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People enjoying the sun at Sørenga seawater pool in Oslo, Norway
Sørenga seawater pool in Oslo.
Photo: VISITOSLO / Katrine Lunke
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Go on a green city break to Oslo, a capital without crowds, and with one foot in the fjord and one in the forest! Eat organic, sleep sustainably, and travel electric in this years European Green Capital.

Published: 29 January 2019

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If you want the world to become a better place to live, you should definitely come to Oslo for inspiration and fun this year. A large number of activities and events for young and old, families and professionals, are already part of the official programme, which gets updated weekly.

Start your day with a morning swim – or a breakfast seminar, if you’re so inclined. Then, you can join a guided tour on foot or by bike, have lunch at a garden rooftop, visit a clothes swap market, and end up drinking botanical cocktails at a (literally) green bar in the evening.

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Akerselva, Oslo
Akerselva, Oslo.
Photo: Oslo European Green Capital 2019

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Catch a ferry or rent a kayak and go island hopping, or just kick back and relax in one of the city’s green parks. If you’re here for the culture and have been to all the important museums, you can jump on one of the thousands of city bikes that are placed around the city and go see outdoor art installations and street art. When you get hungry, you’ll be happy to discover that lots of really good cafes and restaurants – some with Michelin stars – offer green menus with locally grown food, organic vegetables, and meat-free meals.

