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Event guide: Nor·Shipping 2019

Things to see and do while in Oslo

Every two years, the Norwegian capital plays host to Nor-Shipping. From June 4–7, the event attracts key figures and leading shipping companies for exhibitions, conferences, and seminars. But while you’re in Oslo, there are plenty of opportunities for food, culture, and sightseeing.

Oslo is the 2019 European Green Capital, and aims to be completely carbon neutral by the year 2050. Surrounded by beautiful nature, such as the Marka Forest and the Oslo Fjord, it’s easy to see why the city places such high importance on protecting the environment. Nor-Shipping itself will also promote a sustainable ocean economy through conferences and think tanks. But if you find some time to take a break during your visit, you might want to treat yourself to some of Oslo’s cultural and culinary delights.

First things first—arriving in Oslo

But let’s start with the practicalities. Nor-Shipping takes place in Lillestrøm, a small town some 18km northeast of Oslo. If you’re staying in the city, the train from Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) to Lillestrøm takes just 11 minutes. It’s important to note that Nor-Shipping ticketholders can travel with public transportation for free within the Oslo city area and between Oslo airport and the city. This excludes the Airport Express Train.

Where can I enjoy a good meal?

Restaurant dining is an integral part of the experience when visiting Oslo—and there is something for all tastes. If you’re looking for a really special Nordic dining experience, Maaemo is one of the world’s top restaurants, and the only restaurant in Norway with three Michelin stars. For a view of the 100-km-long Oslo Fjord, Ekebergrestauranten is the place to go. Or if you’re looking for some more variety, Mathallen food hall offers top-quality food and drinks, both local and international. With over 30 stores to select from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

What about Norway’s maritime culture?

Norway is well-known for its Viking past, and there are many attractions in the capital that hark back to the Norse seafarers. For example, at the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy, you can see some of the world’s best-preserved Viking ships. You might also want to check out the Fram Museum to see the “strongest wooden vessel ever built“.

For a more modern taste of Oslo’s maritime heritage, take a trip to the Aker Brygge wharf. Once the site of an old shipyard, the area is now characterized by a distinctive mix of charismatic industrial buildings and high-end, modern constructs. Here you can eat, shop, or simply soak up some sunshine in the bustling commercial district.

Where can I just chill out?

If you want to relax after a successful day’s work at Nor-Shipping, we can recommend Frogner Park. Not only does it contain the world’s largest sculpture installation made by a single artist, but it’s also home to the beautiful Frogner Manor.

There are plenty of reasons to extend your stay in Norway around Nor-Shipping. We hope to catch you there!

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