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Girls trip | Norway – Oslo Region
Girls trip | Norway – Oslo Region.
Photo: One Big Happy Family / Visitnorway.com
Four women relaxing by the indoor pool at Engø gård at Tjøme, Eastern Norway
Engø gård at Tjøme.
Photo: Nikolas Gogstad Andersen

Ideas for girls trips in the Oslo region

Planning a trip with your besties? A girl trip does wonders for body and soul, and will give you memories for life. How about a long weekend in the Oslo region, which has something for everyone? Here’s a bunch of tips for you, all within easy reach of the Norwegian capital.

    When did you go on a trip with your best friends last? The girls who make you feel great, laugh, and maybe even cry a bit? Well, it’s time to start dreaming and planning for some fun trips in the future. Check out our tips here! After all, good friends and new experiences are some of the most rewarding things in life.

    Something for everyone

    Spending a night or two under the same roof, just as in the old days, gives you plenty of time to catch up properly.

    But what if some of you like action and adventure, some just want to relax with a glass of bubbly by the pool, and others want cultural experiences? This is a great thing about planning your trip in the Oslo region. The capital of Norway has plenty of fun to keep you busy the whole weekend, but it's also a great place if you want to combine urban entertainment with a trip to the countryside beyond the city centre.

    From Oslo Central Station, you have numerous choices of exciting destinations within an hour or two. Go for a day trip, stay overnight, or find a place where you can enjoy the whole weekend.

    From the fjord to the mountains

    Sea, fjord, and mountains are all easily accessible from Oslo by car, bus, or train. Go paddling in a quiet forest lake, explore the picturesque islands along the Oslofjord, or enjoy a glass of bubbly by the shore while dipping your toes in the sea. You can even travel all the way to the end of the world (at least that’s what the destination “Verdens Ende” means in Norwegian)! For the latest within art and architecture, head straight for the Kistefos Museum in Hadeland.

    Here are our tips for the perfect weekend away with the besties.

  1. 1. City break

    Oslo is a natural starting point for a day or two of urban fun. Visit some of Oslo’s brand new attractions, such as the 13-story Munch Museum, the Deichman library with a cinema and restaurants, and the sculptures in the Ekeberg Park. You can also go for a stroll along the revamped harbour promenade, explore the food halls, and book a session in one of Oslo’s many floating saunas. With a sauna on the water, everyone can go for a swim all year round – not just those hardcore ice bathers!

    Round off the day with a trendy cocktail, some live music or other performance, or just have a good chat in a cosy pub.

    You’ll find even more suggestions for your city break in the capital at Visit Oslo.

  2. 2. Art weekend

    Do you love art? The Henie Onstad Center in Sandvika offers top-class international art exhibitions. It makes a great pitstop on your way to Kistefos at Hadeland, where the new, spectacular museum building The Twist has taken the sculpture park to a whole new level. Finish off with a shopping spree at Hadeland Glassverk where you can enjoy local handicraft, amongst other things. It is also worth checking out the many special accommodation options in the area. Try glamping or stay at Thorbjørnsrud Hotel, which offers food from their own farm and award-winning cheese.

    Get more tips for your weekend with the girls at Visit Innlandet and Visit the Oslo Region.

  3. 3. West of the Oslofjord

    Rent a car and go on a road trip along the winding roads west of the Oslofjord. Pass coastal gems like Vollen and Sætre and stop for lunch at the Hurum Peninsula, for example in one of the cosy places in Holmsbu or at the lovely Villa Malla in Filtvet.

    Once you sit down on the white sandy beach here, there is a high risk that you don’t want to leave. But there are plenty more beaches luring in Vestfold. A few other summer towns worth exploring are Horten, with the photo museum Preus and an exciting Viking heritage; beautiful Åsgårdstrand with its strong connection to the famous painter Edvard Munch; and Tønsberg, which is known as the oldest town in Norway.

    Continue to the island paradise of Tjøme and the smooth rocks at Verdens Ende, which means “the end of the world” in Norwegian. It’s just beautiful, any time of year. Stop for afternoon tea and the spa at Engø farm or at Farris Bad Hotel in Larvik. Allow enough time to stroll along the shore outside the arty town of Stavern, which has been named Norway's cosiest summer town.

    Find more tips at the websites of Visit Vestfold and Visit Greater Oslo.

