Oslo serves as the capital city of Norway and is one of Europe’s premier destinations for fun. You can find an abundance of exciting things to do in Oslo while enjoying some of the city’s top tourist spots. Using a detailed map of Oslo will help you find many of the city’s best places.…
Things to do in Oslo
Begin with a stroll through the popular recreation space that contains more than 200 examples of the sculptures by Gustav Vigeland and admire these weird and wonderful pieces. Nearby is the soaring ski jump at Holmenkollen—an eye-catching structure inspiring images of fearless athletes launching skyward.
Next, head to Bygdoy, a peninsula and popular recreation area for city dwellers looking for quieter surroundings, and visit 3 excellent museums. Stop by the Viking Ship Museum, offering insight into maritime history of the region, before you learn about the polar expanse in the Fram Museum. Finally, hear about the escapades of Thor Heyerdahl in the Kon-Tiki Museum.
Your Oslo adventure concludes with a refreshing cruise on the fjord. On this guided 2-hour cruise, see the breathtaking scenery the area is famous for as you admire the craggy cliffs decorated with evergreen forests plunging into the deep bays and inlets. Read More close
Bygdoy, a popular area of retreat for Osloites, is also home to 3 fascinating museums showcasing important aspects of local history. Begin in the Viking Ship Museum, where you can examine wonderfully restored examples of boats used in the Viking era—some of the best-preserved examples of their kind in the world.
The Fram Museum takes its name from one of the strongest polar vessels ever built and this captivating institution explores centuries of polar research. Given the proximity to the Arctic Circle, it offers an excellent chance to get in mindset of the brave explorers, scientists, and researchers such as Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, who launched their expeditions nearby.
Finally, head to the Kon-Tiki Museum, where the life's work of explorer Thor Heyerdahl is documented. Learn about his most notable achievement when he set out across the Atlantic Ocean in a reed boat in an attempt to discover how earlier civilizations might have fared on the high seas. Read More close
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2 hours 30 minutes
Oslo is an affluent city surrounded by natural wonders, as Norway is famed for its coastline and lush forests. Add a thriving café scene, endless shopping and entertainment options and you come to understand why the town attracts so many international visitors. Get your bearings following a local guide as you pedal along safe cycling paths to see the city’s highlights in a fun and relaxed manner.
Admire the medieval walls of Akershus Fortress overlooking the scenic Oslofjord. See the imposing red structure of the City Hall, where the annual Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is hosted. Ride down the elegant avenue of Karl Johans Gate, the city’s main thoroughfare. Then, arrive at the glorious Royal Palace, one of the many photo stops along the route.
Visit the leafy grounds of Vigeland Sculpture Park, which is famed for its more than 200 artworks, carved from bronze, granite, and cast iron. Conclude your adventure in the trendy waterfront districts of Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen. Marvel at elegant yachts in the marina and, if the weather permits, dare the crystal clear waters off of a bathing pier. Read More close
Depending on the season, board your boat or bus for a whistle-stop tour of the city’s top sights. As you travel through the center of Oslo, admire the mix of old and new buildings. Pause at the Vigeland Sculpture Park and examine the variety of installations—numbering more than 200—by Gustav Vigeland, one of Norway’s best known artists.
On the outskirts of Oslo, see the recently renovated Holmenkollen ski jump venue and imagine athletes launching themselves well over 328 feet (100 m) from the impressive slope. Next, head to the peninsula of Bygdoy, a popular recreation spot west of Oslo with several interesting museums, and enter the Viking Ship Museum for fascinating insight into the history of nautical exploration before returning to the city center. Read More close
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3 hours 45 minutes
Begin with a drive through the charming streets in the heart of Oslo as you proceed to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Here, admire the variety of statues and monuments by Gustav Vigeland in this outdoor gallery, a popular recreation space. Just outside the city, the soaring Holmenkollen ski jump dominates the skyline. Snap a photo as you imagine daredevils launching themselves into the air.
Head to Bygdoy—a peninsula just west of the city—a very popular area for leisure activities and well-known for its museums. At the Viking Ship Museum, gain insight into maritime history and learn about polar exploration at the Fram Museum. To conclude, visit the Kon-Tiki Museum to discover more about famed explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his legendary expeditions around the globe. Read More close
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4 hours 45 minutes
Purity, freshness, simplicity, and nature are the main themes in Oslo's thriving culinary scene. In a country of vast forests, stunning fjords, crystal-clear lakes, and the ocean, the food of Norway promotes a nutritious, healthy diet. Learn about the local cuisine as you walk off the city's beaten path with a professional guide.
Head to Mathallen, a lively food hall with more than 60 stalls of small-scale producers and organic farmers. Sample flavorful, rich cheese varieties, Norwegian honey, and knekkebrød (crispbread). Discover other local specialties, like berries with chocolate or aquavit sausages, and hear about local food heritage and how it's incorporated into New Nordic cuisine.
Visit a renowned restaurant, decorated like a rorbu (fisherman's house). The kitchen has a strong maritime focus, offering dishes like cod tongue, seagull egg, and even lutefisk (dried fish)—depending on the season. Conclude your culinary experience at a microbrewery, exploring the facility and tasting 3 craft beers. Read More close
Set sail aboard a meticulously preserved, traditional wooden boat, and glide peacefully on the calm waters surrounding Oslo. See the lush, historical island of Hovedøya, famed for its 12th-century Cistercian Monastery ruins and old military buildings and artillery. It's also a popular swimming and picnic spot for locals during the warm summer months. Pass by the pretty Dyna Lighthouse, rumored to hide a treasure vault.
