Oslo general information
The capital of Norway, Oslo, is located in the southern part of the kingdom near the border with Sweden. With the country’s largest international airport, Oslo is often the starting point for traveling in Norway. Oslo will also undoubtedly be in the way of those traveling in the Fjord Region in their own car if the route runs through Stockholm.
Outwardly, Oslo does not stand out too much among other European cities. The city center resembles Stockholm, or rather its historical districts, except for the oldest one – Gamla Stan. Oslo is a clean and pleasant European city built on the shores of the bay, but with a fairly limited number of outstanding sights and, in Norwegian way, very high prices for everything. In my opinion, Oslo is worth a one-day visit, if it lies in your way.
The first written records of Oslo date back to 1048. The city was founded by the Norwegian king Harald III. The name is translated from Norwegian as “the mouth of the Lo river”. In 1299, the capital of Norway moved from Bergen to Oslo. In the Middle Ages, the city consisted of 400 wooden houses surrounded by a city wall, 9 churches and two fortresses – the royal castle and the castle of the bishops.
In 1348 Oslo lost its privileges as the capital of Norway, as Norway became part of Denmark. Norway was a part of the Danish Kingdom until 1814.
In 1624, a violent fire almost completely destroyed the old city, which was abandoned. The new city was founded a few kilometers to the west and named Christiania after the Danish king. The ruins of several churches have survived to this day. Nothing else has survived from medieval Oslo.
In 1814 Norway became part of Sweden. Oslo returned its historical name in 1924.
Oslo has a mild climate typical of a northern coastal city. However, it is distinguished by its unpredictability and changeability: even in summer, within one month, the temperature can range from + 3 ° C to + 30 ° C and above. Snow in Oslo occurs from November to April with variable depth of snowdrifts up to their complete absence.
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Oslo Public transport
Public transport in Oslo is very well developed with buses, trams, and metro. All public transport routes are uploaded to Google maps. With their help, you can easily plan your movement around the city. Nevertheless, as noted earlier, the center of Oslo is quite small and, if desired, all its attractions can be bypassed on foot.
The operator of all types of urban transport in Oslo is Ruter. Using this link you can go to their official website, where the cost of tickets and route maps of all types of transport are available. Also on the website, you can see the time of the nearest transport arrival at the selected stop.
The Oslo metro is actually the only line that runs through the city center and has branches to different suburbs.
There are several types of tickets: a one-time ticket valid for an hour after activation with the possibility of an unlimited number of transfers during its validity period; reusable tickets for a day, 7 days, a month, a year.
Oslo is divided into several transport zones. The cost of tickets depends on whether you will only move within one zone or leave it.
If you are planning to visit the attractions and museums described above, you will not leave transport zone 1. An adult ticket for one trip within one zone will cost NOK 37.
One-time tickets can be purchased at the terminals at the stops. Reusable tickets are sold at Narvesen, 7-Eleven, Deli De Luca and Mix stores or at official Ruter offices. The ticket can be purchased from the bus drivers, but only for cash. At the same time, tickets are not sold on trams: you must take care of purchasing it in advance. You can also buy tickets through the Ruter mobile app.
The Oslo Pass described above provides unlimited use of public transport in zones 1 and 2 (airport transfers are not included in these zones).
Airport transportation in Oslo
The most convenient way to get from the airport to the city is by trains that run through Oslo Central Station with intermediate stops. Special aeroexpress trains Flytoget and regular commuter trains NSB or VY travel to the city, the travel time of which is 20-25 minutes. The first option is more comfortable and only 2-3 minutes faster than a regular train. However, its cost is much higher, with the exception of some categories of passengers (prices are in NOK):
|NSB / VY
|Children under 6
|People over 67
There is no need to purchase tickets in advance. Trains run from approximately 4:30 am to 0:30 am .
In addition to trains, the city can be reached by buses . An adult ticket will cost around NOK 80 , but the journey will take over an hour .
Parking in Oslo
Almost all street parking in Oslo city center is paid for. However, many of the zones are free at night, and almost all are free on Sunday. This can be understood by the postscript under the parking sign.
In residential areas on the outskirts of the city, about 3 kilometers from the center and beyond, you can quite successfully find a free parking space.
When looking for a free space, pay special attention to the “no parking” signs. Usually they are valid until the next intersection, but if under the sign there is a postscript “SONE” (zone), it will be valid until the next sign of the end of the zone. Please note that there are very high fines for traffic violations in Norway.
If your trip to Oslo is not on a Sunday, and you would like to leave your car as close to the center as possible, I recommend using one of the paid underground parking lots, which are quite numerous in the city. Some of them are marked on the map of attractions earlier in this article.
The main cities in Norway can be reached from Oslo by train. Tickets can be found on the official website of the carrier: https://www.vy.no/en
Things to Do in Oslo
1. Norwegian Royal Palace
Norway still has a king. The place where the king lives is the Royal Palace of Norway. It’s surprisingly simple, thinking “It’s a royal palace, so it’s a luxurious building.” Many people will be surprised at how simple it is. The royal palace building began construction in 1825 and was completed in 1848. The highlight is the parade change ceremony. It can be seen at 13:30 on weekdays. Do not miss it. The Royal Palace can be reached by tram line 13 or 19 or by subway from Nationaltheatret station, a 5-minute walk.
