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Spending Easter in Oslo during lockdown?

Easter for Norwegians is often synonymous with cross country skiing in the sun, eating oranges and lamb (not at the same time!), reading crime novels and getting a big Easter egg, filled with candy and other treats. But if you are in Oslo this Easter, during lock down - it might look a bit different.

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How to celebrate Easter in a closed down city?
We are sharing some tips from VisitOslo, as there are multiple free and available activities you can do at home or outside in the city. It can give you a welcoming touch of holiday feeling and provide a good break we all deserve and need now.

How about an urban Easter walk in the city, with art, history and early spring flowering, take-out from your favorite restaurant and enjoying the sun? Happy Oslo Easter!

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Have you REALLY been on a tour of Oslo?

Nowadays, you can discover Oslo in new ways, through digital maps, apps and audioguides! These tools will help you get to know the city - turning you into a true Oslopolitan. Using these digital tools will help you explore the city in your own time.

This is a nice way to learn something new while also getting in some physical exercise and fresh air. Maybe you can be a tour guide for international friends and family when the borders open up again!

Check out Oslo Spex - a do-it-yourself sighseeing app, and walk the city with famous Henrik Ibsen.

Interested in street art? Check out Visit Oslo's guide to urban art.

Outdoor sculpture and art parks

Oslo's major outdoor attractions are still open, and offer a good replenishment of both art, history and short-distance nature experiences.

Frist up is Vigeland Sculpture Park, at the heart of Frognerparken. Park contains more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland in bronze, granite and cast iron, including The Angry Boy, The Monolith and many other sculptures.

Ekebergparken Sculpture Park is another great place to explore during Easter. he artworks that are spread around the whole park are by internationally renowned artists like Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Dan Graham, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst and Roni Horn.

The newest opportunity to examine art outside is the Rose Castle at Holmenkollen is well worth a visit. Experience art and strong stories from World War II in a very special setting (tickets are booked in advance).

Public holidays during Easter

If this if your first Easter in Norway, be aware that the country have several public holidays, and most people will take extra time off from work.

In Norwegian, Easter is known as påske. The period begins with Palm Sunday, known as palmesøndag (March 28, 2021). The public holidays are Maundy Thursday - skjærtorsdag (April 1, 2021) and Good Friday - langfredag (April 2, 2021).

Then, the Saturday of Easter weekend (påskeaften, not a public holiday) precedes Easter Sunday (påskedag or første påskedag) on April 4, 2021.

The final public holiday of the period, Easter Monday is known as andre påskedag (April 5, 2021).

That means that businesses and shops are closed between Thursday April 1 and Monday April 5, with the exception of Saturday (påskeaften).

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Do something you haven't done before

Did you know you an borrow camping equipment for free from Bua? What about borrowing a tent or a hammock and sleep outside at Grefsenkollen, with the view of the glowing city lights when falling asleep. On Finn.no, you might be able to find equipment being sold for an affordable price, or reach out to your neighbors using the app Nabohjelp (OBOS), maybe they have a pair of skiis or skates they are not using.

New Instagram post or Tik Tok video?

The city of Oslo is very picturesque and the architecture is stunning. How about a photo shoot with a friend or two at some of Oslo's most "instagrammable" spots.Create a new trend on Tik Tok when dancing with the sculptures in Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Don't want to go outside?

You can get to know the city, from the comfort of your own home. many of the museums in the Oslo region offers digital museum visits.

Or how about reading Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbø? Discover Oslo by reading the crime fictions books that have become popular across the world.

Take-out from your favorite restaurants

Sick and tired cooking and are food-uninspired? Check out the guide for restaurants open for take-out in the city of Oslo, and see if you can discover new favorites!

Check out the YR weather forecast for Oslo

Enjoy your city Easter - God påske!

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Current COVID-19 regulations

Unsure of what is allowed and not the COVID-19 regulations for the city during Easter?

- City of Oslo Coronavirus website
- Norwegian Institute for Public Health (FHI) Covid-19 Information