Top 20 Things to do in Oslo, Norway

Make the most of your time visiting Oslo! I’ve curated this list of the top 20 attractions in Oslo grouped by proximity. You could do each color in a day, or combine colors if you’re super speedy.

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Blue Day:  AKA “I just spent a ridiculous amount of time in dank bus/train/plane next to a guy who snored to loudly and all I want is some fresh air”

1. Birkelunden

City park! Take a leisurely stroll through Birkelunden.

2. Sofienbergparken

City park (again)! Relax in Sofienbergparken and feel like a local.

3. Botanisk hage

  • Mon-Sun: 7:00am-9:00pm

“The University Botanical Garden (Botanisk hage) is Norway’s oldest botanical garden. It was first established in 1814 and is administrated by the University of Oslo.”

4. The Munch Museum

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm

“Einar Frithjof Myklebust (born 17 May 1922), is a Norwegian architect and professor at NTH (now (NTNU).
Einar Myklebust worked between 1953–1964 together with the architect Gunnar Fougner.”

Green Day:  AKA “The pace we moved at yesterday put the slow in Oslo and now I have major FOMO.” NOT the band.

5. St. Hanshaugen

City park! Enjoy some downtime in St. Hanshaugen.

6. Damstredet

“St. Hanshaugen (Norwegian for St.”

7. Nasjonalgalleriet

  • Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat, Sun: 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Thur: 10:00am-7:00pm

“Harald Oskar Sohlberg (29 September 1869 – 19 June 1935) was a Norwegian Neo-romantic painter.”

8. Grand Hotel

“Grand Hotel is a hotel in Oslo, Norway. The hotel is best known as is the annual venue of the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.”

9. Astrup Fearnley Museet

  • Tue, Wed, Fri: 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thur: 12:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sat, Sun: 11:00am-5:00pm

Why you should visit: “To Be With Art Is All We Ask.”

10. Aker Brygge

“Aker Brygge is a tramway station on the Oslo Tramway.
Located at Aker Brygge, it was opened by Oslo Sporveier in 1994 as a part of the Vika Line.”

11. Nobels Fredssenter – Nobel Peace Center

  • Tue-Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm

“The Nobel Peace Center (Norwegian: Nobels Fredssenter) in Oslo, Norway is a showcase for the Nobel Peace Prize and the ideals it represents. The Center is also an arena where culture and politics merge to promote involvement, debate and reflection around topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution.”

12. Rådhuset / Oslo City Hall

  • Mon-Sun: 9:00am-6:00pm

Who could say no to a little Functionalism?

13. Akershus festning

“Akershus Fortress (Norwegian: Akershus Festning) or Akershus Castle (Norwegian: Akershus slott) is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. It has also been used as a palace and as a prison.”

14. Den Norske Opera & Ballett

  • Mon-Fri: 9:00am-6:00pm

“The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (in Norwegian, Den Norske Opera & Ballett) is the first fully professional company each for opera and ballet in Norway, the only such professional organisation in the country. Its current residence is the Oslo Opera House, since the spring of 2008.”

Pink Day:  AKA “I’m really vliking this place”

15. Frognerparken

“Frogner is a borough and an exclusive residential and retail district in the West End of the city of Oslo, Norway. In addition to traditional Frogner, the borough incorporates Bygdøy, Uranienborg and Majorstuen.”

16. Viking Ship Museum

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm

“The Viking Ship Museum (Norwegian: Vikingskipshuset på Bygdøy) is located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway. It is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad (Sandefjord), Oseberg (Tønsberg) and the Borre mound cemetery.”

17. Norsk folkemuseum

  • Mon-Fri: 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat, Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm

“Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History), at Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway, is a museum of cultural history with extensive collections of artifacts from all social groups and all regions of the country. It also incorporates a large open-air museum with more than 150 buildings, relocated from towns and rural districts.”

18. Kon-Tiki museet

  • Mon-Sat: 9:00am-6:00pm

“The Kon-Tiki Museum (Norwegian: Kon-Tiki Museet) is a museum in the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo, Norway. It houses vessels and maps from the Kon-Tiki expedition, as well as a library with about 8000 books.”

19. Frammuseet

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm

“The Fram Museum (Norwegian: Frammuseet) is a museum telling the story of Norwegian polar exploration. It is located on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway” (the label on the map is overlapping with #18).

Bonus:  AKA “I could never get these right on tests. Actually I could, but I was a nerd.”

20. Svartdalsparken/Old Oslo

“Gamle Oslo is a district of the city of Oslo, Norway. The name means ‘Old Oslo.'”

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*Anything in quotes is from Wikipedia. 

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