Irene Clunie, City Break Specialist

"The Norwegian capital of Oslo holds an exciting mix of history, art and natural scenery, with sights such as the 13th century Akershus Fortress, with its lovely harbour views, and the Viking Ship Museum, housing two of the world’s oldest Viking ships. Don’t forget to visit the hugely popular Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, home to more than 200 bronze, cast iron and granite statues, all found within a 75 acre parkland of gardens perfect for exploring."

Oslo at a glance

Norway’s historical capital, Oslo is a big city with a small town atmosphere. Home to a host of renowned museums, cosmopolitan venues and stunning landscapes, Oslo is a perfect mix of culture, city life and spectacular natural beauty.  

Established as a trading city in 1000 AD, nearly all of Oslo’s medieval structures were destroyed by a devastating fire in 1624, after which the capital city was moved closer to Akershus Castle and re-named Christiania in honour of the reigning King Christian IV. In 1925, the original Norwegian name of Oslo was restored. 

Packed full of sights, Oslo is a fascinating city break destination with close ties to both its past and its future. The Viking Ship Museum and The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History bring Oslo’s past to life, while the global city’s art galleries, Nobel Peace Centre and spectacular hiking trails within the city limits make Oslo a joy to explore. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Arts and culture
  • Historic attractions
  • Indulgent cuisine 

Getting around

Oslo has an extensive metro network in addition to public bus, tram, train and boat services.

All modes of transport use the same fare scheme and operate on a zone based ticket system. Single trip tickets can be purchased in advance or from the driver. There is also a top-up card available for pay-as-you-go travel.

Shopping

Oslo is home to exclusive Norwegian furniture, innovative kitchenware and upscale boutiques featuring handcrafted jewellery, knitwear, ceramics and much more.  Many of its popular shopping districts are pedestrianized, making them easily accessible. 

Shop for one of the established brands including Porsgrund porcelain or Husfliden handicrafts to take home an authentic piece of Norway, or find a souvenir from one of the popular shops featuring local goat cheese, chocolate, wooden trolls or handcrafted pewter items. 

Dining in Oslo

An international mix of restaurants has made Oslo a city of plentiful choice for dining options. A growing culinary trend in Oslo, the ‘New Nordic’ cuisine, brings together local seafood and game with innovative spices and sauces from around the world. 

Must-try local dishes

  • Torsk – poached cod served with boiled potatoes and melted butter
  • Fårikål – mutton stew made with cabbage and black peppercorns
  • Krumkake – a rolled, thin cake filled with whipped cream

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Oslo designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Oslo hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 593,045
Languages Norwegian
Currency Norwegian Krone
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Edvard Munch was from Oslo, and the city houses a large body of his work around the city and has a dedicated Munch Museum.

Distance from airports
Oslo 47 km
Railway stations
Oslo Central Station

Things to do in Oslo

  • Oslo Fjord: Wide range of waterways connecting Oslo and its islands - cruises available.
  • Oslo Opera House: Stunning new building on the banks of Oslo Fjord.
  • Vigeland Sculpture Park: This large park is home to 227 granite and bronze sculptures by Norway's famous sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
  • Viking Ships Museum: A museum displaying the large Viking ships Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune - the best preserved examples in the world.
  • Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum: The most visited tourist attraction in Norway with fantastic views of Oslo from the top of the Ski Jump Tower.

Tours and Excursions

Oslo Fjord Cruise

Oslo is situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord, surrounded by beautiful forested hills. To fully appreciate this stunning setting, a fjord cruise is highly recommended. You’ll pass through narrow sounds, by idyllic bays and around a maze of islands scattered with summer homes. A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

Walking Tour and Vigeland Park

Delve into Norway’s history as you stroll along Karl Johans gate with your guide and admire the city’s top attractions, including Akershus Fortress and the Opera House. Gain insight into the Norwegian way of life and learn about Oslo’s Viking past. Next, jump on a tram to Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park, and enjoy the story of the man who single-handedly built one of Oslo’s top sights.

Nordic Food Walking Tour 

Over the last decade Scandinavia has become renowned for cutting edge, contemporary cuisine. This tour focusses on ‘New Nordic’ food and starts with a visit to Mathallen, a covered market filled with stalls where you can sample local produce. Treat your taste buds at one of Oslo’s top restaurants before finishing the tour at a micro-brewery with a selection of craft beers to taste.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.