What to do when in Oslo
Karl Johans Gate
Karl Johans Gate is a large street with many shops and restaurants, as well as tourist attractions such as the Royal Palace, Central Station, Stortinget (the supreme legislature of Norway), the National Theatre, etc.
Akershus fortress has been the center of the nation's growth and development for 700 years. It currently has the status of a national symbol. The fortress is a popular recreation area and a green lung in the center of Oslo.
Vigeland Museet and Park
The Vigeland Museum opened in 1947 and is Gustav Vigeland's former studio and residence. Today, the museum shows a permanent exhibition presenting Vigeland's art, and temporary exhibitions with three-dimensional art.
The building, which is one of Norway's foremost examples of neoclassical architecture, is designed by architect Lorentz Ree. In the park you can see: The Monolith, The Bridge and The Fountain.
Grünerløkka is one of Oslo’s hippest areas, known for its street art, stylish bars, dance clubs and mellow cafes. Indie boutiques sell design items and vintage fashions, while weekend markets on neighbourhood squares draw crowds for artisan eats, kitchenware, jewellery and bric-a-brac. Walking trails follow the Akerselva River, which is also flanked by small quirky parks and cool industrial concert venues.
Norsk Folkemuseum is located at Bygdøy in Oslo and has an Open-Air Museum with 160 historic buildings. A main attraction is Gol Stave Church from around 1200. The museum focuses on the time period from 1500 until present time, and in-door exhibits feature Norwegian folk costumes, folk art, church art and Sami culture. Temporary exhibits, audience programs and activities for children all year.
Just south and west of City Hall, Aker Brygge offers fancy restaurants, shops, and a romantic, long waterfront in a newly-designed and constructed waterside community. Around its perimeter, it has lovely views of the marina, Akershus Fortress, and ferries and tour boats traffic going and coming to the City Hall terminal.
The layout of Aker Brygge includes internal plazas, bridges, waterfalls, sculptures, underground parking, a museum, and canals, to complement the luxury apartments, restaurants, and shops. It is worth a visit for the restaurants, shopping, street performer activity, views and the first-hand experience of modern Scandinavian city planning.
Other things to do
Hop on hop off bus or boat
Walk along the river Akerselva