and the views of the pretty countryside and coast. One of the best ways to visit Bygdøy is with the Oslo City Pass, which drops you off and allows free admissions to many of its must-visit museums, plus extras such as free public transportation in select zones, discounted meals, and more. Or explore the area as part of a full-day walking, biking, or Segway tour that includes additional city attractions. If you have more time, take a full-day tour that adds on a cruise in the fjord.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Bygdøy Peninsula is an ideal spot for nature lovers and small groups.
- Expect a full-day trip at the peninsula, so plan ahead.
- Bring a swimsuit if you want to brave the chilly waters.
- Enjoy the afés and seafood restaurants at Huk beach (a nudist beach) and Paradisbukta beach.
How to Get There
Bygdøy Peninsula is on the west end of Oslo, easily accessible by walking or public transportation.xa0From the Oslo Central Station, walk to Tollboden and take the Line 30 bus, which takes you directly to Bygdøy. You can also take the ferry at the quay behind the City Hall when it is available in the summer.
When to Get There
Come to the peninsula to enjoy the beaches and museums and to mingle with the relaxing locals, especially on weekends. During the summer, a ferry from the Oslo City Hall quayside is available. Visit the museums in the morning until the afternoon when they are less crowded then hit the beach and watch the sunset.
Bygdøy is home to the Neo-Gothic castle Oscarshall, the Holocaust Center and a smattering of important museums. The Viking Ship, Polar Ship Fram, Maritime and Kon-Tiki museums deal with Norway’s illustrious nautical heritage, while the open-air Norwegian Folk Museum delves into Norway’s cultural past through a collection of Sami national costumes from Lapland and some 150 reconstructed buildings including traditional Sami goahti and a magical 13th-century wooden stave church from Gol, a small town north of Oslo.
- Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)
- Kon-Tiki Museum
- Fram Museum (Frammuseet)
- Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)
- Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Astrup Fearnley Museet)
- Vigeland Museum (Vigeland Museet)
- Ibsen Museum
- Oslo Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)
- Oslo City Hall (Radhuset)
- Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)
- Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsanlegget)
- Karl Johans Gate
- Oslo National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet)
- Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke)