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Exciting new attractions in Oslo

Classic Oslo attractions such as Frognerparken, Holmenkollen and the royal palace have now got some tough competition. Over the past year, spectacular attractions have appeared that are pulling in the crowds. And more are on the way.

Ski lift at Snø in Lørenskog outside Oslo. Photo: Didrick Stenersen / Visit Oslo

Winter all year

Norway may not have been blessed with the most delightful climate, but who would have thought of building a center with snow and ice all year round? The recently opened Lørenskog, just north of Oslo, is a year round arena for snow experiences. Snow is the name of the game as is its deliciously descriptive address: Snøfonna 1 (Snowdrift 1). Even the center itself is shaped like a glacier. You can go Alpine skiing here on a 500m piste with varied terrain. Or strap on a snowboard, the center has rails, boxes and a big jump. For Nordic skiers, there's an undulating trail. Beginners can practice on a gentle slope with a rope tow. The 50,000 square meter center also has a store, restaurant and exercise center.

Snø

Snøfonna 1, 1470 Lørenskog

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Prices: Nkr350 for 1 day, Nkr4,500 for a monthly pass. Children 6 – 17 years: NKr280. Free entry for children under six. You can rent equipment or bring your own.

With a VR headset you can join a Viking raid. Photo: The Viking Planet

The Viking Planet

The Viking Planet opened in Oslo last year. It takes you on a virtual reality trip a thousand years back in time. With a VR headset, you can embark on a Viking raid and experience powerful blows. The visual exhibition is based on images from Haugalandet while real life actors perform historical reenactments. You can also learn more about the way the Vikings lived.

The Viking Planet

Fridtjof Nansens plass 4, 0160 Oslo

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Prices: Nkr100 for children, NKr295 adults. Family ticket with entry for four adults; Nkr995. thevikingplanet.com

The Twist Gallery north of Oslo. Photo: Tord Baklund/Visit Oslo

Art with a twist

Kistefos at Jevnaker is the largest contemporary sculpture park in Northern Europe. The newest addition to Kistefos Museum, The Twist, has become a sensation, both in terms of architecture and art. The Twist is a beautiful white building that twists into a seemingly impossible shape and spans 60 meters across the Randselva river. It is designed by Danish architects, the Bjarke Ingels Group. The Twist contains works by Yayoi Kusama, Fernando Botero of Colombia and perhaps Norway's most famous living artist, Bjarne Melgaard. The museum reopens after the winter break on 24 May but you can enjoy the outdoor sculpture park in the meantime.

The Twist Gallery

Samsmoveien 41, 3520 Jevnaker

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Prices: Adults Nkr150, seniors/students Nkr120. Free entry for children up to 16 year old. Samsmoveien 41, 3520 Jevnaker

Munch Museum

After decades of debate about the location for a new Munch Museum to replace the humble and cramped museum in Tøyen on the eastern outskirts of Oslo, it's finally happening. The Munch Museum is opening in summer 2020. It will have 11 exhibition spaces on seven floors. The 26,313 square meter building is future-proof in that it’s constructed in environment friendly concrete and steel that can be recycled. Spanish architects, Estudio Herreros, are behind the building in which the upper floors are bowed forward, a signature design of the studio.

Munch Museum

The amazing new National Museum in Oslo. Illustration: Statsbygg / Kleihues + Schuwerk

The new central library

The old Deichmanske library, in the government district, was venerable and magnificent, but cramped and outdated. The library is moving to a spectacular new building in Bjørvika, close to other new buildings such as the Opera House and Munch Museum. How glorious is that? You can see for yourself when it opens on 28 March this year. The library not only houses great novels but also non-fiction books. But there's also more to the new library. Such as a movie theater, experimentarium, floors dedicated to film, computer games, cartoon books and music, plus a restaurant and lounge with magazines and newspapers. The new building, which is also a highly energy efficient passive design, will also have an exciting arts program, we’re delighted to say.

Deichmanske Bjørvika

Anne-Cath, Vestlys plass 1, 0150 Oslo

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The new Deichmanske Library is a spacious and airy building packed with knowledge about modern and ancient times. Illustration: Atelier Oslo and Lund/Hagem arkitekter

National Museum

Although the new National Museum is not set to open till 2021, it's worth adding it to your diary now. The museum will exhibit arts, crafts and design from antiquity to the present day, and many people will be drawn by the works of landscape artist Johan Christian Dahl and the Munch Room with the iconic Scream. Architects Kleihues + Schuwerk have designed the building on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, which is located between the old Vestbanehallen and Aker brygge and faces the fjord. Like the Opera House, you will also be able to go on the roof.

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