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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

Oslo City Hall featuring a city, a bay or harbor and an administrative buidling

Oslo City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(882 area reviews)

Consider exploring the interesting museums in Oslo City Centre. If sightseeing is on the list, Oslo Opera House is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Christiania Torv Tram Station or Wessels Plass Light Rail Station to see more of the area.

Oslo City Centre
Oslo which includes outdoor art

Frogner

4.5/5Wonderful!(48 area reviews)

Museums, cafés, and shopping highlight some notable features of Frogner. Make a stop by Aker Brygge or National Library while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Skillebekk Light Rail Station or Skarpsno Light Rail Station to get around town.

Frogner
Oslo Winter Park showing snow and snow skiing as well as an individual male

Holmenkollen

5/5Exceptional!(7 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Holmenkollen. If sightseeing is on the list, Holmenkollen Ski Jump is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Voksenlia Station or Voksenlia T-Bane to see more of the area.

Holmenkollen
Grunerlokka, Oslo, Norway

Grunerlokka

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

Travelers choose Grunerlokka for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Olaf Ryes Place Light Rail Station or Schous Place Light Rail Station and check out top sights like Mathallen Oslo.

Grunerlokka
Toyen, Oslo, Norway

Toyen

4/5Very Good!(18 area reviews)

Noted for its museums and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Toyen. Top attractions like Munch Museum and Oslo Botanic Garden are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Toyen T-Bane or Toyen Station to see more of the city.

Toyen
Oslo Opera House featuring modern architecture, theater scenes and night scenes

Gamle Oslo

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

Shopping, restaurants, and museums highlight some notable features of Gamle Oslo. Make a stop by Oslo Opera House or Munch Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Oslo Hospital Light Rail Station or St. Halvards Place Tram Station to get around town.

Gamle Oslo

Top Hotels in Oslo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
4 out of 5
Holbergs Gate 30, Oslo
The price is $126 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Located in Oslo City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (781 reviews)

"Loved the view of the city from our room. Breakfast included was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
Scandic Victoria
Scandic Victoria
3.5 out of 5
Rosenkrantzgate 13, Oslo
The price is $91 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Nobel Peace Center. Royal Palace and Aker Brygge are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,051 reviews)
Air-conditioning problem and low quality breakfast

"It could be much better if they could serve warm breakfast even in Corona time,i think it is not a big deal it can be safe and easy ,the second problem that i had was air-conditioning system ,i was noisy and i was not sble to adjust the temperature i couldn't even turn it off"…"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

Scandic Victoria
Clarion Hotel The Hub
Clarion Hotel The Hub
4 out of 5
Biskop Gunnerus Gate 3, Oslo
The price is $157 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in Oslo City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oslofjord and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Nobel Peace Center are also within 1 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,102 reviews)
Nice staffs, nice place if you’re visiting Oslo.

"Tha staffs was really amazing. The place was close to malls, restaurants and the tram. I stayed for one night, but I will definitely book here again!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Clarion Hotel The Hub

Vacation Rentals in Oslo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Saga Apartments Oslo
Saga Apartments Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Holmboes gate 8, Oslo
The price is $94 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Majorstua, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of CAK Center for African Culture and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and University of Oslo are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (522 reviews)

"Friendly staff, well-equipped kitchenette, good security and option for express checkout. A great location for easy access to wide range of shops, eateries and trams, coach & train services."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Saga Apartments Oslo
Anker Apartment
Anker Apartment
2.5 out of 5
Kobenhavngata 10, Oslo

Located in Grunerlokka, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Black Box Theater, Munch Museum, and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Royal Palace are also ...

3.6/5Good! (920 reviews)

"Very comfortable and clean apartment."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Anker Apartment
The APARTMENTS company - Parkveien
The APARTMENTS company - Parkveien
3 out of 5
Parkveien 4, Oslo

Located in the heart of Oslo, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Oslofjord and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (402 reviews)

"Great place, amazing customer service. For sure a nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

The APARTMENTS company - Parkveien

Popular places to visit in Oslo

Oslo Opera House
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Oslo Opera House

4.5/5(288 reviews)

The home of the Norwegian National Ballet and Opera is a large marble and glass edifice that resembles a glacier rising out of the water.

Viking Ship Museum
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Viking Ship Museum

4.5/5(295 reviews)

This large hall is the permanent dock of three great Viking ships that may have once brought terror to northern Europe.

Oslo Winter Park
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Oslo Winter Park

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Carve tracks on perfectly groomed runs and watch daredevils on Norway’s Olympic superpipe at this stunning resort area a short distance from central Oslo.

Aker Brygge
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Aker Brygge

4.5/5(188 reviews)

This former shipyard is now a popular entertainment, shopping and restaurant district on the shores of the Oslo Fjord.

Munch Museum
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Munch Museum

4.5/5(128 reviews)

Study the exhibits at Munch Museum, a popular museum in Oslo. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art scene in this culturally rich area.

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

4.5/5(56 reviews)

This vast open-air museum contains original buildings from more than six centuries of Norwegian history, including a medieval cathedral and farmhouses.

Top things to do in Oslo

Oslo Pass
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Oslo Pass

$47
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Oslo Panorama Tour - Holmenkollen & Vigeland Sculpture Park
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Oslo Panorama Tour - Holmenkollen & Vigeland Sculpture Park

$37
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the amazing Fjords
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The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the amazing Fjords

$1,417
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Taste of Oslo Walking Tour
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Taste of Oslo Walking Tour

$112
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Hipstoric Hipstoric Grünerløkka (Small Group Tour)
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Hipstoric Hipstoric Grünerløkka (Small Group Tour)

$38
Per adult
Oslo Christmas walk
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Oslo Christmas walk

$134
Per adult

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