Famous for its Viking History, the capital city of Norway is esteemed for its craftsmanship and design, with artifacts that preserve tradition and yet, don’t seem out of place in a modern setting. All around Oslo you will find cozy little cafes, markets boasting some of the best produce in Scandinavia and antique shops carrying prized Nordic trinkets. Here are 5 souvenirs that celebrate Oslo and everything it has to offer:
Credit: Flickr/Andrew Milligan sumo
Norwegian knitting is known for its intricate designs featuring flowers, snowflakes, hearts, and animal motifs. Norwegian sweaters are traditionally made of 100% wool; helping you stay warm in snowy Oslo weather. You can grab one at high-end outlets like Dale of Norway however if you are looking for something more affordable, check out stores such as Vintage Heaven. Smaller items, like gloves or hats, can also make cute additions to your winter wardrobe.
Credit: Flickr/Studieforbund VOFO
Rosemaling (meaning rose painting) is a form of decorative hand painting featuring geometric floral patterns characterized by C and S strokes. There are several different styles of rosemaling; our favorites are Hallingdal and Gudbrandsdal. You can bring home a piece of Norway with everyday rosemaled objects like boxes, plates, cups, vases, and even bike helmets!
Chocolates and Liquorice
Norway offers a feast for candy lovers with a variety of succulent chocolates, cookies, jellies, and dry fruits. Salty liquorice candy (called Salmaikki) is a Norwegian specialty, available at candy stalls around Mathallen Oslo. Don’t forget to try out liquorice chocolates for a delightfully sweet and savory experience.
Sølje is traditional silver jewelry, whose hanging designs were once thought to ward off evil from the wearer. It was usually worn as a pin or buckle; part of the Bunad ensemble (Norwegian folk dress). Today you can find earrings, brooches, and pendants with exquisite craftsmanship as well as other Norwegian pewter jewelry at shops like Hasla and Sugar Shop Smykkestudio in Oslo.
Credit: Flickr/Nicholas Lundgaard
There is nothing like waking up to a warm cup of coffee on a wintry Norway day. Most Norwegians share this sentiment; boasting one of the highest per capita coffee consumptions in the world, second only to Finland. Light roasts are generally more prominent with coffee shops like Fuglen stocking products from all four leading Norwegian roasters: Supreme Roastworks, Tim Wendelboe, Kaffa and Solberg & Hansen. Grab a pick-me-up from one of several cafes peppered throughout Oslo, for a truly complete Norway experience.
Can't get enough of the Oslo shopping experience? Click here for more retail therapy.