Summer is just around the corner and it's a good time to share few favorite places in Oslo to visit.

I asked my friends the other day about their favorite places in Oslo; some I knew, some are totally new. One was absolutely hilarious and started with a V.

Luckily all of these places are easily accessible via metro/tram/bus from Oslo's main station (details follow). So without further ado, here they are in no particular order:

Hvervenbukta

Hvervenbukta in Oslo

A very popular swimming and recreation area southeast of the city center. The bathing area has a terrace café and kiosk, toilets and outhouse, picnic tables, showers and drinking-water units. The place is usable for disabled and has a lifeguard during the summer months.

Getting there: hop on bus 80E or 83 from central bus station, get off at Fiskevollen. Walk towards the overhead bridge then left to the woods and keep walking alongside the fjord for around 10-15 minutes.

The Opera House

Oslo Opera House

The Opera House is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway since Nidaros Cathedral was completed around 1300 and is home to The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and the national opera theater in Norway. The building is situated in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo and its angled exterior surfaces are covered with marble and white granite, which make it appear to rise from water. Visitors are welcome to climb its surfaces and enjoy a panoramic view of downtown Oslo.

Getting there: it's a 5-10 minute walk from the nearby central station.

Botanical Garden, Tøyen

Botanical Garden in Oslo

The Botanical Garden, founded in 1814, belongs to the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo and contains approximately 5,500 species of plants. Through research, education and plant conservation, the garden seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of plant diversity. Having been there on few occasions it's a fabulous place to be either alone or with friends and enjoy the silence and fresh smells of flowers and plants.

Getting there: climb on any metro passing through Tøyen. Follow the street signs once outside.

Tip: visit the Munch museum nearby which contains works of Edvard Munch, including his masterpiece: The Scream.

The Vigeland Park (aka, Vigelandsparken)

The Vigeland Park in Oslo

This is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. Despite Gustav's lifework displayed in the park with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron, he still found time to plan the design and architectural layout of the park. When you visit Norway, don't forget to come here at least once!

Getting there: hop on either subway #12 or bus #20.

The Ekeberg Park (aka, Ekebergparken)

The Ekeberg Park in Oslo

Part of the park's greenery reflecting off the Ekeberg Pavillion, by artist Dan Graham

A sculpture park and a national heritage park with a plethora of artistic work by various Norwegian and international artists. Adjacent to the sculpture park there's also an indoor museum which presents the area's history and nature. There is also an art and design shop that has books and design items. Finally, the park offers its visitors a panoramic view of Oslo and its surroundings which is best viewed at sunset.

Getting there: take subway #18 or #19 traveling to Ljabru.

Fram museum

Fram museum in Bygdøy, Oslo

Fram is a ship that was used in expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic regions by Norwegian explorers between 1893 and 1912. The museum is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy and tells the story of polar exploration in general and the three great Norwegian polar explorers in particular: Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen.

Getting there: hop on bus #30 and get off at Bygdøynes station.

Tip: the area includes several other museums also: Kon-Tiki museum, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Viking Ship museum, and Norwegian Maritime museum.

Other noticeable places in or near Oslo:

Akershus Fortress
A medieval castle built to protect Oslo. The fortress has successfully survived all sieges, primarily by Swedish forces, including those by forces led by Charles XII in 1716, and in early 17th century, the fortress was modernized and remodeled to get the appearance of a renaissance castle.

Kolsåstoppen (in Norwegian)
Kolsås is a wooded mountain ridge in the municipality of Bærum and the area to Dælivannet is a protected landscape area that includes four nature reserves: Skotta, Dalbo, Kolsåsstupene and Kolsåstoppen.

Emanuel Vigeland museum
One of Oslo's best kept secrets. The museum's main attraction is a dark, barrel-vaulted room, completely covered with fresco paintings that depict human life from conception till death, in dramatic and often explicitly erotic scenes.

Huk & Paradisbukta beach
A very popular spot in Oslo all year round, especially in the summer. It offers easy access to the waters of the fjord, and visitors enjoy swimming, bicycle trips, and leisurely strolls along the beach.

Grefsenkollen
A peak in the northeast of Oslo offering spectacular views of the city. There are many ways to get to the top, but once there you can take a walk down to Trollvann lake to fully escape into nature.

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