Things to do in
Oslo

From the fjords and mountains to the nightlife and museums, there’s never a dull moment in Norway’s capital.

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Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

1. Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Oslo's gorgeous Fjords on a trip into a dreamlike landscape. The dramatic waterways are a photographer's dream and give the city its lifeblood. On this 2-hour boat tour you will get a chance to see the best parts of these idyllic landscapes from the sea, offering a unique viewpoint rarely appreciated in these days of cheap air travel. Once aboard the comfortable boat, you will get the chance to purchase refreshments, before settling down to stare out at unbridled natural beauty. You will pass through narrow sounds, deep bays, and a maze of islands, dotted with picturesque summer homes. The fun tour will introduce you to the Norwegian coastline in an easy fashion, providing the sort of views that the Vikings would have seen back in the days of their great explorations.

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Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

2. Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise

Experience the superb fjords of Oslo on board a traditional wooden sailing ship and cruise the network of waterways that stretch almost into the city center. The 3-hour evening buffet cruise will get you up-close-and-personal with the city’s dramatic scenery, while enjoying the ambiance of a fully restored ship, renovated to its former glory. Sail past numerous islands, including Hovedøya, and the Dyna Lighthouse. Navigate the narrow inlets and dip into sheltered bays to capture the capital on camera from different angles. The boat will pass close to the Bygdøy peninsula, housing many interesting museums as well as beaches such as Huk Bay. See the Maritime Museum with its veteran sailing ships moored outside, and the impressive Fram Museum, housing the polar ship of the same name. During your cruise, snacks of Norwegian shrimps will be offered, while the bar will provide a wide range of hot and cold drinks.

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Oslo Private Tour with a Local Guide

3. Oslo Private Tour with a Local Guide

Meet the local guide at your accommodation in Oslo and head out on a walking tour to explore the city. You’ll be in good hands with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. On this customized tour you’ll see some of the top attractions and hear about more that you can visit on your own after the tour. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident you have all the information you need.

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Oslo Pass Including Public Transport

4. Oslo Pass Including Public Transport

Oslo Pass is your ticket to the city of Oslo. The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo, this travel discount card grants you admission to more than 30 museums and attractions, access to public transportation, guided tours, as well as special offers in restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Available in validity periods of 24, 48 and 72 hours, Oslo Pass is a great value and pays for itself very quickly. Along with your Oslo Pass, you will receive a booklet describing all the benefits for Oslo Pass holders. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass booklet and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus, tram, local trains, and on the ferry boats to the islands in the inner Oslo fjord. You can take the following tours with your pass: Oslo City Walks, OURWAY Tours: Oslo City Walk. Additionally, enjoy access to the Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath. Visit the following museums with your Oslo Pass: Akershus Castle, Armed Forces Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Historical Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower, Holocaust Center, Intercultural Museum, International Museum of Children's Art, Kunsternes Hus, Labour Museum, Munch Museum, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Piece Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, The Salmon - Science Centre, and The Vigeland Museum.

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Oslo: Sledging Experience

5. Oslo: Sledging Experience

If you are looking for some fun in Oslo during winter, join a sled ride in Holmenkollen. The tour starts at the Oslo Central Station, where you will meet your guide for an introduction to the tour and get an Oslo public transportation ticket which is valid for 24 hours. Please keep the ticket since you will be taking the subway from the bottom of the sled track up to the hill during your 1.5-hour sledding time. You will then have about 1.5 hour with the guide to experience the real Norwegian sledging experience in former Olympic sled track from 1952. After the 1.5 hour of guided sledging, you can either choose to come back to the city with the guide or continue sledging until the evening. You can choose to take a slow ride or organize a race with your friends and family, with hot tea and coffee on hand to keep you warm.

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Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen

6. Self-Guided Norway Tour: Oslo to Bergen

This legendary tour takes you through Norway’s most breathtaking UNESCO-protected fjord and mountain scenery, including Europe’s top scenic rail journeys. You will also enjoy a fjord cruise on the magnificent Aurlandsfjord and on the narrow Nærøyfjord. This is a self-guided tour, from Oslo, to Myrdal, to Flåm, to Gudvangen, to Voss, and then to Bergen. High up in Norway's mountainous “rooftop” at 866 metres (2,841 ft) above sea level is Myrdal, a remote mountain station serving as the junction between the Oslo-Bergen train line and the famous Flåm Railway. The small village of Flåm is one of the most popular destinations in Norway and Scandinavia due to its stunning scenery and location. Most have probably seen spectacular images of the landscape in Western Norway - steep, forested mountainsides that plunge into the blue fjord, waterfalls, narrow fjords and valleys. Gudvangen is a village in Aurland Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is a popular tourist destination and is located at the end of the Nærøyfjord where the Nærøydalselvi river empties into the fjord.

