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Oslo by foot

Norwegian cities are compact and very walkable.
Experience the city highlights in Oslo in just 10 000 steps!

Operahuset, Oslo Opera House .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway
Operahuset, Oslo Opera House .
Photo: Per Christian Lind / Visit Norway

Oslo is as built for walking! Go trekking in Nordmarka, take a stroll beside the Akerselva river, or walk for almost 10 kilometres along Oslo's waterfront without any obstacles or detours. The harbour promenade is an urban hike like no other, with the soothing fjord on one side, and delicious and hip food trucks, fun activities, and captivating landmarks like the Deichman Library and the MUNCH museum on the other.

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SIOBAN DOES OSLO

Length: 10 000 steps

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OSLO'S WATERFRONT

Length: 4 km

Start in peaceful Royal Palace Park, where you can wander among beautiful greenery while exploring the Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park and admiring the great Royal Palace itself. You might even get to see the changing of the guards ceremony in front of the palace if you are there at 13:30.

Make your way down towards the waterfront. It’s easy to find! Let Oslo City Hall, with its two characteristic red brick towers, act as your landmark. City Hall itself is worth a visit. It's full of impressive artwork and commissions by famous artists, including Edvard Munch, both inside and outside the building.

Visit Akershus Fortress overlooking the fjord, and experience a piece of Oslo history which has been at the site for almost 700 years. Next, continue on to Vippa, a big food hall where you can sample food and drink from all over the world!

Follow the waterfront to SALT, a place where art, music, and saunas combine to create a wonderful leisure and entertainment space. Why not catch a concert here, or build up a sweat in the sauna?

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A HALF DAY IN OSLO

Length: 4 km

Start by the famous Tiger statue at Jernbanetorget in front of Oslo Central Station, before making your way to the spectacular new Deichman Bjørvika public library. Continue to the Oslo Opera House by the fjord, and walk around on the roof!

Between the Opera and the walkway over to Sørenga, you will find Oslo’s newest beach, Operastranda, as well as a popular hang out spot called Sukkerbiten. Grab some food, have a beer, attend events, or book a sauna session with Oslo Fjord Sauna! You can even rent a færing, a traditional Norwegian rowboat, and explore the Oslo fjord like a true Viking!

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ART AND CULTURE WALK

Length: 6 km

Start at the waterfront Astrup Fearnley museum, and enjoy some excellent contemporary art, and the spectacular architecture of the building itself, designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano.

Only a few minutes’ walk away, you will find Fineart Oslo, Norway’s largest art gallery. Make your way up to the Royal Palace Park, where you’ll find The Queen Sonja Art Stables. These used to be the Palace’s actual stables, but are now used to show changing exhibitions of pieces from the Royal Art Collection.

On the opposite side of the Royal Palace Park is Kunstnernes hus, an artist-run museum for Norwegian and international contemporary art.
You might be feeling quite hungry by now, which is perfect, since the gallery also houses Lofthus Samvirkelag, one of the best places in Oslo to get an excellent pizza! Or how about a little literarily refreshment and lunch at the House of Literature?

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DO AS THE LOCALS DO: GRÜNERLØKKA

Length: 3-4 km

Start with a stroll in Botanisk hage (the Botanical Garden) among majestic trees and gorgeous flowers. Grab some coffee and a pastry at the cosy café in the middle of the garden.

Make your way to the popular Grünerløkka neighbourhood for some shopping, delicious snacks, and tasty drinks. Liebling is a cosy, independent café where you can play boardgames while enjoying your coffee. Further down in the Grünerløkka area you will find the Grünerløkka Brygghus microbrewery with an impressive selection of beer.

Grünerløkka is a goldmine for lovers of vintage clothing and independent niche shops!

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