lifestyle, and contains over 20 shops that sell everything from teaspoons to sofas. Upmarket stores with self-explanatory names include Gucci (Nedre Slottsgate 8), Hermés (Nedre Slottsgate 8), Louis Vuitton (Akersgata 20) and Mulberry (Akersgata 18). On and around Bogstadveien on the city’s west side there are also a number of high-end stores, and nearby you’ll for instance find Kamikaze (Hegdehaugsveien 24 / kamikaze.no), with brands such as Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli.
SOUVENIRS No visit to Oslo is complete without at least one souvenir! While souvenirs of course can be anything that reminds you of this place and your trip, around the city centre there
Pur Norsk. Photo: CH - visitnorway.com are places that make it easy for you. GETTING STARTED: No less than three souvenir shops can be found near Oslo City Hall. These are Norway Shop (Fridtjof Nansens plass 9 / norwayshop.com), a big store that sells Norwegian knitwear, gifts and souvenirs, and Holm – Souvenirs & Sweaters (Hieronymus Heyerdalsgate 1 / thv-holm.no), which sells a wide variety of headwear for all occasions, as well as sweaters from Dale of Norway, and various souvenirs and gifts. Oslo Sweater Shop in Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel (Holbergs gate 30 / sweater.no) as well as in Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania (Biskop Gunnerus’ gate 3 / sweater.no) has the country’s largest selection of Norwegian sweaters as well as many other souvenirs. And once you’ve been to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, why not drop by the Vigeland Visitors’ Centre (Frognerveien 67) just inside the main gates of the park, where you can pick up even more souvenirs.
WINE DINE The Nordic way of cooking has undergone a renaissance during the last decade, and Oslo has been building its reputation as a capital of taste at breakneck speed. This means that you can enjoy seafood from the North Sea, moose from Norwegian forests, and locally sourced fruit and vegetables â€“ but also high quality Sushi, Pizza, Curry and other international dishes. Here are some suggested restaurants to explore this month.
Photo: From Brooms and Hatches, Grims Grenka.
CITY CENTRE Engebret Café (Bankplassen 1 / engebretcafe.no) is situated in Oslo’s oldest restaurant area. The low corner building was built in the 1700s, and in 1857 Café Engebret opened its doors for the first time. 34 Restaurant (Sonja Henies plass 3 / radissonblu.com/plazahotel-oslo/dining) on the 34th floor of Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, offers amazing views of the city and a selection of delicate dishes made from quality organic and local ingredients. Arakataka (Mariboes gate 7 / arakataka.
beers and exiting, honest food. El Gordo (Paleet, Karl Johans gate 39/elgordo.no) is a Spanish bodega and wine bar and the place to go for some of the best in Spanish food.
SAGENE The Kasbah (Kingos gate 1 B / thekasbah. no) is a relaxing corner café/restaurant at Alexander Kiellandsplass - a great place to hang out and enjoy delicious Mediterranean food and drinks. A larger place at Alexander Kiellands plass is the
no) is an informal gourmet restaurant just around the corner from Rockefeller Music Hall. Baltazar Enoteca (Domkirkeparken / baltazar.no) is a charming and exclusive Italian restaurant in the courtyard behind Oslo Cathedral. Madu (Kongens gate 5) in stylish design hotel Grims Grenka offers modernized versions of classical Scandinavian cuisine, using local raw and organic products (mainly fish and shellfish) wherever possible. Taqueria (Paleet, Karl Johans gate 39/taqueria.no) provides a genuine Mexican atmosphere in the middle of Oslo, while The Room (Paleet, Karl Johans gate 39/theroomcafe. no) is a classic, refined and continental high-end café. Pizza Crudo (Paleet, Karl Johans gate 39/pizzacrudo.no) serves you great pizzas prepared the original Italian way, Sabaki (Paleet, Karl Johans gate 39/sabaki.no) provides a visual and gastronomic experience in the Japanese art of cooking and Public Matpub (Paleet, Karl Johans gate 39/publicmatpub.no) is a gastropub offering micro brewed
popular Colonel Mustard (Darres gate 2 / colonelmustard.no), where you can play an impressive number of board games while enjoying tasty European- and United States-inspired dishes and a great selection of beers. Sagene Lunsjbar (Maridalsveien 153 / sagenelunsjbar.no) is a cozy and well-known lunch bar with a good selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, dinners, deserts - and a fun children’s menu. Mat & Mer (Bergensgate 2 / matogmer.no) is a restaurant with tasty food at a easonable prices, and includes a delicatessen where you can buy things like bread, mustard and freshly ground coffee.
