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Oslo
Travel Guide

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

It may not be the cheapest city in Europe, but this Scandinavian metropolis pulls its weight when it comes to culture, natural beauty and quality of life.

Oslo combines all the facilities of a vibrant capital city with the tranquil beauty and laid-back charm of a country town. Picturesquely positioned at the northern end of the Oslofjord, this compact metropolis is encircled by unspoilt countryside, offering plenty of opportunities for walking, hiking, sailing or camping just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

Norway’s rich seafaring tradition is apparent everywhere in Oslo, from the bloodthirsty battles of the Vikings to the daring polar explorations of Roald Amundsen and the pioneering ethnographic voyages of Thor Heyerdahl. Three immaculately preserved Viking vessels can be admired in the Viking Ship Museum, while Heyerdahl’s tiny hand-made raft in which he made his historic Pacific crossing is on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum.

Amundsen beat Scott to the South Pole in a ship specially designed to withstand extreme conditions. Find out how he and his party survived the rigours of the Antarctic at the Fram Museum on the Bygdøy Peninsula. The nearby Norwegian Maritime Museum will complete the picture with a fascinating overview of two centuries of local seamanship.

The cultural scene is alive and well in Oslo with something for every taste, from the buskers in fashionable Aker Brygge to the international stars on the stage of Oslo Opera House, a stunning new building on the waterfront at Bjorvika.

During the summer months in particular there’s a lot going on throughout the city. Take a walk in the Palace Park to watch the colourful ceremonials of the Royal Guard outside the palace, or take a guided tour of the state rooms to admire its lavish interior. The open-air exhibits at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History will introduce you to six centuries of domestic life in the city and countryside of Norway.

Most of the main attractions are centrally situated, so transport won’t be a problem. Take your time to explore on foot, or buy an Oslo Pass for unlimited travel on the excellent public transport network, as well as free entry to many museums and other useful discounts to help eke out your budget.

Where to stay in Oslo

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
4 out of 5
Hotelveien, Gardermoen, Ullensaker
The price is Rs11,360 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Situated in Ullensaker, this eco-friendly hotel is within 32 miles (52 km) of Norway Trade Fairs, Oslo Opera House and Munch Museum. Oslo Spektrum and Nobel ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,531 reviews)
"Great hotel"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Grand Hotel Oslo
Grand Hotel Oslo
5 out of 5
Karl Johansgate 31, Oslo
The price is Rs15,113 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Oslo City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karl Johan Gate, Nobel Peace Center, and Royal Palace. Oslo Spektrum and Aker Brygge ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)
"Everything was perfect - the room, the service, the staff."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

Grand Hotel Oslo
Citybox Oslo
Citybox Oslo
3 out of 5
Prinsensgate 6, Oslo
The price is Rs5,707 per night from 11 May to 11 May
This family-friendly Oslo hotel is located in the shopping district, just steps away from Karl Johan Gate and Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Jernbanetorget and Byporten ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,949 reviews)
"Everything eas very good. Clean, Comfortable, modern, iņ the Centeri."

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Citybox Oslo
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.
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Lakkegata 3, Oslo
The price is Rs6,229 per night from 28 May to 28 May
Located in Oslo City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Intercultural Museum and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Munch Museum are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (428 reviews)
Dust and fire alarms went on
"The room was very dusty, and on our last day the fire alarm went on at 6 am. It lasted for about 15 minutes before it turned off and it no one was reachable to contact in the hotel. No apology, no clarification, nothing."

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Saga Apartments Oslo
Saga Apartments Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Holmboes gate 8, Oslo
The price is Rs9,279 per night from 13 May to 13 May
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! (553 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
Forenom Serviced Apartments Oslo Rosenhoff
Forenom Serviced Apartments Oslo Rosenhoff
3.5 out of 5
Trondheimsveien 154, Oslo
The price is Rs10,350 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Sinsen, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Black Box Theater and Munch Museum. Oslo Opera House and Oslo Spektrum are also within 3 ...
3.7/5Good! (44 reviews)
"Managed from afar. For the money if on a budget good although weekends many younger (uni age) party so for a family not so good. Transpo links on the doorstep great to get around the city, The customer service staff respond immediately .. Make sure you have laptop/or tablet/or smart phone as the ..."

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

Forenom Serviced Apartments Oslo Rosenhoff
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

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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

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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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