The Royal Palace of Norway (Det kongelige slott) Address: Slottsplassen 1, Oslo Business hours: Guide only 12:00, 14:00, 14:20, 16:00 (summer only) Price: 95NOK (adult), 85NOK (senior), free (under 3 years old) Phone number: (81) 533133 Home page: http://www.kongehuset.no
2. Opera house
Coco Nagashima ” Norwegian Norwegian Women’s Solo Trip ♡ Take a leisurely stroll through the city of Oslo “This is a must-see for anyone interested in modern architecture. The opera house, completed in 2007, has large glass windows and pure white colors. It is a futuristic architectural style that is hard to find in Japan. Of course, it is highly evaluated by the world. You can reach the summit by climbing the outer slope. From there, the view of the city of Oslo is quite impressive. Access is just a 5-minute walk from Oslo Central Station. Even if you don’t have time, this is a sightseeing spot that you definitely want to stop by.
Opera House (Det kongelige slott) Address: Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1 Business Hours: Business hours vary daily. Price: Not listed Phone number: +47 21 42 21 00 Home page: http://www.operaen.no
3. Munch Museum
The great Norwegian artist is Munch. Even if you don’t know the name “Munch”, many people should have seen Munch’s “The Scream”. Munch’s “The Scream” is on display at this museum. In addition to “The Scream”, many of Munch’s masterpieces are on display. After enjoying Munch’s paintings, eat chocolate with a “scream” motif. I’m sure you’ll be a Munch fan. Access is a 3-minute walk from Toyen subway station.
Munch-Museet Address: TOYENGATA 53, 0578 OSLO, NORWAY Business hours: 10:00 to 16:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday), 10:00 to 18:00 (Thursday), 10:00 to 17:00 (Saturday, Sunday) Price: 95NOK (adult), 50NOK (senior), Phone number: +47 21 42 21 00 Home page: http://munchmuseet.no/
4. National Museum of Art
The Munch Museum is also a recommended spot, but the National Museum of Art cannot be overlooked. The National Museum of Art also has many works by Munch. There are also many works by famous European painters such as Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet. You will surely find your favorite work. However, photography is prohibited inside the building. Please burn it firmly into your eyes. Access is by tram line 10, 11, 17, 18 and get off at the TULLIN LOKKA tram stop, a 2-minute walk.
National Museum of Art (Nasjonalgalleriet) Address: 7014 St. Olavs Plass, Oslo, 0130 Norway Business hours: 10: 00-18: 00, 10: 00-19: 00 (Thursday), 11: 00-17: 00 (Saturday, Sunday) Price: 50NOK (adult), free (children), free on Sundays Phone number: (21) 982000 Home page: http://www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en/
5. Norwegian Maritime Museum
Norway is also known as one of the world’s leading maritime nations. Every day, ships come and go to the port of Oslo. The Maritime Museum is where you can learn about the reality of the maritime nation “Norway”. Various ships from sailing ships to passenger ships and tankers are exhibited in the hall. It is very easy to understand because it is divided by age. You may be able to discover a surprising appearance of Norway. Access is by bus 30, getting off at Kon-Tiki Museet and a 1-minute walk.
Norwegian Maritime Museum Address: Bygdoeynesveien 37, Oslo Business hours: 10: 00-17: 00 (May 15-August 31), 10: 00-15: 00 (September 1-May 14 Tuesday-Friday) 10: 00-16: 00 (September 1st-May 14th Saturday, Sunday) Price: 60NOK (adult), 30NOK (children), 35NOK (senior) Phone number: (24) 114150 Home page: http://www.marmuseum.no
6. Viking Ship Museum
Let me introduce another museum related to ships. Many people think of Scandinavia as “Viking”. If you are interested in Viking, stop by the Viking Ship Museum. Three Viking ships are on display at the Viking Ship Museum. Of course, not only ships but also many exhibits related to Viking are on display. Access is by bus 30. Get off at VIKING SKIPS HUSET and walk for 1 minute.
Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset) Address: HUK AVENY 35, 0287 OSLO, NORWAY Business hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (May 1 to September 30), 10:00 to 16:00 (October 1 to April 30) Price: 60NOK (adults), 30NOK (children) Phone number: (22) 135280 Home page: http://www.khm.uio.no/vikingskipshuset/index_eng.html
7. Oslo Cathedral
Many people think of Europe as a gorgeous church. Oslo Cathedral is one of Norway’s leading churches. The Norwegian religion is Christian Protestant (Lutheran). When you enter the cathedral, the first thing that comes to your eyes is the 6000 pipe organs. And it will be a gorgeous stained glass. Don’t miss the sculpture with the motif of “The Last Supper”. Please enjoy the atmosphere different from Catholicism. It is a 5-minute walk from Oslo Central Station.
Oslo Cathedral (Oslo domkirke) Address: Karl Johans Gate 11, Oslo Business hours: 10: 00-16: 00 Fee: Free Phone number (23) 629010: Home page: http://www.oslodomkirke.no
8. Nobel Peace Center
The image of “Nobel Prize = Sweden” tends to come first, but only the Nobel Peace Prize is held at the city hall of Oslo. The Nobel Peace Center is a place where you can enjoy learning about the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. It opened in 2005. The museum has been devised so that you can enjoy learning about the achievements of successive award winners. The highlight is the 1921 pure gold medal. A museum where you can learn about the preciousness of peace. Access is by taking the 12 tram stops, getting off at the Aker brygge tram stop and a 1-minute walk.
Nobel Peace Center (Nobels Fredssenter) Address: Brynjulf Bulls Plass 1, Oslo Business hours: 10: 00-18: 00 Price: 80NOK (adult), 55NOK (senior), free (under 16 years old) Phone number: (48) 301000 Home page: http://www.nobelpeacecenter.org
9. Norwegian Museum of Folklore
If you want to learn about Norwegian customs, be sure to visit the Norwegian Museum of Folklore. The Norwegian Museum of Folklore is an open-air museum, lined with buildings from ancient to modern times. In particular, ancient buildings are very different from Japanese buildings, so many people will be surprised. Various events are held on summer Sundays. By all means, let’s go on a summer Sunday. Access is by bus 30. Get off at FOLKE MUSEET and walk for 1 minute. Please note that business hours are short.
