Norway's capital and largest city, Oslo enjoys a stunning location in the heart of the dramatic scenery that Norway is famous for. Whether you're planning a stopover on a bigger adventure or plan to use the city as your base for discovering some of the delights Norway has to offer, you'll find that holidays in Oslo have something for everyone.
Further afield, holidays to Oslo are perfectly placed for exploring the famously beautiful Norwegian landscape. Follow one of the many hiking trails into the countryside surrounding the city, join a boat trip exploring the fjords or discover unspoiled seaside villages and towns. Back in Oslo, there's plenty to do once the sun sets. Treat yourself to some traditional Norwegian cuisine in candlelit restaurants, enjoy an evening in one of the city's renowned jazz bars or dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs.
The city is surrounded by some beautiful landscapes that are ideal for activity holidays. You can take a day trip to the Oslomarka, which is a huge forest filled with hiking tracks and cross country trails. Tonsberg is a charming seaside town, the oldest in the country, and home to some historical sights and attractions.
One of the more unique experiences you can encounter in Oslo is glass making. Many of the studios not only let you watch this craft, but allow you to try it for yourself. Sailing is a popular activity along the Oslo Fjord or you can enjoy a sightseeing cruise with stops at the Opera House, Oslo City Hall and Bygdoy.
An eclectic array of restaurants lie across the streets of the city, from the hotdog street vendors to the Asian cafes, pizza houses and kebab shops of the Torggata Area. There is also a great choice of fine dining restaurants, found in beautiful locations such as historical palaces, with some award winning, Michelin starred establishments.
Couples can enjoy some romantic attractions in the city, such as the Opera House, which, in the summer offers a superb view from the top of the building, which can be reached via its marble steps. Rest and relaxation awaits in the city spas, and there is a wide array to choose from. The themed Artesia spa in the Grand Hotel boasts a tree lined indoor pool and futuristic mood lighting.
Sightseeing opportunities are abundant across the city, whether you’re an art lover looking for galleries, an architectural fan that wants to appreciate the buildings, or a historian who will get lost in the choice of museums. Over the summer you can island hop across the Oslo Fjord, which boasts some beautiful beaches.
The cuisine across Oslo ranges from cheap and cheerful street food to superb fine dining in a huge number of outstanding restaurants. There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy some local cuisine, as well as international meals by candlelight, or surrounded by the magical cityscapes by night. For a night to remember, head to the Statholdergaarden, a Michelin starred restaurant found in a 19th century mansion.
Couples can indulge in a spot of luxury at the Grand Oslo hotel, which is found in stunning historical building. Sitting in the heart of the city, it’s ideal for sightseeing. The historical Bristol Oslo is found in a beautiful building from the 1920s. It boasts a sauna and a sun terrace, which are ideal for couples who want to enjoy some relaxation.
Oslo is filled with historical buildings, such as the Oslo Cathedral, the Royal Palace and the ancient Akershus Festning, which was built in the late 1200s. Throughout the year the city is also host to some festivals, such as Oya, a huge music festival that is held in August, and Ekebergsletta, a fun event for sports fans, as it’s the world’s biggest football tournament.
Take a visit to the Opera House, which is known across the world as breaking boundaries for the country’s modern architectural reputation. During the summer you can climb the building’s marble steps and take in a spectacular view across the city. The house plays host to some fantastic productions, which include both opera and ballet shows.
The restaurant options across Oslo are varied, from the cheap and cheerful street vendors to the exclusive Michelin starred fine dining restaurants. There is plenty of opportunity to try some traditional local cuisine, as well as some international specialties, such as in the Torggata area, which is home to Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants. The bars and clubs here are also well worth exploring.
Both adults and children will be captivated by the Royal Palace, which was constructed in the early 19th century for King Charles III. Visitors can enjoy a tour across the interior of the palace over the summer months. Families will love a trip to Norway’s largest theme park, TusenFryd, which sits around 20 minutes from the city centre. Here you can enjoy a daring rollercoaster, a water park and over 30 other rides and activities.
Oslo is home to a huge amount of museums, ranging from the National Gallery, which showcases some regional and international works of art, to the Viking Ship Museum, which is the perfect place for little ones to imagine life as a Viking. During the summer you can swim in some of the city’s outdoor lidos, such as the ones in Toyenbadet and Frognerparken.
You will find a great choice of fast food on the streets of the city, with street vendors selling hotdogs and other quick bites. The Aker Brygge is the water front area found near the city hall, which is bustling in the summer with restaurants offering outdoor terraces so you can enjoy food and drinks by the water.
The Best Western Kampen sits at the heart of the city, so it’s ideal for families who want to make the most of Oslo’s sights. If you wish to enjoy a stay in a peaceful environment, the Lysebu Hotel Oslo is found surrounded by woods, lakes and hillsides. The city centre sits around half an hour away, and the local landscape is ideal for outdoor activities.