7 Great Things to do in Oslo
As said before I don’t like long lists of things. Because then I will never decided what to do. This is one of the reason why I never manage to decided a movie on Netflix. I love when I just get presented with a small list that deliver: what you should do when visiting a new city and have limited time. That is the list I will give you for Oslo: 7 Great things to do in Oslo when visiting the city on limited time. Or the things just must see before getting completely lost in the city and the 300 other things you can do in the city. All of the things you can do for free except number 2 and 7. that is dinning.
7 Great things to do in Oslo
when having 1 day exploring
1. Frogner Park, Viegeland Park or Sculpture Park
This is a beauty of a park in the area of Frogner & Majorstua. The park consists of 212 bronze and granite sculptures. It is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single Artist – Gustav Viegland. Has to be one the things to do in Oslo, when visiting. The park is open to visitors all year round and it´s free. The best public transportation is the 12 tram.
The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949. Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.
2. Åpent Bakeri for Breakfast or Coffee Break
(requires some money)
This the place you go to get your morning coffee after a stroll in the beautiful Frogner Park! For me the best coffee in Frogner. It is a local bakery with french pastery and a great place to enjoy the morning sun. Relax her and take at look at the local neighbors running in to get their morning bread and a coffee. Norwegians love their coffee.
We normally don’t talk to each other before after the first morning cup of coffee. Then we can start the day. I’m in Åpent Bakeri when writing this blog, and now there is a line of the door, this is how good the place is, just saying. Arrive early if you want to have more than just coffee.
3. Royal Palace & Main street Karl Johan
When being at Åpent Bakeri you are very close to the Royal Palace, actually it is 30 meters walking and you enter the Queen Park entrance of the Royal Castle. Walk around and maybe take a picture with some of the front gards and the Palace When being in front of the Royal Palace you are looking down in the main street Karl Johan. Just follow the road right in front of you and enter Karl Johan street, in the left hand you will see Oslo University, on the right side National Theater and in the front Stortinget.
You are continuing walking down Karl Johan, the street where all the tourists are the locals maybe once a month if meeting people from out of town. If you want the local shopping street it is: Bogstadveien.
When being in the bottom of Karl Johan, you are getting close to next great things to do in Oslo – the Opera House.
4. Opera House in Bjørvika
I don´t know about you, but I love the architecture and the lines of the Opera House in Oslo. Walk around take pictures in every angels and different levels. Explore inside and outside. Walk to the top of the Opera House and get a Panorama view over the city with 360 degrees and take pictures of the famous Barcode project.
5. Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortess is a Medieval Castle that was built in the late 1920 to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. It has been used as a prison. Is has great surrounding of the city viewing towards Aker Brygge, Tjuvholmen and the fjord of Oslo.
6. Aker Brygge & Tjuvholmen
Aker Brygge is a neighborhood in Oslo which is an area for shopping, dinning and entertainment, as well some high-end residential area. You should walk the boardwalk and maybe take stop by on of the wagons to buy a local Norwegian waffle or just ice cream. Sit down on the benches and enjoy the atmosphere and the fjord of Oslo. If you have time, hope on to one of the ferry´s to the island of the fjords from Aker Brygge and visit:Hovedøya, Langøya and Gressholmen
Walking over to Tjuvholmen one of Oslo’s newest boroughs. The area is surrounded by an intriguing architectural diversity and unique areas appears when walking around. It host galleries, my personal favorite Pushwagner and the Astrup Fearneley Musem as on the picture. Tjuvholmen area are known for high standards and some high prices, then again you are paying for high quality.
7. Dinning with a view of the Fjord
(requires some money)
When being in Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen, you have many options around for dinning and nightlife. I would recommend Døgnvill which is one of the 7 best burgers in the Capital of Norway. Or you can to Sjømagasinet for some of the best seafood, or Bølgen & Moi with a mouthwatering sea platter and the sun-kissed stunning view of Oslo Fjord until early night, before hitting the night scene.
Or you go to Ekeberg Restaurant
with the 19 tram and have panorama view of the City and eat Blue mussels and drink wine in the sunset.
If you are ready to go! you need to check this:
Oslo is my city and I have lived in Oslo from the age of 18 and I’m getting older every year and still living her. I have been around in all the different corner’s of the city, but I do live in Frogner this is where I know the best secret. The city is beautiful, charming and easy to walk around. There are many great things do in Oslo, walking is the first one you should do!
Oslo is very safe city! What I love most about Oslo, is that it is one of the greenest city in Europe. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with when planing your visit to Oslo and Norway.