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Oslo

The tranquil and picturesque capital of Norway.

Oslo lies at the inner reaches of the Oslo Fjord and is a tranquil and picturesque capital. Oslo is home to the Viking Ship and the Kon-Tiki museums, as well as the famous Holmenkollen ski jump and the statue park of Gustav Vigeland.

A stroll along the harbour with its many old wooden tall ships followed by a cold beer in the evening sun along Aker Brygge is well worth it. Oslo is also one of the capitals in Europe with the largest number of bars and restaurants per capita, and night life is plentiful. Read about vibrant Oslo places to visit here.

The history of the city can be traced back over 1,000 years. Oslo was founded in 1048, by the King Harald Hardråde. The city became capital of Norway around 1300, but lost its privileges during the Danish-Norwegian union from 1348 to 1814. In 1624, a fire devastated old Oslo, and the city was moved some kilometres west to gain protection from the fortress at Akershus. The city was renamed Christiania, after the Danish king Christian IV, a name that remained until it was officially renamed on January 1st 1925 to Oslo.

Oslo, with its approximately 453 square kilometres, is one of the largest capitals in the world by area. Granted, most of this is forest, making Oslo a city in close contact with the nature surrounding it.

Oslo is situated in an amphitheater-like setting, with the city centre in the bottom close to the Oslo fjord, and residential areas stretching uphill from there in all directions. Behind the residential areas, the forested area of Marka (Nordmarka, Østmarka, Lillomarka) extends, with flora and fauna that is quite extraordinary for a city of this size. Moose are commonplace (easily spotted in winter), and the whole of the capital is part of Norway's wolf reserve (even if they rarely come here). Polarbears are NOT common in the city centre, even some might think so, due to old stories about Norway.

The Oslo fjord is a lake in the Skagerrak bay, stretching inland from the North Sea towards Øresund and the Baltic Sea. Oslo has an impressive archipelago of islands, which in summer becomes the city's favoured playground.

If you are planning on travelling to Bergen on the Oslo to Bergen Train journey, read more about it here.

WALK: Skjennungstua

Take metro line No 1 from any subway station in central Oslo to the final stop at Frognerseteren. Then set off on foot, following the signposted paths towards Skjennungstua—a lovely 7km round-trip through the forested hills above the city. Stop for lunch at Skjennungstua, with its fantastic view over Oslomarka, Oslo’s green space; http://skjennungstua.no.

WINTER FUN: The Corkscrew
For an adrenalin kick, ride the Korketrekkeren (corkscrew) tobogganing track at Frognerseteren. Search for ‘‘The Madness—Korketrekkeren in Oslo’’ on YouTube to get the full picture.

BEACH: Huk
Bring your bathers, a packet of Leif Vidar sausages and a disposable barbecue and join the locals atHukon the Bygdøy peninsula in the city’s west. This is where Oslo folk spend their summer afternoons and long evenings, enjoying the warm water, having something to eat and sunbathing; http://visitoslo.com.

CITY TREASURE: Shrimps at Rådhuskaia. Pick up a loaf of white bread and some mayo, and head down to Rådhuskaia (the harbour in front of the town hall). Fishermen start selling their freshly caught and very tasty shrimps (an Oslo treasure) at 7am, so it pays to be early.

See our Norway tours that visit Oslo below:

Style
Season
Duration
Tour Standard

Follow the Northern Lights

15 days - Escorted Small Group tour to Norway and Finland with northbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage

  • 2021/2022
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Andrey Shcherbukhin

Best of Norway Escorted Small Group Tour

14 days - Escorted summer tour of Norwegian Fjords and Coastal Route

  • New tour 2022
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Chase the Northern Lights

14 days - Escorted Small Group tour to Norway and Finland with southbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage

  • 2021/2022
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Photo Didrick Stenersen

Oslo - Family Fun Long Weekend

4 days - Long Weekend designed for active families in Oslo with local, sustainable excursions.

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Beautiful Norway

8 days - Independent visit to the mountains, fjords and valleys of Norway. Enjoy staying at boutique hotels and touring in our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach.

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Johan Berge

Scandinavian Capitals - by rail & ferry

14 days - Independent tour with emphasis on city stays and some fabulous fjord scenery.

  • Best seller
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Ørjan Bertelsen

Beautiful Norway and Norwegian Coastal Voyage

14 days - Independent visit to the mountains and fjords of Norway with Boutique hotels and touring in our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach

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Beautiful Norway Express

5 days - Highlights of 'Beautiful Norway' - compacted version.

