As the country’s capital and biggest city, Oslo offers a wide variety of sights, activities and experiences to suit all tastes.
Oslo is top of the list for most international visitors, not least because the vast majority of international flights arrive here. No trip to Norway would be complete without at least a day spent exploring the streets and waterfront. Our Oslo travel guide gives you everything you need to enjoy the country’s capital.
The city is surrounded by water and forest, so in the summer there are awesome hiking, biking, and sailing opportunities, while in the winter you are never more than a 20-minute public transport ride from a cross-country ski trail.
Top things to do in Oslo
Start your Oslo trip planning with this handy guide to the top sights in Oslo:
Vigeland Sculpture Park: More than 200 of Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures in bronze, granite and brought iron are on display in the park, which Vigeland himself designed. Truly a unique place worthy of an hour of anyone’s time.
Oslo Opera House: Italian marble and white granite come together to create this striking piece of architecture, the centrepiece of the city’s waterfront redevelopment. See a performance, or just walk on the roof and take in the views.
National Gallery: Famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch has a room all to himself within this vast collection of art. There’s also plenty of work from French impressionists that influenced Norwegian artists over the years.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump: Rebuilt in 2011 and now a world-class sporting facility, Holmenkollen is a true icon of not just Oslo, but the entire country. You can pay to visit the museum and climb the tower, or just explore the arena for free.
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Museums in Oslo
Some of the country’s most famous museums are based in the capital, although many of them are actually over on the upscale Bygdøy peninsular. Here you’ll find the popular Viking Ship museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and several maritime-themed museums. The peninsular is within easy reach of central Oslo by bus, or by a summer-only ferry from in front of the City Hall. Read more about the best museums in Oslo.
Where to stay
Oslo’s accommodation has improved immeasurably over recent years, both in terms of quality and quantity. Thanks to a recent slew of budget hotels, a weekend or week’s stay in Oslo is now more affordable than ever. Check out our Oslo hotel reviews to help you make your accommodation choices, or click here if you’re ready to book.
As much as there is to see and do in the capital, there are so many great places within easy reach by bus or train. If your itinerary allows for it, consider one of these day trip recommendations, such as the fjordside town Drøbak or a stroll round the immaculate old town of Fredrikstad.
Before you visit Oslo, here’s a quick checklist of important things to consider:
- Guidebook: The Moon Norway guidebook is the most up-to-date on the market
- Accommodation: Book your hotel in advance and save money
- Travel Insurance: Don’t run the risk of travelling to Norway without adequate cover
- VPN: Secure your smartphone’s internet connection while you travel
- Tours & activities: Save money by pre-booking tours & activities