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10 must see places to visit in Olso

Trimmed by fjords and forests, Oslo is an excellent city break whether you like bustling nightlife or bunking outdoors. Sightseeing here means museums, galleries, and Scandinavian design. Whether you have a long trip or a short tour, check out our guide.

National Art Museum Oslo

Start your visit with one of the most famous artworks in the world: Munch's The Scream. The museum also has Norway's largest collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Royal Palace Oslo

Royal Palace Oslo

Guided tours of the Royal Palace Oslo are available in the summer and cost 85 to 95 Kroner. Tours last an hour and take in the state rooms, parlors and banqueting halls.



Hop around beautiful small islands, through shining blue water - this is the stuff Norway is famous for. 24-hour ferry tickets are a good option for a day of sightseeing.

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House

Home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, you can tour this striking building in English throughout summer, or in Norwegian all year round. Offers lovely water views.

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

This medieval castle, built around 1290 to protect Oslo and Norway, is beautiful inside and out. One of the best things to do in Oslo if you love history or historic buildings.

Munch Museum
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Munch Museum

Learn about the life of Edvard Munch - the most celebrated Norwegian artist. This is also the site of the famous theft of The Scream.

Frogner Park

Frogner Park

Less tourism, more relaxation. View the Vigeland Installation, and many other sculptures, or simply spend a few hours in peace, surrounded by nature. Take the no. 11 tram.

Oslo Spektrum
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Oslo Spektrum

This impressive stadium is the place to see big-name music acts in Oslo. You'll need to book in advance, so best to plan your trip around their schedule, not vice versa.

Margareta Kyrkan - The Church of Sweden

This quaint church was built at the start of the last century as tribute to the many Swedish settlers in Oslo. An example of neo-classical architecture, it's open each morning.

The Fram Museum

The Fram Museum

Dedicated to Polar explorations, this maritime museum is a favourite with kids, who love exploring the huge ship. In summer, catch a ferry from City Hall for a themed journey!

Planning Your Oslo Visit

How much cash do I need in Oslo?

Oslo is a famously pricey city, where a pint of beer can cost 50-60 NOK (8€). However, many of the public museums are free and the Oslo Pass will cover your transport, many attractions, swimming, walking tours and discounts. Take perhaps a third more currency than you would use throughout Central Europe.

When should I visit?

Spring and summer are the best times, weather-wise (try March to August). You will also get to experience the famed nighttime sun and super short nights in August. Try to avoid winter, when Oslo can be dark most of the morning and afternoon, making it difficult for tourists to decide what to do!

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Norwegian Krone (kr)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+1:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    From March to August the temperatures are comfortable and mild, and the days are the longest they are all year. It's also a great chance to experience the midnight sun!

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What people are saying about Oslo

Enjoyed HOHOFF and especially the boat ride.

The King of France was in town so traffic was awful in city center. Waited thru 3 stoplights just to move a foot forward. HOHOFF is the way to go to see the city. The lady commentator on the boat tour spoke in three languages. I was impressed. Get off at Nyven Canal and have a hot dog and beer. Much fun. Then hop back on and continue.

Oslo: Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Carol, 09/04/2018

Very nice guides ! Beautiful landscapes!

Very nice guides, Josh and Curtis, friendly and fun! Beautiful landscapes of the Islands. It was good to meet nice people of diferent countries in the same tour. I recomend it to all, including families.

Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour Reviewed by Alexandra, 08/26/2018

Beautiful boat and vistas. Good food and drink. Complimentary blankets

Great excursion on a beautiful boat! The boat tour was not too long and not too short. Shrimp buffet was good, even though it was wasted on my wife and kids who don't like shrimp. Norwegians are always prepared for cold weather. The boat is stocked with blankets for the guests, and after an hour we needed them because we didn't bring jackets. They also served hot chocolate, along with beer and wine. Opportunity to talk to other people or keep to yourself. Highly recommended.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise Reviewed by Thomas, 08/20/2018

Amazing experience, beautifully hosted and well priced. Buffett was

Amazing experience, beautifully hosted and well priced. Buffett was delicious. Definitely recommend.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise Reviewed by Clay, 07/24/2018

Viking Museum delivers Viking story brilliantly!

As we wandered this museum, we had a sense of wonder at what the Vikings accomplished in their time. The careful re-construction of these magnificent Viking sailing vessels - the size and workmanship of these men and women - all tell the story of the scope of what the Vikings influence on the known world. My favorite experience was viewing the media presentation showing what the Vikings did and their lives in the known world of their time. It conveyed who the Vikings were and what they did. The presentation left a lasting impression.