With three days in Oslo, you’re lucky to have plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights, get out onto the waters of the fjord, and head out of town into the surrounding countryside. Here are a few ways to experience the very best of Oslo in 72 memorable hours.
Day 1: Sightseeing and Culture
Start your Oslo visit by exploring the city’s top sights, such as City Hall and Akershus Castle, on a guided tour by bus, Segway, or (like the locals) bicycle. Some tours also go beyond the city center to the soaring Holmenkollen ski jump and the famed sculpture park of Vigeland. Alternatively, set your own itinerary with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour, spending as long as you like at each stop before continuing on the route.
Make the most of your stay and save money by booking a Visit Oslo Pass. It grants free admission to the city’s most important cultural attractions, including the Munch Museum (home to the world-famous painting The Scream), the Nobel Peace Center, and the Kon-Tiki Museum, which is dedicated to the 1947 Norwegian expedition to Polynesia. The pass also includes free public transit for the length of your pass’ validity.
Day 2: Explore the Fjord and Food Scene
Get a different perspective on Oslo by sailing through its shimmering fjord on a sightseeing cruise. Soak up the views of the waterfront area, home to attractions such as the elegant Oslo Opera House and the skyscrapers of the Barcode district. Also see the forested hills around the city, plus the little islands that dot the fjord and are home to the summer homes of well-to-do Oslo residents. Alternatively, exert some energy on a kayak tour. Paddling through the fjord offers a close-up view of the nature that surrounds the city and the opportunity to stop at small island beaches.
Afterward, immerse yourself in Oslo’s rich culinary heritage and learn about cutting-edge New Nordic cuisine on a guided food-themed tour of the capital’s gastronomic hot spots. Alternatively, a beer- and cheese-tasting tour takes you to the busy Mathallen food hall and local pubs for local cheese, meat, and beer sampling.
Day 3: Experience the Countryside
Even with just one day to spare, it’s possible to get out of the city and explore the surrounding Norwegian countryside. On a full-day tour from Oslo you can hop on the Bergen railway to Myrdal, from where you ride the scenic Flåm Railway through the beautiful valley of Flåmsdalen, cruise down the UNESCO World Heritage–protected waters of Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord, visit Gudvangen, and see other charming villages that dot the landscape. Skip the hassle of trip planning by booking a self-guided tour that combines the convenience of a guided tour with the freedom of independent travel.