Hotels Available For Easter Weekend, Oslo
Oslo’s neighbourhoods curve around the hip harbourside of the Oslofjord inlet, and stretch out to the Christmas-card-come-to-life forest of Marka. The ‘City of Tigers’ reputation (a title bestowed by country-bred poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, who thought the city dangerous) for fund depletion and frosty weather rings true. The abundant shopping will drain your pockets, but the chill hasn’t slowed the emerging café culture in futuristic developments such as Aker Brygge. And pounding the pavement via main attractions – City Hall Square, the Royal Palace, main-street Karl Johans Gate, the Nobel Peace Centre and Akershus Fortress (all easily reached on foot) – will keep you warm. There’s a multitude of museums, the Sydney Harbour-rivalling opera house and the strange sculptures of Vigelandsparken to take in too; however, the best thing about this chic metropolis is how easy it is to escape it. Take a train to Holmenkollen’s famed ski jump, a torch-lit river walk along Akerselva or go trekking and mountain biking in the forested hills for a perfect, weekend destination for town and country mice alike.