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The Norwegian capital is a beautiful European city known for its museums, maritime history and vast unspoiled landscapes.

With its cultural attractions, cafés and nightlife Oslo has the atmosphere and energy of a large metropolis, while at the same time having a closeness to nature that gives the city a fresh and relaxed charm. The Norwegian capital is a compact city at the northern end of a fjord, backed by untouched forests with numerous lakes and hiking trails.

Oslo is perhaps one of the most expensive cities in the world, but do not let that put you off from visiting. The city offers possibly the best quality of life in Europe, if not the world, and one of the best urban environments you’ll ever find.

From the raids of the Vikings in Northern Europe to the legendary expeditions of Roald Amundsen and Thor Heyerdahl, Scandinavian adventurers have contributed to the rich maritime history of Oslo. Immerse yourself in the city’s maritime heritage with a visit to Bygdøy, the nearby peninsula that many of the city’s top museums call home.

Travel thousand years back in time and visit 9th Century ships in the Viking Ship Museum. Go to Frammuseet and step on the deck of the ship that took Amundsen to the South Pole. And make sure to visit the Kon-Tiki Museum, other example of the adventurous spirit of Norway; here you will find the homemade vessel that Thor Heyerdahl and five companions used to sail thousands of kilometres across the Pacific Ocean.

The inhabitants, surrounded by such lush greenery and beautiful fjords, love the outdoors, but the city also has a well deserved reputation as a centre of culture. Every year there are thousands of performances, exhibitions and events in the city’s many clubs, concert halls and museums. Enjoy an opera or ballet performance at the Operahuset and see works by leading Norwegian artists in the City Hall of Oslo and the Oslo Domkirke.

Most attractions can be found in the centre of Oslo, where you can get around easily on. Rather use public transportation? Then consider buying an Oslo Pass. This allows you unlimited travel by tram, bus, subway, train and ferry, and you can also visit many museums for free. It also gets you discounts at some restaurants and entertainment venues.

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Where to stay in Oslo

Oslo City Hall featuring a city, an administrative building and a bay or harbour

Oslo City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(394 area reviews)

Travellers choose Oslo City Centre for its fascinating museums. Hop aboard the metro at Christiania Torv Tram Station or Wessels Plass Light Rail Station and check out top sights like Oslo Opera House.

Oslo City Centre
Oslo featuring outdoor art

Frogner

5/5Exceptional!(20 area reviews)

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

Frogner
Oslo Winter Park featuring snow skiing and snow as well as an individual male

Holmenkollen

Travellers choose Holmenkollen for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Voksenlia Station or Voksenlia T-Bane and check out top sights like Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

Holmenkollen
Grunerlokka, Oslo, Norway

Grunerlokka

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Grunerlokka. Spend some time visiting top spots like Mathallen Oslo, and catch the metro at Olaf Ryes Place Light Rail Station or Schous Place Light Rail Station to see more of the area.

Grunerlokka
Toyen, Oslo, Norway

Toyen

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Noted for its museums and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Toyen. Top attractions like Munch Museum and Oslo Botanic Garden are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Toyen T-Bane or Toyen Station to see more of the city.

Toyen
Oslo Opera House featuring modern architecture, theatre scenes and night scenes

Gamle Oslo

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

Shopping, restaurants and museums highlight some notable features of Gamle Oslo. Make a stop by Oslo Opera House or Munch Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Oslo Hospital Light Rail Station or St. Halvards Place Tram Station to get around town.

Gamle Oslo

Top hotels in Oslo

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
4 out of 5
Holbergs Gate 30, Oslo
The price is £100 per night from 20 Nov to 21 Nov

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Cultural History and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (900 reviews)

"Loved the view of the city from our room. Breakfast included was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
Scandic Victoria
Scandic Victoria
3.5 out of 5
Rosenkrantzgate 13, Oslo
The price is £71 per night from 19 Nov to 20 Nov

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parliament and Nobel Peace Center. Royal Palace and Aker Brygge are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,109 reviews)
Air-conditioning problem and low quality breakfast

"It could be much better if they could serve warm breakfast even in Corona time,i think it is not a big deal it can be safe and easy ,the second problem that i had was air-conditioning system ,i was noisy and i was not sble to adjust the temperature i couldn't even turn it off"…"

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2020

Scandic Victoria
Clarion Hotel The Hub
Clarion Hotel The Hub
4 out of 5
Biskop Gunnerus Gate 3, Oslo
The price is £127 per night from 12 Nov to 13 Nov

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oslo City Shopping Centre and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Nobel Peace Center are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,280 reviews)
Nice staffs, nice place if you’re visiting Oslo.

"Tha staffs was really amazing. The place was close to malls, restaurants and the tram. I stayed for one night, but I will definitely book here again!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2020

Clarion Hotel The Hub
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Oslo

Saga Apartments Oslo
Saga Apartments Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Holmboes gate 8, Oslo

Located in Majorstua, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of CAK Center for African Culture and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and University of Oslo are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (532 reviews)

"Friendly staff, well-equipped kitchenette, good security and option for express checkout. A great location for easy access to wide range of shops, eateries and trams, coach & train services."…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019

Saga Apartments Oslo
Anker Apartment
Anker Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Kobenhavngata 10, Oslo

Located in Grunerlokka, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Black Box Theater, Munch Museum and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Royal Palace are also ...

3.6/5Good! (922 reviews)

"Very comfortable and clean apartment."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Anker Apartment
The APARTMENTS company - Parkveien
The APARTMENTS company - Parkveien
3 out of 5
Parkveien 4, Oslo

Located in the heart of Oslo, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Bislett Stadium and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (402 reviews)

"Great place, amazing customer service. For sure a nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

The APARTMENTS company - Parkveien
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Oslo

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

We have walked to all the attractions, not a big distance between all of them, the city is very beautiful and the food even better :-)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Feb 2020

So Great! Public transportation was so good and punctual! The city overall was amazing with so much to do and see

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Get the Oslo card. We got the 72 hour pass which covered all transport, and all our visits except for the Opera House tour - and there are a lot of museums to see - we certainly got our moneys worth.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

Very clean, expensive for food and alcoholic beverages.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

It's expensive!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Exoensive buy a great place to visit

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