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Like elsewhere in the north of Europe the town feels tranquil. You can walk around freely, visit it on foot (apart from a few sites that are not in the middle of town) and leave it feeling relaxed, which is not generally the case in capital cities. I loved the citadel, the opera house and even Frogner Park, which is a little unusual, let's be honest.
But Oslo is very expensive. You don't get the same feeling for a town when you can buy a drink and something to eat in a nice place, as you do when you have to count every penny. However, Oslo is the capital, and if you want to learn about a country's history you have to spend at least a day wandering around its capital. So, Oslo is a must see during a trip to Norway.
At first sight Oslo's centre doesn't really make you want to take the time to stop there. However, it is nice. I think you should start with the palace, as it helps you to understand the place of the monarchy in Norway. Then you should go directly to Karl Johans Gate for a bit of shopping. Also in the centre, I think you shouldn't miss the National Gallery, not just to see Munch's The Scream, but also to find out about Norwegian art.
In my opinion Vigeland Park is also unique. It's good to relax in a friendly atmosphere among enormous sculptures.
I went for a magnificent walk along the quays in the port. From them you can get a boat to the Viking Boat Museum, which is good fun. I found the museum impressive. The three viking boats there are whole and in a perfect state of conservation.