Oslo Opera house. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway


Iconic architecture has added a new reason to visit Oslo – the most charming of the scandinavian capitals, with the Opera house & the Astrup Fearnley museum, the Tjuvholmen & Bjorvika waterfront areas, trendy local areas such as Grünerlokka & a vast number of popular coffee shops

Akershus Fortress by VISITOSLO/Tord Baklund

Akershus Fortress

About Oslo: 
Oslo is the capital of Norway and the economic & governmental centre of the country. Oslo is the largest city in Norway, with a population of some 600 000 inhabitants.

Oslo is beautifully located by the Oslo fjord, surrounded by hills and vast areas of woodlands; popular recreational areas with walking trails and cross-country ski trails in winter. Oslo is the home of the Norwegian Royal family, with the Royal castle located at the far end of Oslo’s main street Karl Johansgate.

Astrup Fearnley Museum by VISITOSLO/Tord Baklund

Astrup Fearnley Museum

Iconic architecture in Oslo:
The beautiful Oslo Opera house, designed by the Norwegian architects Snohetta, opened in 2008. The spectacular wooden structure of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of contemporary art, designed by the world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2012.

Both of these attractions are located at the waterfront of Oslo, which has changed significantly the last years, and is still in an amazing process with modern architecture and a new seaside promenade en route. The older, two-tower City Hall is a well known landmark in Oslo, facing the main waterfront by the Oslo fjord. In 2013, the Oslo authorities finally decided to build a new home to Edvard Munch’s famous paintings, after a long and controversial political process. The building “Lambda” is a modern style building to be constructed next to the Oslo Opera house in the Bjorvika waterfront.
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Vigelansparken by VISITOSLO/Kristian Qvigstad

Vigeland Sculpture park

Oslo attractions:
Oslo also offers a lot of interesting attractions to visit, such as the Edvard Munch museum, the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Fram polar ship museum, the Kon-Tiki museum and the Vikingship museum at the beautiful Bygdoy peninsula, the Holmenkollen Ski jump with a marvellous view of Oslo and the tiny Ski museum, the National Gallery, the Akershus Fortress and castle

Outside Mathallen Oslo by VISITOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

Outside Mathallen Food Market

Off the beaten path in Oslo:
Oslo has a lot more to offer visitors than the Karl Johansgate main street, such as the Aker Brygge & Tjuvholmen pedestrian waterfront, the picturesque Christiania Torv, the authentic Grünerlokka area on the east side and the Frogner area on the west side of the city, the scenic Akerselva river with beautiful walking trails & St Hanshaugen park and area.

Mathallen food market at Vulkan is located in a former factory building, offering local produce & international food, restaurants & cafés, well worth a visit

Nordmarka by VISITOSLO/Tord Baklund


Nordmarka hills and woodlands – popular recreational areas among Norwegians. An easy way of getting there is taking the tube to Sognsvann, then you can hike around the Sognsvann lake; a 3 kilometre, easy walk.

What makes Oslo unique?

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Urban Art Oslo by VISITOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

Urban Art Oslo

Tour suggestions with stays in Oslo:
Bergen, Oslo, Sognefjord & Flam Railway – 4 nights
Geirangerfjord Highlights – 5 nights
Sognefjord cruise & Balestrand village – 6 nights
Norwegian Fjords & Western coast – 7 nights
Lofoten Islands, Helgeland & Sognefjord – 8 nights

Click here for an overview of our tours & cruises – Most of them starting & finishing with overnight in Oslo