Planning a visit to the capital of Norway this summer? If yes, here are our tips of the best places to visit, and all the must-sees and “you can’t miss” to make the most out of your day in Oslo. There are so much to see and do in the Norwegian capital. You can visit the top attractions, enjoy beautiful views, or have a bus sightseeing tour. And why don’t you bring your swimwear and have a dip in the ocean? In this lovely fjord town, you have many places where you can go for a swim and there is also a beach – right in the city centre. Here we give you our best tips. On the map further down on this page, you can also find all the places that we recommend.
Top attractions in Oslo
- The Royal Palace – Visit the home of the King and Queen of Norway
- Vigeland Park & Museum – Take a stroll around the famous sculpture park
- Oslo Opera house – Just the architecture of the building makes it worth a visit
- The Munch Museum – Learn about Edvard Munch and his art
- Oslo Cathedral – Visit the cathedral, famous for many things, one is that this is where the Royal family gets married
- Oslo Tramway Museum
Enjoy a bus sightseeing tour in Oslo
Take a seat and enjoy Stromma’s one-and-a-half-hour bus tour. Relax and get the full tour or create your own sightseeing experience by hop on and off in your own pace. The bus route has 11 stops including the top attractions and the cruise terminals. Read more and book bus sightseeing tickets here.
Tips of things to do in Oslo - places to visit
There's a lot of things to see and do in Oslo. Here are three of the most popular places to visit during your stay.
- Barcode street food in Bjorvika – Flavors from around the world
- Akershus Fortress – The fortress in the city centre full of war history, and also the model for the castle in the famous movie Frozen
- The island Bygdøy – the home to many of Oslo’s most popular museums
Oslo from the water - panoramic views and delicious tastes
Would you like to get to know the city? See Oslo from the water while having a delicious brunch or dinner at the same time. Hop on board Stromma’s motor ship MS Nobel and enjoy a lovley dining cruise on the Oslo fjord. The boat sails between May and September and offers panoramic views and delicious tastes. Get more information and book here.
Explore the surroundings outside the city centre
If you dream of a short trip out into green surroundings, you should join a bus tour to the island of Bygdøy. Here you will also find many of the major museums such as Kon-Tiki, the The Norwegian Museum of Cultural, Fram Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. Strommas Hop on Hop off bus takes you to Bygdøy on its tour.
Care for a dip in the ocean?
Oslo is a fjord city, so there are many places where you can take a swim. If you prefer to stay in the city center, you can both try a bath at Sørenga by the Munch Museum and the Opera house, or you can stroll past Aker Brygge until you find the Astrup Fearnley Museum, which has both a beach and a diving board right next door.