If you mention the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer to a Norwegian, the chance is that he or she will close her eyes and smile sheepishly while reminiscing the great event. Several of the Olympic arenas from back then are still in use today (as are, to a lesser degree, those from the Oslo Olympics in ‘52).
There are strong traditions for cross-country skiing in Norway. Indeed, it has its roots here – and the sport is one of the few in which we can truly boast of being one of the best nations in the world. Ski jumping, biathlon and alpine will regularly attract large crowds as well, at least the international competitions.
The ski jumping hill at Holmenkollen, which is visible from miles away as it towers above Oslo, is the most visited attraction in Norway, and hosts a World Cup event every winter. At Holmenkollen you will also find the world's oldest museum specialized in skiing.
If you’re a football fan (with an acquired taste), you could visit one of the many stadiums in Norway to soak up the atmosphere. Rosenborg BK in Trondheim is the most successful team in the past few decades, while Vålerenga is the largest club in Oslo. Brann in Bergen also has a loud and very enthusiastic following.
Ice hockey, motor sports, handball and athletics are other popular sports among Norwegian spectators. In regards to the latter, the traditional Bislett Games – an IAAF Diamond League event – is held in Oslo every summer.
You can also enjoy several yearly bike races, like the Arctic Race of Norway where some of the best pro cyclists in the world compete, surrounded by stunning Norwegian nature.
Oslo is a large, Scandinavian culture hub, with countless festivals, concerts and museums. But remote villages have much to offer as well. Check out the event calendar and plan your trip here.
Norwegian music has a strong reputation, not least in the genres of metal, indie and electronic music. Some of the world’s best-selling artists regularly tour the country as well.
Choose among indoor and outdoor exhibitions, and find out when and where an exhibition of your interest is taking place.
Great art can become even better when experienced together. Festivals of food, music and films are vital to the Norwegian culture scene.
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