Oslo is a popular travel destination with rich cultural offer and beautiful scenery:
– Vigeland Park,
– National Gallery,
– Kon Tiki Museum,
– Fram Museum,
– Viking Ship Museum (original 1000 years old viking ships; take a look especially at Oseberg),
– Norsk Folkemuseum (open air museum with over 150 Norwegian buildings),
– Oslo City Hall (“the ugliest” building in the world, famous for Noble Peace Prize; beautiful murals inside)
– Norwegian National Opera And Ballet (futuristic construction facing fjords, which allow you to walk all over it upon its slant outer surface),
– Gata (main Oslo’s street Karl Johans Gate),
– Akershus Fortress,
– The Royal Palace (looks like a twin of USA White House),
– ski jump hill Holmenkollen (check also Ski Museum),
– countless islands with view over beautiful hills (try boat cruise) and colorful summer houses,
– excellent biking paths,
– bustling cafe (Grünerløkka district).
source: T. Haaland Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAA427yMsl0
If you have made already some research on-line, you are probably advised to shorten your time in Oslo and explore other part(s) of Norway. However, despite the longest distance between two points in Norway is 1752 km (it’s like from Amsterdam to St Petersburg or like from Oklahoma to Mexico City), its capital Oslo is the most visited city in entire country.
It’s not a coincidence that visitors spent 4.8 million nights in Oslo in 2017!
How should you plan your itinerary in Oslo to don’t feel broke or bored after two days? Honestly, it’s up to your interest but if you can appreciate good art and versatile landscape, Oslo can be a perfect choice for awesome holidays.
Once upon a time, I attended to a lesson of Viking language. Beside our teacher, there were present only me and one girl from Ecuador. Teacher mentioned that he have swam some short part of the Atlantic Ocean on his own (with life vest). I answered that it reminds me Kon-Tiki. He said “yeah, but it was somewhere around Australia”. Then I told him that Thor Heyerdahl swam from Peru to Polynesia. After the lesson, I asked my classmate if I was right: from Peru? She answered that she doesn’t have a clue what I’m talking about!
Herr Cirkusdirektör presents the original film about inspirational Kon-Tiki expedition from 1950 (document interesting not only for history connoisseurs)
source: Herr Cirkusdirektör https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22RvS372DlQ
I would like to mention also one contemporary adventurer from Oslo – Erling Kagge, famous from completing “Three Poles Challenge”. He reached North Pole, Soth Pole and Mount Everest as a first human ever.
Another time, I was watching a good sociopathic “The Snowman” in cinema with my three Nordic mates. I’ve asked them on the beginning of the film: is this forest in Norway? They didn’t know. But then I informed them that this is exactly Oslo as I can recognize Gustav Vigeland’s bronze, iron and granite sculptures from Frogner Park. I felt really happy when one mate repeated this info to another.
This is the biggest sculpture park created by one artist in the world. All sculptures are naked because author wanted to preserve his artwork regardless of changing trends in fashion and also make focus on different phases of human live common for representatives of all socio economic classes.
source: Johtah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfcjSLtX3Y
Outstanding paintings of Edvard Munch are more worldwide known parts of Norwegian cultural heritage. Everybody should to visit at least once in lifetime the National Norwegian Gallery (The Nasjonalgalleriet) in sake of iconic “The Scream”. It depicts a dread caused by expected challenges in chaotic future. Timeless art.
You can learn about unique aspects of Norwegian culture and much, much more during the complete Oslo tour.
It’s a comprehensive bus tour which includes:
– all best sights of Oslo (although part dedicated to Frogner Park is walking),
– a ticket to museum (you can choose between Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum),
– two hours cruise along breathtaking Oslofjord.
Check them out to know which one you prefer more (or would you like to see both on different days?). Don’t forget to complete your purchase.
You can find here 48 different activities in Oslo:
WHERE TO STAY
Prices in Norway aren’t cheap but it’s also not the most expensive country in the world. For example a night in a good 3-stars hotel in Oslo city center may cost you 80 USD what is a good deal on Agoda.com if you compare this with prices for hotels in Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam etc.
I’d recommend to make smaller daily shopping in supermarkets REMA1000 or Kiwi if you don’t want to overpay for simple food ingredients (prices are almost the same as in many other European countries).
7 DAYS ?
Yeah. If you want to experience everything what Oslo has to offer in relaxed pace, you can take now a pen and paper and write down your itinerary. You will notice that Oslo gives people a lot of flexibility and that Oslo is complete for holidays. You can sightseeing, sunbathing, hiking, sailing, island hopping, watching fine art, dining, biking, relaxing, exploring history, making stunning photos and whatnot.
Just remember that period between May and October is much warmer than November – April. Feel welcome to visit Oslo out of season in sake of excellent winter sports infrastructure but expect freezing cold. Otherwise, summer may treat you with breathtaking fjords and much, much, much more attractions.
author: Sam O’Black