Travel tips for Oslo, Norway

Travel tips for Oslo by Thomas Johannessen, Visit Oslo

Travel to Oslo – the trendy capital in Scandinavia

Oslo is the smallest of the Scandinavian capitals, offering an authentic charm, beautifully located by the Oslo fjord, surrounded by forested hills. Oslo is an interesting destination all year, offering modern, iconic architecture as well as a wide range of cultural attractions. You will also find a wide selection of restaurants with Nordic cuisine as well as international restaurants.


Astrup Fearnley Museum by Tord Baklund, Visit Oslo

The iconic Astrup Fearnley Museum

Modern architecture:

The last years modern, iconic architecture has been added to the city’s waterfront; the amazing architecture of the Oslo Opera house and the spectacular Astrup Fearnley museum have become great tourist attractions in Oslo. The Oslo waterfront offers large pedestrian areas, such as the Tjuvholmen, Aker Brygge & Bjorvika. A marvelous new waterfront promenade is en route.
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Outdoor cafe by Anders Husa, Visit Oslo

Outdoor café in Grünnerlokka

Authentic areas in Oslo:

Grünerlokka: If you want to get a real feeling of Oslo we suggest a visit to the vibrant & authentic Grünerlokka, a former working class area due to its location by the Akerselva river. Grünerlokka is often called Oslo’s “Notting Hill”, with lots of restaurants, tiny shops & coffee shops. Here you find the world champion barista Tim Wendelboe’s tiny coffee shop – aiming to be among the best coffee roasters and espresso bars in the world.
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Waterfall at Akerselva river by Tord Baklund, Visit Norway

Waterfall at Grünerlokka

Akerselva river: This 8 km long river used to be the main industrial area of Oslo. The industry has moved to other locations, and the river has become one of the most important recreational areas of Oslo – a beautiful eco park with picturesque, restored industry buildings with art galleries, restaurants & the Mathallen food market.
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Munch Museum Oslo by Tord Baklund, Visit Oslo

Munch Museum in Oslo

Edvard Munch in Oslo:

The famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch lived at Grünerlokka from 1885 to 1889, where he painted the “Sick child” -one of his most famous art works. You find his main art works exhibited in the Munch museum at Toyen, a short trip by the underground from the centre of Oslo. A new Munch museum is on its way in the Bjorvika waterfront area, close to the Oslo Opera house (2019).

More of Edvard Munch’s art works can be seen in the National Gallery & in the Oslo City Hall



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