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A Quick Guide To Oslo Norway

Updated on July 16, 2019
Oslo Opera House
Oslo Opera House

Visit The Oslo Opera House

Oslo’s modern opera house is made of concrete, marble and glass, and is without doubt one of the most spectacular opera houses in the world. Bright white and built into the bay, the unique architectural landmark is reminiscent of a floating iceberg.

And just as with a real iceberg, most of the opera house is below the water level. You can go for a walk over the roof of the building (there is no charge for this), or perhaps attend the unique productions in one of the magnificent auditoriums.

Akerhus Fortress Oslo
Akerhus Fortress Oslo

Visit The Akershus Fortress

This medieval is a must for any visitor to Oslo. Akershus was built by King Håkon V in 1299, and extended in the 14th century. There are guided tours in summer, during which one can learn everything about the moving history of the fortress.

As in London, here too there is the Changing of the Guard – daily at 1.30 p.m.

Opening times: Daily from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Did You Know

Between 1624 and 1925 Oslo was called Christiania, or Kristiania (1877/1897 to 1925).

Holmenkollen Oslo
Holmenkollen Oslo

Enjoy The View From Holmenkollen

Aside from the many sporting activities on offer, the Holmenkollen offers breathtaking views of the Oslo fjord and over the entire city. The ski jump is as impressive in summer as it is in winter.

It's used for jumping during the cold season, and for the warm season is filled with water and used as a public swimming pool. It’s also a great spot for mountain biking – and strapping your skis on in winter. Oslo’s local recreation area.

Ibsen Museum Oslo
Ibsen Museum Oslo

Visit The Ibsen Museum

The Ibsen house, as it may currently be seen, was established in 1990 after a Norwegian actor purchased the author's apartment. He decided to open it to the public and, thanks to the Ibsen family, was able to put the furniture back in place.

You may be seized by the strange feeling of being in the shadow of the famous writer, as the place has been restored with rigorous respect for authenticity.

It's a wonderful opportunity to delve into the masterly world of the Norwegian author. Born in 1828, he came to prominence through plays like A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler, two oppressive and distinct dramas.

Even today, his plays are regularly performed in packed theatres around the world. After your visit, you will also be able to follow in the footsteps of the playwright during a walk in the city, which will take you on the actual Henrik Ibsen Street, right through to the Grand Café, where the author liked to drink schnapps.

The visit takes you on a charming journey back in time and is ideal for literature lovers.

Royal Palace Oslo
Royal Palace Oslo

Visit The Royal Palace

At the end of Karl Johans Gate shopping street is the Royal Palace, in the midst of a 22-hectare park. The palace is still home to the Norwegian royal family today, and with its three-storey main wings is not dissimilar to Buckingham Palace in London.

Thanks to its central location, the Royal Palace – like the town hall and parliament buildings – is within easy walking distance. Guided tours in English are offered every day at 2 p.m. and 2.20 p.m.

Vigeland Park Oslo
Vigeland Park Oslo

Be Amazed In Vigeland Park

Gustav Vigeland was Norway’s leading sculptor. The park of the same name is in the Frognerpark, a public park in the middle of Oslo. The Vigeland Sculpture Park contains around 200 sculptures by the artist, made of stone, iron and bronze.

The sculptures on the large bridge in the park representing the entire life-cycle are particularly impressive. Opening times: All year round, around the clock. Admission to the park is free.

Nobel Peace Center Oslo
Nobel Peace Center Oslo

Visit The Nobel Peace Center

Being in Oslo affords a unique opportunity to learn more about this award and its creator. Alfred Nobel, a prestigious Swedish chemist, invented dynamite in the late 19th century and made a fortune through this discovery.

During his extensive research, he detonated several explosions, one of which was particularly severe, killing his brother in 1864. At his death, he bequeathed his vast fortune to the creation of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was to reward those who have ‘done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses'.

This prize was awarded for the first time in 1901, and you can discover the faces of the winners during your visit. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Barak Obama are part of this wall of glory and peace. Guided tours and lectures, as well as activities for children, ensure a moment of historical and cultural value.

Losæter Urban Farm Oslo
Losæter Urban Farm Oslo

Enjoy The Losæter Urban Farm

Instead of strolling around one of the city’s parks, visit the Losæter urban farm. Located on the waterfront in the Bjørvika neighborhood, the former container port has been transformed into common land.

In addition to a number of farming projects producing a profusion of flowers and vegetables, here you can also find a therapeutic sensory garden created by people with dementia, the Flatbread Society, a field of ancient grains, a bake-house, and more.

Losæter is an ever-evolving place dedicated to a wide range of eco-friendly activities and urban food production

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Oslo Opera House:
Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1, 0150 Oslo, Norway

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Akerhus Fortress:
0150 Oslo, Norway

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Holmenkollen:
Kongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo, Norway

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Royal Palace:
Slottsplassen 1, 0010 Oslo, Norway

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Vigeland Park:
Kirkeveien & Middelthuns gate, 0368 Oslo, Norway

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Losæter Urban Farm:
Kongshavnveien, Oslo, Norway

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Nobel Peace Center:
Brynjulf Bulls plass 1, 0250 Oslo, Norway

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Ibsen Museum:
Henrik Ibsens gate 26, 0255 Oslo, Norway

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jeremy East

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      Liz Westwood 

      22 months ago from UK

      This article gives some great ideas of things to do in Oslo complete with good illustrations.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      22 months ago

      This is an informative article with some lovely photos. I have visited Oslo and was so impressed with how beautiful and clean it was. Your article has made me want to return.

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