Flights to Oslo (OSL)

Oslo exemplifies Scandinavian cool, and its trendy neighborhoods, faultless dining options, and awe-inspiring architecture won’t disappoint.
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Oslo, Norway

What to do in Oslo

Relax in Frogner Park

The trees, lawns, streams, and ponds at Frogner Park (Frognerparken) are all well and good, but it’s the open-air sculpture park that is the biggest draw for visitors. An afternoon spent strolling around the 212 works by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who created figures in granite and bronze, is rewarding.

+47 23 482 030

Watch a show at the Oslo Opera House

The Oslo Opera House is a magnificent building designed to resemble one of Norway’s glaciers, and is part of a massive waterfront development project scheduled to be completed around 2020. Take a guided tour to really understand the design concept behind it.

1 Kirsten Flagstads Plass
+47 21 422 121

Visit the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

This incredible building on the water was designed by Italian Renzo Piano and is an appropriately gorgeous setting for works by Jeff Koons, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Cindy Sherman. The museum moved to the new building in 2012, and it’s a pleasure to visit for the atmosphere as much as for the art.

2 Strandpromenaden
+47 22 936 060

Visit Fram Museum

If you’re visiting Oslo in the winter, you’ll have some sense of what the polar explorers went through, but visit this wonderful museum anyway. Home to the Polar Ship Fram, the first ship to reach the South Pole, the museum delves into the history of polar exploration.

36 Bygdøynesveien
+47 23 282 950

See Munch’s Scream

Fans of The Scream will want to check out Munch Museum, dedicated to Norway’s best-known artist, Edvard Munch. There are around 28,000 works of art here and free guided tours in English are given in July and August.

53 Tøyengata
+47 23 493 500

See live music at Blå

This jazz venue has been called one of the best in the world, but it also offers a wide range of live music from salsa to rap. It’s got a great location in the warehouse district on the Akerselva River, where there’s a lot to see and do.

9C Brenneriveien
+47 22 209 181

Where to eat in Oslo

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Mathallen Oslo (Norwegian)

This food hall is a fantastic place to wander around. Aside from stalls selling fish, vegetables, and baked goods, it’s also got a great selection of cafes and restaurants, so you can eat here or stock up on goodies to take with you.

Maridalsveien 17A
+47 40 002 409

Fru K (Modern Scandinavian)

Housed in the Thief hotel, Fru K is all you’d expect; it offers incredible menus, combining Norwegian tradition and local ingredients with a cosmopolitan mind-set. Sit in an armchair, order from the carefully curated menu, and dig in.

Fru Kroghs Brygge 2
+47 24 004 040

BAR Vulkan (International)

Vulkan is a trendy area with plenty of cafes and clothing boutiques, but it’s to BAR Vulkan that the hippest visitors and locals go. There is more than enough indoor and outdoor seating (some on the roof) and a good selection of food.

17 Maridalsveien
+47 94 008 182

Theatercaféen (Cafe)

This is a Vienna-style cafe in the swanky Hotel Continental that’s been a go-to for the pre- and post-theatre crowd for a century. It’s just as good in the middle of the afternoon – come here to rest your feet and enjoy some coffee and cake after some sightseeing.

24/26 Stortingsgaten
+47 22 824 050

Fauna (Modern Norwegian)

Fauna, a buzzing restaurant with an open kitchen and a sense of fun, only offers a set menu, although there are some add-on treats you can order as well. Settle in for a series of beautifully plated dishes (such as wild Norwegian scallops with milk foam), and get ready to enjoy yourself.

2 Solligata
+47 41 674 543

Dyna Fyr (Seafood)

Treat your loved one to a romantic meal in a wooden lighthouse on an island a 20-minute boat ride from Oslo. Feast on fresh seafood, stare out at the water, then take the boat back. It’s fancy and relatively pricey, but worth it for the one-of-a-kind experience.

+47 22 436 012

Places to stay in Oslo

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The Thief

It's a new addition to the Oslo waterfront, but every detail in The Thief, from the staff uniforms to the video art in the elevators, has been carefully considered. Even the city maps provided by the staff have design and architecture landmarks noted. In the gorgeous spa, you can swim by candlelight and get slathered in volcanic mud.

Landgangen 1
+47 24 004 000

Grand Hotel

Everyone from Norwegian royalty to Henrik Ibsen and Oprah Winfrey has stayed at this hotel, which is luxurious and decadent, particularly if you’re in a suite. It opened its doors in 1874 and has been serving up an old-fashioned brand of comfort ever since.

31 Karl Johans Gate
+47 23 212 000

PS: hotell

An unusual take on a traditional hostel, PS: hotell is a 31-room place in Vulkan that was established to help the unemployed find work. It has a great location and a cool design. The restaurant also serves as a training school for budding chefs.

13C Maridalsveien
+47 23 156 500 (Norwegian-language website)

First Hotel Grims Grenka

The rooms at this stylish hotel are decorated in ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ Scandinavian styles. Although it’s only in the summer that you’ll want to sit in the rooftop lounge looking over the harbour, or the Akershus Fortress just behind you.

5 Kongens Gate
+47 23 107 200

Ellingsens Pensjonat

A cosy bed and breakfast in a quiet neighbourhood, this is a good value choice that includes free Wi-Fi and use of the gym. The 19th century building is airy and well-lit, with a small garden for guests, and the wooden-floored rooms are pleasantly decorated.

Holtegata 25
+47 22 600 359

Anker Hotel

This 264-room hostel is right by a bus and tram stop, and it’s a 10-minute walk to the city’s main street, Karl Johan. Its cosy rooms are a good choice if you’re looking for budget accommodation in Oslo, and although there are no dorms, you can rent a ‘family room’, which holds five or six people. All rooms are en-suite.

55 Storgata
+47 22 997 510
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