Ski jumps, angry babies and black metal
Where you decide what comedian Danny Robins should see and do in a different city each month
"Get a metro up the mountain and go up Holmenkollen ski jump, then try the ski jump simulator!"
Viktor Friberg via Facebook "You have to know," I explain to my guide Nils-Erik as we hurtle 60m into the air in a lift, "that I have a profound fear of heights." Thanks to Victor's Facebook tip, I'm headed somewhere I never thought I'd find myself - the top of a ski jump. Visible from everywhere in town, Holmenkollen is Oslo's iconic landmark and the 360˚ view from the top is awesome, even for a scaredy-cat like me. But, of course, going up the jump was only half of Victor's tip. I also need to experience the ski jump simulator. As we climb into the seats, I nervously ask Nils-Erik if I'm likely to reacquaint myself with my lunch. "We've only ever had a problem once," he says, "and that was - how do you say? - a hen party, and they were already pretty far gone." As the sim starts, I give myself over to what someone more "gnarly" than me might describe as 100% pure adrenalin. I've been up the tower and now I know how it feels to come down it, like a virtual Eddie the Eagle. Totally rad, as the kids would say. www.holmenkollen.com
"Check out the angry baby in Vigeland's sculpture park"
@SnilleRunar via Twitter I love meeting people who've sent me tips, so I'm delighted to be recovering from my ski jump in a bar with @SnilleRunar, otherwise known as Norwegian stand-up comic Runar Nilsen. He's brought his friend Halvor, who owns the most famous cat in Norway (long story) and they're animatedly telling me about the angry baby. Apparently, I'd be mad to miss it. So, the next day, I take myself to Vigeland Park to see its hundreds of sculptures. Gustav Vigeland was Norway's most famous sculptor - he designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal - and the park is full of his work. The first thing you notice is they're all very naked; it's definitely not for the prudish. The second thing you notice is quite a few of them are doing extremely odd things, including a man who appears to be juggling babies. It's all deeply eccentric but rather brilliant and the sculpture of the angry baby is indeed very angry. www.vigeland.museum.no
"Experience some true Norwegian black metal"
James Dart via Facebook "You know you should really talk to Maniac..." OK, I'll be honest and say that when I meet a heavily tattooed man with multiple piercings called Maniac my first thought is "help!". But I'm in Oslo's finest black metal record store, Neseblod Records (or "Nosebleed" to you and me), and I figure I should go with the flow. Once, hunky boyband A-ha were Norway's biggest musical export, but now Norwegian black metal is huge around the world. Weirdly, what started as a shocking underground movement has turned into a tourist draw. There's even a black metal sightseeing bus trip a few times a year and Neseblod owner Kenneth tells me these days he's as likely to serve casual tourists as die-hard metal fans. It's Kenneth who introduces me to Maniac, former lead-singer with Mayhem. Luckily, Maniac is actually very friendly and polite. We have a nice chat about what black metal stands for ("misanthropy") and what it's like having so many facial tattoos. "It was a bit hard finding a normal job," he says. www.neseblodrecords.com I stayed at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Oslo. Check out the amazing views from the 34th floor bar and restaurant, www.radissonblu.com You can save money with an Oslo Pass - from 270 NOK (€36) for 24 hours - giving you free entry to museums, restaurant discounts, free public transport and more. The trams are fun! www.visitoslo.com Thanks people! Here are just a few more of the excellent Oslo tips you tweeted: "There's an ice bar where you sit on ice for 45 mins and have to wear a big fur cape" @lalisathompson "Read a Jo Nesbø book then go on one of the Harry Hole guided walks" @elliepooter "Take one of the boat trips from the piers in front of City Hall" @my0me "The Fram Museum - there's some excellent stuffed polar bears in there" @rafianimates
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