|Norway is an exotic destination famous for its natural beauty with the northern light and the midnight sun, fjords and mountains, trolls and vikings - a true winter wonderland with a rich history and heritge.
Norway consists of the western and northern section of the Scandinavian peninsula, as well as the arctic island archipelago Svalbard and Jan Mayen. To the east of Norway lies Sweden, Finland and Russia. To the west, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Yo the north is the Barents Sea, to the south, the Nothe Sea. Norway is a constitutional monarchy with a population of 5.084 million (2013). As of january 2014, the capital city, Oslo, has 634 000 inhabitants.
Even though Norway is a small country, did you know that nearly 12 million Americans have norwegian or scandinavian roots?
Attractions in Oslo
Holmenkollen Culture & Tourist Center is Norways most visited tourist attraction. Ski museum, ski jump tower, World Cup events in the arena, open all year, free entrance outside the view point. Adress: Kongeveien 5.
Akershus Fortress, dating from 1299, was a Medieval castle and Royal Recidence, developed into a fortress in 1592.
The viking museum is part of the University Museum of Cultural Heritage. The world`s two best perserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century are diplayed here.
Adress: Huk Aveny 35
The Vigeland Park is Norway`s most visited attraction with over 1 million visiors every year. Approximately 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). Free entrance.
The Munch Museum opened in 1963 and was purpose-built to house this unique collection of approximately 1000 paintings, 4500 drawings and 18 000 prints. Major works will always be on display. The selection is changed regularly.
Aker Brygge: Part of the Sentrum area, Aker Brygge is known for its pier, where eateries with outdoor tables serve upscale Nordic and French cuisine, or casual fare like burgers and steak. A popular summer boat bar is moored nearby, and ferries depart year-round for the scenic Oslo Fjord. Local cultural draws include the Nobel Peace Center, with exhibits on the famous prize, and the striking Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Aker Brygge is app. ten minute walk from Studio Orient.
Karl Johans gate: Karl Johans street is the main street of the city of Oslo. The street was named in honor of King Charles III John, who was also King of Sweden as Charles XIV John. Karl Johans gate is a composite of several older streets that used to be separate thoroughfares. In one end is the Central Station (Oslo S) and in the other end you will find the Royal Palace. Further along is the National Theatre, one of Norway's largest and most prominent venues for performing arts. This beautiful 19th century Baroque-style building also houses some impressive artworks by renowned Norwegian artists. You will also pass the parliament building, Stortinget at the end of the cobbled pedestrian section of the street. Here you can find souvenir shops, restaurants, coffee shops as well as street musicians and young artists promoting their craft, and a vibrant night life.
Exiting Studio Orient you go to the left to find Karl Johan strees just seconds from the studio.
Magic Ice: You will find Magic Ice located in the heart of downtown Oslo near Grand Hotel and Hotel Bristol, just a two minute walk from Studio Orient.
Inside you will find a fantastic Ice Bar, but you will also find some of the most popular, renowned or famous artists from Norway. One of them is Norway’s most popular artist; he was a painter, lithographer, etcher, and wood engraver. He is looked upon as one of the most significant influences on the development of German and Central European expressionism. His convulsed and tortuous art was formed by the misery and conflicts of his time, and, even more important, by his own unhappy life. Childhood tragedy, intense and dramatic love affairs, alcoholism, and ceaseless traveling are reflected in his works.
You will get your welcome drink served in an ice glass while looking at great art.