Destination Focus: Oslo, Norway

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Emma, one of our Account Managers at ACE, recently visited Oslo as part of a trip sponsored by Thon Hotels. She had an amazing time, jam-packed full of exciting activities.

Emma and the other delegates stayed at the Thon Hotel Bristol in Oslo. They arrived on a Thursday evening and had dinner in the hotel as well as a hotel inspection that same night. The group had a sommelier that kept their wine glasses topped up all evening.

The next morning, they went for breakfast at another Thon Hotel down the road, the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz.  The Rosenkrantz is known for the best hotel breakfast in Oslo because of the huge spread. After filling up on breakfast, Emma hopped on a bus and went to Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park. The group had a tour guide that took them around, explained sculptures, and how they tie in with the life of the sculptor, Gustav Vigeland.

They then got back on the bus and went to Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Slope. The guide teased that this slope was where the famous ski jumper, Eddie the Eagle always lost. Emma plucked up the courage to take part in abseiling off the 59m tall slope. Not only that, but she also walked back up the steps and zip-lined back down! After all the excitement, the group did some team activities and had to build a sturdy bridge from 8 planks of wood, which Emma had to test!

Continuing their day, the group then went to lunch at Sanguine in the National Opera House on the harbour, which you can walk on top of. They then went to visit the National Art Museum which only opened in early June, so it was brand new. The group went to see Edward Munch’s infamous painting, Scream. After this, they went back to the hotel and headed out for dinner at Duckpin owned by Thon. Duckpin was a very funky restaurant serving tasty tapas, great food for team building. The restaurant has mini ten-pin bowling where you can play against a timer versus another team.

After an eventful day, Emma got ready to do it all again.  On the final day of the trip, the group went on a KOK cruise which was a sauna boat. The group got to relax in a cosy sauna whilst sailing into the fjord, stopping at points to jump into the water or sunbathe. After this, they went back into harbour and got a regular boat out to the Fram Museum and the Norway Maritim Museum. The museum has a large function space, great for dinners and events.

The group continued by having lunch at Lofoten Fish Restaurant. Lofoten had the “best fish soup ever” said Emma, saying she’d go back to Oslo in a heartbeat just for the amazing food. Afterwards, they had some free time to explore before walking over to the Munch Museum for dinner. This museum was a 7-storey building where they had dinner on the top level at Brasserie Tolvte to finish off their day.

The next morning, everyone checked out of the hotel, had breakfast and went to the Norwegian Folk Museum. This was an outdoor museum giving an insight into the history of Norway and how their houses and lives have changed in Oslo. Everyone then parted ways and Emma flew back home.

The highlight of the trip for Emma was the sauna boat experience, as well as abseiling and zip-lining down the 59-metre ski slope. Emma said she’d “never eaten as much delicious food as she did in Oslo, in her entire life.”

If you’d like to find out more about trips like these, or want to plan an incentive trip of your own, get in touch with us.