City Guide: Oslo, Norway

Edward Munch's The Scream depicts the vantage point from the hilltop of Oslo's Ekeberg neighbourhood, with the fjord, town and hills below. From this vantage point, it's possible to take the melding of urban and natural landscapes that gives Oslo its distinct appeal. Modern landmarks pay homage to the country's scenery and sprawling northern forests; the imposing Oslo Opera House, designed by architecture firm Snøhetta, resembles an iceberg jetting out of a fjord. Anchoring the city's renewed waterfront, this chic metropolis is crawling with world-class museums, impressive parks and innovative restaurants. Voted the most expensive city in the world three times, Oslo is not inaccessible but admittedly some amenities are a bit of a stretch.

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The Thief

Oslo, Norway

This luxurious hideaway, situated on Oslo’s fjord-side development, is a pop-art paradise. Clock the Julian Opie artworks in the lift and Warhols lining the walls in fine-dining restaurant Fru K. Check into the silver disco-ball-inspired Apparatjik Suite, or for the more demure stay request the Brit Suite. With balcony views of the surrounding fjords, freshwater indoor pool, a spa and hammam, The Thief will leave you entirely spoilt.

Address

Landgangen 1 0252

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Grand Hotel Oslo

Oslo, Norway

Since opening its doors in 1874, The Grand Hotel has hosted world leaders, celebrities and Nobel Peace Prize laureates – no surprise given the surroundings, which made it a daily pitstop for playwright Henrik Ibsen. Comprising of 283 rooms, including 54 suites, the hotel is a blend of modern and classic design. For the best seat in the house, head up to the rooftop bar.

Address

Karl Johans gate 31 0159

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Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama

Oslo, Norway

As its name suggests, Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama, boasts some pretty spectacular views of the city and the Oslofjord. Centrally located close to Karl Johan high street, the Opera House and Steen & Strøm luxury department store, this functional hotel is a peaceful pick for city breakers.

Address

Rådhusgaten 7b 0151

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Oslo Guldsmeden

The small family of eco-friendly Guldsmeden Hotels prides itself on being one of Europe’s greenest stays, with its 99.9-per-cent-organic, pared-back yet cosy rooms peppered across Copenhagen, Berlin, Iceland and such. Set on a quiet, leafy street in Frogner, the Oslo outpost has its own candlelit spa and spacious suites with stand-alone bathtubs, four-poster beds and all-natural furnishings. All toiletries are au naturale too, including the lemongrass body oil, wooden toothbrushes and plastic-free chewable toothpaste.

Address

Parkveien 78, 0254