Oslo is a very quiet city compared to Sydney and popular European cities. It makes walking around Oslo a great way to discover the best of the city. Keep in mind that if you’re travelling over public holidays some museums and attractions may be closed. Want to see as much of Oslo as you can in just two days? Follow me…
My boyfriend and I travelled to Oslo over the New Year period which meant that we had public holidays to deal with. We went on an Oslo All-Inclusive tour so that we wouldn’t miss out on anything as a result. The tour runs for just under five hours but leaves time to explore the city on your own. Oslo is a very easy city to navigate and most of the attractions are located near each other so it’s a good idea to take to the streets by foot. Grab a map and get wandering!
Most attractions are free to enter but if you are looking to explore some of the paid attractions, you’re probably better off booking a spot on a tour for cheaper entry fees and bus transportation to and from the attractions.
Our Oslo All-Inclusive sightseeing tour started at City Hall where we boarded a double-decker coach and headed to Sculpture Park. A tour guide points attractions out on the way and leads the group through all of the sites so you don’t have to know anything about the city before you get here! After wandering through the park we were driven past Ibsen’s house before reaching Ski Jump. We then were taken to theFram Polar Museum where we were able to board a ship and explore the cabins and touch real polar bears (not live ones of course). The tour ended back at City Hall.
City Hall is located along Oslo’s main harbour which is beauty during sunset. Here you’ll also be able to walk to Akershus Fortress and explore the grounds for free. You’ll get great views of the city from the fortress walls so pack the camera. Nearby is the Nobel Peace Centre which is just 90NOK ($15 AUD) for adult general admission. The museum is very interactive and houses exhibits on all previous Nobel Peace Prize winners.
From here, continue walking through to the main street, Karl Johans Gate, where you’ll be able to do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. If you’re there in winter, there’s an ice rink and snow sculptures made by locals in the middle of the street. If you walk up hill you’ll reach The Royal Palace where you can wander the gardens. If you take the other direction you’ll eventually reach Oslo Cathedral which is lit by candle light during Christmas.
The Opera House is one of the newest attractions in the city and is definitely worth a visit. Located on the harbour, near Central Train Station, you can walk through to the main foyer or do what we did and see a show at night. But the coolest feature is the roof which you can walk up to by taking the steps along the side of the building. We climbed to the top of the building just as the sun was setting and we got some incredible photos of the city and the horizon.
Oslo is a beautiful city to walk around but the shopping here is quite expensive so do less of that and more of the sightseeing.
Have you ever been to Olso? What’s your favourite thing to do when exploring a new city? Let me know in the comments below!