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Relax in the Land of the Fjords in 2020

Oslo Opera House
Opera house, Oslo. Credit: Pixabay / office8

The crisp air, serene sights and wilderness of the forests and fjord cast an air of calm over one of the biggest metropolises in Scandinavia. Oslo is a great place to visit for some rejuvenation with your significant other this new year.

Walk on the roof of the Oslo Opera House

Oslo’s Opera House, built in 2007, is only a few minutes away from the central station, on the edge of the Oslofjord. Home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, the structure is designed to look as though it’s rising from the fjord. If you walk up its clean-cut lines to the roof, you’ll see incredible views of the forest, the fortress castle.

Take a walk in the forest

Take a trip to Nordmarka forest, only twenty minutes away from the centre accessible by train taking you to one of the stops with forest access: Frognerseteren and Sognsvann are good places to start with. The forest trails are well marked and there are always a few people you’ll bump into enjoying the greenery which extends for hundreds of kilometres. There is also plenty of wildlife and if you get lucky you’ll spot a moose. You can stop for lunch or coffee and cake in one of the forest cabin cafes, or even stay the night in a cabin if you want the genuine Norwegian experience.

Relax at The Well

One of Scandinavia's largest spas and bathhouses housing a whopping 11 pools, 15 saunas and steam rooms of over 10 square meters, The Well brings together bathing traditions from several different cultures under one roof. You’ll find a Japanese bathhouse with onsen, Oriental Hamam, rhassoul, relaxation room, outdoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi, waterfalls, plus a restaurant and several bars. The spa offers the best in wellness services along with a variety of traditional and modern treatments including amazing massages.  

Have a coffee at Supreme Roastworks

Norwegians take their coffee seriously and even more so here at Supreme Roastworks.  Located on Thorvald Meyers gate, this micro roastery will warm any coffee-lover’s heart. Try their latte, and especially their colombian roast, a speciality made on the premises. Their menu changes often and their coffees are usually bitter and smooth. Sipping on a cup of joe while enjoying a view of the snowy streets sure does make for an amazing afternoon.

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