72 hours in Oslo
Heading to the capital for Norway for a magical long weekend?
Check out of top tips for attractions to see, things to do and places to eat while you’re there and look forward to a short break you’ll be talking about for a long time.
Before you go and where to stay
Every year, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in the Oslo City Hall and you can go and walk the very same halls some of the world’s most important people have visited – but only if you book ahead. So call before you set off on your weekend adventure.
If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in the capital, the best choice has to be the Hotel Continental or the iconic Grand Hotel but if neither of those suit your budget, you’ll be happy to know there are more than 50 hotels in the city so you’re sure to find your perfect match. Check Visit Oslo for some good suggestions.
First stop, buy an Oslo Pass
Perfect for helping you make the most of your trip, and Oslo Pass lets you ride free on public transport, means you can park free of charge in all municipal car park and offers admission to lots of museums and sights. It also gets you a discount at plenty of top attractions and restaurants – choose a 72 hour pass and you’ll have your whole trip covered.
Top attractions to visit
Enjoy a look at the city’s historical past by paying a visit to the Akershus Fortress. This 13th century castle is a fascinating sight and is located right next to the harbour.
One excellent way to take in much of the area’s natural beauty is on a hop on/hop off cruise of the fjord and islands. From the water, you’re sure to spot the stunning Opera House (which is well worth a visit after) and you can stop off at Bygdøy, which is also known as the museum island. There, you’ll find the amazing Viking Ship Museum as well as the FRAM and the Holocaust Museum.
No stay in Oslo would be complete without a trip out of the city centre to see Frogner Park, often also called the Vigeland Sculpture Park, which is home to an amazing 212 unique bronze and granite statues. Other fabulous places for expanding your mind include The National Gallery of Oslo, the Munch Museum and the Royal Residence.
Great places to get something to eat
For a wonderful choice of different restaurants, get yourself along to Aker Brygge. This area was once a bustling ship yard and is now one of the hippest places to find a bite to eat in Oslo. Get lovely views of the harbour and enjoy patio dining in this exciting, pedestrian-friendly zone. If you’re looking for an upmarket experience, try the hos Thea or the Statholdergaarden. For cheaper eats, check out the budget guide to Oslo restaurants.
It’s worth bearing in mind that restaurants in Scandinavia tend to close a little earlier than the do in other European countries, so be sure to make your dinner reservation an early one.
Are you an Oslo aficionado?