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Plan your trip to Oslo and try the floating sauna KOK Oslo in the Oslofjord, Eastern Norway
Plan your trip to Oslo and try the floating sauna KOK Oslo in the Oslofjord, Eastern Norway
The floating sauna KOK Oslo.
Photo: Bjørnar Solberg
The floating sauna KOK Oslo.
Photo: Bjørnar Solberg

Plan your trip to Oslo

Sightseeing in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo, Eastern Norway
Sightseeing in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo, Eastern Norway
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo.
Photo: Terje Borud / Visitnorway.com / Vigeland-museet / BONO
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo.
Photo: Terje Borud / Visitnorway.com / Vigeland-museet / BONO
Plan your trip to Oslo
Plan your trip to Oslo in Norway and visit Tjuvholmen and the Astrup Fearnley Museum
Plan your trip to Oslo in Norway and visit Tjuvholmen and the Astrup Fearnley Museum
Tjuvholmen in Oslo.
Photo: Benson Kua / CC BY-SA 2.0
Tjuvholmen in Oslo.
Photo: Benson Kua / CC BY-SA 2.0
Plan your trip to Oslo

The capital of Norway offers both spectacular architecture, museums, and a vibrant nightlife. Get tips on top attractions, exciting areas to explore, and fun family activities.

The city of Oslo is in constant evolvement. Go for a stroll in the lively streets and neighbourhoods, where you’ll find everything from innovative architecture and world-class museums to hip bars and heavenly eateries. Each district has its own special charm and can be easily reached by public transport if you don’t want to walk.

In the Norwegian capital, urban activities and outdoor life go hand in hand. In the forest that surrounds the city, you can choose between a number of marked hiking trails in the summer and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country tracks in the winter. Oslo is also full of lush parks and fantastic viewpoints, and the Akerselva river flows through the city. In the summer, you can go island hopping on the Oslofjord.

Enjoy one of Europe’s most exciting music scenes, with more concerts than any other city in Scandinavia. International superstars play in major arenas, while smaller clubs put on thousands of concerts every year.

Get to know the city on a sightseeing tour or with a guide. You can hop on a sightseeing bus or boat or take part in museum tours. With the Oslo Pass, you get a discount on sightseeing as well as free admission to more than 30 museums and attractions.

Get more inspiration on Oslo’s official website.

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Popular attractions in Oslo

See some of Oslo’s most visited museums and attractions.

Family fun

The capital is full of exciting things to do for the whole family.

Explore the urban areas

Get to know Oslo’s new, old, cool, and charming quarters.

Islands and bathing spots

Dive into the fjord from islands or beaches, or find a quiet forest lake.

Outdoor activities

Get close to nature - in the middle of the capital!

Into the forest

Go cycling, paddling, fishing, or hiking – find your forest paradise.

Winter activities

From skiing and skating to saunas and ice bathing – do winter Oslo like the locals!

