Be Camera-Ready in Oslo, Norway with These 3 Photo Ops

Dyna Lighthouse is an architectural example of Oslo's historic seafaring culture
Dyna Lighthouse is an architectural example of Oslo's historic seafaring culture

A contrast to the open waters of the North Sea, the Oslofjord, which leads to Oslo, Norway, is a sheltered tree-lined waterway that stretches 60 miles into Norway's southeastern coast. Forested coastlines, gentle hillsides dotted cottages, and picturesque inlets define the views. It's only natural to want to whip out a camera and capture all the things to see.

Although so many coves along the Oslofjord will inspire a snap, three distinctive landmarks — the Bygdøy Peninsula, the Dyna Lighthouse, and Huk Bay — provide particularly charming photo ops for travelers. Adjust your camera's settings and get ready to capture the maritime spirit of the Scandinavian north.

1. Bygdøy Peninsula

At the wooded Bygdøy Peninsula, a short drive or sail from downtown Oslo, Norway, the city's attractive maritime museums sit among grounds once used by the king of Norway for hunting. Though it's mainly residential, the peninsula houses several museums within lovely, park-like settings. Check out the seafaring stories of the Norwegian Maritime Museum or learn about polar exploration at the Fram Museum, home to a wooden ship that's said to hold the record for sailing the farthest north and south of any wooden ship. Look eastward outside the museums for a shot of the waters surrounding downtown Oslo and the beautiful homes along the shores.

2. Dyna Lighthouse

When viewing scene after iconic scene of the Norwegian Oslofjord, take a break from photographing the immense landscapes to focus instead on the architecture that embodies the historic seafaring culture of the inlet. A perfect example is the Dyna Lighthouse, or fyr in Norwegian, situated just south of the Bygdøy Peninsula. Although it currently houses a restaurant, the Dyna Lighthouse has historically guided vessels along Oslo's shipping lanes since 1874.

3. Huk Bay

Take a walk to the western side of Oslo's Bygdøy Peninsula to experience one more photo-worthy scene: the quiet waters of Huk Bay. A popular summer destination, the beach at Huk consists of a sandy cove, shallow waters, and rocks ascending above the water line that are perfect for climbing and sunbathing. Look across the waves for private sailboats and motorboats that Norwegians use for commuting and recreation. Take a deep breath, smell the sea, and capture that rejuvenating seaside feeling with the snap of your camera.

If you can't wait to see these beautiful Norwegian sights with your own eyes, start planning your Northern Europe cruise to Oslo and beyond!

Image Source: Flickr/André Torkveen