During Autumn, Oslo is perhaps at its prettiest. The trees in the parks are turning yellow and red, the water of the fjord is dark underneath the shifting skies, and the first snow flakes fall in the hills around the city. As the weather turns colder, the Norwegians organize lots of indoor and outdoor activities to stay warm. Here are our tips for a season full of activities and culture in Oslo!
On Thursday 12 October, there is a free evening walk along the Alnaelva River in East-End Oslo. The event starts at 7 PM at the Grorud metro station. The trail along the river will be lit with torches, there will be art installations and performances at different places during the evening. A magical evening experience!
Hike after dark 19/10
Thursday 19 October, the Norwegian Ski Association organises a free forest hike in the dark. There will be two trails starting at the Sognsvann lake (next to the Sognsvann metro station), with campfires, food and competitions on the road. A perfect opportunity to explore the Norwegian woods, after dark!
Autumn Art Exhibition 16/09 – 15/10
The annual Autumn Exhibition at the Artists’ House in Oslo, is a central happening in the Norwegian arts scene. Offering an overview of the best modern art, the exhibition is a perfect crash course in contemporary Norwegian art. With a relatively low entrance fee, the exhibition wants to attract all sorts of interested people, not only the arty-farty snobs.
Oslo Knitting Festival 20/10 – 22/10
Something completely different is the annual Oslo Knitting Festival! This year, from 20 to 22 October, the woolly event is held at two locations: at the Oslo Public Library (Deichmanske Hovedbibliotek) at Arne Garborgs plass, and at the Norwegian Folk Museum at Bygdøy. Complete with workshops, music, knitting cafés and socializing, this is probably autumn’s coziest festival!
Oslo World Music Festival 31/10 – 05/11
The capital of Norway becomes the capital of world music during the first week of November. From 31 October to 5 November, Oslo hosts more than 30 concerts of all kinds spread all over the city. Most of the artists are music stars in their own countries but not as eminent for the international public. Here’s the perfect opportunity to get to know them. An unforgettable musical experience for the whole family!
Films from the South 09/11 – 19/11
Africa, Asia and Latin America film makers find their place each year in this Film Festival based at the Cinemateket in Oslo. From 9 to 19 November, more than 100 featured films and documentaries are screened in the most exciting film festival in Norway. The event strive to promote tolerance and intercultural dialogue throughout the cinema. Films from the South Festival has been held since 1991 and it is a good opportunity to learn more about what kind of cinema is in the making in other continents.
Our year-round hostel in Oslo wishes you a warm welcome during the chilly Autumn months!
photo top: Matthew Wilkinson
text: Robin Van de Walle & Marcos Doespiritosanto