Explore Bygdoy: its museums, beaches, monuments and more!

Bygdøy is a peninsula in the western part of Oslo with plenty of things for visitors to enjoy. The magnificent hiking trails has made Bygdøy a popular escape destination ever since the 1800s. Bygdøy was an island until the 1600s, but uplift, sedimentation and filling have gradually connected it to the mainland. Dyna Lighthouse is also on Bygdøy and provides a beautiful venue for parties.

The popular beach near Huk has several volleyball courts and also a great restaurant. You can visit some of the country's most popular museums and board the Polar Ship Fram to see how the crew lived during the arduous voyages in the Arctic Ocean.

You can visit Oscarshall Castle, which is considered to be one of the most important Neo-Gothic buildings in Norway. You can also visit Vikingskipshuset, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum, to name just some of the museums here. Bygdøy’s close proximity to the capital means that many of those travelling to Bygdøy also visit the numerous sights on offer in Norway’s capital, Oslo.

On Bygdøy, you can hire a bike to explore the many trails or find a hidden spot on the beach to sunbathe for the afternoon. The beach gets busy when the weather is good so make sure you arrive early to pick the best spot. Be aware that several places on Bygdøy are protected, especially with two nature reserves in the area.

Gardermoen is the closest airport; from here, you can easily travel to Oslo by public transport. There are regular buses from Oslo to Bygdøy as well as a ferry. Hire a car if you want to travel around and explore the area at your own pace.

A holiday in Bygdøy is a calm and relaxing break from the hectic city life in nearby Oslo. You can enjoy magnificent hikes in beautiful scenery along the seafront. The many museums also provide fantastic cultural activities for your holiday in Bygdøy.

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Museums, Beaches and Monuments

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Where to stay in Bygdoy

Frogner
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Frogner

Museums, Cafés, Tours

Museums, cafes and shopping highlight some notable features of Frogner. Make a stop by Aker Brygge or Vigeland Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Skillebekk Light Rail Station or Skarpsno Light Rail Station to get around town.

Skoyen
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Skoyen

Museums, Walking, Rafting

Check out the museums while you're in Skoyen. Hop on the metro at Skoyen Light Rail Station and Thune Light Rail Station to see top sights like Gustav Vigeland Sculpture Park and Vigeland Museum.

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Top hotels in Bygdoy

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Exclusive Condo Near the Beach at Bygd
Huk Aveny, 58e, Oslo, Oslo

Situated in Oslo, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Viking Ship Museum. Kon Tiki Museum and Fram Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Exclusive Condo Near the Beach at Bygd
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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
4 out of 5
Sonja Henies Plass 3 Postboks 9206, Oslo
£139/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (6,965 reviews)

Located in Oslo City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Oslofjord and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke) and Oslo Opera House are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6,965 reviews)

"Location is excellent, walking distance to all the sightseeing spots. Staff is friendly and helpful. The decoration of the room is beautiful. But there is a minor problem of the washroom. There is no cover for the shower area of my room. Once someone took a shower, the whole washroom, turn completely ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
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Citybox Oslo
3 out of 5
Prinsensgate 6, Oslo
£57/night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4/5Very Good! (2,452 reviews)

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Cinemateket and Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Mini Bottle Gallery and Norwegian Customs Museum are also ...

4/5Very Good! (2,452 reviews)

"Automated check in was unusual but speedy. Very small room (as described in the booking). Very comfy beds and floor heating in bathroom. Shower head was broken but promptly exchanged after they were notified."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

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Popular things to do in Bygdoy

Viking Ship Museum
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Viking Ship Museum

This large hall is the permanent dock of three great Viking ships that may have once brought terror to northern Europe.

Fram Museum
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Fram Museum

Experience an ice tunnel and step inside a famous ship to see how Norwegian explorers survived the coldest places on Earth.

Kon Tiki Museum
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Kon Tiki Museum

This museum founded by explorer Thor Heyerdahl houses homemade vessels that took him on historic voyages across oceans.

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

This vast open-air museum contains original buildings from more than six centuries of Norwegian history, including a medieval cathedral and farmhouses.

Norwegian Maritime Museum
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Norwegian Maritime Museum

This archive of old boats and marine artifacts emphasizes the importance of the sea to Norway’s prosperity and culture.

Oslo Opera House
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Oslo Opera House

The home of the Norwegian National Ballet and Opera is a large marble and glass edifice that resembles a glacier rising out of the water.

Top activities in Bygdoy

Best of the City Full-Day Tour & Fjord Cruise
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Best of the City Full-Day Tour & Fjord Cruise

£68

For a tour that showcases the best that Oslo has to offer, look no further than this full-day trip and take in all the significant sights! Admire the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump, amazing artwork in Vigeland Sculpture Park, local history in the city's most representative museums, and the area's stunning natural beauty on a relaxing 2-hour fjord cruise.

Oslo Pass
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Oslo Pass

£41

Oslo is a capital city in continuous development. You can discover the history of the city at the Akershus medieval fortress and at the same time see great development projects in the “Barcode” are in Bjørvika.

Oslo Panorama Tour - Holmenkollen & Vigeland Sculpture Park
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Oslo Panorama Tour - Holmenkollen & Vigeland Sculpture Park

£27

If you are short on time, this tour of Oslo is the ideal solution to seeing the best the city has to offer! See the most significant landmarks in the city centre, snap a picture of the stunning Holmenkollen Ski Jump, and admire the striking artworks of Gustav Vigeland.

Oslo Selected Highlights Tour including Kon-Tiki Museum
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Oslo Selected Highlights Tour including Kon-Tiki Museum

£41

Discover some of Oslo's top highlights on this 4-hour tour as you visit sites of cultural, historical and sporting interest across this charming capital city.

Marvelous Oslo Self-Guided Audio Tour
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Marvelous Oslo Self-Guided Audio Tour

£17

The magical city of Oslo is Norway’s capital and most populated city. On this audio tour you will learn about its ancient history of Norse Kings, the Great Fire, the Millennial Jubilee and see the famous Nobel Peace Prize Centre.

Oslo Discovery Tour with certified guides and modern coaches
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Oslo Discovery Tour with certified guides and modern coaches

£46

Set off for a premium tour of Oslo including the top attractions of the Norwegian capital, an expert local guide and modern coach transportation.