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Gotta catch ’em all! Get introduced to the best places to go Pokémon hunting in Oslo and discover some of the coolest neighbourhoods and most famous landmarks at the same time.

Text: Kjersti Vangerud
Photo: Chris Arnesen

Let Pokémon GO be your tour guide

You see them everywhere. In the parks, shops and streets throughout the whole city. People with bent necks and their noses far into their smartphones, waiting for the next Pokémon to show up.

Lloyd Jason Arcilla (28) is one of them. He has been a dedicated player since Pokémon GO was launched in Norway in July 2016, and today he is undoubtedly one of the most famous Pokémon players in the country, with more than 180.000 followers watching his Pokémon GO related videos on YouTube.

“In one month I saw more of Oslo than ever before, even though I have lived in the city for several years. In the beginning, I could hunt Pokémon for 30 hours straight. My shoes got totally worn out because I was constantly on the move”, he says.

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“Around 90 percent of all PokéStops are linked to a historical monument, a famous building, landmark etc., which basically makes the game an ideal tour guide – even for people who think they know the city, like myself” he explains.

Jason also sees Pokémon GO as a great way of getting in touch with new people. “I have made lots of new friends through the game, and the fun thing is that it appeals to people of all ages. It is good fun for the whole family”, he says.

Even though you can catch Pokémon throughout the whole city, some places are better than others. Below you can read about Jason’s top 5 locations for hunting Pokémon in Oslo.

Get your Pokéballs ready and start exploring!

 

Top 5 places to hunt Pokémon in Oslo

Below each tip you will find recommendations on things to see and do in the area.

1. Vigeland sculpture park

One of Norway’s most visited attractions, with more than one million visitors every year, is also one of Oslo’s most popular meeting places for Pokémon Go players. The sculpture park is full of rare Pokémon that can be difficult to find other places. Look out for Squirtle!

2. Nydalen and Akerselva river

Nydalen has been a Pokémon GO hotspot since the game was launched. Here you can expect a lot of rare Pokémon, including the popular Dratini-Pokémon. If you follow the Akerselva river from Nydalen to Grünerløkka, you will find lots of different Pokémon – and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

3. Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge

This area is packed with PokéStops. At Tjuvholmen there are even two PokéStops placed right next to each other. Buy an ice cream, find a spot by the ocean front and enjoy the scenic surroundings while you are playing.

4. Karl Johan

At the top of Karl Johans gate, Oslo’s main shopping street, you will find the Royal castle where several PokéGyms are located. At the bottom of the street, by Oslo Central Station, there are also many Pokégyms to look out for.

5. Nesoddtangen

Seen as of the best places to hunt Pokémon in Norway. Everybody wants Dragonite, Snorlax and Lapras – and you can expect to find all of them here.Nesoddtangen is located on the Nesodden peninsula, just a short boat trip from Aker Brygge.

About Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game which takes the original principles of Pokémon and applies them to the real world.

This allows people to capture their favourite Pokémon in the real world using the same technology Google Maps uses.

The game was developed by Niantic Labs and published by Nintendo on 6. July 2016.

Pokémon quickly became one of the biggest mobile games of all time. The game is available for Android and iPhone.

Check out for yourself

Visit the locations mentioned above and see if you can catch a pokémon of your own.

Where to catch a Pokémon
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
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
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
The royal residence at the top of Karl Johans gate, home to HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja. The building is in neo-classical style with a facade… Read more
The Royal Palace
The Oslofjord
Nesoddtangen
Nesoddtangen is located on the Nesodden peninsula, just a short boat trip from Aker Brygge.
Nesoddtangen
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