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Oslo: Street Food Culture Walking Tour

7. Oslo: Street Food Culture Walking Tour

Join a crash course into Oslo street cuisine on this guided walking tour that combines exploration of the city's hidden gems and the places offering the most typical flavors. Discover Norwegian food and become an Oslo street food specialist. Embark on a beautiful walk around Oslo's most popular river and discover the city’s hipster area and underground culture. Taste the most authentic dishes that serve as a savior for Oslopolitans during busy days and nights. Sample several types of local specialties that have become an integral part of Oslo culture: Norwegian waffles, the Norwegian hot dog, a special soft drink that is typical for Oslo, and more. The additional cost for all foods and drinks is approximately €10-€15 per person, but it also depends on what you would like to taste. Each participant can pay for themselves on site.

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Oslo: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

8. Oslo: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Oslo. Download the smartphone app onto your phone and explore Oslo on this self-guided tour. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring sites at your own pace. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn interesting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. Discover another side of Oslo on this fun tour. Walk around and explore this iconic city. Be sure to take photos of the Norwegian National Theater and the Royal Palace, built in the 19th-century. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events. Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by the person.

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Oslo: Oslofjord 2-HourSightseeing Cruise with Lunch

9. Oslo: Oslofjord 2-HourSightseeing Cruise with Lunch

Cruise for 2-hours down the iconic Oslofjord aboard a sailing ship while enjoying a delicious traditional lunch.   Sail via Hovedøya towards Nesodden and through narrow straits and bays past Vassholmene and Bygdøy. Pass the fjord's most interesting sights and see the charming summer homes and bathhouses.  Lean back, and as you enjoy the beautiful scenery, feast on a traditional fjord style prawn plate. Truly the perfect way to spend the day in Oslo.

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Oslo: 1.5-Hour Vigeland Park Exploration Game

10. Oslo: 1.5-Hour Vigeland Park Exploration Game

Explore the beautiful Vigeland Park as you solve puzzles and challenges that lead you to the most impressive monuments in the park. Be captivated by the entertaining story and learn interesting facts about the park along the way. Start your outdoor adventure at the Vigelandsparken. Play as Jessica Meddler: a paranormal investigator and blogger. Normally, you’d be hunting ghosts, but today is your day off, or so you think. Follow the clues around the park and admire famous monuments as well as lesser-known spots as you go. Explore at your own pace and stop for breaks when you like. Play alone, as a group or two competing groups, and meet at the final stop of the game, the Wheel of Life.

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Frequently asked questions about Oslo

What top attractions are a must-see in Oslo?

Planning Your Visit

  • How much cash do I need in Oslo?

    Oslo is a famously pricey city, where a pint of beer can cost 50-60 NOK (8€). However, many of the public museums are free and the Oslo Pass will cover your transport, many attractions, swimming, walking tours and discounts. Take perhaps a third more currency than you would use throughout Central Europe.

  • When should I visit?

    Spring and summer are the best times, weather-wise (try March to August). You will also get to experience the famed nighttime sun and super short nights in August. Try to avoid winter, when Oslo can be dark most of the morning and afternoon, making it difficult for tourists to decide what to do!

Good to know

  • Language
    Norwegian
  • Currency
    Norwegian Krone (kr)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+1:00)
  • Country Code
    +47
  • Best time to visit
    From March to August the temperatures are comfortable and mild, and the days are the longest they are all year. It's also a great chance to experience the midnight sun!

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What people are saying about Oslo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,316 reviews

This street tour was amazing. We met our guide Katrina and straight away she was accommodating and easy to talk to. While we were on our tour she told us about where we were and the history and culture of Oslo’s street food scene and the areas we were in. The food we got to try were all super tasty!! Waffles, cocoa, a beautiful street food favourite hotdog. Would highly recommend as I really enjoyed it. Was a wonderful experience :)

A good way to visit Oslo in one day with an excellent driver and an excellent guide. We were 10 members, 3 generations of a family from Catalonia and all of us have enjoyed a lot the Oslo guided tour.

Our guide was WONDERFUL! Despite the -9 temperature, she was flawless. She provided great incite to a great city of Oslo culminating with the magic of the Christmas market. Thank you!

Absolutely amazing experience!! Very interesting, if you’re thinking about booking I would definitely recommend you do!

An great way to see the City in comfort with an excellent guide.