When you travel to Oslo, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Oslo, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Oslo to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Oslo things to do can include exploring Oslo attractions and visiting the places of interest.
Oslo was founded back in 1048 by the famous King Harald Hardrade. It was around the 1300’s that the city became the capital of the country and since has been destroyed and reconstructed several times. While nothing really remains of the medieval Oslo, you will get to see some abandoned ruins. Oslo is largely a farmer’s country but historical sites have been aptly conserved in parks and in the modern city periphery.
Located on the city’s main avenue, the Karl Johan’s Gate, the Royal Palace is a 19th century building built for the royal family. A vast architecture with 173 rooms, make this among the first historical monuments in your itinerary. The Royal Palace has a long history of wealth and devastation and today stands as the residence of the present Norwegian monarch.
A building that was awarded the 2008 prize for the best cultural building at the World Architectural festival, the Opera House is a stunning contemporary European building. It is shaped like a ship or a glacier and also seems to float on the Bjorvika inlet. You will have to climb the marble slopes for a unique view of the city. However, make sure you are able to bear the -5 degree temperature!
The Oslo Cathedral is used by the Norwegian Royal Family and the government. While it is an age old building, the Oslo Cathedral has recently gained a lot of attention after the 2011 terrorist attacks. In the aftermath of this incident, this square had been completely covered by roses, mourning messages, greetings and candles for more than a week and presently it serves as a platform for all the peace ceremonies.
Open to the public for a couple of hours every Sunday, the Emanuel Vigeland Museum is among Oslo’s best kept secrets. While this building was originally meant for Gustav Vigeland’s artworks, it was later converted into a mausoleum. There are no windows in this 800 sq metres. fresco and looming large is painted of the various stages of human life, from birth to death.
A huge open building, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History showcases the city between 1850s and 1980s. It is worth a visit.
This will be a highly exciting trip with wonders like the 1100 year old Viking ships (among the best preserved ships), Viking burial chambers, ancient skeletons and other artefacts.
Located at Hausmanns Gate 16, this is a thriving architecture and design centre hosting regular exhibitions, children activities, conferences and complete with cafés and bookstalls.
Located 10 minutes from the city centre, the Vigeland Sculpture Park serves both as a recreational area and hosts several sculptures by famous artist Gustav Vigeland. The park also includes two other museums and a cafeteria.
Located south of the Toyen Park, the Botanical Garden in Oslo is a delightful public place for relaxation and evening solitude. The lush beauty will certainly wear away the day’s tiredness.
Apart from being a recreational park, this place provides other fun filled activities including playing ball, picnics, public barbeques and is a special attraction for kids.
Located on the highest hill in Oslo, this park presents a scenic environment and a spectacular view of the city.
Oslo’s Holmenkollen presents an excellent opportunity for cross-country skiing and hiking. Close to the ski jump is also a ski museum. If you are looking for more fun, invest in an “akebrett”, a sledge and slide down to the Midstuen station. This is also the same place where the Winter Olympics took place in 1952. A day-card will let you race all day.
Take a bicycle or tramp on foot - the beautiful wilderness between T-bane and Frognerseteren will surely be an exciting exhaustion. Get some chocolate bars and be prepared to get mud on your shoes. This trek is also a delight for wildlife photographers with lot of winter birds showing up on the way.
If you want to get in to your swimming gear and take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Akerselva, head down to the Oslomarka. Among the several lakes, some are kept off limits for the city drinking supply. Make sure you have a map and an Oslo tour guide.
All the major attractions, natural and manmade can be best explored on a bike. The cool temperature will keep you fresh and excited throughout the day.
Aker Byrgge: A waterfront line of food joints, this is the place to relish some tasty sea food.
Torggata: Featuring a long line of budget restaurants and cafes, Torggata presents a lot of cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Asian, Mughlai, India and Vietnamese. Try out the Hai Café and LOKK.
Theatrecaféen: Nest to the Nationaltheatret and in the premises of Hotel Continental, this restaurant presents a continental menu and a post dining culture. The experience might just be worth it.
The traditional dishes of Oslo, Norway are heavily dependent on the game and the fish found in the highlands and the waters. Modern Norwegian cuisine has incorporated most of the mainland European dishes.
Pubs and bars in Oslo are provisioned to be smoke free but you can expect a lot of music, glamour and fun. While most of the night clubs are expensive, some can really present the experience in a budget.
Grünerløkka: This is the area with the highest density of nightclubs and pubs. Ask around and you will be easily suggested to a range of nightlife. Notable pubs would be Beer Palace, The Bohemian, Café Sara, Bla, Dubliner and Hell’s Kitchen.
Last train: A pub that will stand out in music and entertainment is the Last Train. This is a place perfectly sandwiched between Hard Rock Café and a theatre. This also is one of the longest running pubs in Oslo.
House of Oslo: A popular shopping complex that largely focuses on interior designs, this is also famed to be the most exquisite design centre in Northern Oslo.
Steen & Strom: Oslo’s oldest departmental store, Steen & Strom has been recently renovated and is complete with famous clothing brands and designer collections. The top of the building has a café that gives you a 360 degree view of the city.
Bygdoy Alle: Originally famous for its chestnut trees, Bygdoy Alle has emerged as a popular shopping street in the past few years. There are lines of establishments selling everything from kitchenware to interior designer artefacts to dresses.
Bogstadveien: This is a shopping street dedicated to clothes, non-chain stores and accessories.
Fresesarmeen: Featuring true Norwegian style clothes and furnishings, this is also a great shopping destination for winter wear.