Norwegian Folke Museum Address: Museumsveien 10, 0287, Oslo, Norway Business hours: 11: 00-15: 00 (weekdays), 11: 00-16: 00 (Saturday, Sunday) Price: 100NOK (adults), 25NOK (children) Phone number: (22) 123700 Home page: http://www.norskfolke.museum.no
10. Fram Museum
There are many tourist attractions unique to Norway, and the Fram Museum is one of them. Built in 1982, this ship is a legendary ship that has reached the South Pole and the North Pole three times each. The total length is 39 meters. It’s a bigger ship than I expected. Only Norway, which is close to the North Pole, will tickle your exploration. It is a museum that you want to visit together with the Norwegian Maritime Museum. There is a bus for access, but there is also a ferry from the pier in front of the city hall. A ferry is recommended on sunny days.
Frammuseet Address: Bygdoynesveien 36, Oslo Business hours: It depends on the time of year. Price: 80NOK (adult), 50NOK (senior), 30NOK (child) Phone number: (23) 282950 Home page: http://www.frammuseum.no
Karl Johans Gate is Oslo’s main street and landmark, crossing the city from east to west from the East Railway Station to the Palace of the Norwegian Kings. The street is famous for a large number of shops and stalls of street vendors, art galleries in the open air, performances by musicians and actors right on the pavement.
The street was built under the Swedish-Norwegian king Karl XIV Johan, after whom it was later named. The most prominent building on the street is the central building of the University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo), built in the classicist style by the famous Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
12. Akershus fortress
Akershus Castle and Fortress (XIII-XVIII centuries) – ancient, legendary fortification in the capital of Norway, the famous landmark of Oslo. The castle was founded by King Haakon V Magnusson in the 1290s. Akershus Fortress was the first example of stone architecture in Norway. Having survived the Swedish siege of 1308, the castle burned to the ground in 1527 as a result of a fire that started from a lightning strike, after which it was rebuilt.
Today the Akershus Fortress houses the Headquarters of the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense. State receptions are held in the Olav Hall of the fortress. There are also two museums on the territory of the castle: the Norwegian Museum of the Armed Forces and the Museum of the Resistance and Armed Forces of Norway. Climbing the castle wall, you can admire the beautiful panorama of Oslo and the view of the bay.
13. Museum “Kon-Tiki”
The Kon-Tiki Museum is a private museum owned by Thur Heyerdahl dedicated to his life and work. It is also located on the Bygdø Peninsula, and its main exhibit is the Kon-Tiki raft on which Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947. Also in the exposition there are other vessels on which Thor Heyerdahl made his expeditions: “Fatu-Khiva”, “Ra” and “Ra II”, “Tigris”. The museum has a cinema hall and a gift shop.
TELEPHONE +47 (23) 086 767
OFFICIAL SITE http://www.kon-tiki.no
14. Ski Museum
The Ski Museum is located inside the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Skiing is known to be the national sport of the Norwegians. The museum exposition will acquaint tourists with the ancient history of skiing, using skis by the famous polar explorers Nansen and Amundsen in their expeditions. In the Ski Museum, you can also see various types of skis from ancient times to the present day.
OFFICIAL SITE http://www.holmenkollen.com
15. The old church of Akra (Gamle Aker Kirke)
The old Romanesque church Akra is actually the oldest church in Oslo. Its building was built by order of King Olav III the Peaceful in 1080 from limestone. The church stands on the site of a former silver mine, mentioned in the history of Norway chronicles since 1170. The church still cherishes the legends, according to which untold treasures are hidden in ancient mine mines, guarded by evil dragons.
TELEPHONE +47 (21) 938 185
OFFICIAL SITE http://www.gamle-aker.no
16. Monument paperclips
An unusual sculpture – a monument to a paper clip – is located in Oslo. For the inhabitants of Norway, the paper clip generally has a deep symbolic meaning, which is associated with the heroic history of the Second World War. In 1940, when the Nazis came to power in the country, local residents were forbidden to wear buttons and badges with the initials of the exiled Norwegian King Haakon VII. Then the Norwegians, seeing the cherished initials in the outlines of an ordinary paper clip, began to wear them on their clothes, as a symbol of the nation’s unity and resistance. The feat of citizens was not forgotten, as were the merits of the inventor of the paper clip, the Norwegian Johan Voler (invented the paper clip in 1899). This is how the figure of a giant paper clip appeared in Oslo with the inscription: “You hold up to 30 sheets. Keep it up!”
17. Cathedral of St. Olav (St. Olav domkirke)
St. Olav’s Cathedral was built from 1843 to 1856 under the direction of the architect Schirmer. The church houses a wonderful altarpiece – an exact copy of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, donated to the temple by Queen Josephine. The dome of the church, made of Italian marble, was donated to the temple by Pope Pius in 1857. In 1953, this modest parish church became Oslo’s main Catholic cathedral. In 1957, the temple was renovated by architects Tamas Ties-Evenson and Sigurd Ostberg. The construction has got a new main altar, the columns in the naves of Norwegian granite and beautiful org and Mr. created on Dzhogensen factory in Oslo.
TELEPHONE +47 (23) 219 500
OFFICIAL SITE http://www.stolav-oslo.no
18. Molla waterfall
The Molla Falls is located along the Akerselva River nearby – a small red house called Honse-Lovisas. The house is ideal for rest and a snack before a further walk.
