OsloNorway

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

Oslo featuring outdoor art

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 theatre scenes and modern architecture

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clarion Hotel The Hub
Clarion Hotel The Hub
4 out of 5
Biskop Gunnerus Gate 3, Oslo
The price is Rs11,970 per night

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oslofjord and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Nobel Peace Center are also within 1 mile ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
Perfect Location

"easy access to central station, within walking distance to all of Oslo’s hotspots, and the staff is more than willing to help."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Clarion Hotel The Hub
Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget
Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget
3 out of 5
Møllergata 26, Oslo
The price is Rs4,754 per night

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oslo Spektrum, Oslo Opera House and Nobel Peace Center. Munch Museum and Aker Brygge are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (933 reviews)

"I loved that this hotel tried to be as zero waste as possible! Comfy beds, clean room, great shared space downstairs. Did my laundry very quickly. My shower door was off of the track when we checked in, so housekeeping overlooked that. Also, we had no hand soap so we used shampoo to wash our hands. ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget
Scandic Victoria
Scandic Victoria
3.5 out of 5
Rosenkrantzgate 13, Oslo
The price is Rs6,565 per night

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

4.2/5Very Good! (1,054 reviews)

"Convenient location for central Oslo. Easy to walk to tourist sites. Easy for transport to airport. Good breakfast. Room was very hot when first arrived. Quiet room."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Scandic Victoria

Popular places to visit in Oslo

Oslo Opera House
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Oslo Opera House

4.5/5(132 reviews)

Stunning architecture and superb performances make this cultural powerhouse an unmissable part of your Oslo adventure.

Viking Ship Museum
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Viking Ship Museum

4.5/5(107 reviews)

See three ancient Viking craft that have been remarkably preserved for posterity.

Oslo Winter Park
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Oslo Winter Park

4.5/5(14 reviews)

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.

Aker Brygge
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Aker Brygge

4.5/5(133 reviews)

This disused wharf has been transformed into a lively promenade filled with shops, restaurants and bars.

Munch Museum
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Munch Museum

4/5(65 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at Munch Museum, a popular museum in Oslo. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this culturally rich area.

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Indoor and outdoor displays bring you face to face with six centuries of urban and rural life in Norway.

Reviews of Oslo

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Top Destination

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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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