Barcode, Oslo (picture @ Unsplash)

On the pier of Bjørvika in Oslo is the ‘Munch Museum‘, the parallelepiped erected on this fjord by Juan Herreros and Jens Richter, authors of the museum’s thirteen floors with 1100 paintings, 18000 graphic compositions, more than 4500 drawings and watercolours, in which one can truly immerse oneself in the abysses of Norway’s iconic artist. The new ‘Munch Tower’ is 60 metres high and is clad with perforated and recycled aluminium panels offering different levels of luminosity. After completing the tour, one sits down for a coffee in the three convivial spaces, ‘Munch Deli & Café’, ‘Bistro Tolvte’ and ‘Kranen Bar’, inside this structure that juts out into the water. The ‘Holmenkollen Ski Jump‘, a futuristic ski jump ramp, also houses a museum displaying 2,500 pairs of skis that belonged to the nation’s most famous athletes (including the royal family) for a 4,000-year journey through the history of this means of transport and recreation: a special place is set aside for the heroic explorer Roald Amundsen, the first to reach the South Pole. Not forgetting that an hour’s train ride away is the ‘SNØ‘ indoor ski resort. In the former port and container warehouse area of Sørenga, there are now new residential buildings, an exciting water front for strolling, the Sea Water Pool for swimming while looking at the skyscrapers of Barcode with their silhouettes reflected in the water, the silhouette of the Opera House and the Akershus fortress, which has protected the city since the end of the 13th century. The conversion has gone green: Vippa, the warehouses where goods from all over the world were stored, is now a food hall with facades continually transformed by murals offering eleven food stands with only sustainable food. Nordic cuisine can be sampled at Kontrast, for example, which uses only local ingredients, renewing the menu every day. But the most exclusive experience is at the tables of ‘Maaemo’, which has earned three Michelin stars thanks to its entirely organic choice of herbs, spices, fish, small fruits and meat. At the ‘Oslo Fjord Sauna’, it is possible to jump into the fjord for a daring swim, once you have left the sauna vapours and the pool from whose portholes you can admire fjords and islands. The passion for sports to be practised in nature is confirmed by the success of the morning yoga sessions organised by ‘Brim Explorer’ on its silent, electrically powered boat. The new ‘National Museum‘ at Brynjulf Bulls plass, not far from Oslo’s City Hall, is made of slate, marble, bronze and oak wood: designed by ‘Kleihues + Schuwerk Architects’ in a brutalist-minimalist style, it has managed to halve its greenhouse gas emissions despite its impactful structure. In its 86 rooms, thousands of works are exhibited, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, design objects, clothes: and there is of course him, Edvard Munch.