Things to do in Oslo

From the fjords and mountains to the nightlife and museums, there’s never a dull moment in Norway’s capital.

Our most recommended things to do in Oslo

Oslo: Sightseeing Cruise through Oslo's Fjords

1. Oslo: Sightseeing Cruise through Oslo's Fjords

Escape the city and uncover the stunning beauty of Oslo's Fjords on this cruise from Oslo. Chart a course thorugh narrow sounds, deep bays, and a maze of islands, dotted with picturesque summer homes. Hop aboard a comfortable ship with a spacious deck and begin your journey to uncover the natural splendor of Oslo's waterways. Have the chance to purchase tasty onboard refreshments, before settling down to gaze out at unobstructed views. Start with views of the city's waterfront and port before embarking out an area filled with hills and islands. Keep an eye out for wildlife like the graceful white-tailed Sea Eagle.  Discover the Norwegian coastline in a relaxed atmosphere allows you to transport yourself to back in time to when Vikings took their boats out on long expeditions of exploration.

Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

2. Oslo: Oslo Pass with Public Transport

Oslo Pass is your ticket to the city of Oslo. The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo, this travel discount card grants you admission to more 30 museums and attractions, access to public transportation, guided tours, as well as special offers in restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Available in validity periods of 24, 48 and 72 hours, Oslo Pass is a great value and pays for itself very quickly. The pass is valid for all attractions listed in the Oslo Pass app and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus, tram, local trains, and on the ferry boats to the islands in the inner Oslo fjord. You can take the following tours with your pass: Oslo City Walks. Additionally, enjoy access to the Frognerbadet Open-Air Public Bath. Visit the following museums with your Oslo Pass: Akershus Castle, Armed Forces Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Ekebergparken Museum, Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Historical Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower, Holocaust Center, Intercultural Museum, International Museum of Children's Art, Kunsternes Hus, Labour Museum, MUNCH, Museum of Oslo, Museum of Science & Technology, The National Museum, National Museum - Architecture, Natural History Museum, Nobel Peace Center, Nordic Bible Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norway's Resistance Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Jewish Museum, Oslo Reptile Park, Oslo Transport Museum, Popsenteret, The Kon-Tiki Museum, Roseslottet and The Vigeland Museum.

Oslo: Paradox Museum Entry Ticket

3. Oslo: Paradox Museum Entry Ticket

Experience the world’s largest collection of paradox-based exhibits with this ticket to the Paradox Museum Oslo. Immerse yourself in experiential modern art that is larger-than-life. Capture fun and interesting pictures to share with your friends and family. Check in and show your ticket at the entrance before your timed admission slot. Follow the signs through a maze of exhibits that are designed to be experienced in a one-way flow system. Get incredible pictures of illusions with marked photo points that give you the best shot angle. Take the puzzle out of exhibits with descriptions that explain “what to do” and “what’s going on.” Learn more inspiring information with scannable QR codes. Feel free to ask questions about photos or get help taking group photos from the staff. Before returning to reality, visit the Paradox Boutique which sells a variety of games, clothing items, souvenirs, memorabilia, and gadgets.

Oslo: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

4. Oslo: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

See all the major sights of Oslo with a convenient Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus tour ticket. Take the stress out of finding your way around a new city, and feel the ease of taking your time at each landmark or attraction. Opt for a 24 or 48-hour ticket, and get the most out of your visit with museum discounts, an informative audio guide, and a free set of headphones. Check the detailed museum timetable in the brochure and always know when the next bus pickup is scheduled. Experience Oslo's biggest highlights such as The Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, The Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum, Akershus Fortress and Castle, and the National Opera House of Oslo.

Oslo: Silent Oslo Fjord Cruise

5. Oslo: Silent Oslo Fjord Cruise

Depart from Aker Brygge and cruise out onto the fjord on a silent hybrid-electric boat. Admire the views through the large panoramic windows on the sides of vessel. Pass a few iconic sights of the Oslofjord like Dyna Fyr, Heggholmen fyrstasjon, the Opera House, Akershus Fortress and the Oslo Fjord Sauna. During the tour, a marine biologist will share interesting facts about nature and wildlife that lives in and around the city of Oslo. Approach the green islands in the fjord and watch as the underwater drone is launched. Take a peek at the underwater world and see if you can spot any animal or fish species.

Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

6. Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

Discover Oslo, Norway’s capital city, on these epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3-day ticket. With the help of your tour guide, you’ll get an unparalleled insight into what makes this Scandinavian city stand out. On the day tour, circle Sentrum, Oslo’s diverse city center positioned on the Skagerrak strait, to show you its best landmarks, museums, restaurants, and bars. You can also join the evening tour to get the lowdown on Oslo’s hippest hang-outs and compelling contemporary art scene in the trendy Aker Brygge neighborhood. If you don't have time to join the tour on the same day you booked, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. After exploring many of the city's landmarks with your guide, including the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Oslo Cathedral, and Opera House, use the app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Oslo and its incredible history. Best of Oslo includes: Oslo City Hall National Theater University of Oslo Norwegian Parliament Stortorvet Gjestgiveri Glasmagazinet Kvadraturen Oslo Cathedral Karl Johan Street Fire Tower Tiger Sculpture Oslo Second City Hall Gamle rådhus Ceremony Pier 3 self-guided route's main sights: Frogner Stadion Norwegian Opera House Trinity Church Karl Johan's monument Vestkanttorvet Grensen Losæter 7th of June Square Queen Maud's Monument Sorenga Bridge Damstredet ...and many more!