ST. HANSHAUGEN Restaurant Schrøder (Waldemar Thranes gate 8 / restaurant-schroder.no) is a classic pub and restaurant with traditional Norwegian food on the menu. Albertine Indisk Tandoori (Hallings gate 3 / albertine-indisk.no) is a friendly restaurant with great Indian food at low prices. Arte Pazza Ristorante Pizzeria (Ullevålsveien
For a longer list of restaurants, check out visitoslo.com. For information on places that are open during the holidays, please contact Oslo Visitor Centre at Østbanehallen, Jernbanetorget 1.
61 / artepazza.no) is an authentic pizzeria, gelateria, pasticcheria and bakery where the food is home-made with love. Smalhans (Waldemar Thranes gate 10 / smalhans.no) is a local eatery with tasty dishes and a focus on providing a social and cozy experience.
GRÜNERLØKKA V Bar og Bistro (Maridalsveien 13 A / vbarogbistro.no) is situated on the ground floor of Scandic Vulkan hotel. Akersberget (Maridalsveien 22 / akersberget. no) is a charming restaurant located in a 250-year-old house in one of Oslo’s oldest neighbourhoods. Delicatessen (Søndre gate 8 / delicatessen.no) is a casual tapas bar which serves a great selection of tapas, sandwiches and salads. Villa Paradiso (Olaf Ryes plass 8, Grünerløkka / villaparadiso.no) is particularly well known for its authentic Italian pizza, made with imported Italian ingredients.
GRØNLAND & GAMLEBYEN Oslo Spiseforretning (Oslo gate 15 / oslo-spiseforretning.no) in the old town of Oslo serves gourmet food mainly based on Norwegian ingredients. Kampen Bistro (Bøgata 21 / kampenbistro.no) has high-quality, hearty food, and the chefs compose a completely new menu every day. Vognmand Nilsen Restaurant & Bar (Rubina Ranas Gate 3 / vognmandnilsen.no) is a restaurant and bar with a daily as well as a-la-carte menu, and has received largely good reviews since opening in 2006. And if you can afford one
of Norway’s most expensive restaurants, then Maaemo (Schweigaards gate 15 B / maaemo.no) is the place to go for locally sourced, organic dishes prepared in truly unique and impressive ways - in 2012 this was the first Nordic restaurant ever to get two, instead of one, Michelin stars from the outset.
AKER BRYGGE & TJUVHOLMEN Lofoten Fish Restaurant (Stranden 75 / lofotenfiskerestaurant.no) is an elegant yet relaxed seafood restaurant on the edge of Aker Brygge, with an exquisite maritime menu. Beach Club (Bryggetorget 14 / beachclub.no) is a classic American diner that has become a legend on the social scene in Oslo after 20 years at Aker Brygge. FRU K (Landgangen 1 / fru-k.no) at Tjuvholmen uses the best local ingredients to create a new spin on Norwegian and Scandinavian culinary traditions. And if you want to enjoy modern international á la carte, seasonal 3-5 dish menus and great wine and cocktails (not to mention their large terrace with a fabulous view of the fjord), Bølgen & Moi Tjuvholmen (Tjuvholmen allé 5 / bolgenogmoi.no) is definitely worth a visit.
HOLMENKOLLEN Frognerseteren (Holmenkollveien 200 / frognerseteren.no) is a restaurant situated at the top of Holmenkollen, with panoramic views of Oslo and the Oslo Fjord. De Fem Stuer (Kongeveien 26 / holmenkollenparkhotel.no) is a restaurant at Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica offering
international cuisine with a Norwegian slant. Holmenkollen Restaurant (Holmenkollveien 119 / holmenkollenrestaurant.no) has great food, a special atmosphere and a lovely location that is well worth a visit. Restaurant Nils Holgersson (Ullveien 4 / voksenaasen.no) is part of Voksenåsen Culture and Conference Hotel.