A friendly and fun atmosphere rules the deck, where you can take part in various pirate activities. Create and send a message in a bottle, go for an exciting treasure hunt to hidden corners of the boat, get a pirate "tattoo" to show off your authentic look, and join in for a pirate dance. Snack on delicious waffles and buccaneer sausage in between the activities. Read More close
Start off at the Ibsen Museum, dedicated to Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen, which contains his refurbished apartment, with the lavish study where he worked. Then, head over to the 173-room Royal Palace, built in the early 19th century to house Norway’s monarch. After watching the changing of the guard at the Palace, amble on to the grand stone façade and bronze spires of the Akershus Castle, a medieval fortress built to protect Oslo in the 13th century.
Hop off at the Viking Ship Museum to see the ancient warriors' huge wooden ships suspended in the stark white tunnel of the gallery. For art lovers, marvel at the strange collection of statues in the Vigeland Sculpture Park, featuring 212 statues in bronze and granite. Muse on the statues' story of the human condition before enjoying stores and restaurants of Aker Brygge, a former shipping yard converted into a lively shopping district.
Route stops include:
- Oslo Cruise Terminal
- Oslo Opera House
- Oslo City Hall
- The Norwegian Parliament
- The National Gallery
- The Royal Palace & the Ibsen Museum
- The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
- The Vigeland Sculpture Park
- The Viking Ship Museum
- Christiania Square & Akershus Fortress Read More close
You can board at City Hall, the Opera House, Tjuvholmen, or the Bygdoy Museum Island—then you can simply hop on and hop off as many times as you like in 24 hours.
Soups and hot drinks are available to purchase at the bar, so you can sit back and relax on the lovely deck, and admire the stunning views outside.
With access to the 4 stops along the route, you're within walking distance of Oslo's best attractions, including:
- Nobel Peace Center
- Oslo City Hall
- The Opera House
- Bygdoy Museum Island
- Viking Ship Museum
- Norsk Folk Museum
- Kon-Tiki Museum
- Maritime Museum
- Holocaust Centre
- Polar Ship Fram Museum Read More close
Board a traditional wooden ship restored to its former glory and make yourself comfortable on the spacious open deck. Take in uninterrupted views of the city as you head out to the fjord for a musical cruise. Professional musicians perform well-known jazz (Wednesdays) and blues (Saturdays) classics as you nibble on freshly caught prawns.
See the lush, historical island of Hovedøya, famed for its ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian Monastery, as well as old military buildings and artillery. It's also a popular swimming and picnic spot for locals during the warm summer months. Pass by the pretty Dyna Lighthouse, home to a rumored treasure vault, and marvel at the charming holiday homes and revered museums of the Bygdøy peninsula. Read More close
Similarities between styles of two of the world’s greatest artists—Munch and Van Gogh—have been drawn many times over the years. Now is your chance to view their work side by side and form you own conclusions. Stroll through the Munch Museum admiring the magnificent artwork and listen as your guide discusses how the artists' connections spill over to their private lives, too.
With your artistic craving satisfied, continue the tour through the city center as you drive past the significant landmarks of Oslo. Once again your guide is on-hand to provide informative narrative. Conclude the tour with a trip to the summit of Ekeberg Hill, a wonderful spot to admire the view of the city, the fjord, and the stunning natural landscapes surrounding Oslo. Read More close
The fjord is lined with lush green vegetation and rolling hills. The best way to see this up close is by boat, so jump aboard the comfortable vessel as you sail out from Oslo Harbor. During your 2-hour cruise, you pass through narrow sounds, across bays, and along the coast dotted with magnificent homes and landmarks.
Listen as your English-speaking guide provides interesting facts and history about the fjord and the surrounding areas. This is a splendid way to enjoy a couple of hours during your Oslo trip, with some of the best views of the city to be discovered. Read More close
Discover the very best of Oslo with the freedom to plan your own itinerary and travel at your own pace. Follow in the footsteps of Edvard Munch and see his incredible The Scream painting, before exploring the history of the Nobel Prize at the Nobel Peace Center. Don't miss the fascinating Fram Polar Ship Museum, but make sure you venture to some of the lesser-known, but equally exciting attractions, such as the Holmenkollen ski museum and jump tower, and the National Gallery.
Travel with ease using the extensive public transport system, consisting of trains, buses, trams, and a metro system, plus the ferry boats to the inner Oslo Ford. Finally, enjoy discounts on a range of other activities and attractions. Your included guide to the city—including a map and detailed information on the attractions—is a handy way to plan your unique Oslo trip. Read More close
Board a bus for a convenient sightseeing tour of Oslo. Just outside the city center is the Vigeland Sculpture Park, a recreation space filled with more than 200 examples of works by the great Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Wander through the park and admire the variety of different pieces that differ widely in shape and size.
Given the popularity of alpine sports, no trip to Oslo is complete without visiting the prominent ski jump at Holmenkollen. Snap a photo of the arena and imagine daredevil athletes launching themselves into the sky. Then, drive back through the city as your guide provides interesting descriptions of landmarks you pass, wrapping an excellent overview of the Norwegian capital. Read More close
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Taking advantage of the long Scandinavian summers, head out into the open waters from the harbor and enter the picturesque Oslo Fjord. Sail along bays and across the maze of tiny islands. With lush forests and beautiful homes on the coastline, this really is a Nordic paradise.
During your scenic cruise you pass the striking modern Opera House complex, and—in complete contrast—the ancient stone fortress, Akershus. As you sail gracefully down the fjord, savor the delicious Norwegian shrimp buffet served on board the boat. Read More close