Lonely Planet namedrops Oslo in world top ten
Oslo has made it to the top ten must-visit cities around the world for 2018, according to the travel publisher Lonely Planet, but only just.
Having named in previous years Nordic destinations like Gotland, Greenland, Sweden and all three Baltic countries, Lonely Planet has opted for Oslo to take tenth place in its latest much-reported edition of cities to visit in the coming year.
Admitting that Oslo has in the past been “eclipsed by stylish Scandi neighbours” like Copenhagen and Stockholm, the publisher says the 50th wedding anniversary of King Harald and Queen Sonja is one reason to book a trip to the Norwegian capital next year.
“Expect fanfare and pageantry aplenty, along with a packed calendar of events – civic, culinary and cultural,” the travel company writes, adding that visitors “really couldn’t pick a better year to visit” than 2018.
VisitOslo, the city’s official tourist guide, has seized on the recommendation.
“To be chosen by Lonely Planet is a great honour. This would never have happened without our hard-working tourism industry. There is so much positive energy in Oslo these days and we look forward to bidding more visitors welcome,” administrative director Christian Lunde told the newspaper Aftenposten.
Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit in 2018:
1. Seville, Spain
2. Detroit, USA
3. Canberra, Australia
4. Hamburg, Germany
5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
6. Antwerp, Belgium
7. Matera, Italy
8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
9. Guanajuato, Mexico
10. Oslo, Norway