FROGNER & MAJORSTUEN Unique and cozy Lorry Restaurant (Parkveien 12 / lorry.no) has been serving artists, writers, culture personalities and ordinary people since 1887. Lofotstua (Kirkeveien 40 / lofotstua.com) serves Northern Norwegian seafood in very informal surroundings. Alex Sushi (Cort Adelers gate 2 / alexsushi.no) is one of Oslo’s best sushi restaurants, with a cool, clean atmosphere. Big Horn Steak House (Bogstadveien 64 / bighorn.no) is a steak house chain that serves steaks of all sizes and types with a choice of potatoes and other side dishes.
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANTS Krishnas Cuisine (Sørkedalsveien 10 B, Majorstuen / krishnas-cuisine.no) is a budget-friendly vegetarian restaurant. Vega Fair Food (Akersgata 74, City Centre / vegafairfood.no) is a vegetarian restaurant serving fresh food and drinks from its buffet, with exciting and tasty dishes from all over the world. Vegan Loving Hut (Fredensborgveien 29 / veganlovinghut.no) is a vegan take-away restaurant, and a part of the international Loving Hut chain of take aways.
BUDGET EATERIES Café Stolen (Helgesens gate 32 / facebook.com/StolenCafe) is a relaxed café with Indian-inspired food. Café Sara (Hausmanns gate 29 / cafesara.no) is the place to go for Mexican, Turkish and Norwegian food – as well as pizza. Fiskeriet Youngstorget (Youngstorget 2B / fiskeriet. com) is a lunch restaurant, take away and shop with lots of fishy yet great fish dishes. L’oasis Mazze (Trondheimsveien 14A / loasismazze.no) has tasty Arabic food and pizza. Viet Nam House (Bernt Ankers gate 6B) has, as the name suggests, Vietnamese food as well as Sushi and other Asian dishes. Tasty Thai (Thereses gate 51E / tasty-thai.no) has Thai food, Nippon Sushi (Sørkedalsveien 5B / nipponsushi.no) has sushi and Taste of China (Torggata 18 / tasteofchina.no) has Chinese food (dim sum).
Osloâ€™s nightlife is anything but boring. There are countless pubs, bars, clubs and concerts to choose from, and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting.
From Kulturhuset Photo: Truls Fossum
CITY CENTRE & KARL JOHANS GATE In the city centre you can move and shake to whatever is most popular at the moment. The area also boasts several jazz and blues clubs. GETTING STARTED: At Oslo’s oldest rock bar Last Train (Karl Johans gate 45 / lasttrain.no), Norwegian and international bands perform on a regular basis. 34 Skybar (Sonja Henies plass 3 / radissonblu. com/plazahotel-oslo/dining/skybar-34), a bar on the 34th floor of Radisson Plaza Blu Hotel behind the Oslo City shopping centre, has large windows with an impressive panoramic view of the city and fjord. Jaeger (Grensen 9 / jaegeroslo.no) is a popular club with electronic music and DJs most nights. Hip IZAKAYA (St. Olavs Gate 7 / izakayaoslo.com) is a Japanese bar with authentic Japanese food and drinks, where enthusiastic bartenders wax lyrical about sake and shochu.
GRÜNERLØKKA Just northeast of the city centre is Grünerløkka, with active music venues that make concerts an important part of the borough’s nightlife. Many of the area’s popular cafés turn into hot spots in the evening, and this is one of the most popular areas for partygoers in general and hipsters in particular. GETTING STARTED: Fru Hagen (Thorvald Meyers gate 40 / fruhagen.no) is a café in the daytime that turns into a hugely popular (and cramped) bar in the evenings. Bar and concert stage Parkteatret (Olaf Ryes plass 11 / parkteatret.no) is equally popular, as is Blå (Brenneriveien 9 / blaaoslo.no) – originally mainly a jazz club in an old riverside factory that also hosts lively DJ-nights and concerts of all kinds. BAR Vulkan (Maridalsveien 17 / bygdoyallerestaurant.no/index. php?option=com_content&view=article&id =30&Itemid=182) is a fancy bar known for its tasty cocktails and (in summer) large roof terrace, rockabilly-inspired Ryes (Thorvald Meyers gate 59 / facebook.com/ RyesOslo) is a great place for a twirl on the dance floor, Bar Boca (Thorvald Meyers gate 30 / facebook.com/pages/Bar-Boca
/284273994971781?rf=155475754503779) with its tasteful ‘50s/’60s interior has professional bartenders and great drinks, and Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri (Trondheimsveien 2 / schouskjelleren.no) is an atmospheric basement micro-brewery with a large selection of beers. Norway’s first food hall Mathallen (Maridalsveien 17 / mathallenoslo.no) has a number of interesting bars, including Smelteverket with the city’s longest bar disk and mini concerts.
