Things to do in Oslo: 7 attractions and places worth seeing

19 May 2023 | Sightseeing

Oslo, the capitalof Norway, is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer. Whether you’re interested in culture, history, nature, or culinary experiences, you’ll always find something to suit your interests in Oslo. 

Want to explore Oslo? Here are 7 attractions and places that are definitely worth visiting when you’re in the city.

1. The Vigeland Park

Overview of the Vigeland park in Oslo.
Overview of the Vigeland park in Oslo. Photo by: Nanisimova

Want to go for a naked attraction? The Vigeland Park is one of the world’s largest sculpture parks and one of Oslo’s most iconic attractions. The park has over 200 sculptures created by the famous Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. And the best part is? The sculptures are of naked human bodies! Stop by Spitfire (Sinnataggen in Norwegian) to get a selfie with the park’s most famous sculpture. 

It’s a fantastic experience to stroll through the park and admire the impressive sculptures. If you’re visiting Oslo in the summer, this will be a nice place to take a break. Bring a blanket and lunch for a nice and relaxing time in the park. 

The entrance is free and you can visit the park at any time of the day and year. 

2. The Oslo Opera House

Overview of the Oslo Opera House
Overview of the Oslo Opera House. Photo by: Collab Media

The Opera House in Oslo is an architectural gem located close to Bjørvika. The building is known for its distinctive sloping roof, which provides great views of the city and the Oslofjord. Take a walk on the roof and enjoy the panoramic view or attend a performance in the impressive opera hall. Walking on the roof is free. 

You can also go on a guided tour of the Opera House to get to know its history better. 

3. The National Museum of Art

Overview of the National Museum of art
Overview of the National Museum of art. Photo by: Ssu

Located right next to Oslo’s popular waterfront, Aker Brygge, The National Museum of Art is a must-visit for art lovers. The museum is the home to a large collection of famous Norwegian art, including works by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Explore the various art exhibitions and discover both Norwegian and international masterpieces.

Admission is free for people under the age of 18. See ticket information here.

4. Akershus Fortress

Overview of the Akershus Fortress.
Overview of the Akershus Fortress. Photo by: Dreamnordno

While you’re in the area visiting The National Museum of Art, you should also visit Akershus Fortress. This is a medieval castle located right next to the Oslofjord. Explore the old walls, art, towers, and castle, and enjoy the fantastic view of the city and the harbor. The fortress also has a fascinating history that you can learn more about at the visitor center.

5. The Munch Museum

Overview of the Munch Museum
Overview of the Munch Museum. Photo by: RobsonPL

Put your hands on your cheeks and look at yourself in the mirror. Get it? The Munch Museum is dedicated to Edvard Munch, and houses the largest collection of his works in the world. Admire iconic paintings such as “The Scream” and “Madonna” and gain a deeper insight into Munch’s life and of his artistic story. Enjoy a cocktail in the rooftop bar along with a great view of the city. 

The museum is located right next to Bjørvika, a vibrant and new neighborhood in the Oslo city center. 

6. Holmenkollen and the Ski Museum

Overview of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Oslo Ski Museum.
Overview of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Oslo Ski Museum. Photo by: KrakenPlaces

“Norwegians were born with skis on their feet,” is a famous Norwegian saying. It doesn’t translate well, but it basically means that Norwegians love to go skiing. Downhill, cross country, heli-skiing, free-skiing and ski jumping, you name it. Holmenkollen is a famous landmark in Oslo and an important symbol of Norwegian ski history. Visit the impressive ski jump tower, and take a look inside the Ski Museum to learn more about the significance of skiing for Norwegians. 

You can also take a hike in the Kollenskogen area and enjoy the surrounding nature.

7. The Nobel Peace Center

Overview of the Nobel Peace Center
Overview of the Nobel Peace Center. Photo by: Rob Atherton

The Nobel Peace Center is a museum dedicated to the Nobel Peace Prize and its laureates. Explore interactive exhibitions and learn more about human rights, conflict resolution, and the importance of peace and reconciliation in the world. 

Explore Oslo

These are just some of the many attractions and places worth visiting in Oslo. The city has something for every taste and will definitely provide you with a memorable experience. Make sure to explore these fantastic places and get an insight into the city’s culture, history, and natural beauty. And the best part is? All of these are just a few minutes away from our K7 Hotel in Oslo. Click here to book your stay now.

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