The Akershus Complex in Oslo


The sprawling Akershus Castle and Fortress is a great place to discover Oslo’s history. The major complex was begun in 1300, finished in 1308 and extended through the 17th century.

It was built principally to defend the city against attack from Sweden. State events are still held in the beautiful ballrooms and the grounds provide the venue for summer concerts and theatrical performances. The Royal Chapel and Royal Mausoleum are open to the public.

The Akershus Complex in Oslo
Aksershus Fortress was built principally to defend the city against attack from Sweden

Related: The Swedish Invasion of Norway

In the fortress, the Armed Forces Museum covers Norwegian military history from the Viking period on, and provides a fascinating insight into Norway’s relationship with neighboring Denmark and Sweden over the centuries.

Related: The Haunted Attractions in Oslo

The Akershus Complex in Oslo
Norway Resistance Museum

Just outside the castle, the Norway Resistance Museum, located at the place where Resistance members were executed by the Gestapo, gives a clear and detailed account (with English labels) of the mense and moving story of occupied Norway.

The Akershus Complex in Oslo, written by Tor Kjolberg

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Journalist, PR and marketing consultant Tor Kjolberg has several degrees in marketing management. He started out as a marketing manager in Scandinavian companies and his last engagement before going solo was as director in one of Norway’s largest corporations. Tor realized early on that writing engaging stories was more efficient and far cheaper than paying for ads. He wrote hundreds of articles on products and services offered by the companies he worked for. Thus, he was attuned to the fact that storytelling was his passion.