GRØNLAND Grønland on the east side of town offers a refreshing blend of friendly and laid-back clubs with varied music offerings, as well as slightly ragged bars with some of the cheapest beer in town. GETTING STARTED: Dattera til Hagen (Grønland 10 / dattera.no) is a colourful bar and café with two floors and a big, charming backyard. Ivars kro (Grønland 14 / ivarskro. no) is a pianobar with live music every night and a large bar with a good selection of drinks, while Oslo Mekaniske Verksted (Tøyenbekken 34 / oslomekaniskeverksted. no) is a big and cozy bar/pub with a big
© BAR Tjuvholmen
fireplace, board games, comfy sofas - and a theatre in the same building. Caféteatret (Hollendergata 8 / cafeteatret.no) is a multicultural bar, concert and theatre stage that includes popular open stage nights, and Pigalle (Grønlandsleiret 15 / olympen.no) features a mostly original ‘60s interior and music from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
YOUNGSTORGET In the Youngstorget area in the northern city centre, you’ll find a good selection of places with a more alternative/rock-oriented music profile, as well as a couple of clubs devoted to electronic music. GETTING STARTED: The newest offering is Kulturhuset (Youngstorget 3 / kulturhusetioslo.no), covering a huge 800 square metres with several rooms and bars, concerts, a coffee bar and shuffle board. Café Mono (Pløens gate 4 / cafemono.no) is a dark and relaxed bar/ pub/concert stage that plays a lot of rock, alternative rock and indie. Internasjonalen (Youngstorget 2 / internasjonalen.no), in an Eastern European functional style, has classic cocktails, special brands of liqueur and beer, various music genres and an upstairs dance floor. The Villa (Møllergata 23-25 / thevilla.no), Fisk & Vilt (Pløens gate 4 / fiskogvilt.no) and Turkish Delight (Torggata 35 / turkish.no) appeal to the electronic music crowd, with local and international DJs and genres such as house, techno and dub step. In the basement of the bar Revolver (Møllergata 32 / revolveroslo.no) young crowds dance the night away to 80s pop, rock and disco.
AKER BRYGGE & TJUVHOLMEN Along the waterfront at Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen you will meet tourists, business people, everyday locals and the wealthy. This is a great place to go for relatively upmarket food, pubbing and clubbing, and a summer drink at one of the slick waterfront bars with beautiful views of the ocean.
© Ivars Kro
GETTING STARTED: BAR Tjuvholmen (Bryggegangen 6 / bygdoyallerestaurant.no) is a slick and popular bar and restaurant on the waterfront in Oslo’s newest neighbourhood, and a great place for cocktails. Drink in style in Tjuvholmen’s
only hotel bar at designer hotel The Thief (Landgangen 1 / thethief.com). Beer Palace (Holmens gate 3 / beerpalace.no) is located in the oldest building at Aker Brygge, and their motto is that everyone likes beer, but not everyone has found a type they like yet. And why not head over to Jacob Aall Brasserie & Bar Aker Brygge (Stranden 63 / jacobaall.no), where you can sip on some exotic drinks.
(Henrik Ibsens gate 90 / soliis.no) are popular nightspots on and near Solli Plass, as is Raspoutine (Henrik Ibsens gate 60 / raspoutine.no) with its glitzy interior. If you’re not planning to dress to impress, Lorrys (Parkveien 12 / lorry.no) is a two floor classic where young and old rub shoulders in rustic and spacious surroundings, while Oslo Mikrobryggeri (Bogstadveien 6 / omb. no) has its very own brewery, and super tasty – you guessed it – beer.
