Things to do in Oslo

Activities, attractions and tours
Oslo Opera House which includes modern architecture, a city and theatre scenes

Oslo Attractions

One of Europe’s greenest capitals, Oslo is home to a wealth of architectural gems, a great variety of buzzing bars and restaurants and some of the best museums and galleries on the continent. As well as a dynamic city centre Oslo boasts easy access to Norway’s stunning countryside, making it easy to get out and explore lakes, forests and hills during your stay in the city. What’s more, on top of a beautiful setting and spectacular cityscape, Oslo is home to a mouth-watering cuisine, great shopping and a diverse population, ensuring there’s plenty to explore during your Norwegian adventure.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Oslo

Sentrum – The centre of Oslo is home to the city’s tallest buildings, its train station and Oslo’s main harbour. Having undergone major redevelopment over the last few years, the area is a now a great destination for a waterside stroll, with a number of cultural institutions located in the district.

Bygdøy – Also known as ‘Museum Peninsula’, Bygdøy is home to five of the city’s best museums. The area boasts beautiful forests and parks as well as its very own beach. Enjoy a day of culture in Bygdøy or simply amble through the district’s beautiful homes and undulating landscape.

Majorstua – One of the more affluent parts of Oslo, Majorstua offers a vibrant downtown, fantastic shopping areas and beautiful period architecture. Head to this lively district for a day of retail therapy, a tasty meal or a memorable night out.

Grünerløkka – The trendiest part of Oslo, Grünerløkka is home to quirky boutiques, independent cafes and restaurants and lively bars. Visit the district’s weekly antiques market or enjoy an alternative night out in one of Grünerløkka’s eclectic watering holes.

Things to See in Oslo

Oslo’s impressive sights are spread across the city, though most are located within a short walk from the central district. One of the most famous landmarks in the city is the Royal Palace. The colossal early 19th century structure has 173 rooms and is open for tours throughout the summer months. Other prominent sights in Oslo include the medieval Akershus Fortress, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and Oslo Opera House which was awarded the title of Best Cultural Building at the World Architecture Festival in 2008.

Things to Do in Oslo

Thanks to the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city, and its wealth of museums, restaurants, bars, shops and historic sights, there’s more than enough in Oslo to keep you happy during your stay. Learn more about Norwegian culture and history in the museums in Bygdøy, explore the independent shops and bars of Grünerløkka or get out of the city to hike, bike or kayak in Oslo’s beautiful countryside. In the summer months, the lakes, islands and fjords that surround the city are perfect for wild swimming while the city’s bike hire scheme makes it easy to explore the sights and attractions of Oslo on two wheels.

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1. Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House is the largest cultural center built in Norway since the beginning of the 14th century. It has three stages and more than 1,000 rooms. Visit the site to see a performance or marvel at the building’s architecture as part of a guided tour.
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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.

2. Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum exhibits three boats from a time when Norway’s Vikings were pillaging and plundering their way across Europe. These well-preserved ninth-century vessels were discovered between 1867 and 1903 and named after the places where they were found.
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This large hall is the permanent dock of three great Viking ships that may have once brought terror to northern Europe.

3. Oslo Winter Park

Perched high on Oslo’s Tryvann slopes, Oslo Winter Park looks out over the city. It is the favored local ski spot for residents of Norway’s capital. Hit the slopes at this beautifully maintained city resort and explore a wide range of runs, exciting terrain parks and an impressive superpipe open to the public. Visit Oslo Winter Park to combine the city lifestyle with alpine excitement.
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Carve tracks on perfectly groomed runs and watch daredevils on Norway’s Olympic superpipe at this stunning resort area a short distance from central Oslo.

4. Akershus Fortress

Akershus Festning (Akershus Fortress) is a magnificent construction along the seafront of Oslo, the capital of Norway. It’s one of the most distinctive symbols in the city and a place with great historic importance. Explore an outstanding fortress, a castle, several museums, the Royal Mausoleum and other impressive construction dating back to the 17th century. It’s also the main venue for official functions of the Norwegian government.
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See one of the finest and most beautiful cultural spots in Norway, with a fortress, museums and other buildings where many important historical events took place.

5. Kon Tiki Museum

The Kon-Tiki Museum is dedicated to the dreams and research of legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. He sailed across oceans in primitive vessels to prove that people could have traveled from one continent to another in ancient times.
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This museum founded by explorer Thor Heyerdahl houses homemade vessels that took him on historic voyages across oceans.

6. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History encompasses an indoor museum and an open-air museum of more than 150 buildings. Sit in an art deco lounge, enjoy the tranquility of a wooden cathedral and visit farms from different periods of Norway’s history. The buildings have been relocated from many parts of the country and restored. The purpose is to show how people lived throughout the past 600 years.
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This vast open-air museum contains original buildings from more than six centuries of Norwegian history, including a medieval cathedral and farmhouses.

7. Nobel Peace Center

The Nobel Peace Center is a high-tech showcase of the life, work and philosophies of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Walk through a glowing field of LED displays and interact with screens to gain insights into the thoughts of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and others.
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This museum uses interactive installations and immersive technologies to showcase ideals of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

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