Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Oslo's New Icon; Holidays Edited by Steve Race WWW.Gazettelive.Co.Uk/familylife

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Oslo's New Icon; Holidays Edited by Steve Race WWW.Gazettelive.Co.Uk/familylife

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My holiday Dave Robson visited the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and found a city worth shouting - and singing - about.

RISING like a state-of-the-art ferry from the fjord, Oslo's new opera house is a stunning white symbol of a vibrant city.

Opened in 2008, the opera house, with its design based on a ship's hull, is rapidly becoming an iconic structure.

You can even clamber all over it and, if you're feeling so inclined, roll down its banks into the water.

When the sun's out, it's literally dazzling. But so, in my humble opinion, is Oslo itself.

Walk up the main street, Karl Johans Gate, from the central station to the Royal Palace and you get the feeling of a city that's truly alive.

Mind-boggling views The opera house isn't the only new structure on Oslo's landscape. The Holmenkollen ski jump, which used to tower like a massive swan on the hillside, has been rebuilt for next year's World Championships.

It's a bit shorter now and more metallic grey than pure white, but it's still Norway's most visited tourist attraction and offers mind-boggling views when you take the lift to the top of the tower.

Respect, Eddie 'The Eagle' What to do .Spring, summer or autumn, walk down the main street, Karl Johans Gate, or the revamped harbour, Aker Brygge. People watching doesn't get much better than this. .Spend a day on Bygd[degrees]y, with its four fascinating museums and a lovely beach, Huk.

.Be amazed at how everyone seems to speak English better than you do.

.In winter, see the ski jumping at Holmenkollen, go cross-country on 2,600km of prepared trails or skate outdoors in the city centre. .Oslo will host the Nordic World Ski Championships from February 26-March 6.

Edwards, respect.

Back in town, Oslo thrives all year round, with its revamped harbour, Aker Brygge, full of smart shops, penthouse pads and restaurants, ideal for an evening stroll and some people watching.

But hey, I'm a fun creature - I need a funfair fix.

No problem. Twenty minutes up the road, with a direct bus link from the station, is Tusenfryd - "a thousand pleasures."

Sounds a bit saucy but in reality, it's a top class adventure park, with rides galore and almost unnervingly pleasant staff. …

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