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