This blogpost was written by Bjørn Erik Lønø, John Hill Yip and Svein Solhaug, first-year MSc in Business students from Norway
If you have not been to Norway before it may seem like a cold, mountainous, snowy country. But it doesn’t mean we don’t have warm and sunny days in the summer as well, and there are endless things to do when warmer months roll around! Here are a few examples of summer activities you should add to your to-do list.
The Harbour Promenade
It is not without reason that Oslo is called the Fjord City. If you want to go sightseeing in Oslo, we recommend you take a walk, or go by bike, along the new harbour promenade. It is a newly developed stretch, covering nine kilometres along the waterfront from east to west, taking you through many different parts of the city. Along the whole promenade you will find large orange information towers, decorated with comic art and hold information boards about the history of surrounding area and nearby attractions. Some of these attractions are Skur 13, an old warehouse that is transformed into a huge indoor skate park open for the public, Aker Brygge, a scenic area of Oslo consisting of many options for shopping and fine-dining, and Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle open to the public where you can relax in beautiful surroundings with great view over the Fjord of Oslo – just to mention a few.
One especially popular destination on the promenade is the brand new residential district called Sørenga, which is a perfect spot to enjoy the summer in Oslo. The area is popular especially for its seawater pool, kayaking opportunities and as a location for sunbathing. Several restaurants have opened in this neighbourhood (although, can a be a bit pricey), including an ice cream parlour. However, beware that the pool facilities can be really crowded on the hot summer days.
If you love summer, music, dancing and good vibes, we strongly recommend you to visit one of many music festivals in Norway during the summer. This is an amazing opportunity to combine exploring the country and seeing your favorite artists perform. We will provide a list with some of the most popular festivals. If you want to read more about them, click on the festival name and you will be directed to their homepage.
Palmesus – Scandinavia’s largest beach party, with its 35 000 visitors during the two days! Located in Kristiansand.
Slottsfjell – Located an hour away from Oslo. The festival focuses on an overall experience considering a wide music program, good food, extra activities and camping.
Øyafestivalen – One of Norway’s biggest events in the music scene, known as one of the main festivals in rock- and pop-music in the Nordic countries! The four-day event takes place at Tøyenparken in Oslo.
Stavernfestivalen – Norway’s third largest music festival! It is a two-hour drive from Oslo. On their webpage, it says that it is mandatory to bring a good mood!
Bergenfest – The biggest music festival on the west coast of Norway! The event is located in Bergen city and lasts for 4 days.
We strongly recommend you to attend one of these music festivals. It will be an experience you’ll never forget!
If you are looking for sports activities – there are several opportunities. Just near BI lies a large sports park called Voldsløkka. Here you will find beach volleyball courts, running trails, football pitches and a large park area. Bring the barbecue when the sun is there and combine it with various sporting activities. This can be really recommended.