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Oslo – the world’s winter capital

The combination of a big city experience and easy access to outdoor recreational areas makes Oslo a unique travel destination. In Norway’s capital you may combine shopping, culture, music, café life and good food with skiing, skating and tobogganing.


The world’s winter capital for the fifth time

With the WSC in 2011, Oslo will for the fifth time gather the world’s ski elite for a championship. Originally, ski competitions in the capital started at Iversløkken in 1866. But in 1879, the skiers moved to Husebybakken where the snow conditions were more reliable. For 13 years, the capital’s ski enthusiasts went there en masse, until the ski jumping hill was deemed too small and they moved to Holmenkollen in 1892.