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Green things to do in Oslo
Activities and attractions in Oslo with a modest carbon footprint.
Explore Oslo on a city bike – a convenient and environmentally friendly way to get around in the city! The bikes can be found at 250… Read more
City bikes: Oslo Bysykkel
With Viking Biking you can experience Oslo on a bike – either on a guided tour or on a rented bicycle. Guided bicycle tours Between April and… Read more
Viking Biking
Take a ferry and go island hopping between the islands in the inner Oslo Fjord! With a regular public transportation ticket or an Oslo Pass you… Read more
Island hopping in the Oslo Fjord
Activity and information centre run by the Oslo chapter of DNT – The Norwegian Trekking Association. Friluftshuset has a bouldering wall and… Read more
Friluftshuset: outdoor activity centre
One of Scandinavia's largest climbing parks – just 30 minutes from the city centre. Oslo Summer Park is divided into 12 trails with varying… Read more
Oslo Summer Park
Full speed down Oslo's most popular tobbogan run. Read more
Toboggan run: Korketrekkeren
Big forest region in northern Oslo with ample outdoor recreation opportunities all year round. The routes in Nordmarka are usually well-marked, but a… Read more
Nordmarka wilderness area
The perfect camping and hiking adventure close to Oslo and easy to do in just two days. Explore the forest, soak in the views and find a… Read more
Camping trip from Rotnes to Mellomkollen
The eastern side of Maridalsvannet, Oslo’s largest lake, is a beautiful area with great views overlooking the thick forest and the… Read more
Hike along Maridalsvannet
Located on the northern side of Maridalen, Øyungen is a great hike for adventurers of all ages. Although you are on a… Read more
Hike to Øyungen Lake
A peak on the northern edge of the city between Holmenkollen and Sognsvann, Vettakollen provides some of the best views of Oslo.… Read more
Hike to Vettakollen
Ready for a good run in beautiful surroundings? Whether your starting point is Grønland, Alexander Kiellands plass, Nydalen or anywhere in… Read more
Akerselva Running Loops
This hike takes you through the lush forest of Nordmarka, past Øyungen lake, and up to the viewpoint on top of Mellomkollen, which offers… Read more
Experience Maridalen's Alps
Situated just north of downtown, Grefsenkollen provides great views of Oslo, the fjord, Holmenkollen and the surrounding forests. From the top… Read more
Hike to Grefsenkollen
Bogstadvannet is a lake on the border between Oslo and Bærum with beach areas on both sides. The lake has perch, whitefish and trout and is a… Read more
Bogstadvannet lake
Family-friendly beach just outside Oslo on the east side of the fjord, with beautiful funkis-style diving tower, facilities and restaurant. Read more
Ingierstrand beach
Recreation area by Maridalsvannet lake at the northern end of the Akerselva river, next to a waterfall and the Norwegian Museum of Science and… Read more
Frysja / Brekkedammen
Beach volleyball courts freely available for everyone at Langøyene, a small island near the city centre where you can combine a game of volleyball… Read more
Beach volleyball at Langøyene
The inner part of the Oslo Fjord has many good fishing spots, and you don't need a licence to fish here. For a map of the fishing places along the… Read more
Fishing in the Oslo Fjord
Forest bicycle ride around Nøklevann and Ulsrudvann lakes. Starting point: Rustadsaga Take the tram to Bogerud Station (line 3), about 20 minutes from… Read more
Bicycle route: The Forest Ride
A bicycle tour around Bygdøy is one of most delightful, romantic two-wheel rides in Oslo: Lush woods, park-like countryside, view of the sea, beaches,… Read more
Bicycle route: Around Bygdøy
Several nice vantage points are found within cycling distance from the centre of Oslo. The Valhall curve has one of the best views in the city. It is… Read more
Bicycle route: The Vantage Point Ekeberg
The River Ride is a "Jungle tour" of the west side by bicycle, in the valley Mærradalen, Oslo. Starting point: Radiumhospitalet, Ullern Easy arrival… Read more
Bicycle route: The River Ride "Jungle Tour"
Bicycle trip from the city centre to the bathing spot Nordstrand Bad. This is the shortest and easiest cycling route from the city centre to a nice… Read more
Bicycle route: To Nordstrand for a swim
Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to… Read more
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
The largest ski resort in the Oslo area, with 18 slopes and 11 lifts, just 30 minutes from the city centre. Oslo Winter Park includes a terrain… Read more
Oslo Winter Park
Museum and activity centre that explores Norwegian pop music from the very first commercial recordings in 1904 to the sounds of today. Popsenteret… Read more
Blå is an independent club for live, contemporary jazz, hip-hop, r&b and related sounds; a professional venue dedicated to up-and-coming acts… Read more
Follow the Akerselva river from Maridalsvannet lake to Vaterland Park in the centre of Oslo. The riverwalk is eight kilometres long, and takes you… Read more
Walk along the river Akerselva
Large garden at Tøyen with ample botanical variety and diversity. Most of the area is designed as an Arboretum, with approximately 1800… Read more
Botanical Garden
The biggest park in the Grünerløkka area is a popular recreational area for the locals, especially the younger generations. The park has table tennis… Read more
Sofienberg Park
St. Hanshaugen is one of Oslo's largest parks, located just north of the city centre. This popular recreational area is great for walks, and from the… Read more
St. Hanshaugen
Sculpture park in the Frogner Park with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) in bronze, granite and cast iron, including… Read more
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Green places to stay in Oslo
Eco-certified hotels that uphold strict standards in regards to sustainable treatment of waste, water and drainage, energy use, and environment-friendly suppliers.
Soaring 37 stories into the skyline above Oslo, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo rises to every occasion, providing grand service and optimum location.… Read more
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo
A distinctive, bold and timelessly elegant hotel at Tjuvholmen, and the first hotel in Oslo with direct access to the Oslo Fjord. The Thief has 114… Read more
Modern, urban hotel by the Akerselva river, a stone's throw from the parks, cafés, pubs and clubs at Grünerløkka. The hotel has… Read more
Scandic Vulkan
Large full-service hotel with top attractions, shopping and public transport in the immediate vicinity. Radisson Blu Scandinavia has 499 well-equipped… Read more
