Oslo

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Oslo Opera House showing modern architecture, a city and theater scenes

The Norwegian capital is a beautiful European city known for its museums, seafaring past and miles of pristine natural landscapes.

With its cultural attractions, cafés and nightlife, Oslo has the atmosphere and energy of a major metropolis while its proximity to nature gives it a fresh and easygoing charm. The Norwegian capital is a compact city on the northern end of a fjord, backed by a forested wilderness with many lakes and hiking trails.

Oslo may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but don’t let that stop you from visiting. The city often ranks as one of Europe’s best urban environments for quality of life.

Nordic adventurers contributed to Oslo’s rich seafaring tradition, from Viking raids across northern Europe to the legendary voyages of explorers Roald Amundsen and Thor Heyerdahl. Familiarize yourself with the city’s maritime heritage with a visit to Bygdøy, a nearby peninsula full of museums.

Travel over a thousand years back in time to see the ninth-century ships in the Viking Ship Museum. Go to the Fram Museum and stand on the deck of the vessel that carried Amundsen to the South Pole. Another example of Norway’s adventurous spirit can be found in the Kon-Tiki Museum. It contains the homemade raft that once carried Heyerdahl and five companions thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean.

The city’s residents dearly love being out in Oslo’s fresh air, but the capital also deserves its reputation as a cultural center. Oslo hosts thousands of performances every year at the city’s many clubs, theaters, concert halls and museums. Enjoy an opera or ballet at the Oslo Opera House. Seek out the work of leading Norwegian artists at Oslo City Hall and Oslo Cathedral.

You’ll find most attractions in the center of Oslo, which is easy to get around on foot. If you plan to use public transportation, consider buying an Oslo Pass. It gives free unlimited travel on tram, bus, subway, train and ferries as well as free entry to many museums. The pass also includes discounts in restaurants and leisure venues.

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Where to stay in Oslo

Citybox Oslo
Citybox Oslo
3 out of 5
Prinsensgate 6, Oslo
The price is $70 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
This family-friendly Oslo hotel is located in a shopping district, just steps from Karl Johan Gate and Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Jernbanetorget and Byporten ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,813 reviews)
"Good location, close to everything but expect to see homeless around the property."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

Citybox Oslo
Grand Hotel Oslo
Grand Hotel Oslo
5 out of 5
Karl Johansgate 31, Oslo
The price is $198 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Central Oslo, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Karl Johan Gate and Oslo Spektrum. Viking Ship Museum and Munch Museum are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (906 reviews)
"Great location, friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Grand Hotel Oslo
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
4 out of 5
Hotelveien, Gardermoen, Ullensaker
The price is $134 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated in Ullensaker, this hotel is within 32 mi (52 km) of Norway Trade Fairs, Oslo Opera House, and Munch Museum. Oslo Spektrum and Nobel Peace Center are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,249 reviews)
Walking distance to departure hall
"When your flight is 6.30 early morning and you need some sleep despite early wake-up, this hotel is the one to choose. Soft specious beds and waking distance to the departure hall."

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Anker Apartment – Sentrum
Anker Apartment – Sentrum
3 out of 5
Storgata 53H, Oslo
The price is $80 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in Central Oslo, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Rockefeller Music Hall and Oslo Spektrum. Munch Museum is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. Hausmanns ...
3.5/5Good! (991 reviews)
Excelente
"Limpio, buena ubicación a mi parecer."

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

Anker Apartment – Sentrum
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Lakkegata 3, Oslo
Located in Oslo City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Intercultural Museum and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo City Shopping Centre and Jewish ...
4.1/5Very Good! (438 reviews)
Dust and fire alarms went on
"The room was very dusty, and on our last day the fire alarm went on at 6 am. It lasted for about 15 minutes before it turned off and it no one was reachable to contact in the hotel. No apology, no clarification, nothing."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Forenom Serviced Apartments Royal Park
Forenom Serviced Apartments Royal Park
3.5 out of 5
Sven Bruns gate 1-7, Oslo
The price is $104 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Central Oslo, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Palace Park and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (167 reviews)
"I wish I could give this a negative star if could. Where do I start? I understand that reviews don’t give you the full scope of what the place is like. Let me elaborate: the pictures you see isn’t what the place looks like. It was difficult to find. And the building looks like it was built in the ..."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

Forenom Serviced Apartments Royal Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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