Visiting Oslo, Norway has always been high on my list of places to visit in Europe and I had the chance to go in July 2014. This was actually the first time I was travelling on my own and I loved the freedom to go wherever I wanted whenever I wanted without needing to ask anyone else.
Oslo is a very safe city so you’ll have no problem going there on your own, whether you are a guy or a girl. The population is very friendly and welcoming and because they speak English very well, help will never be very far. Scandinavian countries are known to be pretty expensive to visit and Oslo definitely ticked that box.
I’ve spent 3 days in the city which is a good enough amount of time to get a good feel for the city and explore the main tourist sights. Here is my top 5 places to visit in Oslo, Norway:
#1 – Oslo Opera House
This impressive building is home to the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. Now one of the most iconic building in Scandinavia, you have the opportunity to walk up the opera house’s rooftop free of charge. I loved sitting there and watch the panoramic view over Oslo and its fjord. The building is the centrepiece of the waterfront renovation project which is planned to last until 2020.
If you’re looking to watch a show, there is rich and varied programme all year round.
#2 – Vigeland Park
Wandering around Vigeland Park is an experience in itself. With over 200 sculptures from Gustav Vigeland, the park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Definitely worth a visit on a sunny day!
#3 – Oslo Fjord Cruise
If like me your time was counted and you did not have the chance to go for a fjord cruise around Norway, then going on a cruise to enjoy Oslo Fjord is a decent alternative.
I’ve enjoyed a 2h cruise in the tranquil water of the fjord. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy the views of Oslo from the water. You also get to see a few scenic islands with traditional Norwegian houses. Definitely a highlight for me, especially if you’re looking to escape the busy city centre.
#4 – Bygdoy Island
Bygdoy Island is the museum island of Oslo. It is host to the most famous and visited museums in Oslo and is also a great area for biking and hiking during summertime.
I particularly loved the Norwegian Folk Museum which gave me a great insight into the Norwegian culture. You’ve got everything in there from traditional dances and costumes, to exhibition into the Norwegian life – it’s worth spending a few hours there to take it all in!
If you’re interested in the maritime heritage of Oslo, then there are four great museums you should look at: the Viking Ship Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the FRAM Museum.
#5 – Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
To reach the neighbourhood of Holmenkollen where you can find the famous ski slope (one of the oldest in the world) a short trip away from Oslo’s busy city centre is needed. You can visit the museum to learn more about the century of skiing competitions at Holmenkollen.
All year-round, it’s a great place to visit as you can also go up the tower to enjoy scenic views over Oslo fjord. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ski down a mountain, then go for a ride on the ski simulator for a breathtaking experience.
Oslo is a vibrant city which has something from everyone. I’ve only scrapped the top of the iceberg here but the city has a lot more to offer! Visit www.visitoslo.com for more information.