How to Spend 2 Days in Oslo
Two days in Oslo allow you a good amount of time to thoroughly explore the compact city center and its surroundings, as well as get out onto the fjord. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to soak up some history and culture. Here’s how to spend 48 fabulous hours in the Norwegian capital.
Day 1: Explore the City and the Fjord
**Morning:**Begin your stay in Oslo with a guided bus, Segway, or bicycle tour, hitting must-see sights such as City Hall and Akershus Castle. Some tours also take you just outside of the center to Holmenkollen ski jump and Vigeland sculpture park. Alternatively, create your own itinerary with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour.
**Afternoon:**Get a different perspective on Oslo: from the water. Kayak tours let you explore the nature that surrounds the city and stop at small island beaches while paddling through the fjord. If that sounds too effortful, opt for a fjord sightseeing cruise.
**Night:**Indulge in some delicious treats on a beer- and cheese-tasting tour, which typically includes a visit to Mathallen—a large food hall in the buzzing Grunerlokka neighborhood—and to local pubs. If cheese and beer is not quite enough to satisfy, stay for dinner at one of Grunerlokka’s many great restaurants.
Day 2: Experience Local Culture
**Morning:**Delve into Oslo’s cultural attractions, such as the Munch Museum and the Nobel Peace Center. Save money by booking a Visit Oslo Pass, which grants free admission to museums and discounts at other attractions, restaurants, and shops. For the length of your pass’ validity, you also travel for free on public transit.
**Afternoon:**Immerse yourself in Oslo’s rich culinary heritage and learn about cutting-edge New Nordic cuisine on a guided food-themed tour. Most tours of the capital’s gastronomic hot spots include samples of local craft beers to wash down delectable cheeses, meats, fruits, and more.
**Night:**Conclude your visit to Oslo with a sunset fjord cruise. Float on the water in a traditional wooden sailboat and enjoy light snacks as you watch the sun go down over waterfront landmarks such as the gleaming Oslo Opera House.