51 attractions you should visit in Oslo - With photos & details

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Top 51 attractions to explore in Oslo

Capital and most populous city of Norway. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping.

AkerselvaAkerselva, Oslo, Norway
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A popular recreation area with a vibrant history. The river is eight kilometers long and passes waterfalls, swimming spots, fishing grounds, forested areas, and wildlife. This spectacular waterfall is located by the Beier Bridge. Other famous attractions linked to the river are Bjølsen Rolling Mill, Lilleborg Factories, Aamot Bridge, Hønse-Lovisa's House, and Nedre Foss.

Akershus Fortress0150 Oslo, Norway
Forts

Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle situated in Oslo city center. Throughout its history, it has had great strategic and symbolic value for Oslo and Norway. Akershus Fortress is still a military area. The castle was modernized under King Christian IV (1588-1648) and converted into a Renaissance castle and royal residence. Now it is open daily to the public.

Astrup Fearnley MuseumFru Kroghs brygge, 0252 Oslo, Norway
Viewing Decks
Museums

Contemporary art museum with a swimming pool and great views of Oslo harbor.

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern ArtStrandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo, Norway
Museums

A beautiful museum that has a large collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most significant of its kind in Northern Europe. The museum complements works from the permanent collection by rotating exhibitions with internationally renowned artists. The building is designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. It is made up of three pavilions that reside under one distinctive glass roof, which is shaped like a sail.

BleikøyaBleikøya, Oslo, Norway
Islands

A beautiful island that was located in the heart of Oslo.  From the late 19th century a sanatorium for children suffering from scrofula was located on the island. A beautiful place to spend some leisure time.

Bogstad lakeBogstad lake, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Bogstadvannet is a lake on the border between Oslo and Bærum with beach areas on both sides. The lake has perch, whitefish and trout and is a popular fishing spot all year round. The lake and surroundings is a popular area for all types of outdoor recreation, and there are ski trails on the west side.

BygdøyBygdøy, Oslo, Norway
Outdoors- Other

Bygdøy is a peninsula on the west side of the city center. Here you find several of Oslo’s most popular museums. The peninsula is mainly a residential area, but in addition to the museums, Bygdøy is also a popular recreational area during summer offering beaches and a beach volleyball court at Huk. There are also several beautiful trails both for cycling and walking.

Christian RadichAkershusstranda 9, 0150 Oslo, Norway
Man-made Structures- Other

The beautiful old sailing ship found at Akershusutstikkeren below Akershus Fortress when it is not out on the sea. Christian Radich is not open to the public but can be opened on request for small groups. The ship is available for charter tours and short cruises for schools and other groups in spring and autumn. In summer the ship participates in Tall Ships Races.

Ekebergparken Sculpture ParkKongsveien 15, 0193 Oslo, Norway
Parks

A beautiful park that combines its long history, beautiful nature, stunning views, and impressive sculptures in a unique way.  The artworks that are spread around the whole park are internationally renowned artists like Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Dan Graham, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, and Roni Horn.  There are also traces of Oslo’s long and diverse history in the park, from rock carvings and ruins from the stone age to cemetery's that date back to 900-400 BC.

Frogner ParkKirkeveien, 0268 Oslo, Norway
Parks
Museums
Sculptures

It contains the well-known Vigeland installation- a permanent sculpture installation created by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943. The sculpture park consists of sculptures as well as larger structures such as bridges and fountains.

GressholmenGressholmen, Oslo, Norway
Beaches
Viewpoints
Kayaking Spots
Islands

An islet located south of central Oslo. A place where you can have picnics, kayak and swim.

Historical MuseumFrederiks gate 2, 0164 Oslo, Norway
Monuments
Museums

The Museum of Cultural History is one of Norway's largest cultural history museums. It holds the country's largest prehistoric and medieval archaeological collections, including the Viking ships at Bygdøy, a substantial collection of medieval church objects, and a rune archive. The museum also has a comprehensive ethnographic collection that includes objects from every continent, as well as Norway's largest collection of historical coins.

HolmenkollbakkenKongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo, Norway
Museums

The ski museum in Holmenkollen, located underneath the famous ski jump, is the oldest of its kind in the world. The museum presents more than 4,000 years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts, and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing.  The observation deck on top of the jump tower offers panoramic views of Oslo. It has also hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1930, 1966, 1982 and 2011.

Holmenkollen Ski MuseumKongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo, Norway
Museums

The ski museum in Holmenkollen, located underneath the famous ski jump, is the oldest of its kind in the world. The museum presents more than 4,000 years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts, and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing.  The observation deck on top of the jump tower offers panoramic views of Oslo.

HovedøyaHovedøya, Oslo Municipality, Norway
Islands

Hovedøya is one of several small islands off the coast of Oslo, Norway in the Oslofjord. The island is quite small, no more than 800 meters across in any direction, the total area is 0,4 square kilometres. It is well known for its lush and green nature, with a wide variety of trees, bushes, and flowers. For many, many years there was a military base on the island.

Huk strandOslo, Norway
Beaches

Beaches on the Bygdøy peninsula with big crowds on sunny summer days. Snack bar opens in summer. The area is used for outdoor recreation all year round and is a very popular place to go for a walk, a run, or a bicycle trip.

HvervenbuktaHvervenbukta, Oslo kommune, Norway
Man-made Structures- Other
Short Hikes

Hvervenbukta in Bunnefjorden is a very popular bathing spot in the southeast of Oslo, on the border with Oppegård municipality.  There are two fine sandy beaches, rocks and grassy slopes where you can enjoy the summer sun until late in the evening. It also has nice hiking trails along the sea.

Intercultural MuseumTøyenbekken 5, 0188 Oslo, Norway
Museums

The Intercultural Museum in Oslo, Norway, was founded in 1990 by Bente Guro Møller. It is a migration museum, and is primarily concerned with the collection, preservation and dissemination of Norwegian immigration history. The museum is open daily (except Mondays), and offers free entry to the main exhibits and the gallery of contemporary art. It also offers guided tours around Grønland, the historical "transit area" in downtown Oslo and one of the most obviously multicultural districts in th

Karl Johans gateKarl Johans gate, Oslo, Norway
Street Markets

Karl Johans gate is the main street of the city of Oslo, Norway. The street was named in honor of King Charles III John, who was also King of Sweden as Charles XIV John. This is a composite of several older streets that used to be separate thoroughfares. The eastern section was part of Christian IV's original city near the ramparts surrounding the city. When the ramparts were removed to make way for Oslo Cathedral, three separate sections eventually became Østre Gade.kut.

Kon-Tiki MuseumBygdøynesveien 36, 0286 Oslo, Norway
Museums

A great place to experience original vessels and up-to-date exhibits on Heyerdahl’s expeditions, including Kon-Tiki, Ra, Tigris, Easter Island, Fatu-Hiva, Tùcume, Galapagos, a 30-meter cave tour, an underwater exhibit with a 10-meter model of a whale shark, Thor Heyerdahl’s library, Thor Heyerdahl the person, and Tiki pop culture.

Map of attractions in Oslo