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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Oslo

Airs Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick's crew stands in front of a scenic view of the farthest point inland of Norway’s longest fjord — Sognefjord. After driving all day across Norway, from Oslo to the fjord country in the west, Rick and the crew descended from the mountains, and this was their very first fjord sighting.

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series RICK STEVES' EUROPE, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

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In this episode, Rick visits Norway. The proud spirit of the Norwegian people shines in every dimension of their capital city — from its once-fearsome Viking ships to its sleek new Opera House, from tales of World War II heroism to the constant festival of its thriving harborfront. Connecting with the culture, we enjoy art — from Vigeland's statues to Monch's scream — and cap things off by joining local friends for a sail on their fjord.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Oslo, Norway: Mix and Mingle

Above: Oslo's Karl Johansgate Boulevard is an easily-navigable pedestrian zone made for people-watching and tourists. While street musicians line the way, helping give the city a youthful pulse, the best opportunity to mingle with locals can be found in Vigeland Park. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: Oslo, Norway: Nature and Family Life

Above: Oslo is surrounded by a vast forest dotted with little lakes, idyllic huts, joggers, bikers, and sun-worshippers. Family values are taken seriously here, and Norway's social programs are particularly woman- and family-friendly. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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