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Holmenkollen Ski Festival

Daredevil jumps, tight bends and eye-wateringly fast speeds are the name of the game during the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival at the Holmenkollen ski jump, Norway's most popular tourist destination. Large crowds are normal and tickets sell out quickly, so buy tickets before you go.

Date: 08 March 2019 - 10 March 2019
Venue: Holmenkollen
Website: https://holmenkollenskifestival.no/nordic/
Cost:

Various


Oslo International Church Music Festival

During this 10-day event, visitors can experience a wide and diverse range of musical performances in Oslo's many wonderful churches and cathedrals. The line-up includes regional, national and international choirs and performers and always attracts large and enthusiastic audiences.

Date: 22 March 2019 - 31 March 2019
Venue: Various churches and cathedrals in Oslo.
Website: http://www.oslokirkemusikkfestival.no
Cost:

Entry fee.


St Hallvard's Day

15 May is St Hallvard's Day, in honour of the patron saint of Oslo, also said to be the defender of innocence. Quite a sombre occasion, the day is marked by a ceremony in Oslo's Old Quarter with speeches by the city's mayor, members of the church and other dignitaries. The ceremony is recognised by both Catholics and Protestants, who attend the event together. Guided tours of this historically rich area take place before and after the ceremony.

Date: 15 May 2019 - 15 May 2019
Venue: Oslo's Old Quarter.
Cost:

Free.


Nasjonaldagen (Norwegian National Constitution Day)

An annual national holiday celebrating the day the national constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll in 1814. Parades of flag-waving adults and children led by various bands are the main event en route to see the royal family waving from the castle balcony.

Date: 17 May 2019 - 17 May 2019
Venue: Royal Palace
Cost:

Free


Oslo Medieval Festival

Oslo Medieval Festival takes you 700 years back in time, to the era when Oslo became the capital of Norway. During the festival, the fortress will be steaming with life: Knights, re-enactors, musicians and performers will bring you an experience to remember. The historical market is full of craftsmen and sellers from all over Europe, who'll present historic crafts from the period. Discover history as you delve into a plethora of activities, performances and concerts, or simply relax with good food and drink, while you enjoy the atmosphere.

Date: 24 May 2019 - 26 May 2019
Venue: Oslo Medieval Festival (Oslo Middelalderfestival)
Website: http://oslomiddelalderfestival.org/

Norwegian Wood Rock Festival

This annual rock-fest features a variety of local and international bands. There is also a stage giving up-and-coming local bands the chance to make their name in front of large crowds.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Frognerbadet
Website: https://norwegianwood.no/

Oslo Jazz Festival

One of Europe’s oldest jazz festivals, the Oslo event provides a number of concerts a year at different venues and a wide variety of jazz styles are covered. The first day of the festival usually features a parade led by a brass band.

Date: 11 August 2019 - 17 August 2019
Venue: Various venues across the city.
Website: http://oslojazz.com/

Oslo Chamber Music Festival

First held in 1989, the annual Oslo Chamber Music Festival has developed into one of the most significant events of its kind in the country. During the event, visitors can expect a dazzling line-up of Norwegian and foreign musicians performing in some of the city's most magnificent buildings, performance venues and outdoor settings.

Date: 15 August 2019 - 24 August 2019
Venue: Various venues and locations in Oslo
Website: http://oslokammermusikkfestival.no/
Cost:

Various.


ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

The premier contemporary music festival in the Nordic region, the organisers of the annual Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival strive to draw attention to the artistic creative process. Each year the festival presents a program of contemporary artistic performances ranging from dancing and music to art installations and exhibitions.

Date: 12 September 2019 - 21 September 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://ultima.no/
Cost:

Entry fee.


Oslo Marathon

With thousands of participants vying to take the laurels, the Oslo Marathon is one of the Norwegian capital’s biggest sporting events. The race starts and ends at Festningsplassen near Akershus Fortress, taking in Oslo Opera House and Aker Brygge en route.

Date: 21 September 2019 - 21 September 2019
Venue: City centre
Website: http://oslomaraton.no/en/
Cost:

Free to watch.


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First Hotel Millennium

Despite the 1930s facade (and the name), the First Hotel Millennium opened in 1988 and is located a few minutes' walk from the city centre. Its 114 rooms are finished in minimal Scandinavian style with wooden floors. The on-site restaurant does a decent breakfast buffet too.

Thon Hotel Astoria

Centrally located and a short walk from Oslo’s main shopping street and central station the Thon Hotel Astoria is convenient for budget-minded travellers who want to explore Oslo’s tourist attractions. Rooms are comfortable – if small – and the excellent breakfast is highly recommended.

First Hotel Grims Grenka

One of the most charming of Oslo’s stays, the Grims Grenka might be a chain hotel but it has the feel of a boutique establishment. Each of the 65 rooms are spacious and come with a stash of organic tea. The Madu restaurant and the rooftop Q Lounge are both worth checking out too.

Saga Hotel

Built in the 1890s, the intimate Saga Hotel sits a stone's throw from the Royal Palace but is far less grand than its setting would suggest. Instead, its rooms are romantic and remarkably short on Scandinavian minimalism, while staff are friendly and ever-ready to field questions and source decent restaurants.

The Thief

Despite the name, The Thief is a well-priced hotel with direct access to the Oslofjord that certainly won't relieve you of all your money. Housed in a modern glass and steel building, the rooms have great views and simple modern décor. There's a gourmet restaurant on site too.

Hotel Continental

The Continental is an Oslo institution that has been run by the same family for four generations and is more than a century old. Situated in the heart of Oslo next to the National Theatre the hotel is known both for outstanding service and restaurants as well as its links with the Oslo arts scene.