City Information for Oslo, Norway

The SMS was excited to hold this Special Conferencein in Oslo, Norway's capital city! Lying between the Oslo Fjord and forests, Oslo provides a special combination of nature experiences and city life. Oslo is home to strong clusters in health, IT, and maritime sectors, which thrive on advanced infrastructure and access to talent attracted by its open, friendly and progressive culture. This combination of industries will provide an excellent backdrop for the conference.

Botanical Gardens

Sars' gate 1, 0562 Oslo, Norway

These gardens belong to the Natural HIstory Museum. Most of the area is designed as an Arboretum, with approximately 1800 different plants. The garden holds a large and varied collection of trees and shrubs planted in a systematic fashion after plant family. The Scent Garden is arranged as an experience for all, but especially the blind, mentally handicapped and wheelchair-bound. The Palm House from 1868 and The Victoria House from 1876 present exotic plants from other parts of the world. You will also find large, woven sculptures by the British artist Tom Hare around in the park.

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Oslo by Bike

Explore Oslo on a city bike - an easy and environmentally friendly way to get around in the city! The bikes can be found at more than 100 stations in and around the city centre. You can use one bike for up to 45 minutes, then return it to a station and pick up another to keep exploring!

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Oslo Opera House

Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1, 0150 Oslo, Norway

Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbor, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round. The opera is designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, and has received several prestigious awards. The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet offers a rich and varied programme throughout the year. Tours are available, and give you a chance to learn more about the architecture and catch a glimpse of life backstage.

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Other Popular Sites in Oslo

Norwegian Folk Museum

Museumsveien 10, 0287 Oslo, Norway

Visit one of the world's oldest and largest open-air museums, with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway and a stave church from the year 1200. The museum also has indoor exhibits with traditional handicraft items, folk costumes, Sami culture, weapons, toys, pharmaceutical history and changing exhibitions. In summer the open-air museum offers freshly-baked lefse, horse and carriage rides, feeding of the animals, guided tours, handicraft demonstrations and much more.

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Heimen Husfliden and GlasMagasinet

Rosenkrantz' gate 8, 0159 Oslo, Norway

These stores carry Norwegian and Scandinavian designs for adults and children, inspired by traditional patterns and techniques. Heimen Husfliden offers products such as bunads (folk costumes), sweaters, cardigans, dresses, jewellery, slippers, blankets, tapestries and tablecloths, as well as floral paintings, wrought iron and tin and wood products. The shop also has a large selection of Norwegian knitting and weaving yarns, and accessories for most needlework techniques. GlasMagasinet is an iconic department store in the city centre, with history dating back to 1899.