The locals love the waterfall, because it is located in the city, and at any time you can come here and admire it.
Coordinates : 59.93045900,10.75714400
19. Leonardo bridge
A bridge near Oslo designed by Leonardo Da Vinci himself.
The project of this bridge was created by Leonardo Da Vinci back in 1502 for the Turkish Sultan
Bayazet II. The bridge was conceived as the longest for its time and was to be erected over the Golden Horn in Istanbul. The Sultan considered it a fantasy and refused the artist’s offer.
In 1996, Webjorn Sand discovered Leonardo’s sketches and decided to bring the great artist’s project to life. And in 2001, 20 miles from Oslo, in Akerhaus, above the E-18 highway, this project was implemented.
The Leonardo Bridge is designed for pedestrians and cyclists.
The length of the bridge is only 100 meters instead of 346, conceived by Da Vinci, however, all the design and aesthetic advantages of the Leonardo Bridge are observed.
Coordinates : 59.90880300,10.73691300
20. Eiker Brigg Embankment
Back in the early 19th century, the Eiker Brigg area was a dismal industrial area with shipyards, docks and fish factories. But a few years ago, this promenade turned into a favorite walking place for guests and residents of Oslo.
Industrial enterprises were demolished or rebuilt, and new modern buildings on metal structures have sprung up next to them, and around them – sculptures and installations by local authors. A wooden embankment, steps leading to the water, and those few buildings that have remained here since the 19th century, give a special comfort and charm to this kingdom of glass and concrete. An unexpected combination of the latest technology and ancient architecture lies at the heart of the current popularity of Eiker-Brigg and its worldwide renown.
Here you will find premium shopping and entertainment centers, shops and bars, as well as fish restaurants, which are considered the best in Oslo. This is the best place to sample the famous Norwegian herring or other seafood and have a glass of good wine. Moreover, most of the places on the embankment offer a beautiful view of the Oslo harbor and the ancient Eikershurs fortress, and street musicians often perform outside.
In order to expand the cultural program, you can visit the Nobel Peace Center and the famous Oslo City Hall, which are located in the Eiker Brigg embankment area.
Coordinates : 59.91015300,10.72814300
21. Akershhus fortress
The fortress was founded by King Haakon V Magnusson in the 1290s. This was the first time in the history of Norwegian architecture that a castle was built of brick and stone.
From the original castle, only Knut’s Tower, named after the commandant of the fortress, who led the uprising against the Danish king, has survived. But still, the main goal of the fortress was defense. Since the trade routes ran through the waters of the northern seas, the country’s rulers were interested in building a powerful structure near the coastline.
Since 1811, Akershhus Fortress has been used as a prison, and now houses the Headquarters of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense of Norway, as well as two museums: the Museum of the Armed Forces and the Museum of Resistance and Armed Forces of Norway.
After visiting the halls of the fortress and learning the history of Norway, it is worth climbing the castle wall, where you can admire the beautiful panorama of Oslo and the view of the bay.
Coordinates : 59.90660600,10.73617800
22. Oscarsborg fortress
The fortress is located on two small islands. In the summertime, it becomes a great place for a relaxing walk. Guided tours of the fortress and activities for children are offered. While playing in the fortress, kids learn history at the same time.
You can get to the island by ferry that runs every day all year round. There is ample free parking on the coast where the ferry departs.
The island has a spa with magnificent sea views. After a long stroll around the island, tourists can grab a bite to eat in cafes, restaurants, or sit at a bar overlooking the harbor.
Coordinates : 59.67445800,10.6074710
23. Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of the wonderful places located in the west of Oslo, in the Frogner district. Vigeland Park itself is part of the huge Frogner Park. It was created by the great sculptor Gustav Vigeland in 1907-1942. Its area is 30 hectares, which contains about 277 sculptural groups that reflect the entire gamut of human relations.
The theme of the park is the state of mind of a person. Most of the statues here depict people captured during a variety of activities such as wrestling, running, hugging, dancing, etc. Each of the statues contains a certain set of human relationships and emotions, and often a deep philosophical subtext is conveyed, which makes some compositions quite difficult for an unprepared tourist to perceive.
At the end of the park in 1930, a unique forged sundial and the Wheel of Life were erected. The latter resembles a wreath, which depicts four people with a child in infinite harmony. This symbol of eternity contains the main idea of the park: a man’s journey from cradle to burial.
Coordinates : 59.92766700,10.69888900
When the railway line between Oslo and Bergen was opened in 1909, one single detail was missing – a branch from it to the Sognefjord. To connect the transport road and the fjord arm, construction of the Flåm railway began in 1923. Construction went on for 20 years. The road itself is only 20 km long, but the vertical drop is 864 meters.
The trip includes 9 stops, each of which offers its own panorama: a wild and beautiful mountain landscape with snow-covered peaks, fertile fields and pastures, and the Kyosfossen waterfall.
By the way, the Flåm road crosses the valley and the river three times without a single bridge. Brilliant Norwegian engineers let the river go through the mountain through tunnels under the railway line. Where the train exits the longest tunnel of the Flåm Railway (1,320 meters), the most interesting view on the ascent to Mirdal opens up: railway tracks on four different levels on the mountainside.
When the train arrives at Flåm, you can change to the Bergen Railway train to Oslo or Bergen. Or take a walk through Flåm, take the train in the opposite direction to admire the unique railway once again.
Coordinates : 60.86376300,7.11296100
Free things to do in Oslo
Monument to Permanent Change
A monument to constant change – an unusual sculpture on the water. Also known as “Reclining”.