  4. Things to do in the Oslo Region

    From varied nature to fascinating art and culture – the Oslo Region has a lot to offer. Find inspiration here:

    Round trips in the Oslo region

    Travel in Ibsen’s footsteps

    Experience Oslo by bike

    The Green Shortcut

  5. 4. East of the Oslofjord

    On the other side of the Oslofjord you’ll find a whole string of pure gems. Start in Drøbak, a town known for its wooden buildings, aquarium and specialty shops, including a Christmas shop that is open all year. Take the boat across the strait to Oscarsborg for lunch – bring your swimwear! Close by you’ll find Ramme Farm, a unique cultural destination with art exhibitions, organic food, and a lovely park.

    Further south you can take a detour to Moss and the beautiful island of Jeløya, where you can explore exciting art at Gallery F15 and pretzels baked to perfection at Alby farm. Another tip is to treat yourselves to afternoon tea or an overnight stay at the elegant Refsnes Hotel.

    For a super cosy town with vintage shops and floral backyards, a visit to the old town of Fredrikstad is a must. On warm, sunny days, you may be tempted to go for a swim by the cliffs of Hvaler or stay for the night in a lighthouse.

    Further south by the Swedish border, the fortress town of Halden awaits. Hire a canoe or bike and enjoy the scenery along Norway’s oldest canal.

    Find more tips for your weekend trip at Visit Østfold, Visit Greater Oslo, and Visit Fredrikstad and Hvaler.

  6. 5. Calming forests

    Sometimes, the most important thing is to get away from it all. Venture deep into the woods for a place where you can all relax and be yourselves in peace and quiet. Get active with horse riding or paddling, or chill out with berry picking. Stay in a treetop cabin or try a tent that hangs in the air.

    A short train ride northeast of Oslo you’ll find the cute town of Kongsvinger. Go for a wander among the historic houses and soulful eateries in Øvrebyen, the oldest part of Kongsvinger. A beautiful fortress on a hill overlooks the town and Norway’s longest river Glomma. Check out the fortress’ hotel, restaurant, and museum, or explore the enchanting wilderness in the forest Finnskogen before you continue towards Elverum.

    Get more tips for a great trip with the besties at Visit Elverum, Visit Greater Oslo and Kongsvinger and Hamar.

  7. 6. Mountains, villages, and traditional farms

    For a holiday packed with adventures, a traditional mountain lodge in Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen creates the perfect setting for a girls’ getaway – only an hour and a half from Oslo. Enjoy cycling, horseback riding, and hiking in spectacular surroundings. In Lillehammer, there are opportunities for shopping as well as exploring cultural gems such as the elegant Art Museum and nostalgic Maihaugen open-air museum.

    Another tip is to visit the Mjøsgårdene farms to soak up the special atmosphere and broaden your culinary horizon with local delicacies. In Hamar there is a magnificent cathedral to explore. Afterwards you can go for a stroll along the promenade of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake.

    Find more tips for your trip at Visit Lillehammer and Hamar.

  8. Things to do in the Oslo Region

    From varied nature to fascinating art and culture – the Oslo Region has a lot to offer. Find inspiration here:

    Round trips in the Oslo region

    Travel in Ibsen’s footsteps

    Experience Oslo by bike

    The Green Shortcut

    Want more inspiration for excursions in Eastern Norway? Plan a culinary evening in the capital, take in the sea breeze while island hopping in the Oslofjord or check out the Green Shortcut.

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We invited four friends to an all-girls trip to the Oslo region.

More tips for your trip with the girls

From unique hotels to cultural experiences – here are a bunch of ideas for a trip with the besties.

