Things to do in Oslo, Norway

Welcome to the vibrant city of Oslo, where modern architecture seamlessly blends with rich history, creating an atmosphere that’s both cosmopolitan and steeped in tradition.
Whether you’re a culture buff, a foodie, or an outdoor enthusiast, Oslo has something to offer for everyone.
So, let’s dive into the heart of Norway’s capital and explore some of the best things to do and places to eat to make your trip unforgettable.

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Things to do in Oslo, Norway

Fun things to do in Oslo

Oslo is a very walkable city, especially the city center and waterfront. There are tons of fun things to do throughout the year.

Opera House

Opening times:
Entry fees:
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Kickstart your Oslo adventure with a visit to the iconic Oslo Opera House.
This architectural marvel not only offers breathtaking views of the city but also hosts world-class performances.
Don’t forget to take a leisurely stroll on its slanted roof, offering panoramic vistas of Oslo’s skyline.

Damstredet

For a step back in time, wander through the charming cobblestone streets of Damstredet.
Lined with colorful wooden houses dating back to the 18th century, this area is a photographer’s paradise. Immerse yourself in Oslo’s history as you explore this quaint neighborhood.

Aker Brygge and Akershus Fortress

Indulge in some waterfront leisure at Aker Brygge, a bustling area filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade or visit the nearby Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle offering stunning views of the Oslo Fjord.

KOK Sauna

After a day of exploring, unwind like a true Norwegian at KOK Sauna. Nestled on the shores of the fjord, this traditional sauna offers a relaxing retreat with panoramic views of the surrounding nature. It’s the perfect place to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Söndagsmarket

Dive into Oslo’s vibrant food scene at Söndagsmarket, a bustling market featuring local artisans, food vendors, and live music. Sample traditional Norwegian delicacies or pick up unique souvenirs to take home.

Fjord cruise

No trip to Oslo is complete without experiencing the beauty of the Oslo Fjord. Hop on a fjord cruise and sail past picturesque islands, lush forests, and charming coastal villages. It’s an unforgettable way to see Oslo from a different perspective.

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The best restaurants and cafes in Oslo

Oslo is a food lovers paradise with cuisines from around the world, from typical Scandinavian indoor markets and street food to fine dining.

Mathallen

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Foodies rejoice at Mathallen, Oslo’s premier food hall offering a tantalizing array of gourmet delights. From artisanal cheeses to freshly baked pastries, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

Oslo Street Food

Yummy rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤
Must try:
Fish Tacos

For a more casual dining experience, head to Oslo Street Food. This vibrant food market showcases a diverse selection of international cuisines, perfect for sampling flavors from around the world.

My Ugly Baby

Yummy rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤
Must try:
Smash donut

Indulge in innovative cocktails at My Ugly Baby, a cozy bar known for its creative libations and laid-back atmosphere. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or just looking for a refreshing drink, this hidden gem won’t disappoint.

HIMKOK

Yummy rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤

Venture off the beaten path and discover HIMKOK, Oslo’s first craft distillery and cocktail bar. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients, and soak in the hip ambiance of this trendy hotspot.

Vippa Food Court

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For a taste of Oslo’s multicultural cuisine, head to Vippa Food Court. This vibrant market features a diverse selection of street food vendors serving up everything from Korean BBQ to Venezuelan arepas.

SALT

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Experience the best of Nordic cuisine at SALT, a cozy restaurant specializing in traditional Norwegian dishes with a modern twist. Situated in a historic warehouse by the waterfront, it’s the perfect spot for a memorable dining experience.

Mamma Pizza

Yummy rating: 🤤🤤🤤
Must try:
Veggie Pizza

Craving a slice of Italy? Look no further than Mamma Pizza, a popular pizzeria serving up authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. With its cozy atmosphere and mouthwatering pies, it’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Where to stay in Oslo

As always, the best area to stay depends on what you want to see and do.
Luckily Oslo is very walkable, so if you stay centrally it’s easy to get around.

BUDGET

Citybox Oslo

For budget-friendly accommodations without sacrificing comfort, check out Citybox Oslo. This stylish hostel offers dormitory-style rooms and private suites, ideal for solo travelers and groups alike.

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Mid-Range

Scandic Oslo City

Conveniently located in the heart of Oslo, Scandic Oslo City offers comfortable accommodations and modern amenities, making it the perfect base for exploring the city.

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Luxury

Camillas Hus

A charming boutique hotel nestled in the historic district of Frogner. With its cozy atmosphere and personalized service, it's the perfect home away from home.

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How to get to Oslo, and getting around

Getting to Oslo is easy, with direct flights from major cities around the world to Oslo Airport Gardermoen. From the airport, you can take the Airport Express Train, Flytoget, which will whisk you to the city center in just 20 minutes.

Once in Oslo, getting around is a breeze thanks to the city’s efficient public transportation system. Trams, buses, and the metro network provide easy access to all corners of the city, making it simple to explore attractions and neighborhoods.

More helpful travel tips for visiting Oslo

The best time to visit Oslo

Oslo is a great destination year-round. In spring (March to May), enjoy blooming flowers and outdoor activities with milder temperatures and fewer crowds.

During summer (June to August), you can experience long daylight hours, outdoor festivals, and boat tours, but expect higher prices and larger crowds.

Fall (September to November) offers stunning foliage and fewer crowds, while in winter (December to February) you get to enjoy fun activities like skiing and ice skating, and visit Christmas markets.

What to pack when traveling to Oslo

Oslo experiences four distinct seasons, with cold winters and mild summers.
Be sure to pack accordingly, especially if you plan on visiting during the winter months.

Also, to fit everything nicely into your suitcase or backpack, use packing cubes!
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Travel costs to help you budget

Depending on how you travel, and where you want to splurge vs save, costs for visiting destination vary.

Overall, while Oslo may be on the pricier side compared to other European cities, careful planning and budgeting can help you make the most of your visit without breaking the bank.

Transportation

Single ticket:
36 NOK

24-hour pass for unlimited travel within zones 1 and 2:
105 NOK

Accommodation

Budget:
200-500 NOK per night

Mid-range:
800-1500 NOK per night

Luxury:
2000 NOK per night

Foods & drinks

150-500 NOK per meal

Admission fees

100-200 NOK per person

Travel Tip:
Many museums offer discounted or free admission on certain days or for specific age groups, so it’s worth checking in advance.

Don’t forget about travel insurance!

Better to be safe than sorry, so don’t forget your travel insurance before heading to Norway.

Last but not least, do you need a visa?

European passport holders can enter and travel within Norway freely without any time limit.

Thanks so much for reading my travel guide about the best things to do in Oslo!
I hope it inspires you to plan your own adventure in this beautiful city.

God tur (safe travels in Norwegian),
Nadine

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