This sculpture was inaugurated on 11 May 2010 in the inner bay of Oslo, opposite the Norwegian Opera and Ballet building, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway.
Monument to Permanent Change is a monumental sculpture made of stainless steel and massive glass panels, about 16 meters high. The structure is fixed in the middle of the fjord waters.
The sculpture rotates on its axis along with the swaying waves, and offers the view changing views through reflections on mirrors and glass surfaces.
The author of this sculpture is Monica Bonvicini.
Coordinates : 59.90484400,10.75084500
Monument to Peru Aabel
The Peru Monument Aabel is an elegant monument dedicated to the Norwegian film and theater actor.
This monument is located near the building of the National Theater in the city center.
Per studied choreography in London and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, worked as a costume designer and decorator. As an actor, Aabel made his debut in 1930. He played at the Oslo National Theater, at the Gothenburg Theater.
The monument is a figure of an actor mounted on a rectangular stone base. The height of the entire composition is more than three meters.
Coordinates : 59.91412400,10.73508000
Monument to Churchill
The Churchill Monument is a monument in Oslo dedicated to one of the leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition.
The monument is a massive figure of Winston Churchill strolling with a cane. It is installed on a low rectangular base, trimmed with marble slabs.
The height of the sculpture itself is about two and a half meters, it is made of a special type of reinforced concrete.
It is noteworthy that the monument is not located in the city center, where the main attractions are located, but outside it.
Coordinates : 59.91349600,10.72598100
Monument to the glove
The Glove Monument stands in the center of Oslo. According to legend, it marks the place where King Christian IV threw down the gauntlet, thus laying the foundation for the city.
A modest monument in the city center marks a landmark event. It is believed that this marked the place where King Christian IV took off and threw down the glove, indicating where the construction of the city should begin. A bronze royal hand surrounded by a small pretty fountain in the old part of modern Oslo reminds of this historical event.
Coordinates : 59.91246000,10.73427900
Monument to Roosevelt
The Roosevelt Monument is a monument dedicated to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which is located on the waterfront in Oslo.
The monument is located near the building of the New Town Hall.
The Roosevelt monument is erected here in memory of the outstanding speech “Look at Norway”, which the US President delivered in 1942, inspiring Norwegians to fight the German occupation during World War II.
The height of this monument is about three meters. The monument depicts the seated figure of Roosevelt and is made of special concrete.
Coordinates : 59.91163800,10.73329800
Fountain at Hydroparken Square
The Hydroparken fountain is an original structure in the center of the Norwegian capital.
The fountain is very interesting because it is located at the intersection of two large streets and there are existing tram tracks right through it. Periodically, when there is no traffic, the fountain turns on and throws up streams of water more than three meters high.
The base of the fountain is a round, shallow bowl with a diameter of about ten meters. In the middle of the bowl is a pillar on which many wires converge.
Coordinates : 59.91470600,10.71773100
Eidsvolls Plass is one of the most popular destinations in the Norwegian city of Oslo, famous for its monumental architecture and abundant natural resources. It is located west of the Norwegian Parliament building, south of Karl Johan’s Gate and east of the National Theater. Previously, this place was a swampy, unremarkable area, which began to acquire its current beauty in 1881 together with the construction of the Parliament Building.
In 1956, a decorative pool called “Spikersuppa” was created here by the project of the famous architect Arnstein Arneberg. In its center are two beautiful fountains. Two years later, an architectural composition was erected near the pool, consisting of park and sculptural elements, the main dominant of which is a two-meter statue of a deer.
Eidsvolls Plass is extremely popular with visitors and residents of Oslo. Here, in the shade of lush greenery, you can retire to one of the beautiful gazebos and admire the majestic architectural structures.
Coordinates : 59.91365500,10.73762200
For many centuries, in European cities, the town hall was the place where city government meetings were held.
Located in the center of Oslo, the Town Hall has two towers, one of which is 66 meters high and the other noticeably lower. Inside there is a gallery of celebrations (decorated by Axel Revold), a banquet hall (by Johan Wilhelm Miedelfarth) and the “Munch room” with Edvard Munch’s painting “Life”.
On the side of the fjord, near the New Town Hall, there is a statue of St. Halvard, who is considered the patron saint of Oslo. Raising his hands, Halvard greets everyone who arrives here. And every hour, near the walls of the New Town Hall, you can enjoy Edvard Grieg’s melody, which is played by a carillon of 49 bells.
After viewing the main attractions, you can climb the tower of the City Hall and see the magnificent panorama of the city.
Coordinates : 59.91180400,10.73308500
Karl Johan street
Karl Johan Street is the main street in Oslo, crossing the city from east to west from the East Railway Station to the Palace of the Norwegian Kings. This is a kind of analogue of the Moscow Arbat with an abundance of shops, shops and stalls, street artists, musicians, actors and tourists from all over the world.
The street was built under the Swedish-Norwegian king Karl XIV Johan, after whom it was named. The most remarkable building is the central building of the University of Oslo, built in the classicist style by the famous Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
Not far from the University building are the Historical and Ethnographic Museum, the G. Ibsen Museum-Apartment and the National Gallery, which houses the largest collection of paintings by Norwegian artists, including the work of Edvard Munch, who repeatedly depicted street scenes and thereby glorified Karl-Johans- Gate is far outside Norway. Almost all other buildings on this street were erected in the 20-50s of the XIX century according to the design of the court architect H.D.F. Linstow.
Karl Johans Street runs into a hill on which rises the Royal Palace, also built in the spirit of classicism. In front of the palace there is a bronze equestrian statue of King Karl Johan XIV.
