Oslo is one of Scandinavia 's best kept secrets. The city is home to half a million(one eighth of the entire population) and while fire has taken its historic toll on the city's architecture; the Norwegian capital more than makes up for any aesthetic shortcomings with a busy social diary. Besides it's difficult to think of another European city that enjoys such as spectacular setting as the banks of Oslo Fjord or has as much green space.
During the summer months the city lives outdoors: restaurant tables spill out over the pavement as Oslo indulges in its favourite hobby of people watching, the rocky beaches on the city's fringes are draped with sunbathers, sailing boats cut silently through the glittering waters, and the cats' cradle of forested paths of Nordmarka fill with walkers and mountain bikers.
During the winter months skiers can take a tram up to the former Olympic ski jump at Holmekolen and wind their way through the forest and back in to the city centre. If you prefer your activity indoors; Oslo has an impressive collection of more than 50 museums and galleries, tracing everything from Norway 's Viking heritage to the celebrated works of Edvard Munch.