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Top attractions in Oslo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the life of Edvard Munch - the most celebrated Norwegian artist. This is also the site of the famous theft of The Scream.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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- 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
We sat in the bow near the band and it was a lot of fun interacting with them and the other passengers in that area. The variety of music was wonderful and the vocals had a true jazz character. Arrive early enough to ensure a seat near the band in the bow. The cruise is close enough to shore to enjoy the waterfront Norwegian architecture as well as spectacular views of the port and the city. This cruise is a perfect jumping off point to orient yourself to the Oslo fjord and be wonderfully entertained at the same time. I will take the cruise again for sure.
The sightseeing tour was aboard an old, but immaculately maintained wooden sailing schooner(?). The crew was very polite and motored the boat around the fjord with great skill. The commentary was minimal and I would have liked more details about the history, natural history as well as the flora and fauna that live in around the fjord. Being October, it got quite chilly aboard, but the crew brought out mounds of blankets to wrap up in, and supplied yummy warm drinks. The wooden folding chairs were rickety and uncomfortable but no one seemed to mind.
Overall fantastic day. The tour was lovely. Our lovely guide gave us a very nice introduction on Oslo’s History and general Norwegian ways of life before starting our island hopping Tour. I really loved that we used the public boat. It made me feel like a local:) . Even though our group was relatively big, our guide made us feel like we were all friends and she managed to have that personal touch with everyone. A real talent! I would recommend to anyone this tour be one of the first things you do when visiting Oslo.
It was really nice to explore Oslo with Olivier. His guide is well structured, fun and engaging. At each location of the tour he made sure we are feeling good. He was listening to our interests and adapted his topics and the journey accordingly. This tour was enough for us to get the feeling of Oslo and it brought to us a new, interesting perspective.
Martin and Nino were just fabulous guiding us through three islands on the Oslo fjord. The walks were very informative and interesting. Fortunately we had fantastic weather and some members of our group made the most by having a dip in the fjord. Would surely recommend this activity.