Visit Oslo's top tourist attractions
Most popular things to see and do in Oslo
Most tours of Norway begin in the capital city and rightly so -- Oslo is home to many of Norway’s top cultural attractions as well as a surprising number of parks and recreational areas, not to mention a flourishing restaurant scene and bustling shopping streets.
To brush up on Norwegian culture and history -- especially Norway’s seafaring heritage, visiting Oslo’s Bygdøy peninsula is a must. This neighbourhood on the city’s west side contains several of Oslo’s top museums, including the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Fram Museum.
If it’s Norwegian art you’re interested in, don’t miss a stroll through Vigeland Sculpture Park, the world's largest sculpture park designed by a single artist and and one Norway's top tourist attractions. Works by Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, can also be seen in Oslo at the Munch Museum and the Norwegian National Gallery, where Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” is displayed.
For more great design, check out the grand architecture of the Royal Palace -- home to the Norwegian Royal Family -- and the award-winning, modern Oslo Opera House on the waterfront overlooking the Oslo Fjord.
For dining, shopping and overall people watching in the city centre, head to Karl Johans gate, Oslo’s high street, or Aker Brygge, the old waterfront that’s now a trendy neighbourhood with vibrant cafes and bars.
Getting to Oslo
Norway’s main international airport is Oslo-Gardermoen Airport, with direct flights from dozens of major cities in Europe and North America. Oslo Airport is connect to the city centre via the Flytoget airport express train and various airport busses.
Travel from Oslo to the Fjords
Want to see the Norwegian fjords and other famous attractions in western Norway? If you have around 7 days or more, you can extend your trip from Oslo to Norway’s west coast. A road trip between May and September is the way to go if you want to do some hiking and see the top attractions at your own pace.
From Oslo you can also also take a round-trip Norway in a Nutshell railway journey to Bergen, a route encompassing a steep and picturesque train ride over the mountains, a short cruise on the majestic Nærøyfjord and some free time in the colourful fjord village of Flåm.
Visit Sweden & Denmark from Oslo
With 10 - 14 days or more to travel, you can easily travel by train or ferry to neighbouring Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. Whether you travel on your own or in the company of a guided small group, Nordic Visitor makes it easy to combine visits to Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki all in one tailor-made itinerary.
Oslo is the starting point for most Nordic Visitor tours in Norway, and each itinerary can be customised to your liking with extra nights and other special touches. Get in touch with our friendly travel experts to start planning your dream trip to Oslo and other top attractions in Norway.
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