This is Oslo in Pictures

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These 23 photographs and one video perfectly capture Norway's capital city. Come with us on a visual tour of Oslo.

The biggest city in Norway, Oslo is home to more than half a million people. Yet it doesn't feel like it, with its waterfront location and green spaces around virtually every corner.

Oslo is already a very green capital city

While many tourists flying to Norway head straight to the fjords, it's worth spending a day or two in the capital.

Whether you're planning a visit or want to relive a previous trip, take a seat. These photos and video will give you a virtual tour of Norway's capital city. Let's kick things off with a video showing the best of Oslo through the main seasons of summer and winter. Which do you prefer?


Oslo is a curious mix of old and new. There's plenty of modern architecture, but history can be found too.

Whether it's by following the riverside path or heading to Gamlebyen to see some of the city's oldest buildings or checking out the many museums the city has to offer, Oslo has many stories to tell. You just have to look for them!

Read more: 10 Awesome Oslo Photo Locations

Now let's take a look at some photographs to give you a feel for all aspects of Oslo.

Oslo Travel Guide

The stony beach at Tjuvholmen, at the end of Aker Brygge, is just one aspect of the new-look Oslo waterfront.

Deichman library Oslo

The new Deichman library next to the Opera House is set to open in the next few years. Along with the relocated Munch Museum, it will complete the remarkable transformation of the area from motorway to cultural quarter.

Oslo Bjørvika

The Barcode development of offices, apartments and restaurants divides opinion, but has become a recognisable feature of Oslo's regenerated waterfront.

Blå Oslo

The Akerselva river winds its way through the heart of the city, with pedestrian access along much of the route. This picture shows the Blå nightclub, a popular venue for live music.

Aker Brygge waterside

Aker Brygge viewed from across the water. The development of the former Aker shipyard was the first step in the city's long term plan to revitalise the waterfront.

Vigeland Park gates in winter

The gates to the Vigeland exhibition in the winter time. Norway's most popular free tourist attraction, the sculpture park sits in Frogner Park and is open all year round.

Statues in Vigeland Park

Just some of the world-famous sculptures in Vigeland Park, many of which take human form.

Sculptures Oslo

Even beyond Vigeland Park, Oslo is a city full of statues and sculptures.

Tram in Oslo

The tram is a popular way of moving around Oslo, particularly to the Grünerløkka neighbourhood, pictured above.

An Oslofjord island

The islands of the Oslofjord are popular recreational areas for locals and tourists alike. Just 5-15 minutes by passenger ferry from the mainland, each of the islands offers something different.

Sunset from Oslo Opera House

The Opera House is one of the best places to watch an Oslo sunset. During the day, visitors can even walk up to the roof and take in the spectacular views across the city and the fjord.

Karl Johans gate

Karl Johans gate is arguably the main street of all of Norway. It links Oslo Central Station with the Royal Palace via the Parliament building, and some of Oslo's most exclusive shopping.

Oslo's Kvadraturen district

Sandwiched between Karl Johans gate and the fortress, Oslo's Kvadraturen district used to have a dodgy reputation, but these days is best known as a thriving business district.

The unique city hall architecture

The City Hall's distinctive architecture.

Inside Oslo City Hall

A peek inside the Oslo City Hall, which is well known for its collection of artworks.

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump stands tall above Oslo, so much so that it can be seen across much of the city. Just take a look at the picture below and see if you can spot it!

Guarding the Oslofjord

Cannons stand guard over the Oslofjord from Akershus Fortress. In the background, the distinctive curved roof of the Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen can be clearly seen.

Guarding Akershus Fortress

Guards watch over visitors at the Akershus Fortress, which remains an active military site to this day.

The Norwegian Cultural History Museum

One of the outdoor exhibits at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, one of many excellent museums on the Bygdøy peninsular.

Cruise ship visiting Oslo

A cruise ship in dock at Oslo. In addition to the daily ferry services to Denmark and Germany, large cruise ships call at the Norwegian capital throughout the year. Many continue on to the fjords and/or northern Norway.

Bicycle parking spaces in Oslo

Quirky bicycle parking near Oslo Central Station.

The Angry Baby of Oslo

Oslo's very own angry baby, in the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

What's your favourite part of Oslo?

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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3 thoughts on “This is Oslo in Pictures”

  1. Grünerløkka, which was “off limits” when I lived in Oslo back in the mid-1980s. I was–and still am–a bit partial to Majorstuen.

  2. Slottesparken …..I used to play there a lot when I stayed with my Mormor. The view from the palace down the city is fabulous too!

  3. Well, I walked a lot in Oslo… I love the whole City… but if I have to choose a place, well, I choose the quiet residential area near the Viking Museum, I can´t remember the name of that area, near the water, with all nice white houses


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