Are you visiting Oslo, Norway for the first time? Here is a list I created on the best things to see and do in Oslo, Norway. The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to The museum peninsula Bygdøy or The Oslo Opera House in Norway.
The City Center around the main street Karl Johan and Lake Sognsvann. is also worth a visit.
When I crave Oslo cuisine, I eat fresh shrimps on the pier. Some of my favorite Oslo restaurants are Restaurant Olympen and Restaurant Yayas in Vika, Norway.
To escape work I go to the forest area Nordmarka north of the city center or Hovedøya, an island outside the Oslo city center.
For complete quiet, I can hide away at
- Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
- Langøyene, an island outside the city center
- Hovedøya, an island outside the city center
- Østmarka, a forest area southeast of the city center
- The Museum of Contemporary Art
If you come to Oslo, Norway, get your picture taken at the Vigeland Sculpture Park.
If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Solsiden or Restaurant Lofoten order the “seafood tower” plate.
As a child of Norwegian ancestry, I always dreaded bringing “Lutefisk” to school when it came time to share my Norwegian heritage.. Oslo, Norway’s traditional Christmas dish is “Lutefisk” – cured cod. Personally, I think it is an acquired taste.
Oslo, Norway is my one stop shop for Riktige leker (right toys) andHadeland Glassworks
When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Punjab Tandoori, Saigon Lille, Restaurant Mucho Mas, Restaurant Sult or Café Sara in Torggata in Oslo, Norway.
For a huge splurge, I go to Hotel Continental with Restaurant Eik, Restaurant Lofoten at Aker Brygge or Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin. I had the opportunity to dine at this restaurant and it was amazing. Excellent quality seafood, outstanding service and a wonderful location in Oslo, Norway. Don’t miss it.
Photo ops in Oslo, Norway include The Opera House, Aker Brygge, Akershus Fortress, The Vigeland Sculpture Park and The Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Grefsenkollen, Holmenkollen or Ekeberg in Oslo.
The most random thing about Oslo is the Oslo Vegetarian Festival – follow them on Twitter. National Day May 17th and Oslo Jazz Festival.
In Oslo, an active day outdoors involves biking, golfing, skiing, swimming and wind surfing. The forest Nordmarka is great for exploring.
My favorite walking route is along the river Akerselva, from Frognerseteren to Sognsvann in Nordmarka.
Oslo’s best museums are Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum), The National Gallery, The Munch Museum and The Nobel Peace Center.
For a night of dancing, go to:
- In the Grünerløkka area
- Onkel Donald (for students)
- Barbeint (clubbing)
Along the street Torggata is the spot for late night dining or Sushi at Rockefeller.
To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read:
You can tell a lot about Oslo from visiting:
Maridalsspillet in Maridalen
- Gamlebyen, the Old Oslo
In the spring you should attend a football match or see the museum peninsula Bygdoy beaches.
In the summer you should visit the islands outside the city center.
Norwegian Wood Music festival
In the fall you might enjoy: The Botanical Gardens or Lake Sognsvann
In the winter you should go to:
- Holmenkollen area
- Skiing in Tryvann Vinterpark
- Restaurant Frognerseteren
There are several hidden gems in Oslo:
- Kampen, area in the city
- Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
- Restaurant/pub Blå along the Akerselva river
For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to:
- Boccata Café/Restaurant
- Grand Café in Grand Hotel
- Åpent Bakeri
Just outside of Oslo you can visit the picturesque city Drøbak where the Christmas House is and many cozy cafés.
- Restaurant Bølgen & Moi at Høvikodden Art Center
The best way to see Oslo is to walk the main street Karl Johan or grab a city bike.
If you have kids, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Science and Technology
What are your favorite things to do in Oslo, Norway?
Thanks to Visit Oslo for assistance with the best things to see and do in Oslo, Norway. I was a guest of Visit Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown