Oslo is the capital of Norway and the country’s largest city. Previously, between 1624 and 1925, it was called Christiania, with the alternative spelling Kristiania, adopted between 1877 and 1897.
It is located in the southeast of the country and holds the statutes of commune and county simultaneously. As of August 2020, there were 693,494 registered inhabitants in the commune of Oslo, which corresponds to more than 40% of the population of the metropolitan area.
Where to stay in Oslo – Norway
Check out the best neighbourhoods in the city to stay
Close to the Botanical Garden and the National History Museum, the neighbourhood is popular with young people, artists and tourists looking to have a coffee or a drink in one of its funky establishments. With an alternative approach, thanks to its colourful decoration and graffiti, you can find several hotels there, with a wide range of prices. In addition to being an interesting location close to the centre, Grünerløkka is home to galleries, markets and fairs.
The best option for those who like to dispense with motorized transport is to stay in the central region of a city. In the area, you can find everything: restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, supermarkets and most tourist attractions, such as the National Theater and Parliament of Norway. In addition to being close to the central train station, which makes it very easy. The center has good accommodation options, with a wide range of prices.
The area is home to one of the city’s most famous postcards, the Opera. Revitalized a few years ago, the region has more refined restaurants and accommodation alternatives, with greater benefits and prices. It is ideal for those who seek comfort and calm, and are willing to pay for it. Some of the most expensive hotels in the city are in the area.
Where to eat in Oslo – Norway
Oslo’s cuisine is based on national products, among which game animals and fish stand out. You will find many good restaurants to eat in Oslo and try fresh fish and various meats.
One of Norway’s most popular dishes is smoked salmon. However, the dishes of simple elaboration, but sustaining, made with the meat of elk, reindeer and wild birds are also typical of Norwegian cuisine. In addition, the Aker Brygge area is perfect for tasting typical Oslo food or tasting Norwegian beer.
Smoked salmon: Norwegian salmon has an important and well-deserved reputation worldwide.
Brunost: Norwegian goat cheese that has a peculiar flavour, mixing sweet and bitter.
Fårikål: Slow-cooked lamb with onions and potatoes.
Smalahove: Smoked lamb’s head.
Lutefisk: Dried white fish prepared with lye.
Rakfisk: Fermented trout served raw and filleted.
Lefse: Bread made from potato, milk and yeast.
Kanelsnurrer: Baked cinnamon rolls.
Hveteboller: Sweet flour bun.
Aqvavit: Typical Norwegian liqueur with an anise flavour.
Where to go and What to do in Oslo – Norway
Discover the 10 must-see places during a trip to Oslo. Akershus Fort, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Vigeland Park, among others.
Oslo monuments and tourist attractions
Fortaleza de Akershus
Akershus is a beautiful medieval fort that currently makes up one of Norway’s main tourist attractions.
With over a million visitors a year, Vigeland Park is one of the most visited attractions in the country and one of Oslo’s most beloved places.
Oslo Cathedral is a Baroque temple built during the second half of the 17th century that makes up one of the most famous buildings in Oslo.
Built in a former industrial area, Aker Brygge is a lively neighbourhood that is one of the most popular places in the city.
Oslo Opera (Operahuset)
The Oslo Opera House is Norway’s premier performing arts centre and a key building for understanding the country’s avant-garde architecture.
Oslo City Hall
Oslo City Hall is one of the most emblematic buildings in the Norwegian capital and the place where the annual award of the Nobel Peace Prize takes place.
On the banks of the river, Akerselva is the most alternative neighbourhood in Oslo. Find out what to see and do in Grünerløkka, the capital’s hipster district.
Oslo Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Oslo is the residence of the Norwegian royal family and a monument famous for its estancias and gardens.
Oslo has some very interesting museums that are worth visiting.
The Munch Museum opened in 1963 to exhibit works donated by Edvard Munch in his will.
The Kon-Tiki Museum narrates the adventures and overcoming story lived by Thor Heyerdahl to cross the Pacific Ocean aboard a wooden raft.
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is located outdoors and showcases the history and culture of Norway through more than 150 old houses.
Opened in 1837, the National Gallery of Norway has the largest collection of paintings and sculptures in Norway.
Viking Ships Museum
The Oslo Viking Ships Museum displays the best-preserved Viking ships in the world to offer visitors a journey back in time.
The Fram Museum tells the story of the Fram ship, which took part in polar expeditions and reached farther north and south than any other vessel.
Oslo: Fjords Sightseeing Cruise
Oslofjords 3hour Evening Cruise with Buffet
Oslo highlights a 3-hour bike tour
Oslo Pass with Public Transport
Private tour of Oslo with a local guide
Nature walks in Oslo: island hopping
Oslo City Sightseeing Tour
Oslo 2hour walking tour
Oslo Embarkation: 3-Hour Jazz & Buffet Cruise
Oslo 3hour bike tour with winter highlights
Oslo: Oslofjord 2-HourSightseeing Cruise with Lunch
Oslo 3hour kayak trip on the Oslofjord
Oslo street food culture walking tour
Norway self-guided tour: Oslo to Bergen
Oslo: 2hour Lake Sognsvann and Forest Hike
Oslo: Vigeland Park Exploration Game
Oslo: Norwegian Explorers and Culture 3 Museum Tour
Fjords private trip with train and cruise tour
Places we visited:
Oslo Royal Palace
Oslo Opera (Operahuset)
Carl Johans gate
Oslo City Hall
Bar Code Street Food
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