Just outside of Oslo lies Korketrekkeren, or “The Corkscrew.” It’s gonna be one of the craziest sledding hills you’ll ever have the chance to ride. It was originally made as part of an Olympic venue, and it’s now a popular trip for tourists and locals alike.
It’s near two different stops on Oslo’s metro, which means you can sled all the way down and then take the train right back to the top. If you’re visiting Norway with your kids, this is something you absolutely have to try. As long as you check the conditions of the snow beforehand.
See Real Viking Artifacts
If you're a fan of longships, we have good news – you can see them and much more at the Viking Ship Museum in the capital city of Oslo. The most famous thing to see in this collection of history is the Oseberg boat – a real Viking longship that was said to be used as a burial vessel for Viking nobility.
There are a few other examples of Viking boats that are incredibly well-preserved thanks to the kind of soil they were buried in. You can also see a number of other items that have been found at those same graves.
Climb the World's Longest Staircase
Next to a building that used to be a power plant and is now a hostel (unique in its own right) is a set of wooden stairs that total four thousand, four hundred, and forty-four steps. Better warm up those quads, because they're going to be burning by the time you reach the top.
The town it's in, Lysefjord, has no roads (it's also been called a hamlet), and it's right next to a huge mountain that is a popular hiking spot. Still, to get up to the start of the trail you'll have to brave THE STAIRCASE. We wonder if it was an inspiration for a certain Led Zeppelin song.
Zipline Across a City
You can zipline in a lot of places, but how many of us have been able to do it in an urban environment, or at least close to one? If this is an interesting idea, head to Oslo and visit the Holmenkollen Jump Tower. It's a zipline that is three hundred and sixty-one meters long (over a fifth of a mile) and will drop you more than a hundred meters.
You'll be able to feel the rush of wind, watch the ground speed by under your feet, and get a wonderful view of the capital of Norway, all at the same time.
Try Some Really, Really Weird Foods
One of the best parts about traveling abroad is sampling the local diet. Norway is no exception, but some of their offerings go beyond weird. For instance, how about some salty licorice? Liking licorice is still a relatively rare thing (we're talking about real licorice here, not the cherry-flavored stuff) but salty? If you do like it, there's a good chance your family hails from one of the Scandinavian countries.
Brown cheese divides people, but it's still cheese, so some still enjoy it. Then there's sour cream porridge, which doesn't sound so bad, honestly. In fact, before they know what it is, most people really enjoy it.