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31 Worthwhile Things to Do in Oslo

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I by no means was an enormous fan of Oslo, principally as a result of by Norwegian requirements, it’s type of ugly. And to me Norway is all about lovely views.

Whereas Oslo was established in 1048, it was solely Norway’s capital briefly within the 1300s after which not once more till 1814. Plus after a fireplace devastated Oslo in 1624, the town was truly moved barely west, so immediately you gained’t discover the identical wealthy historical past right here as you do in Bergen or Trondheim.

And so each time individuals requested me the place to go in Norway, I might say which you could’t go improper anyplace in Norway, however perhaps keep away from Oslo. It’s an exquisite metropolis for locals, however most overseas vacationers come to Norway for the unimaginable views, which isn’t actually Oslo’s robust go well with.

I imply sure, Oslo is surrounded by lovely nature and there are such a lot of parks and inexperienced areas proper by the town, however the panorama is nowhere close to as spectacular as that surrounding Bergen, Tromsø, Ålesund, or oh my goodness Bodø.

However my coronary heart has lastly warmed to Oslo.

Once I lived in Telemark I might often go to Oslo a minimum of a few occasions a month, however after shifting up north 5 months in the past I didn’t go to Oslo as soon as – till this previous weekend! And wow was it good to be again.

Whereas I nonetheless in all probability wouldn’t think about Oslo a must-visit on any Norway journey, in case you are planning a while within the metropolis don’t fear, you’ll discover tons to do right here. I assumed I’d share a few of my prime ideas for issues to do in Oslo, and I’ve been stunned by how lengthy the listing has turn into.

I began taking notes on my telephone whereas wandering the town over the weekend and it appeared like each 5 minutes I used to be pulling out my telephone so as to add one thing else, which have to be a superb signal!

Um additionally I’m visiting my good friend Danielle in New York proper now and completely misplaced my reminiscence card someplace in her room, so I’ll have so as to add the photographs I took over the weekend later once I can entry them.

Stroll up the roof of the Oslo Opera Home

Whether or not you’re arriving by practice, or bus, you’ll virtually undoubtedly begin your Oslo journey at Oslo Central Station. And proper subsequent to the station occurs to be probably the most well-known websites in Oslo: the Oslo Opera Home.

I keep in mind when it first opened in 2008 and it felt like a milestone for the town. Oslo was lastly turning into cool. And truly it’s loopy to assume how a lot Oslo has modified within the decade since then. Principally in good methods!

Go for a prepare dinner and dip at KOK

KOK is a brand new floating sauna established in 2017, now with two sauna boats. You possibly can loosen up within the sauna docked throughout from the Opera Home, after which for those who’re courageous (and you have to be) you possibly can take an icy dip within the fjord!


One other new place in Oslo that includes all capital letters, SALT is a nomadic restaurant/artwork/sauna challenge that has already been in Nordland and Bergen, and now it’s in Oslo till 2020. It options three saunas, artwork exhibitions, a café, live shows, a market, and different occasions. It’s all very hip and thrilling.

Take a ship journey down Oslofjord

I really like experiencing Norway from the water, and whereas Oslofjord isn’t the kind of dramatic mountainous fjord that Norway is legendary for, it’s all the time good to get out on the water! There are a bunch of tour boats that depart from close to Oslo Station, like this 2-hour sightseeing cruise.

Kayak down Oslofjord

One other enjoyable solution to get out on the water in Oslo is to go kayaking. Once more there are a number of tour choices, like this Three-hour kayaking journey.

Eat dinner on a ship down Oslofjord

There are a couple of tour choices right here the place you’ll be able to even have dinner on a ship, like this Three-hour buffet on picket boat crusing via the fjord in Oslo.

Go to Akershus Fortress

Proper by the harbor you’ll discover Akershus Fortress, a medieval citadel that now serves as a museum. It has good views of each the town and waterfront and I all the time see plenty of households right here on sunny days.

Have a drink and chew at Vippa

A few yr in the past I used to be telling a lady in Sweden how a lot I want Gothenburg to Oslo, and she or he was identical to, however Gothenburg doesn’t have Vippa!