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Per Pixel Petersson

Oslo to Gothenburg - self drive tour

6 days - Coastal driving along Sweden's west coast

  • Our favourite route
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Norway in a Nutshell® Plus

5 days - Independent self guided tour extended with more inclusions.

  • Premium
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Hardangervidda Classic

5 days - Group Hike in Hardangervidda National Park.

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Aurlandsdalen - Classic Norway on foot

7 days - Join us for a Norway in a Nutshell® experience with a difference.

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Beautiful Norway Reverse

8 days - Independent journey from Bergen to Oslo. Enjoy staying at boutique hotels and touring in our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach.

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Heroes of Telemark self drive

6 days - An in-depth self drive itinerary through the heart of of Telemark

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Highlights of Scandinavia Tour

12 days - Independent tour with city tours, fjord stay and insider experiences.

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Jotunheimen Classic

8 days - Group Hike - Hike from cabin to cabin across Jotunheimen NP

  • Our favourite
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Mountains, Fjords & Norwegian Coastal Voyage

13 days - Classic Norway in a Nutshell® tour, Oslo and Norwegian Coastal voyage through Norway.

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©Maja Grønholdt Jensen

Nordic Capitals Gourmet Tour

10 days - Classic independent tour plus food tours and special touches.

  • Food tours included
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Nordic Winter Odyssey

15 day - ICEHOTEL | Lyngen Lodge | Norwegian Coastal Voyage | Stockholm

  • Premium
  • Lots of inclusions
  • Norway tours
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Hotel Dalen

Norway Active + self drive

11 days - Boutique stays with hiking, fly-fishing and golfing surrounded by Norwegian scenery

  • Premium
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Norway in a Nutshell®

3 days - Independent tour by rail, bus and ferry.

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Norway in a Nutshell® - Active

3 days - An active twist on the classic.

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Aurland 29|2 Active

Norway in a Nutshell® - Active Plus

6 days - An active summer twist on the classic - extended version

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Norway in a Nutshell® Plus - Winter

5 days - Independent with cosy historic hotels and winter adventures

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Kviknes Hotel Norway

Norway's Classic Fjords

6 days - All the fjord favourites in one tour; Kviknes Hotel, Norway in a Nutshell® and Bergen.

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Norway's Southern Fjords and Pulpit Rock

6 days - Independent tour with Norway in a Nutshell

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Hurtigruten

Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Nordic Capitals Tour

23 days - Independent cruise and tour of Scandinavia's coast and capitals.

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Norwegian Fjords Hike & Bike Tour

10 days - Let Norway live up to your expectations on this active adventure...

  • Premium
  • Our favourite
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Hotel Continental, Oslo

Oslo - Extravagant Long Weekend

4 days - Long Weekend designed for luxury travellers in Oslo with local, unique excursions.

  • Premium
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Oslo Norway

Oslo Essentials Long Weekend

4 days - Long Weekend or minibreak in Oslo with local, unique excursions.

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Oslo to Bergen - self drive tour

6 days - Discover Hoven Loen, Fjærland, Flåm and Lom on this classic fjord route.

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Rallarvegen by bike tour

3 days - Norway's most popular bike route, independent departures. Family friendly.

  • Family Friendly
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Rondane Classic

6 days - Group Hike - Classic Norwegian trek through Rondane National Park

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Scandinavian Family Fun luxury tour

9 days - Premium tour with emphasis on luxury city stays and family adventures

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Scandinavian Gems - Luxury Tour

10 days - Premium tour with emphasis on luxury city stays and fabulous fjord scenery

  • Premium
  • Private Meet & Greets
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Sognefjord in a Nutshell®

3 days - Independent tour by train, boat and ferry.

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Telemark & the Norwegian Fjords self drive tour

7 days - Explore Southern Norway with boutique stays and fjords

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The Telemark Canal - Independent cruise

4 days - Explore the Telemark Canal and stay at the historic Dalen Hotel

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Accommodation
Director's Choice
Design choice
Historic choice
First Hotel Grims Grenka
Hotel Bristol | Lunch, Coffees, Dining and a Day Spa
Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret
Comfort Hotel Grand Central
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz
Restaurants
Maaemo
Festningen | Norway Restaurant
Maaemo
Restaurant options in Oslo
Vippa Oslo
Vippa Oslo
Highlights
Vigeland Park
Vigeland Statue Park
DogA - Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture
Scandinavian Christmas Markets
Ekebergparken
Oslo Opera House
Sørenga seawater pool Oslo
KOK floating sauna Oslo
Floating Sauna in Oslo
Optional Add Ons
Summer night on Oslo fjord
Fjord Sightseeing
Fishing in Norway
Oslo Food Tours