Getting to and around Oslo

Get in-depth travel information on Oslo’s official website.
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Top attractions in Oslo
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
Sculpture museum located in the studio and home of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The building is regarded as one of the finest examples of… Read more
The Vigeland Museum
Explore the international contemporary art scene in a stunning Oslo landmark. Read more
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Inaugurated in 1950, Oslo City Hall is the city's administrative body and the seat of the City Council. The building has been decorated by great… Read more
Oslo City Hall
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
Explore 4000 years of skiing history and enjoy Oslo's best panoramic views Read more
Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
One-of-a-kind museum with inspiring stories of the Nobel Peace Prize and people's efforts to create a better world Read more
Nobel Peace Center
Rose Castle is a large-scale art installation on Holmenkollen near Frognerseteren that commemorates 80 years since the attack on Norway in 1940 and… Read more
Rose Castle
Nomadic art project overlooking Oslo's famous Opera House Read more
SALT
The world's number one destination for experiencing Edvard Munch's life and art Read more
MUNCH
A few minutes outside Oslo City Centre by tram lies the Ekebergparken sculpture park. The park combines its long history, beautiful nature, stunning… Read more
Ekebergparken Sculpture Park
Family-friendly activities
One of Scandinavia's largest climbing parks – just 30 minutes from the city centre. Skimore Oslo - Summer Park is divided into 12 trails… Read more
Skimore Oslo - Summer Park
Explore, play and learn at Norway's national museum for science and technology Read more
Norwegian museum of Science & Technology
Zip down the world-famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump, all the way to the bottom of the hill! Kollensvevet zipline is 361 metres of pure adrenaline, and you… Read more
Holmenkollen zipline
Meet live snakes, monkeys, geckos, crocodiles and other exciting creatures. Read more
Oslo Reptile Park
Oslo's museum for popular music Read more
Popsenteret
Museum at Grønland that explores Norway's immigration history and cultural changes in Norwegian society. Free guided tours in Norwegian on… Read more
Intercultural Museum
Climbing park in the woods with eight exciting courses with more than 70 obstacles, including several Tarzan jumps and ziplines. The trails have… Read more
Oslo Climbing Park
The popular outdoor swimming pool complex Frognerbadet offers two 50-metre pools, a children's pool, and a diving tower. Read more
Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath
Explore the Viking Age with all senses at Norway's first digital Viking museum Read more
The Viking Planet
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to fly down the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump, or how a run down the Olympic slopes in Kvitfjell feels?… Read more
Ski Simulator Holmenkollen
Neighbourhoods
The area known as Tjuvholmen is a recent addition to Oslo's varied collection of boroughs. The buildings that make up the area are drawn by some… Read more
Tjuvholmen
Bjørvika Barcode consists of twelve narrow high-rise buildings of different heights and widths. The buildings are built with some space in… Read more
Barcode
Popular area along the inner harbour with restaurants, shopping, apartments and office buildings. After a thorough renovation, the area has a fresh… Read more
Aker Brygge wharf
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
Bygdøy is a peninsula on the western side of Oslo, and here you find several of Oslo's most popular museums. Bygdøy is mainly a… Read more
Bygdøy
Formerly an old container dock, Sørenga in Oslo has been transformed into a brand new neigbourhood by the Oslo fjord. The area consists of… Read more
Sørenga
Popular park in the upper part of Grünerløkka between Paulus church and Grünerløkka school. The park was laid out in the 1860s, and contains a music… Read more
Birkelunden
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
Charming and picturesque part of central Oslo with well-preserved and inhabited wooden houses from the late 1700s and the 1800s. Damstredet is a… Read more
Damstredet & Telthusbakken
Kvadraturen is the area between Akershus Fortress and Grensen, Jernbanetorget and Egertorget. This was King Christian IV's town from the… Read more
Kvadraturen
Islands, lakes and beaches
Beaches on the Bygdøy peninsula with big crowds on sunny summer days. Snack bar open in summer. The area is used for outdoor recreation all year… Read more
Huk & Paradisbukta beach
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
Lindøya is an idyllic island with around 300 summer cottages in red, yellow and green, 15-20 minutes by ferry from the city centre. Read more
Lindøya island
Langøyene island can be reached by ferry all summer, and has a big beach, s shop, a nudist beach and a beach volleyball court. Read more
Langøyene island
Large seawater fjord pool located in one of Oslo's brand new neighbourhoods Read more
Sørenga Seawater Pool
The small island of Nakholmen has almost 200 private summer cottages, available by ferry from the city centre. Read more
Nakholmen island
Bleikøya is a small island with lots of summer cottages and a nature reserve. Read more
Bleikøya island
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
The popular outdoor swimming pool complex Frognerbadet offers two 50-metre pools, a children's pool, and a diving tower. Read more
Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath
The Oslo Ferries take you from the city centre to the islands of the Oslo Fjord. Tickets for public transport are valid on the ferries. Read more
Boat to the islands: Oslo Ferries
Three connected islands that offer great possibilities for swimming and sunbathing, and you can see one of the oldest lighthouses in the Oslo Fjord. Read more
Gressholmen, Heggholmen and Rambergøya islands
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
Outdoor activities
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
Through the centre of Oslo, from Maridalsvannet to the Oslo Fjord, runs the Akerselva river – a popular recreation area with a vibrant history.… Read more
Akerselva river
Walking tours in Oslo with autorised tour guides who are specialists on everything from architecture to industrial history. Combined they speak more… Read more
Oslo Guidebureau: Guided walks in Oslo
Oslo Hiking offers guided hiking tours of different lengths in the woods surrounding the city. The hikes take you to view points, along rivers, and to… Read more
Oslo Hiking
Mad Goats offer kayak and SUP (stand up paddling) tours down the Akerselva River, as well as courses on the Oslo Fjord. The tours are suitable for… Read more
Mad Goats Paddling
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
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
Explore the Oslo Fjord in a kayak or on a SUP board (Stand up paddle board). Paddleboard rental You can rent a paddleboard from Mad Goats Aker… Read more
Mad Goats Kayak and SUP rental
October and November is lobster season in the Oslofjord and one of the finest periods for an adventure on the water. RIB.no arranges tours for groups… Read more
Lobster fishing and nature experience on the Oslofjord
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
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
Oslomarka forest
Oslo's richest wetland and bird reserve area, just five kilometres from the city centre and easily accessed by metro. Walk around the lake The… Read more
Østensjøvannet lake
Popular all-year recreation area that covers 62 square kilometres northeast of the city centre, between Maridalen, Noida, Groruddalen and Movatn.… Read more
Lillomarka wilderness area
Recreation area with great places for picnics, swimming, fishing, walking, running and cross-country skiing. The two-mile (3.2-kilometre)… Read more
Sognsvann lake
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
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
Have you ever wanted to experience a hiking trip through a forest from a different perspective? Canoeing through the lakes and camping on the shores… Read more
Nordmarka's Classic Canoe Trip
The hike from Østmarksetra to the Mariholtet cabin on the eastern side of Oslo takes you through a lush forest and alongside several… Read more
Forest walk from Østmarksetra to Mariholtet
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
A great hike on a clear day, going up Barlindåsen Ridge is relatively easy and comes with a big reward as you look down on Oslo from the… Read more
Hike Barlindåsen Ridge
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
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
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
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"
Winter activities
The largest ski resort in the Oslo area, with 18 slopes and 11 lifts, just 30 minutes from the city centre. Skimore Oslo includes a terrain park… Read more
Skimore Oslo
Full speed down Oslo's most popular tobbogan run. Read more
Toboggan run: Korketrekkeren
Ski resort north of the city centre with five slopes, four lifts, ski/snowboard lessons, cross-country trails, a sledding hill, ski/snowboard rentals… Read more
Oslo Ski Center
Norway's only indoor ski resort offers varied winter activities for everyone, all year round. Read more
SNØ
The Spikersuppa ice skating rink in the middle of Oslo city centre is open and free for everybody. Read more
Spikersuppa Ice Skating Rink
Outdoor ice skating at Frogner stadion, open in the winter season. Read more
Frogner Ice Skating Rink
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    • Oslo train