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Prestigious hotel suited for quality-conscious leisure and business travellers. Hotel Continental is ideally situated in the heart of Oslo across the… Read more
Hotel Continental
Historic hotel in Holmenkollen, just a few minutes from the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump.The oldest part of the hotel is an architectural… Read more
Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Large hotel with all types of services and well-equipped rooms with great views of Bjørvika and the Opera House. Thon Hotel Opera is located… Read more
Thon Hotel Opera
Full-service hotel in a listed functionalist building just a few blocks from Karl Johans gate. Scandic St. Olavs plass has 241 guest rooms, many of… Read more
Scandic St. Olavs plass
Hotel at the top of Holmenkollen with 85 guest rooms, a restaurant and banquet and meeting facilities. Hiking trails, ski tracks and a ski resort are… Read more
Hotel with a very central location at Jernbanetorget, the hub for all public transport in Oslo, with buses, trams, trains and the metro right on its… Read more
Scandic Byporten
Hotel near the railway station in Lillestrøm, just 10-12 minutes by train from Oslo Airport and Oslo Central Station, and next door to Norway Trade… Read more
Thon Hotel Arena
Modern conference hotel with direct connection to Norway's national arena for football (soccer), Ullevaal Stadium. The stadium is located ten… Read more
Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion
Full-service hotel across the street from the Aker Brygge wharf, known for great shopping and dining. Karl Johans gate, City Hall and the National… Read more
Thon Hotel Vika Atrium
Hotel centrally located between the Royal Palace and Aker Brygge, just a few minutes walk from the Flytoget Airport Express Train, buses and trams.… Read more
Scandic Solli
Business and conference hotel located 10 minutes by car or metro from downtown Oslo and 30 minutes by car from Oslo Airport at Gardermoen. The hotel… Read more
Thon Hotel Linne
Historic hotel from 1899 on Karl Johans gate, across from Parliament and within immediate walking distance of museums, attractions, shops, bars and… Read more
Best Western Karl Johan Hotell
Comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city, close to Oslo Central Station, shopping, restaurants, museums and theatres. The hotel features 154… Read more
Thon Hotel Terminus
Pleasant and practical accommodation in a quiet part of the city centre with public transport, restaurants, shopping and attractions nearby. Wireless… Read more
Thon Hotel Munch
Hotel with a practical location in the western part of Oslo, within walking distance of Vigeland Sculpture Park and Bygdøy peninsula's… Read more
Scandic Sjølyst
The venerable Hotel Bristol is located only one block from the main street Karl Johan. The hotel has 251 rooms and suites, a complete gym, meeting… Read more
Hotel Bristol
Hotel by the Akerselva river in Nydalen, just 11 minutes from the city centre by metro. Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen has 185 guest rooms decorated in… Read more
Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen
Hotel in the heart of Kvadraturen, a historic area known for its urban culture and nightlife. Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama is a modern business hotel that… Read more
Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama
Hotel in the heart of Oslo, with short walking distance to City Hall, Karl Johans gate, Aker Brygge, shopping and restaurants. Scandic Victoria has… Read more
Scandic Victoria
Hotel west of the city centre, centrally located on the Bogstadveien shopping street between Majorstuen and The Royal Palace Park. Gyldenløve has… Read more
Thon Hotel Gyldenløve
Hotel in the busiest part of city centre, surrounded by nightlife, restaurants, shops and attractions. Just around the corner are Oslo Central… Read more
Thon Hotel Astoria
First-class hotel in a part of Oslo with many shops, restaurants and galleries. Located just two blocks from Karl Johans gate, Millennium is… Read more
First Hotel Millennium
Pleasant hotel located in the centre of Oslo, near Karl Johans gate, the Royal Palace and the main shopping areas. The 133 guest rooms all have… Read more
Scandic Holberg
In the heart of the city you find Thon Hotel Cecil, with restaurants, nightlife, shopping and attractions on its doorstep. The rooms have wireless… Read more
Thon Hotel Cecil
Apartment hotel in a central yet quiet location near the Royal Palace, major shopping streets, restaurants and museums. The hotel has apartments and… Read more
Thon Hotel Slottsparken
Hotel with one of the city's most central locations at Jernbanetorget. The tram to Vigeland Park, Ekeberg Park and Grünerløkka runs… Read more
Scandic Oslo City
Budget hotel in the centre of Oslo, just a short walk from Oslo Central Station and the Bus Terminal. Karl Johans gate, restaurants, shopping centres… Read more
Thon Hotel Spectrum
Hotel in the city centre of Oslo with 35 rooms and 15 studio apartments. All rooms have cable TV and wifi, and the apartments also have a small… Read more
Best Western Plus City Hotel Oslo
Green restaurants in Oslo
More and more restaurants in Oslo offer green menus with locally grown organic ingredients and meat-free options.
Modern Nordic restaurant at Vulkan with a gourmet kitchen that creates new dishes every day based on the best Norwegian and organic ingredients… Read more
Restaurant Kontrast
A restaurant at the top international level, and the only restaurant in Norway with three stars in the Michelin food guide. All the food at Maaaemo is… Read more
Informal restaurant in Vikaterrassen with just one table where 24 guests can sit together and eat the same food. This place has plenty of room for… Read more
Ett Bord
Nordic gourmet food bar with the ambition of stimulating all the senses. The menu is based on the Japanese Omakase concept, with 6-9 dishes chosen by… Read more
At Tullinløkka you find Elias, a friendly and informal place that offers homemade Norwegian food at reasonable prices. The menu includes everything… Read more
Café Elias
Deli, coffee shop and restaurant at Sagene with emphasis on high-quality, local food products. The deli has a great selection of cheeses and hams,… Read more
Mat & Mer
Vibrant food court with flavours from all over the world Read more
Vippa Oslo
Rest makes gourmet dishes out of produce others would throw away. The restaurant uses the hidden potential of ingredients that are deemed not… Read more
Restaurant Rest
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