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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Oslo

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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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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
Oslo Winter Highlights Bike Tour
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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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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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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This is without doubt the best way...
Andy H, Sep. 2017
Oslo Highlights Bike Tour
This is without doubt the best way to see the sights of Oslo or any other city in fact.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beautiful Trail in a Beautiful City
Lani H, Sep. 2018
Authentic Oslo Bike Tour
The trail passes by artsy and historical areas that you might want to visit again on foot.
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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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This tour was surprising better than...
Deborah M, Jul. 2017
Shore Excursion: Oslo Highlights Tour with Viking Ship Museum and Vigeland Park
Our guide was also from Oslo so was able to give our group some information and suggestions for what to do and where to go after the tour as our ship was in port until late in the evening.
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We booked this trip as a means of...
Nigel_B, Feb. 2018
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords by private van
We booked this trip as a means of seeing the more memorable scenery country sights en route to Bergen and did not know what to see in particular.

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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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