Oslo is a happy city, where you’ll want to spend as much time outside as you do inside. This is intentional, as Norway’s capital has invested heavily in both its green spaces and its museums.

Located at the head of the Oslofjord, on the more temperate southern tip of the country, Oslo’s location makes it ideal for nature lovers looking for a home base from which to explore some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, year round. In the idyllic summers with their extended hours of daylight, anticipate the irresistible pull of the outdoors. Whether you want to go island hopping around the Oslofjord, or simply relaxing around the expansive Frogner Park in the city center, there’s always a greenscape awaiting.

In the winter, sport parks, ski slopes, and cross-country trails are abundant. Norwegians know how to keep warm, with blood-pumping activity, and pleanty of warm beverages. Your private Ker and Downey guide will ensure that you are properly outfitted to make the most of your winter playtime.

Indoors, Oslo’s menu of museums seems endless. Whether you are looking for history or modernism, the city has enshrined what you seek. Well-preserved castles, like Akershus along the Oslofjord; churches, such as Jakob Culture Church; and sprawling manors like Bogstad are open to the public. Meanwhile, modern feats of architecture contain priceless paintings and cultural artifacts. Architecture in Oslo is so significant that it even has a few museums of its own. Visit the Museum of Architecture of DogA, the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture to see how the country built environment has evolved and superstars emerged.

Among the abundance of museums and parks, it would be easy to find yourself paralyzed with options. Ker & Downey works with expert local guides to ensure private entry and exclusive access to popular sites, as well as insider knowledge of the city’s hidden gems.