Coordinates : 59.91167500,10.74814500
The sculpture “Rose” is an interesting and original sculpture in the center of Oslo.
Oslo is known for its unusual architecture and sculpture. Not far from a large hotel and a shopping center, there is such an unusual monument – right out of the ground, through the paving slabs, a massive human hand breaks through, tightly squeezing a rose.
The sculpture is made in the abstract style of concrete and metal and painted with matte paint in anthracite color. Its height is about four meters.
The author of the work is the famous Norwegian architect and sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
Coordinates : 59.91396900,10.75564400
Sculpture “Naughty boy”
The Naughty Boy sculpture is one of the most famous sculptures in Frogner Park. The sculpture represents a choleric boy who is capricious and is the hallmark of the city of Oslo. It was created by one of the most famous architects, Gustav Vigeland. According to historians, the statue was installed in 1940. It is cast in bronze and is 83 centimeters high. During its existence, the sculpture was repeatedly subjected to acts of vandalism, and was also stolen, but then quickly found.
During the day, the park is very visited and crowded, and in the evening you can only see pigeons here. When illuminated by the evening lights, the Naughty Boy looks especially impressive. Everyone who visits such a famous and beautiful park will be able to get acquainted with a large number of unique works of the talented sculpture Gustav Vigeland.
Coordinates : 59.92603200,10.70354200
Walking tiger sculpture
The walking tiger sculpture is one of the unusual sculptures on the square near the train station in Oslo.
There is an amazing sculpture right in front of the station – all guests of the city are greeted by a tiger. The sculpture is made of metal, all the details are very clearly worked out – eyes, teeth, tail, muscles – everything is like a real tiger. The dimensions of the figure are approximately equal to the parameters of the animal.
This station in Oslo was opened in 1987, and the sculpture was installed at the same time. It was created by a little-known Norwegian artist.
Coordinates : 59.91173000,10.75150000
The most popular beach within the city is “Hukkoden” or simply “Hook” on the Bygdøy peninsula. You can get there by bus number 30 from the National Theater or by boat from the Aker Brygge embankment. The rocky coast alternates here with green lawns and small sandy areas. The northern part of the beach is given over to nudists. There is a cafe, water bike rental, beach volleyball courts. Sun beds and umbrellas are absent – they are replaced by pine trees and smooth boulders.
To the north, a 10-minute walk from Hook, there is a beautiful and less crowded beach with the self-explanatory name Paradisbukta (Paradise Bay).
Entry to all beaches in Norway is free.
Many Norwegians prefer beaches on the islands – there are about 40 of them in Oslo. Some of them have special bathing houses with stairs that go straight into the water. Over 100 years ago, they were built for disguise, and were used by smugglers for the illegal trade in alcohol. The islands can be quickly reached by ferry from the Vippetangen terminal near Aker Brygge. Ferry no. 3 follows a circular route to the islands of Hovedoy, Linda, and Nakholmen, ferry no. 94 to Langøyene with a long sandy beach suitable for families with children. Lovers of warm water can choose the beaches on Lake Songwann with a very gentle approach, where there is all the necessary infrastructure.
Skiing in Oslo
In winter, many in Norway, young and old, go on skis. More than 2,600 km of cross-country and downhill skiing trails have been laid in the city of Oslo.
Oslo’s public transport is equipped with special compartments for ski equipment.
The largest ski resort in the capital is Trivann Winter Park (official website in English), located in the upper part of the Holmenkollen district, which can be reached from the city center in 20 minutes – first by metro to Frognersetern line 1, then by resort shuttle …
Trivanna has 18 slopes of all degrees of difficulty – from black to green with a maximum elevation difference of 81 m. The longest one is 1500 m long. The slopes are served by 11 lifts, including a 6-seater express chairlift, there is a snow park with a half-pipe high class and 5 ski schools. In the dark, all tracks are illuminated, you can ride until 22:00. An adult / children’s ski pass for 1 day will cost 430/340 NOK, respectively.
The skiing season lasts from late November to mid-April.
But you can go to the observation deck (also known as the starting point) of the Holmenkollen springboard without skis. This is one of the world’s first designer springboards – a national pride for Norwegians. More than 450 km of flat tracks have been laid at its foot, and stages of the Biathlon World Cup are held.
Shopping in Oslo
Going shopping in one of the most expensive cities in Europe personally does not seem like a rather pointless undertaking. But if you can’t imagine your vacation without shopping, then Oslo, like any European capital, can offer the most upscale shopping experience. Naturally, not cheap.
You can start spending money immediately upon arrival in the city – near the Central Station there is a paradise for shopaholics Oslo City (Stenersgata 1). A five-story mega mall with more than 90 stores of various types.
There are numerous boutiques of world brands along the main thoroughfare of the city – Karl Johan Street . Look out for the year-round sales here. There is also a shopping area in the Aker Brugge port quarter, which is popular with tourists .
If you are interested in some unusual designer gizmos, second-hand shops, flea markets and especially fashionable vintage, go to the bohemian district of Grunerlökk , where there are a lot of such shops.
Bars. Where to go in Oslo
In Oslo, we somehow even went to bars and pubs rather than to restaurants – there are a lot of them here, as in any capital. I liked Oslo’s drinking establishments for their variety – there are typical Irish pubs here, there are American-style bars, Dutch bars and so on. Very cool – the atmosphere is completely different everywhere. Most of the bars are open until midnight.