      By train

      The Flytoget airport express train takes around 20 minutes to reach the Oslo city centre. The local train takes a few minutes longer but is the cheaper option.

      You can travel to Oslo by train from most of Norway and several destinations in Sweden.

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    • Oslo bus

      By bus

      Express shuttle services take you from Oslo Airport to 120 locations in the Oslo area. You can also take an express bus to Oslo from Torp Sandefjord Airport. Find more information about travelling by bus to Oslo.

      Oslo Bussterminal is the main terminal for long-distance and regional bus routes and is located in the city centre near the central train station.

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    • Oslo boat

      By ferry

      Ferries arrive daily in Oslo from Kiel in Germany and from Copenhagen and Frederikshavn in Denmark. Oslo can be reached by ferry all year.

      There are also several options for travelling by local ferries to the islands in and around Oslo. Check out ferry companies in the Oslo area.

    • Oslo car

      By car

      Oslo is the national hub for the road network, which makes the city easy to reach by road from all corners of Norway.

      All roads into Oslo are toll roads. Go to autopass.no for prices and payment options. Also remember to pay close attention to parking restrictions and regulations.

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    • Oslo plane

      By plane

      Oslo Airport is Norway’s main airport and serves more than 100 domestic and international destinations.

      From the airport, you can reach Oslo’s city centre by express train, express bus, local train, rental car or taxi.

      Many European cities have direct connections to Torp Sandefjord Airport, which can be reached from Oslo by express bus or train. The trip to Oslo from the airport takes around 2 hours.

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    • Oslo local

      Local travel

      Use the same tickets on all public transport in Oslo: bus, tram, metro, train, and ferry. Plan your trip and check prices on ruter.no.

      You can also buy the Oslo Pass, which gives you free public transportation, entry to several museums, municipal parking, and more.

      Cycling or walking is often the easiest way to get around the city centre. Oslo is equipped with city bikes conveniently located around the city.

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