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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 15 attractions in Oslo

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Bygdøy Peninsula

Bygdøy Peninsula

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Jutting out from the westxa0 side of Oslo into the Oslo Fjord, the Bygdøy Peninsula is known for its clutch of museums highlighting Norwegian culture and history of exploration. A one-stop cultural and leisure destination, the stunning area has sand beaches and hiking and cycling trails, and an organic farm at Royal Manor, the King of Norway's summer residence.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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Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

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Holmenkollen Ski Jump is a unique and fun landmark that represents Norway’s illustrious skiing tradition, and one of Norway’s best-loved visitor attractions. Attracting a million visitors every year, the historic attraction and amusement park includes a cross-country skiing and biathlon stadium, a ski museum, ziplines, and simulator that lets you experience your very own jump.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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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)

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Jutting out into Oslo Fjord, the Bygdøy Peninsula is a one-stop leisure destination just west side of the city center. It is Oslo’s ‘Museum Island’ and hosts several maritime museums as well as the open-air Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum).Highlighting Norway’s colorful cultural history from 1500 to present day, this wonderfully family-friendly museum presents an array of more than 150 buildings brought together from all over the country, each representing different regions and eras and including a reconstructed traditional Samigoahti (tent) and the exquisite, 13th-century wooden stave church from Gol, north of Oslo.There are several streets of wooden houses from Oslo and its suburbs, as well as a three-story, 19th-century apartment block, rebuilt here to showcase life in the Norway of the last two centuries, from an elegant Art Nouveau interior to a suitably scruffy 1980s student bedsit. Permanent exhibitions include a collection of Sami national costumes from the northern reaches of Lapland, toys and folk art. There’s a full schedule of temporary exhibits and photographic displays, plus folk dancing and horse-and-carriage rides; the museum’s staff are all kitted out in traditional costume and run a farm and saw mill.More
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Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke)

Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke)

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Consecrated in 1697, Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke) is used for Norwegian Royal Family weddings and funerals. The public is also welcome to admire its interesting architectural details, including a 1950 tempera ceiling by Hugo Louis Mohr, stained glass windows by Emanuel Vigeland, and magnificent altarpiece with acanthus carvings.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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Munch Museum (Munchmuseet)

Munch Museum (Munchmuseet)

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Housing Norwegian symbolist painter Edward Munch's life’s work, the Munch Museum opened in 1963 to commemorate what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday. The museum features works and belongings he had donated to the city; a magnificent collection of paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, notebooks, photographs, art tools, furniture, as well as his extensive collection of letters.Please note: The Munch Museum is reopening at a new location along the Bjørvika waterfront next to the Opera House in late 2021.More

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Top activities in Oslo

Self-Guided Full Day Trip From Oslo To Bergen with Flåm Railway And Sognefjord
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Oslo Highlights Bike Tour

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Oslo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Private Full-Day Round Trip from Oslo to Sognefjord via Flåm Railway
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Oslo Discovery Tour
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Oslo Alternative Culture and Street Food Tour
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E-Scooter Oslo City Tour (Private)
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Recent reviews from experiences in Oslo

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Top Quality View of Oslo
Paul_R, May 2022
Oslo Discovery Tour
With only one day in Oslo, the Discovery Tour was a perfect opportunity to see and learn so much about the city and history.
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A great day in Oslo
John_L, May 2022
Oslo Combo Tour: Grand City Tour and Oslo Fjord Cruise
It was a wonderful way to see and learn about Oslo and it’s history.
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Highly recommend
ValerieB, May 2022
Oslo Highlights Bike Tour
Both guided us with humor and depth of knowledge making Oslo come alive and enabling us to see far more than one could on a walking tour.
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Oslo - city tour
Andy_B, Dec 2021
In the Heart of Oslo Walking Tour with Local Guide
She spoke perfect English, full of fun factual information and brought the city to life!
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Amazing experience with a fantastic host
Luisa_K, May 2022
E-Scooter Oslo City Tour (Private)
Katerina also gave us some great recommendations for restaurants and places to visit.
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A Must See Tour!
Tiffany_T, Apr 2022
Oslo Combo Tour: Grand City Tour and Oslo Fjord Cruise
I absolutely loved everything we got to see and learn about!
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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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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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Half day of Oslo goodness!
Kylie_J, Jan 2020
Oslo Discovery Tour
The tour covered most of the things i was after in Oslo with out feeling rushed and left time for me to see thr rest!
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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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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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Oslo is a beautiful city and touring...
Steven J, Aug 2017
Authentic Oslo Bike Tour
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
Oslo Highlights Bike Tour
Great way to see the city certainly a different experience for me.
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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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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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A wonderful introduction to Oslo
Oldc50, Dec 2019
Oslo Discovery Tour
The English speaking guide was lovely equally regaling us with the history of Oslo and Norway as well as describing the life of the Norwegian people in last and present times.
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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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ALL IN ONE, QUITE NICE!
Lorena_C, Jun 2019
Oslo Combo Tour: Grand City Tour and Oslo Fjord Cruise
This tour includes all you have to visit in Oslo.
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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

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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