There are especially many bars in the semi-bohemian district of Grunerlökka, but the center is not inferior either. Many bars work as cafes during the day, but keep in mind that food is not served everywhere in the evening – we had such that we went in for dinner, but we had to be content with only a drink, since the kitchen was already closed. I will not say about wine and spirits – I don’t understand and don’t like, but as for beer, in Oslo pubs you can find the richest selection of any brands with a worldwide reputation. I always prefer to drink local beer and I really liked the Norwegian one, both draft and bottled. Recommend. The price for a 0.5l bottle starts from 15 EUR (140 NOK).
Below is a list of the most curious, in my opinion, establishments where you can have a glass.
- The Dubliner Folk Pub (Raadhusgata 28) is a very cozy Irish pub in the Quadraturen area.
- Magic Ice (Kristian Iv’s gate 12) is a delightful bar with freezing temperatures and ice sculptures.
- Beer Palace (Holmens gate 3) is one of the largest beer establishments in Oslo with an excellent selection.
- Hard Rock Cafe Oslo (Karl Johans gate 45) is a world famous American bar in the heart of Oslo.
- Cafe Amsterdam (Kristian Augusts gate 12) – travel to the capital of Holland in the most friendly atmosphere.
Clubs and nightlife in Oslo
The center of Oslo’s nightlife is the youth district of Grunerlökka, where most of the residents and visitors of the Norwegian capital hang out on weekends. Some clubs are open during the day as bars, and live music is played in many places on Friday nights and weekends. Most nightclubs have an age limit – visitors must be strictly over 18 years old, and in some places the bar is even higher (from 20-25 years old). Be sure to take your documents with you so that the evening is not ruined. There is no official dress code, but unkempt or sportswear will not be allowed into the club. The approximate price for entering the club is about 13 EUR (120 NOK), the cost of a ticket to a concert starts from 21 EUR (200 NOK).
Here are some popular Oslo clubs:
- Blå (Brenneriveien 9) is a very popular jazz club with live concerts.
- Heidis Bier Bar (Fridtjof Nansens Plass 8) is a cheeky club with beer towers and table dancing.
- Revolver (Møllergata 32) is a nightclub with regular concerts.
- Parkteatret Bar og Scene (Olaf Ryes Plass 11) is a concert venue and a wide range of booze.
- London Pub & Club (CJ Hambros plass 5) is one of the oldest and most popular gay clubs in Oslo.
Souvenirs. What to bring as a gift from Oslo
In general, Oslo seemed to me not a tourist city, if we talk about souvenirs – even on the central street of Karl Johan, there are no shops with all sorts of plate magnets at every step. But, of course, they are there – in them you can buy things with the Norwegian flag, and troll figurines, magnets with views of Oslo and other traditional tourist merchandise.
Art books. An excellent gift option from Oslo would be a photo album about Scandinavian painting – you can, for example, buy a souvenir book with a reproduction of the famous “Scream” by Edvard Munch, with whom Oslo is associated just like Amsterdam is with Van Gogh. Check out the National Gallery Bookstore for a good selection. The average cost of a book is about 30 EUR (300 NOK).
- Vikings souvenirs. A typical Norwegian souvenir, but it is especially logical to buy it in Oslo, because there is the Viking Ship Museum, which has a gift shop on this subject. Books, ship models, figurines, puzzles, and the like. Souvenir prices start at 17 EUR (160 NOK).
Basarhallene Market is an old covered bazaar and the best place to shop in Oslo. It is located on the right side of Karl Johans gate, not far from the Cathedral.
The market was built in 1841-1858 by the architect Grosch. It is a neo-Romanesque red brick gallery. Once upon a time, they sold fruits, vegetables, meat and moonshine here.
Now it is a place where you can visit the best antique salons, artisan shops and numerous catering establishments, including the Cathedral Café and the Baltazar Restaurant, where in summer, on an open terrace, you can hide from the hustle and bustle of the station quarters.
Connectivity and Wi-Fi in Oslo
In order not to go broke on communication services, it is useful to purchase a SIM card from one of the Norwegian mobile operators – Telenor, NetCom or Lebara Mobile. Sims are sold at operators’ offices, newsagents, mini-markets of the 7/11 chain and at gas stations.
A good option is Lebara Mobile’s MyCall SIM card for NOK 49 , half of which is transferred to the card. A minute of conversation with a subscriber in Norway will cost NOK 0.49 , a call to Russia to a landline / mobile phone – NOK 0.69 / 1.99 . Connection fee for each call – 0.99 NOK . Those who need large amounts of Internet traffic can connect the mobile Internet package for 1/3/6/10 GB for 79/149/219/299 NOK . To replenish the balance, use special cards that are sold there.
When calling from one MyCall SIM card to another (MyCall), only the connection fee is charged.
There will be no problems connecting to free Wi-Fi in the Norwegian capital. It is available at the airport and railway station, in all hotels in the city, catering establishments, museums, and public places.
The Oslo Pass is a real gift to optimize your travel budget. Its owner is entitled to free travel on public transport and free access to the 30 best museums and art galleries of the city, including the Ibsen Museum, the National Gallery of Oslo, the Viking Ship Museum, the Maritime Museum in Norway, Norwegian Ethnographic Museum, the Munch Museum. In addition, you can join the city walking tours and the Toyenbadet and Frognerbadet pool complexes free of charge with the card.
Oslo Pass for 24 hours costs NOK 395 , for 48 hours – 595 NOK , for 72 hours – 745 NOK . There are separate cards for children (4-15 years old) – 210, 295 and 370 NOK, respectively, and pensioners (over 67 years old) – 315, 475 and 595 NOK .
