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Welcome to Oslo

The urban heart of Norway, Oslo is packed with world-class art museums, cozy cafes, and head-turning architecture. Walking tours, guided bike rides, and hop-on hop-off buses are among the best ways to explore the Norwegian capital’s cultural highlights, which include Vigeland Museum, Aker Brygge shipyard, Akershus Fortress, and the Viking Ship Museum. Another popular way to explore Oslo is through its food; the burgeoning culinary scene draws foodies from the world over. The city’s proximity to nature also makes it a popular jumping-off point for cruises around Norway’s fjords and forays to Bergen and Tromso.

Top 10 attractions in Oslo

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Oslofjord

Oslofjord

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Norway’s cosmopolitan capital lies at the head of Oslofjord, a narrow body of water 68 miles (107 kilometers) in length that leads out to the strait of Skagerrak and eventually to the Baltic and North Seas. The fjord’s islets are its main attraction, home to sandy beaches, cycling and hiking routes, and historic lighthouses.More
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Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

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Impressively designed by architectural firm Snøhetta, and made from white granite and marble and evocative of a floating glacier, the Oslo Opera House is a widely recognized landmark in Oslofjord. Home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, it boasts a magnificent auditorium and complementary performance spaces for a variety of musical and dance performances.More
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Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsanlegget)

Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsanlegget)

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Comprising of more than 200 bronze, granite, and cast iron sculptures by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park is the world’s largest such complex made by a single artist. Located within Frogner Park, it is also one of Oslo’s top attractions, drawing more than a million visitors a year.More
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Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)

Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)

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Set on the banks of Oslo Fjord, Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)—also known as Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning)—was built in 1299 as a residence for Norway’s royal family. Over the years it has served as a fortress to protect Oslo against sieges from rival Swedish forces, as a Renaissance castle, and as a full-fledged 19th-century prison.More
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Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

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Set on Oslo’s Bygdoy Peninsula, the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset) houses an extensive collection of Viking-era artifacts discovered around Oslo Fjord. The museum is best known for its Viking ships, which have been painstakingly reconstructed and elegantly displayed in pristine white galleries.More
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Karl Johans Gate

Karl Johans Gate

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Stretching from Oslo Central Station to the Royal Palace, Karl Johans Gate is Oslo’s main thoroughfare. Named after King Charles III John, the street is home to many of thexa0city’s top attractions, including the Royal Palace, Stortinget, National Theatre, Central Station alongside pubs, restaurants, and a variety of shops.More
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Oslo Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)

Oslo Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)

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Oslo’s neoclassical Royal Palace was designed by architect Hans Linstow and built in the early 19th century for King Charles III, who reigned over a united Norway and Sweden. Today it is the official city residence of King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja, and is open during the summer for guided tours of some of its 173 palatial rooms.More
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Oslo City Hall (Radhuset)

Oslo City Hall (Radhuset)

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Clad in heavy red bricks, the Oslo City Hall is impossible to miss in central downtown Oslo. The administrative seat of the City Council, the building may look simply functional, however, it houses important murals and artworks from celebrated Norwegian painters and sculptors. Here, within its stately walls, the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held.More
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Kon-Tiki Museum

Kon-Tiki Museum

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In the splendid Kon-Tiki Museum, experience the incredible seafaring feats of the explorer and ethnographer such as his legendary expedition from Peru to Polynesia in 1947. The museum displays the very balsa wood raft he used as well as a variety of boats and other artifacts from the famous groundbreaking journeys.More
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Fram Museum (Frammuseet)

Fram Museum (Frammuseet)

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This highly recognizable pyramidal structure on the Bygdøy Peninsula is dedicated to Norwegian polar exploration and houses the most famous Norwegian polar-exploration boat of all time, the icebreaker Fram, which explore polar regions from 1893 to 1912, and extraordinary features images from the daring explorations of the great Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oslo

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A great choice!
Madhu_A, Mar 2020
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
It was a great way to see Oslo from the water.
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Absolutely Fabulous Tour!
Miriam, Feb 2020
Winter Bike Tour in Oslo
You see the most important places you need to see in a short time frame but are never under stress!
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Oslo fjord
akikobuyo, Jan 2020
Winter Cruise on the Oslofjord
I was able to see Oslo fjord & other sightseeing places from the cruise ship.
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Would recommend!
Diana N, Jun 2019
2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise
It was great to see Oslo from the water and get a little history of the city.
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Excellent way to see Oslo during cruise port stop
Dianne_C, Jun 2019
Oslo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The stops were in great locations to the main tourist attractions (we went to the Viking Museum and Vigeland Park) so having this option available to us made our day in Oslo wonderful.
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Very enjoyable cruise trip. It was...
Kurtcobain, Mar 2017
2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise
It was interesting to see the Oslo Fjord and the little islands surrounding the city.
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Oslo is a beautiful city and touring...
Steven J, Aug 2017
River Bike Tour in Oslo
Oslo is a beautiful city and touring by bike was a fun and easy way to see the sights.
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Great way to see the city certainly...
John_H, Sep 2017
Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights
Great way to see the city certainly a different experience for me.
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The best decision to visit this...
Lourdes_P, May 2018
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The best decision to visit this city.
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This is without doubt the best way...
Andy H, Sep 2017
Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights
This is without doubt the best way to see the sights of Oslo or any other city in fact.
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Great. We spent almost all good...
Julius H, Apr 2018
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We spent almost all good attractions in Oslo by joining this hop-on hop off tour.
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Interesting spots we would have...
Francine T, Jul 2016
Taste of Oslo Walking Tour
It enabled us to see how Norwegians live in Oslo, not just tourists.
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This is a good tour to do if you are...
Zainab I, Jun 2016
Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour
You get to visit all the major attractions with the comfort of a coach.
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Lovely way to see Oslo from a different...
Juan David B, Aug 2017
2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise
Lovely way to see Oslo from a different perspective.
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the guides were enthusiastic and...
Geoff C, Jul 2016
Taste of Oslo Walking Tour
Interesting to see Oslo using trams and walking.
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The buses ran frequently and covered...
Vicky, Nov 2015
Oslo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A very cost effective and complete way to see Oslo
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A complete round trip is 1.5 hours...
Terry, May 2017
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
5 hours which enables you to get a pretty good insight to Oslo as well as seeing many of its major attractions.
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Incredible Scenery and Seeing Norway From the Inside
Doug_A, Jun 2019
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords, 24 hr Refundable
I can't imagine a better way to see the real Norway in such a short time.
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Simply awesome!
Krystal S, Jan 2019
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords by private van
Would highly suggest the fjord cruise ship ride in winter, simply beautiful.
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Beautiful Trail in a Beautiful City
Lani H, Sep 2018
River Bike Tour in Oslo
The trail passes by artsy and historical areas that you might want to visit again on foot.

All about Oslo

When to visit

Deciding when to visit Oslo really depends on what you plan to do there. Summer’s great for warm-weather activities such as fjord hopping, while winter’s ultra-freezing temperatures are perfect for winter sports. Coincide springtime visits with May's National Day, which sees the streets fill with parades, marching bands, and locals wearing traditional costumes.

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