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Oslo, Norway, europe Cruise

    Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway, and the third largest city of Scandinavia. The history of the city can be traced back over 1000 years, although according to the chronicles of Snorre Sturlason, Oslo was founded in 1048, by the king Harald Hardråde. The city became capital of Norway around 1300, but lost its privileges during the Danish-Norwegian union from 1348 to 1814. In 1624, a fire devastated old Oslo, and the city was moved some kilometres west to gain protection from the fortress at Akershus. The city was renamed Christiania, a name that remained until it was officially renamed on January 1st 1925 to Oslo.
    Norway is first and foremost a maritime nation; Oslo is the chief port for sea services to and from the European Continent and England. The majority of the approximately half-million population lives along the coast and on the hundreds of nearby islands. There the weather is comparatively temperate, due to the Gulfstream. Visitors to Oslo will find a full range of activities among the numerous art galleries, museums, restaurants, theaters and nightclubs. Other points of interest include the Royal Palace; Frogner Park, known for its famous Vigeland sculptures; Holmenkollen, where international skiing events take place; the imposing Åkershus Castle; and Bygdøy Peninsula, home to some of Oslo’s most important museums. Oslo’s city center is fairly compact. Many of its attractions can be explored on foot; the Bygdøy Peninsula can easily be reached via ferry boats departing from the harbor.

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