A pleasant bonus – discounts in a number of restaurants and shops, on some excursions and entertainment, including a 20% discount on an excursion to the Opera and a visit to the Tusenfried amusement park, 15% on a City Cruise mini-cruise (for holders of the Oslo Pass for 72 hours the discount is 100%).
Oslo Pass is sold at the Information Centers located at the airport, at the Central Railway Station, on the Aker Brygge embankment and the pier near the Town Hall, in some hotels and museums, as well as online at the office. website (in English).
There are hotels of all categories in Oslo – from pretentious five-riders to modest apart-hotels. A significant part of them belongs to the Scandinavian chains Radisson, Scandic, Thon, Clarion Collection. Many hotels in the Norwegian capital do not have a “star” classification, according to the level of service they correspond to 3-4 *.
The main thing that unites all hotels in Oslo is the obscenely high prices for accommodation.
5 * hotels with pools, spas, and other pleasures of life are in demand among successful businessmen and dignitaries. The price of prestige and comfort is 1600-4000 NOK for a double room. The cost of a room in 4 * hotels is 1000-1700 NOK. In the most popular 3 * hotels – 800-1400 NOK.
Hostels are the choice of those who are used to counting money. A double room with a bathroom costs 660-720 NOK . You can get a job with a large company in an 8- bedroom – 1840-2080 NOK for everyone, or get by with a bed in a dormitory room for 230-260 NOK. For bed linen and towels in hostels you will have to pay separately – 45-70 NOK per person. Another budget option is an apartment with a kitchenette for those who prefer to cook their own meals. Price from 650 NOK.
Food in Oslo
Oslo has an excellent selection of gourmet restaurants. Many of them offer classic Norwegian food. We have compiled a list of the best restaurants in the capital. All restaurants have received high awards and positive reviews from critics. When compiling a rating of the leading restaurants in Oslo, feedback from visitors was also taken into account.
Oslo’s most prestigious restaurant with three Michelin stars and awards from The world`s 50 best restaurants are just a few of the compliments to Maaemo. The restaurant uses organic Norwegian products. The concept of the restaurant is proximity to northern nature. Here you should definitely try langoustine fried in pine oil, as well as chicken with lingonberry sauce – they are incomparable. Maaemo is a great restaurant for a business or romantic dinner in Oslo and a unique dining experience.
Perhaps this is the best restaurant in the Frogner neighborhood – one of the most prestigious areas of Oslo. Pleasant interior, elegant service, beautiful presentation of dishes – the institution is ideal for a business lunch or a romantic meeting. It is also the best option for exploring classic Norwegian cuisine. Traditional dishes are prepared here using the finest northern ingredients.
The Vaaghals restaurant is worth a visit for fans of modern Nordic style. Minimalism in the interior, glass instead of walls, non-standard serving of dishes – the institution conquers with its external simplicity. The menu includes modern Norwegian cuisine. Organic products, forest products, custom sauces – an interesting gastronomic experience awaits you. The Vaaghals restaurant also strives to prove that Nordic cuisine is not only about fish.
The prestigious Fjord Restaurant is often called the best fish restaurant in Oslo. It serves excellent Nordic seafood with a contemporary twist. They are complemented by original snacks made from northern products. The interior of the establishment is Scandinavian classics, and the serving of dishes is worthy of the highest praise. This restaurant is worth stopping by for dinner on a special occasion.
Statholdergaarden, one of Oslo’s flagship restaurants, has been awarded Michelin recognition. It offers great sets of seasonal dishes. The best Norwegian products, impeccable product combinations, unusual presentation – the restaurant has really excellent cuisine. The wine cellar of the restaurant is also impressive, where it is easy to find the perfect drink to highlight the deep taste of northern cuisine.
Aka Arena stadium
Aka Arena, formerly known as Honefoss Stadium, is a football stadium in Honefoss and is the home arena of the Norwegian club of the same name. The stadium can accommodate 4,256 spectators.
It was opened in 1949 and renovated in 2009.
Coordinates : 60.15911900,10.26536800
Telenor Arena stadium
Telenor Arena stadium is a multipurpose stadium located in the Oslo suburb of Fornebu. The stadium was named after the telecommunications company Telenor.
The stadium can accommodate 15.600 spectators during football and 23 thousand during concerts. The stadium was opened in 2009.
In 2010, the stadium hosted the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
Coordinates : 59.90348800,10.62352200
Sarpsborg Stadium is a multifunctional stadium and home stadium of the football team of the same name. It can be visited by 4,700 spectators.
In 1954 and 1960, the stadium hosted athletics competitions. The English club “Leeds United” has visited the stadium twice.
Coordinates : 59.28649100,11.09786500
Ullevall Stadium is the football stadium and home arena of the Norwegian national football team. Since 1948, the final championships of the Norwegian Football Cup have been held here. The stadium is owned by Vital Forsikring.
The stadium’s record attendance of 35,495 spectators was recorded in 1935 between the national teams of Sweden and Norway, although the stadium has a capacity of 25,572 spectators.
Coordinates : 59.94905800,10.73342800
The Orosen Stadium in Hjeller is the football stadium and home arena of the Lilleström team. Number of seats – 12.250 seats.
The largest number of visitors to the stadium was registered in 2002, when 13,652 spectators came to the match between Lilleström and Valerenghi.
Coordinates : 59.96275000,11.06345800
Safety in Oslo
Norway in general, and it’s capital Oslo, are some of the safest and friendly tourist destinations in Europe. Just in case, tourists should write down or memorize useful reference numbers before traveling:
Useful phone numbers
|International telephone information service
|Telephone inquiries throughout Norway
|Oslo main tourist office
|Oslo Tourist Office
|Oslo Tourist Information
|+47 815 30 555