Oslo exudes a modern esthetic all its own. While it may not have the charm of its Scandinavian counterparts Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Norwegian capital is firmly committed to the 21st century with stunning architecture and a vast underground highway network that makes it a pedestrian friendly city.
Aker Brygge is a relatively new neighborhood that is home to numerous restaurants, art galleries and trendy shops. The Astrup Fearnley Museum has an eclectic collection of modern art, a great gift store and a restaurant/cafe which is the perfect place to take a break and watch the world go by.
The Oslo Opera House presides over the waterfront with its distinctive architecture. The rooftops are a great picnic spot and a great vantage point from which to enjoy the busy harborfront.
Do these buildings remind you of something? They are collectively known as the Barcode Project and are the cornerstone of a major urban renewal project on former dock and industrial land in central Oslo.