Vippa is a classy meals corridor proper on the water throughout from Akershus Fortress, and it truly is the nicest place to eat or have a drink on a sunny day. It’s additionally nonetheless somewhat bit off the crushed path – or at the least I’ve solely heard Norwegian being spoken there.

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Aker Brygge

In case you hold strolling across the harbor previous Vippa you’ll ultimately get to Aker Brygge, with plenty of outlets and eating places proper on the water.

That is an particularly in style spot within the summertime, as you possibly can eat recent seafood outdoors proper by the water.

Island hop round Oslofjord

From Aker brygge you’ll be able to take a ferry to the totally different islands round Oslofjord with a daily public transport ticket or an Oslo Cross. You possibly can go to Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen and Langøyene, and in the event you’re visiting on a pleasant summer time’s day it is best to undoubtedly convey your swimsuit for a dip within the fjord!

Stroll down Karl Johan

If somebody solely has a couple of hours in Oslo, say earlier than getting a practice to Bergen, I all the time at the least advocate that they stroll down Karl Johan, Oslo’s essential purchasing road, which ends with the Royal Palace. You’ll be able to retailer your baggage in baggage lockers at each the bus terminal and central practice station, after which Karl Johan begins from proper outdoors the practice station.

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Replenish on the Freia Retailer

You’ll in all probability discover the large Freia signal on Karl Johan, and for those who don’t know what it means, oh my goodness you’re in for a deal with, actually. Freia is a Norwegian chocolate firm, most well-known for the Freia milk chocolate bar and Kvikk Lunsj (like a Package Kat, however don’t ever say that to a Norwegian).

The manufacturing unit is definitely in Grünerløkka, however there’s a store on Karl Johan the place you should purchase the chocolate bars for barely cheaper than in most tremendous markets.

Most individuals who’ve visited me in Norway selected to purchase Freia milk chocolate as presents for individuals again residence, so if you wish to do the identical this can be a great spot to do it! Otherwise you may be like me and wait to purchase it at Obligation Free on the airport after which eat half of them in your flight. Want that weren’t a real story, haha.

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The Royal Palace

After which on the finish of Karl Johan you’ll see the Royal Palace, which is the residence of the king of Norway. Individuals are all the time stunned by how shut you will get to the palace. I imply principally it looks like you can stroll up and knock on the door to see if the king is house.

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Have a cocktail at HIMKOK

Himkok is Oslo’s “hidden” speakeasy, which is kind of humorous as a result of truly it’s in all probability Norway’s most well-known bar and craft distillery.

Frogner Park + Vigeland Sculpture Park

Frogner Park is the most important park in central Oslo, and you need to undoubtedly, undoubtedly come right here in the event you occur to be in Oslo on a phenomenal sunny day, particularly in the summertime.

However even when the climate isn’t nice Frogner Park is value visiting to see the Vigeland Sculpture Park part, which could simply be Oslo’s hottest attraction. The park has over 200 of Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures, a few of that are really weird.

Viking Ship Museum

For those who’re into Vikings (I imply, you ought to be), then undoubtedly take a look at the Viking Ship Museum, the place you’ll be able to see preserved Viking ships and different artifacts.

Kon-Tiki Museum

In ninth grade my English class needed to do oral studies on a nonfiction guide and I selected Kon-Tiki, and after I gave my report everybody was like, um Silvia, you have been supposed to decide on a nonfiction ebook. As a result of that’s how unbelievable Thor Heyerdahl’s epic raft journey throughout the Pacific Ocean in 1947 was.

And on the Kon-Tiki museum in Oslo you’ll be able to study all about Heyerdahl’s adventures.

Norwegian Nationwide Gallery/Museum

Most individuals go to the Nationwide Gallery to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream, which is now shifting to the brand new Nationwide Museum to be opened in 2020.

Munch Museum

Talking of latest museums, the Munch Museum just lately opened in Oslo and reveals over half of Munch’s work.

