Combine cool city culture with wildlife experiences in raw nature. In a surprisingly short time you can get from charming coastal towns in the Oslo region via huge forests populated by moose to Norway’s absolute highest and mightiest mountains in the Jotunheimen national park, where you can even walk on smaller glaciers – on guided trips, of course.
Many kickstart their holiday in the capital of Oslo, which is also the country’s main hub for international and domestic travel. The urban vibe is boosted by new architecture, exciting food, and a lively music and art scene. The city is also a good base for day trips around the region.
Even though Eastern Norway is by far the country’s most populated region, there are vast areas of almost untouched nature and plenty of things to do outside. Why not start with compact island hopping, a boat ride on Norway’s largest lake, or fly-fishing in one of the famous salmon rivers?
The hiking possibilities are endless, with the Besseggen ridge as only one of many popular mountain routes. Cycling enthusiasts can choose between classic tour routes, internationally renowned bike parks, or leisurely biking along national cycle roads. The scenic mountains and valleys of Eastern Norway are perfect for skiing and other winter sports.
Mingle with locals in inland cities by Lake Mjøsa, idyllic coastal towns, or the fast-growing capital Oslo. You’ll still have plenty of time to explore world-class skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing.
Many use Oslo as their hub, and here you can dig into the bustling culture, music, and restaurant scene. Places to eat vary from the laid-back food hall Mathallen to the Nordic cuisine phenomenon Maaemo, awarded three stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide.
From Oslo, you can make your own round trip to the exciting cities and places in the region, according to your curiosity and interests. The area offers many things that you can only find here, from the painter Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and historic Viking sites to nature-based activities all year round.
For seaside charm near the Swedish border, go to Østfold and the cities of Moss, Sarpsborg, Halden, and Fredrikstad. Inland activities and all sorts of sports are found in Gjøvik, Hadeland, the Hamar region, and the Lillehammer region. Try the beaches in Asker and Follo, or visit two of the country’s most important open-air museums in Elverum.
West of the Oslofjord you’ll find the elegant coastal cities of Vestfold, such as Horten, Tønsberg, Larvik, and Sandefjord. The Drammen region offers exciting natural phenomena like the Kjøsterudjuvet gorge. Top it off with a trip across the Oslofjord to Norway’s largest amusement park Tusenfryd, or visit Eidsvollbygningen in Romerike where the Norwegian Constitution was written.
In the last few years, the Oslo region has experienced a tremendous growth. But the happy feeling of being close to nature remains the same, also in the cities where green values are more present than ever.
Some of the top ranked activities in the Oslo region according to TripAdvisor.
You go up and down or sail through on the rivers, like in an amusement park. In the mountains and valleys of Eastern Norway, nature-based activities are all about fun.
Country life never gets boring in the roller coaster landscapes of Eastern Norway, but you’ll also find peace and quiet and fresh air in large amounts.
The Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen’s character Peer Gynt has its origins in the Gudbrandsdalen valley, and every summer, the play takes place in Gålå under the open mountain sky.
The other valleys of Eastern Norway are as impressive on their own terms, whether you are into history, art and culture or would like to explore nature through hiking, biking, rafting, or other activities. Wildlife is at its wildest in the Jotunheimen mountains, Rondane national park, and the Femundsmarka forest, and Hallingdal, Numedal, Telemark, and Valdres all offer varied nature-based activities, as well as top-rated camping grounds and other accommodation options.
Some of the top ranked activities in the mountains and valleys of Eastern Norway according to TripAdvisor.