At once chic and cosy, Oslo is the sophisticated capital of Norway famed for its scenic waterfront district, Viking heritage and world-class art museums. Artist Edvard Munch is one of its most famous residents, and his works are blended with paintings and sculpture from an array of exciting contemporary artists. The waterfront is currently in the process of redevelopment, with a completed regeneration by 2020 sure to make it even more dynamic in terms of shopping, dining, and nightlife. Get back to nature with a day trip into the fjords, or get up close and personal with real Viking ships.
Stroll along Oslo’s pristine waterfront and you’ll be rewarded with excellent views of many of the city’s top attractions, including the modernist National Opera building with its angular silhouette. A new Munch Museum and National Museum are also in the works, due to open in 2020. The Nobel Peace Centre offers a fascinating exhibition about this notable world prize, and you can also see Munch’s famous masterpiece, ‘The Scream’, in the city’s National Gallery. Tour the Royal Palace, explore the Viking Ship Museum, or have a wander around Vigeland Sculpture Park to take photos with some intriguing works of art.
Getting in and around Oslo is easy-peasy from the terminal. This well-run city offers an equally organised transport system to go with it, and ships dock right in the heart of the city centre! The Harbour Promenade is well worth a wander in itself to admire the views, and from there you can walk inland towards the City Hall and downtown area. If you want to cover more ground, consider purchasing a 24-hour transit pass for unlimited use of bus, tram, and metro lines. These are sold in convenience stores and ticket machines all over town.
You’ll find an abundance of parking spaces right next to the Oslo Terminal, with payment machines and spaces operated by Q-Park. At present, the price is 220 NOK per day for these spaces and they’re suitable for cars with trailers, mobile homes, and caravans as well as regular passenger cars. Q-Park payment kiosks are on hand at the terminal’s main entrance, accepting all major credit cards. However, they don’t accept cash and debit cards, so plan ahead! Simply display your receipt on the car windshield after paying, and note that if you’re paying for a car and trailer you may need to pay by occupancy rather than by vehicle.
Museum Island is easily accessible by using the city’s public ferry between the months of March and October. Here you’ll be able to learn more about the region’s maritime history, visiting the Norwegian Maritime Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum and Viking Ship Museum. Go back in time by viewing original Viking vessels dating back to the 9th century!
Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of Oslo’s star attractions, whether or not you’re a major fine art fan. This fun outdoor exhibition features over 200 life-sized works by Gustav Vigeland, including the famous Angry Boy, and it’s free to enter.
Are you a winter sports fanatic? Sporty types will love a trip to the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower. Make your way to the top of the tower’s observation deck to enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the city and sea beyond.
Oslo’s known for being pricy when it comes to food and drink, but this has led to a growing street food culture that gives you excellent cuisine at bargain prices! There’s nothing like freshly caught seafood from waterfront stalls, or you can head to the Vulkan district with its pop-up restaurants housed in a spacious food hall. And when you’re ready to splash out, enjoy trendy cuisine at Vaaghals or traditional classics at Stortorvets Gjestgiveri.