Idyllic Christmas atmosphere in a former military base? It might sound like an odd combination, but wait until you see the winter darkness fall upon Akershus Fortress and the golden light beam from the large Christmas tree.
Built in the late 13th century, the medieval castle of Akershus overlooks Oslo harbour. Having been used as a military base, it’s now a museum that sits on a hill with other historic buildings such as Norway’s Resistance Museum and Akershus Castle Church.
For one weekend, families can try their hand at baking traditional pepper cakes, listen to stories from times gone by and join Christmas workshops or the elf school.
And why not take the chance to visit the museums here too, that feature some unique exhibitions about the country’s military and cultural history – from the Vikings to the present day?