© BAR Bygdøy Allé
FROGNER & MAJORSTUA The Frogner and Majorstua areas in western Oslo have a long standing as places for those who like upmarket partying. Drinks are pricier, the dress code stricter, and the see and be seen factor is higher. Guys in suits and girls in glittering dresses are not an uncommon sight. GETTING STARTED: Enjoy sparkling wines and tapas at Champagneria (Frognerveien 2 / champagneria.com), great cocktails at BAR Bygdøy Allé (Bygdøy allé 18 / bygdoyallerestaurant.no), or shake it on the dance floor at popular Skaugum (Solligata 2 / palacegrill.no/skaugum) bar and (at weekends) club. Trendy club VU (Hegdehaugsveien 24 / vu-oslo.no) has a courtyard, bar, lounge, dance floor and chambre séparée, while Mabou (Hegdehaugsveien 28 / mabou.no) is cramped, intense and flirty. Monkey Bar (Henrik Ibsens gate 60B / monkeybar.no), Nox (Henrik Ibsens gate 100 / clubnox.no) and Soliis Bar & Lounge
FIND YOUR WAY AROUND Check out VisitOSLO’s phone app “Oslo – Official App”, a travel guide which includes updated information about things to get up to, or check out their website at: www.visitoslo.com. Other great places to find events are: www.osloby.no/oslopuls, www.skjerioslo.dittoslo.no and www.underskog.no (which are all in Norwegian). TripAdvisor has a section on activities in Oslo in English. Of course the best way to find out what’s going on is often to check out the venues’ own websites, or by asking fellow night owls.
GAY OSLO Gay Oslo bursts with zest and life throughout the year. Oslo is a gay-friendly city, and the LGBT-community ensures that Oslo has it all - from highbrow art shows to terrific parties.
MAGAZINE AND ONLINE
QUEER STUDENT FORUM
www.pinkplanet.no www.blikk.no www.gaysir.no www.norwaybears.com www.skeiv.no www.lesbiskonscreen.com www.oslopride.no www.lezbook.no
TRONSMO BOOKSTORE Kongens gate 12 Tel.: 22 33 44 55
Here you will find books with topics like politics, feminism, gay & lesbian, movies and fiction. Many of the books are in English.
LGBT - YOUTH HEALTH CARE STATION
Mailundveien 23, Grünerløkka Tel. 48 11 30 13. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com www.llh.no The national organization for LGBT-people.
Tollbugata 24, 4th floor Tel.: 23 10 39 39 LLH was the first organization for homosexuals and lesbians in Norway.
(Queer youth) Kongens gate 12 , Tel.: 23 10 39 36 skeivungdom.no
QUEER WORLD skeivverden.no
BARS AND CLUBS
Health centre for lesbian, gay, bi and transgender youth aged 13-30. This free clinic offers information and medical guidance.
Gay couples can go to the restaurant or bar of their choice – they do not need to go to a place especially for gays. However, there is of course a lively LGBT-scene in Oslo, mainly in the city centre.
Free tests for all (also if you’re not a Norwegian citizen); HIV and STI.
Unpretentious, informal and relaxed place with traditional pub atmosphere and very reasonable prices. Bob’s is gay-friendly and attracts a mixed crowd.
Trondheimsveien 2 Tel. 23 07 58 40
www.helseutvalget.no Health care for MSM, KSK and prevention of HIV.
Grønland 1, Tel. 40 47 08 63
Lille Grensen 7 Tel.. 21 39 15 53 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.brightonpub.no English country pub in the city centre with a party atmosphere at night. Karaoke and Djs several nights every week.
Kristian IVs gate 9 Elsker is a popular place for gays and lesbians, and for anyone else who wants something to eat or drink in a friendly, open-minded atmosphere.
LONDON PUB & CLUB CJ Hambros plass 5 Tel. 22 70 87 00 E-mail: email@example.com www.londonpub.no London Pub has been Oslo’s most famous gay bar since the ‘70s. Pool table, jukebox.
London Pub (ground floor) 3 pm-3.30 am. Quiz on Mondays from 8 pm. Karaoke on Tuesdays from 9 pm. London Club (upstairs): 8 pm-3.30 am, DJ from 10 pm. NOK 40 cover charge Friday-Saturday 11 pm-2 am. Happy hour before 9 pm. Drink outside until midnight.
A bar for girls who like girls. SO mainly targets the lesbian crowd, but gay men and straight people are more than welcome. The age limit is normally 20, but after midnight on Saturdays you have to be 24 to get in.
PARTY CONCEPTS/ OTHER taxitakeaway.no www.facebook.com/ExitOslo
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