Unique hotels in the Oslo region
Our desire, our dream, is to create experiences for you. Accommodation of high standard, in the middle of nature. Read more
Eventyrlige opplevelser | When dreams come true
Welcome to the WonderINN Glass Cabing. You will find the cabin close to the quiet nature reserve of Nordre Øyeren, only 25 minutes drive… Read more
The WonderInn Mirrored Glass Cabin
Treetop cabin experience in Brumunddal Norway's original treetop cabins are located in Ringsaker’s wilderness, 1.5 hour north of… Read more
Tree top cabins in Brumunddal
Welcome to Hoel Gård - Manorial and down to earth. On the Nes peninsula, right by the lake Mjøsa, is Hoel Gård idyllically situated… Read more
Hoel farm - Manorial and down to earth
Beautiful surroundings, only 30 minutes from Oslo airport Gardermoen Read more
Mjøsli Lodge
PAN Treetop Cabins weaves Norwegian rural traditions together with an urban and innovative design. This is an experience that goes to the heart of all… Read more
Pan Treetop Cabins
Sweet dreams and safe vacation - more than 8 metres above the forest ground - and in close contact with the nature, birds and the animals of the… Read more
Treetop cottages at the border
A unique experience with overnight stay in the world's only moose observation tower. Read more
Moose observation tower
Spa hotels in the Oslo region
Farris Bad Hotel is situated at the beautiful Larvik beach in Vestfold, 135 km south of Oslo. The exclusive spa hotel is something very special in a… Read more
Farris Bad
Son Spa is located 40 minutes outside of Oslo, directly at the fjord. The hotel has 148 rooms in different categories, a guest marina, indoor parking… Read more
Son Spa
One of Scandinavia's largest wellness centre and spa opened December 4th. at Kolbotn, just outside Oslo city centre. The Well is with its 10.500 sqm a… Read more
The Well
Fun activities in the Oslo region
Welcome to Modern Activity Cente - Scandinavias largest wind tunnel, with virtual reality simulator and an augmented reality climbing wall, a café,… Read more
Modern Activity Center
Experience the joys of winter every day, all year round at SNØ. Here, you can go downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing in an… Read more
SNØ
Have you ever benne walking with an alpaca? No you can! Read more
Walking with Alpacas
RIB Safari is run by Destination Service and offers boat tours on lake Mjøsa. Experience the beuatiful country side and feel the wind, speed and… Read more
RIB-safari
The centre takes its name from the Norwegian flight pioneer and sportsman Ole Reistad Read more
Ole Reistad Centre
High experiences for everyone - adventure/climbing park for the whole family at Ekås farm in Halden Read more
Climbing park - "Klatring På Grensen"
Moose is not something most people see every day. There is something very fascinating about these great majestic creatures. One gets very fascinated… Read more
Moose safari in Trøgstad
Welcome to Romsåsen Mining Experiences - Activity Park! Here small and large can test themselves in the tough zipline over the Nickel… Read more
Romsåsen Gruver, climbing and abseiling in Askim
Activities for groups such as: sailing and racing, rock climbing and rappelling, searafting with rib, ipad race, mobile escaperoom, indoor and outdoor… Read more
All Onboard
Hafjell Bike Park is considered the best of its kind for downhill riding, and has expanded and developed the trail network and the riders' facilities… Read more
Hafjell Bike Park
The only bobsleigh and luge track in Scandinavia. Wheelbob available throughout the summer season. Read more
Wheelbob in Lillehammer Olympic Sliding Center
Go Rafting Sjoa offers rafting and other activities in, on and around the River Sjoa. Our base for rafting is right next to the Sjoa, which is… Read more
Go Rafting Sjoa
The stables at Venabu have offered mountain horseback riding for more than 25 years. Read more
Venabu stables
Galleries and art museums
Experience Kistefos-Museum: industrial museum, art Hall and sculpture park Kistefos is one of Europe´s most important sculpture parks for… Read more
Kistefos-Museet - History, art, playfulness and picturesque
Since 1968, Henie Onstad has been committed to Norwegian and international art, with a broad exhibition, music and performance program, and a central… Read more
Henie Onstad Art Center
Ramme – a new cultural destination south of Oslo – is now partly open Ramme is just a 40-minute drive from the centre of Oslo. Access to… Read more
The culture destination Ramme
In Haugar Art Museum, right in the heart of Tønsberg, you can experience great art in the permanent and current exhibitions. For example: Andy Warhol… Read more
Haugar Art Museum
Galleri F15 is one of the oldest, most traditional institutions for contemporary art in Norway. The lush landscape around the gallery is excellent for… Read more
Punkt Ø - Galleri F15 - Art Gallery
Gallery Würth - art exhibition close to Würths main office in Norway! Read more
Galleri Würth
A sculpture park at Midtåsen featuring a selection of the works of Knut Steen in marble and bronze. The sculptures are placed within their own… Read more
Midtåsen Sculpture park
Lillehammer Art Museum is located in a unique building designed by Snøhetta, in the centre of Lillehammer. The permanent collection comprises… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
The Peder Balke gallery and cultural centre exhibits contemporary art and promotes cultural heritage. Café and an interiors shop. Idyllic beachside… Read more
Peder Balke-Senteret
Surrounded by the historic atmosphere of the Old Town of Fredrikstad you find Bastion 5 art center. Read more
Bastion 5
Preus Museum offers visitors many exciting experiences within the expanded field of photography: from the earliest technical and scientific… Read more
Preus museum
Production venue for professional Arts Glasslåven Arts Centre is located in Gran,Hadeland Norway, and it opened in April 2016. The… Read more
"Glasslåven" Artcenter
Following infection control guidelines, the Astrup Fearnley Museum has introduced a time slot system to ensure that no more than 200… Read more
Astrup Fearnley Museet
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
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
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