#visitoslo2018 - 10 lucky travellers discover how cool Oslo is during winter

The #visitoslo2018 experiment

Take 10 people from 10 different countries and mix them together in Oslo. What do you get? Smiles, laughter and lots of Oslove ♥

Lonely Planet lists Oslo as a city you must visit in 2018. To celebrate, VisitOSLO and Visit Norway invited 10 people to show them that Oslo is cool during winter.

Watch the video for some highlights:

During their visit in February our 10 guests explored Oslo's art, architecture and fashion, tasted world-champion coffee and sushi, saw some great Norwegian music acts, and tried sledding and skiing. Some of our bravest visitors even jumped into the freezing Oslo Fjord from a floating sauna!

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Oslo has character, beautiful places, parks, roads, structures, but then has water too, the mountain … Felt like a mini world rolled into one!

Matt

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For Eva, a travel addict from Nairobi, it was a big surprise that one could actually have fun with winter and snow: 

'The skiing was one of the most fun times in Oslo. I have never laughed so much and so hard in the longest time. It reminded me of when I was just a little child without a care in the world. Take me back!'

Skiing and fjord sauna
Skiing and fjord sauna
Photo: Babusjka/VisitOSLO and Tor Johansen

Tempted to check out some of the places that our participants visited?  
Our interactive map helps you locate everything. Note that even the skiing took place within the city limits:

Each of the participants was paired with an Oslo local who showed them some of their own favourite places, to give the guests a unique behind-the-scenes experience. For Vasia from Athens, having her own "Oslo buddy" is what made it a truly unique experience:  

'My biggest surprise was meeting my Osloite, a real soulmate! I had the chance to get closer to the Norwegian way of living and imagine myself moving there.'

Participants paired with 'Oslo buddies'
Participants paired with 'Oslo buddies'
Photo: Babusjka/VisitOSLO and Tor Johansen

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My local guide introduced me to the common and the hidden places in Oslo.

Anda

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For Matt, who runs a coffee shop in Birmingham, coffee was obviously on the agenda: 

'We went to Tim Wendelboe's award-winning coffee shop to sample some different brews. It was mega busy with customers queuing out of the door for a drink – and I could see why: The staff were really knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming, the coffee was delicious.'

Isabella at Vingen, Daniel and Matt at Tim Wendelboe, restaurant dish
Isabella at Vingen, Daniel and Matt at Tim Wendelboe, restaurant dish
Photo: Babusjka/VisitOSLO
Julian at the Opera
Julian at the Opera
Photo: VisitOSLO

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I met nine other persons with different cultural backgrounds, different experiences and different ages, but we were all connected by loving this city.

Julian

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Daniel learns cross-country skiing
Daniel learns cross-country skiing
Photo: Babusjka/VisitOSLO

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The feeling of sliding on snow, breathing the cold air and observing the landscape is something I will cherish forever, one of the best memories and experiences of my life.

Daniel

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Grünerløkka got my heart! What an interesting place to be. Especially if you like street art and underground scene as myself.

Clara

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