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Oslo is Europe’s fastest growing capital city and one of the greenest. Picturesque parks are around every corner, local transportation is eco-friendly, and the pristine islands of Oslofjord are a short boat ride from the main port.

Frogner Park—the city’s largest green space—hosts Oslo City Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park, where the life's work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland is displayed. To the south is the Bygdøy Peninsula, home to the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, featuring Viking ships dating back to the 9th century.

The city’s beautiful waterfront is lined with chic restaurants, shops, cafes, as well as the iconic, glacier-shaped Oslo Opera House. Take a guided tour of this impressive building, walk across its marble roof, before catching an opera or ballet performance.

The Norwegian capital also marks the start of one of the world’s most photogenic railroads. The Bergen Line is carved out of hard rock along the slopes of the Hardangervidda plateau, stretching 370 miles from Oslo’s central station to Bergen. Grab a window seat and enjoy the breathtaking views – from snow-capped mountains to fjords so calm they look like mirrors.

Back in Oslo, other highlights include the Royal Palace, the Holmenkollbakken ski-jump hill, and the Munch Museum, home to the "The Scream" and other classic paintings.


From $31 per night

This weekend

From $143 per night

Next weekend

From $172 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency NOK 10 = $1.15
Language Norwegian
Average weekend price $126 per night
Average weekday price $124 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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There are a lot to see even for just a five day stay in Oslo.

February 15, 2019

There are a lot to see even for just a five day stay in Oslo. The city has a blend of modern and old buildings which is interesting to see. The city offers numerous museums and provides a coffee house like experience on almost every corner. The people of Oslo are willing to help you if you need to ask for any. They also are more likely to speak English, so do not feel afraid to ask them a question in English if you have trouble communicating with them in Norwegian. My favorite stop every morning was place called, Grodt Brød, in Grünerløkka. The food and atmosphere was great and the staff were very friendly and helpful to offer suggestions on food and travel. I recommend going there for a relaxing coffee house experience and good food. The bus transportation system is easy to understand and easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. Again, don't feel embarrassed to ask the locals for help. They can help you with getting you to where you need to go when you need to. The city has a lot to offer when it comes to museums and attractions. Not only that, but you will never run short on the many themed bars and restaurants frequented throughout the city. Even if you are just out walking, you will be surprised and amazed at what you find on you travels. Oslo is definitely a place I plan to return to. Its history, charm, and mixture of past and present is something worth checking out.

Jacob Lesotho

We only had one full day before taking the train to Bergen...

February 5, 2019

We only had one full day before taking the train to Bergen to catch the Hurtigruten cruise. Oslo was beautiful and covered with snow when we arrived in January. We very much enjoyed the Folklife Museum, Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum. I wish we had more time! No Hop on Bus in January, but a 24 transit pass on regular city system worked extremely well for only 120 Krone. There are flat rate taxi's from the airport so if traveling in a group of 4 or more - especially with luggage it is comparable pricing to train and more convenient.

Carol United States of America

Use the Oslo pass as it means you can see a lot of Oslo...

January 16, 2019

Use the Oslo pass as it means you can see a lot of Oslo while using public transport. The snow was lovely as we're all the sights. Me and my friend really liked the Fram polar museum as you could go on the actual ship and take a look around.

monique United Kingdom

Oslo proved to be as easy to get around as I'd heard.

January 15, 2019

Oslo proved to be as easy to get around as I'd heard. We enjoyed walking to many of the sights and a bus pass took care of virtually everything we wanted and had time to see. The numerous museums present many things about the history of Norway, from the Vikings to today.

Anonymous United States of America

Loads to do and see.

December 8, 2018

Loads to do and see. We know we will need to re-visit for longer. Transport links are superb. Take loads of money and we’ll loaded credit cards because everything is about 133% of the cost in the uk.

jeremy United Kingdom

Very rude and Awful people had got a ticket for wanting to...

December 1, 2018

Very rude and Awful people had got a ticket for wanting to come ask a question they can’t speak English, when I gave the guy my ID I thought he was writing my name on my purchased ticket but he actually gave me a ticket without telling me he was then I asked him what was it for and then he told me to go I felt like they where being Racist And highly rude and they will hear from me!

Naeemah United States of America

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