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

Explore Oslo on the perfect girls' trip

Planning a trip with your besties? A girls' 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 are a bunch of tips for you, all within easy reach of the Norwegian capital.

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

Something delightful for everyone

Spending a night or two under the same roof, just like 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, while others want cultural experiences? The capital of Norway has plenty of fun to keep everyone busy the whole weekend, and lets you combine urban entertainment with rural bliss, with short distances between the city centre and the countryside.

There are many exciting destinations just an hour or two away from Oslo's main train station, Oslo Central Station. Go for a day trip, stay overnight, or find a place where you can enjoy the entire weekend.

From fjords to mountains

The sea, fjords, and mountains are all easily accessible from Oslo by car, bus, or train. Go paddling on a quiet forest lake, explore the picturesque islands that line the Oslofjord, or dip your toes in the sea. You can even travel all the way to the end of the world (at least that’s what Verdens Ende means in Norwegian)! For the latest art and architecture, head for the Kistefos Museum in Hadeland.

Here are our top tips for the perfect weekend getaway.

1. Urban adventures

Oslo offers tons of urban fun. Visit some of Oslo’s brand-new attractions, including the 13-story MUNCH museum, the National Museum, the Deichman library and its cinema and restaurants, and the sculptures in the Ekeberg Park. You can also go for a stroll along the revamped harbour promenade, explore 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 hardcore ice bathers!

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

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

2. Art weekend

Do you love art? The Henie Onstad Art Center in Sandvika offers top-class international art exhibitions. It makes a great stop on your way to Kistefos at Hadeland, where the spectacular architecture of The Twist has taken the sculpture park to a whole new level. Finish off with a shopping spree at Hadeland Glassverk where you can purchase local handicrafts and more. It is also worth checking out the many unique accommodation options in the area. Try glamping or stay at Thorbjørnsrud Hotel, which serves meals prepared from ingredients from its own farm, and award-winning cheeses.

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

3. Natural charm west of the Oslofjord

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

But beware: once you sit down on the white sandy beach here, you won't want to leave. There are lots of beaches in Vestfold. Explore Horten, home to Preus photography museum and a place that has exciting Viking heritage; beautiful Åsgårdstrand where Edvard Munch painted many of his most iconic works; and Tønsberg, the oldest town in Norway.

Continue to the island paradise of Tjøme and the smooth rocks at Verdens Ende (“the end of the world”, in Norwegian). It’s simply beautiful, any time of year. Sip afternoon tea and indulge yourself at 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 useful tips at Visit Vestfold and Visit Greater Oslo.

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:

Oslo by foot  – top walks

Experience Oslo by bike

4. Lovely experiences east of the Oslofjord

Numerous gems line the eastern coast of the Oslofjord. Start in Drøbak, a town known for its wooden buildings, aquarium and speciality shops, including a Christmas shop that is open year round. Take the boat across the strait to Oscarsborg for lunch. Don't forget your bathing suit! Close by you’ll find Ramme Farm, a unique cultural destination with art exhibitions, organic food, and a lovely park.

Further south lies Moss and the beautiful island of Jeløya, where you can explore exciting art at Gallery F15 and sample pretzels baked to perfection at Alby farm. Treat yourselves to afternoon tea and an overnight stay at the elegant Refsnes Hotel.

If you want to stroll through 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 rocks at Hvaler or stay 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.

5. Soothing forests

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Venture deep into the woods, where you can all relax and be yourselves in peace and quiet. Get active with horse riding or paddling, or go berry picking. Stay in a treetop cabin or spend the night in a tent that's suspended in the air.

A short train ride northeast of Oslo, you’ll find the quaint town of Kongsvinger. Wander among historic houses and soulful eateries in Øvrebyen, Kongsvinger's old town. A beautiful fortress on a hill overlooks the town and Norway’s longest river, the Glomma. Visit the fortress museum, hotel and restaurant, or explore the enchanting wilderness in the Finnskogen forest before continuing on to Elverum.

Find more expert tips at Visit Elverum, Visit Greater Oslo and Kongsvinger and Hamar.

6. Mountains, villages, and traditional farms

A traditional mountain lodge in Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen is the perfect setting for a girls’ getaway. And it's only an hour and a half from Oslo. Enjoy cycling, horseback riding, and hiking in spectacular surroundings. Lillehammer offers excellent shopping and cultural gems, including the elegant Art Museum and nostalgic Maihaugen open-air museum.

Another tip is to visit the Mjøsgårdene farms to soak up the unique atmosphere and broaden your culinary horizons by sampling local delicacies. Hamar is home to a magnificent cathedral. Go for a stroll along the promenade by Mjøsa, Norway’s biggest lake.

Discover more at Visit Lillehammer and Hamar.

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:

Oslo by foot  – top walks

Experience Oslo by bike

Get inspired! Plan a culinary evening in the capital or take in the sea breeze while island hopping in the Oslofjord.

Weird and wonderful accommodation

Stay up late talking, and sleep in the next morning. Here are some truly unique places that will make you feel extra comfortable.

Spa extravaganza

Total relaxation with your favourite people.

Fun activities

New and challenging activities that bring you closer.

Shopping in Oslo

Fashion editor of KK, Ida Elise Eide Einarsdottir, reveals her favourite shopping places in Oslo.

Experience it for yourself!

We invited four friends on a girls-only trip to the Oslo region.

More expert tips for your girls' trip

From unique hotels to cultural experiences – here are more ideas for a trip with your 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
Norway's original treetop cabins are located in Ringsaker's wilderness, 1.5 hour north of Oslo. Our seven huts in the forest provide an all-year-round… 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
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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 tower - "Elgtårnet". Read more
Elgtårnet - The moose tower in Espedalen
Spa hotels in the Oslo region
Farris Bad Hotel is situated at the beautiful Larvik beach in Vestfold, 135 km south of Oslo. Read more
Farris Bad
A world of wellness. Scandinavia's largest wellness centre and spa i sistuated just 20 minutes south of Oslo at Kolbotn. With a total of 11 pools, 15… Read more
The Well Spa
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
Norway's only indoor ski resort offers varied winter activities for everyone, all year round. Read more
Have you ever benne walking with an alpaca? Now 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
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. 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
If you want to try downhill, Hafjell Bike Park is the leading destination for lift- accessed cycling in Norway. 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 | Venabu Fjellhotell
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 Artcenter has been committed to Norwegian and international art, with a broad exhibition, music and performance program, and… Read more
Henie Onstad Art Center
Ramme i Hvitsten is a cultural destination for art and nature. We have a fantastic park, a spectacular picture gallery, organic restaurants and a… 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. 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
Explore the international contemporary art scene in a stunning Oslo landmark. 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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