A bunch of different museums

To be trustworthy I’m usually not an enormous museum individual, so I haven’t been to many in Oslo (and when I’ve I’ve in all probability spent most of my time sulking on a bench someplace). However in case you are into museums you’ll love Oslo!

Take the tram up out of the town to Nordmarka

One of many nice issues about Oslo, and each Norwegian metropolis actually, is that wherever you’re within the metropolis you’re solely a brief public transport experience away from some lovely nature.

A pleasant solution to get out of the town is to journey the tram as much as Hollmenkollen, which is the beginning of Nordmarka, Oslo’s essential outside leisure space. You can begin hikes or cross-country snowboarding from Tryvann and Frognerseteren and also you gained’t even know you’re in Norway’s largest metropolis.

Holmenkollen Ski Leap

And when you’re up at Hollmenkollen you need to take a look at the ski bounce. The Holmenkollen Ski Bounce presents among the best views over Oslo, plus it even has just a little ski leaping museum so that you can study extra concerning the sport.

I really like seeing ski jumps in actual life as a result of it’s so loopy when to consider individuals truly flying off of them – they’re so excessive!

Stroll alongside the Akerselva river

If you wish to expertise a quieter aspect of Oslo, you would stroll alongside the Akerselva river, which can take you by previous business buildings that now home cafés and galleries, in addition to by way of lovely items of nature proper within the metropolis. Most individuals begin from Maridalsvannet Lake, which is eight kilometers from downtown Oslo. It’s a few two hour stroll, however you’ll be able to break it up by stopping in a café or two in your means.

Take an electrical scooter round city

For those who’re not into strolling I might sometimes advocate renting a motorcycle, however now the recent new journey in Oslo is the electrical scooter! You’ll discover these scooters scattered all through downtown Oslo, and you may lease one for a 10 kroner unlocking payment + 2 per minute. Simply obtain the VOI app and comply with the directions to unlock an out there scooter.

Take a strolling tour

In the event you actually need to benefit from your time in Oslo, you might take a strolling tour. There are such a lot of on supply, like this 2-hour strolling tour, this 2.5 hour hipster tour, and even this 7-hour grand tour and fjord cruise.


Grünerløkka is Oslo’s hipster neighborhood, with numerous small unbiased boutiques, classic buying, cafés, eating places, bars, and music gigs.


Then you possibly can cross the river at cease by Mathallen, Oslo’s meals corridor with numerous native dishes on supply. It’s a bit touristy, however if you wish to pattern a couple of several types of Norwegian dishes that is good.

Have an affordable + scrumptious meal in Grønland

After which after Grünerløkka you’ll be able to head over to Grønland for some meals.

Grønland is considered one of my favourite areas of Oslo, due to all of the superb meals. You’ll discover plenty of Indian and Center Japanese eating places, and the meals is surprisingly low cost – for Norway. I hold going again to Punjab Tandori to fulfill my Indian meals cravings.

Damstredet and Telthusbakken

My largest grievance about Oslo is that it doesn’t have the stunning cobblestone alleys and colourful picket homes of most different Norwegian cities. Besides truly it does.

In Damstredet and the close by Telthusbakken you’ll be able to see some previous 18th century picket houses. It actually doesn’t even really feel like being in Oslo, despite the fact that it’s nonetheless within the metropolis middle.

That is additionally an excellent in style spot for Instagram photographs, in case you’re into stuff like that.

Go to Ibsen and Munch’s graves at Vår Frelsers

And when you’re at Damstredet you may as nicely cease by Vår Frelsers the place notable Norwegians like Ibsen and Munch are buried.

I’m not an enormous fan of museums and have a tendency to not get as excited as I in all probability ought to about seeing well-known artistic endeavors in actual life, however oh my goodness do I really like seeing the place these well-known artists have been buried. I hope that’s not morbid. I imply, clearly it’s.

Christmas markets

After which in fact in the event you’re visiting Oslo round Christmastime you must take a look at the Christmas markets! I’ve written extra concerning the Oslo Christmas markets right here.

christmas in winterland oslo


And in the event you’re questioning the place to remain in Oslo, I’ve additionally written an enormous information to my favourite Oslo lodging choices.



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