As the capital of Norway, it’s pretty understandable that Oslo boasts a lot for tourists to see and do. It’s a beautify city located on a fjord, and with its harbor tours, islands in the area, museums and great locals and food, you might need an extended stay to explore Oslo in all its glory.
Top Attractions in Oslo
The Viking Ship Museum
Norway has a deep Viking history, which is why the museum dedicated to this era in Oslo is a great idea for a day trip. The museum is home to the world’s best preserved Viking ships, some of which date back to the 9th century. From boats to carts and stunning ornamentation, you’ll find a lot to keep your eyes entertained here.
National Art Gallery
Boasting Norway’s largest public collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures, there’s a pretty good reason why the National Art Gallery in Oslo is as popular as it is. It’s a great spot to see the older and local art and since it’s within walking distance of Karl Johans Gate, you’ll be right near Oslo’s main street for further exploring once you’re done here.
Blomqvist Auction House Gallery
Coming in as one of Norway’s oldest and biggest auction houses, Blomqvist is conveniently located in the city center. If you want to shop for some traditional Norwegian arts and antiques like glass, silver, china and even jewelry, this is the place to get it done at.
Aker Brygge wharf
If you feel like you need to escape the city buzz, a leisurely afternoon stroll down the Aker Brygge wharf is ideal, albeit it will lead you through the city’s largest collection of restaurants. The wide variety of foods on offer here range from French cuisine to authentic Nordic dishes, and if the food doesn’t do the trick for you, some simple window shopping or architectural admiration might soothe your soul.
Kampen Ecological Children’s Farm
As the name implies, Kampen Ecological Children’s Farm is the ideal destination for travelers with kids. It’s located in Eastern Oslo, and it’s a great place where the little ones can learn all about veggies, herbs and animals. Homemade coffees, lemonade and waffles are all the rage over the weekends, but all-in-all, it makes for a great, laid back and kid-friendly afternoon is Oslo.
Emanuel Vigeland Museum
While it might be one of the most underrated attractions, you don’t want to miss out like the millions before you did, which is exactly why you need to head down to the Emanuel Vigeland Museum. Its home to an array of paintings, clergy portraits and sculptures and dates back to 1926, having undergone many face changes throughout the years! Originally set up as a museum then transformed into a tomb, the “dark barrel vaulted room” with its dramatic frescoes is probably the main attraction here.
Just north of Oslo’s city center you’ll find Grünerløkka which is best known for its small and independent shops. From handcrafted goods to clothing and pottery, the shops here all sell uniquely Norwegian goods.
Arkershus Fortress can be found in the city center, and it’s an impressive medieval fortress that’s riddled with historical discoveries. Dating back to 1299, the site can be explored via guided tours during the summer months and makes for one heck of a sight-seeing day out.
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
If you’re keen on brushing up on Norwegian history, check out one of the largest open-air museums in Europe! The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is a collection of more than 150 houses from across Norway and boasts an indoor exhibit as well. You can really do a lot here, ranging from horse rides to folk dancing and arts & crafts.
Norwegian Museum of Magic
For the lovers of all things quirky and fun, the Norwegian Museum of Magic is a great pit stop. It’s been around since 1997 with its humble beginnings being posters, photos and newspaper clippings to what has today become a full blown fascinating exhibition of Norwegian magicians. From the props and costumes to the traditional equipment and the quaint gift shop, the museum is a great alternative to the other attractions in Oslo’s city center.
Nordmarka Wilderness Area
For an opportunity to get away from the attractions of the city the Nordmarka Wilderness Area in Oslo’s northern forest region is a perfect destination to catch up with the natural elements. You can indulge in some swimming in the summer (or skiing in the winter) and if you want to extend your stay, the cozy huts are a great option for overnight endeavors.