On the seventh day of Christmas... Visit Oslo
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Every year since 1947, Oslo has donated a Christmas tree to the people of Britain in a message of thanks for their support during the Second World War. A 60-year-old spruce is shipped across the water, having been felled from somewhere deep in the Norway’s sprawling forests. It seems appropriate that the job of providing Christmas trees for such an illustrious place falls to Norway. Although Lapland – Santa’s home – is in neighbouring Finland, Norway and Christmas seem inextricable. The capital Oslo is well worth visiting for a festive holiday. In fact, few countries would be nicer at this time of year. It does help if you like the outdoors. All Norwegians, so the saying goes, are born with skis on their feet, which must be an alarming thought for pregnant mothers. The capital’s suburbs have some incredible ski slopes, including Holmenkollbakken, host of the 1952 Winter Olympics. There are other popular sights, such as Korketrekkeren, ‘The Corkscrew’ a toboggan run you can take the metro to, slide down, and then take the metro back to the top again. The beautiful snow is thick and solid in winter, which makes rides pretty speedy. The Corkscrew’s vertical descent of 255 meters is not for the faint-hearted.
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