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, 0152
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $84 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Oslo. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,791 reviews)
"Excellent location! 2 blocks from Oslo Central station and walking distance to just about everything. Room was very small, but that was expected and worked out just find for what I needed."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
4 out of 5
Hotelveien, Gardermoen, Ullensaker, 2060
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $141 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ullensaker. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,101 reviews)
"Good and close to airport"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
4 out of 5
Sonja Henies Plass 3 Postboks 9206, Oslo, N-0134
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $160 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Oslo. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,105 reviews)
"Staff were friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

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Anker Hostel
Anker Hostel
3 out of 5
Storgata 53H, Oslo, N-0182
Stay at this 3-star hostel in Oslo. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall value ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,142 reviews)
Perfect
"Was the perfect stay, shated a room with 7 other solo travellers whom soon become great friends sharing travel stories, a perfect weekend"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Lakkegata 3, Oslo, 0187
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Oslo. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (576 reviews)
"Shower was fantastic. Studio room was small but nice to have the balcony and the utility kitchenette in the suite. Free use of laundry machines- much appreciated"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Frogner House Apartments - Skovveien 8
Frogner House Apartments - Skovveien 8
4 out of 5
Skovveien 8, Oslo, 0257
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Oslo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,102 reviews)
Good stay in a great location
"Enjoyed our stay. its an automated check in but there was always staff around. Kitchen had everything we needed. Shower was a bit small but worked well. Our tv wasn’t working and a member of staff let us in another room to watch the football final."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

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