Oslo: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

7. Oslo: Fjords Evening Buffet Cruise

See the Oslo fjords from a traditional wooden boat and enjoy a buffet dinner as you take in the dramatic scenery. Admire the Bygdøy peninsula and cruise the network of waterways that stretch almost into the city center. The 3-hour evening buffet cruise will get you up-close-and-personal with the city’s dramatic scenery, while enjoying the ambiance of a fully restored ship, renovated to its former glory. Sail past numerous islands, including Hovedøya, and the Dyna Lighthouse. Navigate the narrow inlets and dip into sheltered bays to capture the capital on camera from different angles. The boat will pass close to the Bygdøy peninsula, housing many interesting museums as well as beaches such as Huk Bay. See the Maritime Museum with its veteran sailing ships moored outside, and the impressive Fram Museum, housing the polar ship of the same name. During your cruise, a buffet of Norwegian shrimps will be offered, while the bar will provide a wide range of hot and cold drinks (drinks not included).

From Oslo: Private Round-Trip Tour to Sognefjord via Flåm

8. From Oslo: Private Round-Trip Tour to Sognefjord via Flåm

Depart from Oslo early in the morning and travel by car towards the western fjords of Norway. Discover a part of the Bergen Railway by train with a ride from Geilo to Myrdal.  In Myrdal, enjoy a scenic train ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway. This rail route meanders through the mountains at a steep elevation. It is one of the most spectacular experiences in Norway.  Upon arrival in Flåm, visit the Flåm Railway Museum to learn more about this feat of modern engineering. Then, cruise along the two branches of Norway's longest and deepest fjord. One of the branches, Nærøyfjord, was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2005.  Enjoy the impressive views at the Stalheim Hotel viewpoint and take in the fantastic mountain landscapes of the region. Return to Oslo late at night after a full day of exploration.

Oslo: Christmas Street Food Tour with Food, Beer, and Liquor

9. Oslo: Christmas Street Food Tour with Food, Beer, and Liquor

Sample traditional seasonal Norwegian food and drinks on this walking tour in Oslo. Try hotdogs and candies in the city's largest Christmas market, sip on traditional akvavit in the harbor, and explore Oslo's most iconic landmarks, including City Hall and Parliament. Start your tour in a gourmet food store for a guided tasting session of local produce. Continue to Akershus Fortress where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and learn about Oslo's ghostly past. Next, head to the only akvavit bar in town on Oslo's Harbour Promenade to sample a specially brewed Christmas akvavit (a Scandinavian liquor). Continue your tour with some sightseeing. See City Hall, Parliament, and the Royal Palace before heading to Oslo's largest Christmas Market, Jul i Vinterland. Here, savor Christmas candies, non-alcoholic gløgg, and an extra-large hotdog. Listen to stories of Norway's Christmas history as you eat. Finish the tour in one of Oslo's best craft beer venues for a glass of Christmas beer.

Oslo Christmas Tour

10. Oslo Christmas Tour

The experience starts with a short stroll around the Christmas-y city. On your way to the Christmas market village, you will learn a bit about Oslo's history and some of the most famous sights. After about an hour, we will move to the 'Winter village' which is the biggest Christmas marketplace in Oslo. You will be able to take the opportunity to warm yourself up with the traditional Norwegian drink, “gløgg” (mulled wine), or taste some of the traditional Christmas foods such as “julegrøt” (porridge), “julepølse”(pork sausage), or “tynnlefser” (flatbread) and learn everything you need to know about the Christmas in Norway. The tour is concluded with a cozy session by the fire where your guide will be telling you one of the most magical Norwegian Christmas stories while you'll be sipping your warm gløgg.

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What people are saying about Oslo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,301 reviews

Great experience! This is honestly THE BEST EXPERIENCE we have had in Oslo! The gastronomic tours were excellent, food never tasted before (reindeer, elk, whale, real Norwegian salmon etc.)... A REAL DELICE! But one of the things that made the visit so good was the guide! We don't know her first name (Patrycja or Katerina maybe) listened to our questions throughout the visit and shared her good humor and the history of the city (despite our poor English)! We recommend it 100% and if we had to do it again, we would! Martin and Lauren

Truly wonderful walking tour of Oslo including a Christmas emphasis + market. We learned so much about Oslo + went places we’d have never gone without a guide. We enjoyed Katarina immensely + highly recommend her + her company! Wonderful experience!

Great customer service. Staff was there for any questions and was glad to provide information. Very friendly service. The tour was great! Took last tour of the day and was able to see the beautiful city lighted up with Christmas lights! :)

unfortunately there was no snow to experience riding in the snow and the company dont have ebikes any more which we had paid for so have requested a refund . The leader was fantastic and there was only 3 people on the tour

Great tour. Fantastic guide and driver. Interesting and informative. Highly recommended to capture the main sights of Oslo in a short time, as we only had 1 full day there.