Flights to Oslo (OSL)

Experience Scandinavian cool first-hand with flights to Oslo, where trendy neighbourhoods, fine dining and awe-inspiring architecture will wow.

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Oslo was once considered a bit staid, but it’s now throwing off that reputation and putting some serious energy – and money – into incredible design, architecture, boutiques and cuisine.

Trendy neighbourhoods have emerged that are well worth visiting, and in-the-know travellers board flights to Oslo with this at the forefront of their plans. Check out Tjuvholmen, where the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (a destination in and of itself) has opened. The same area is also bursting with art galleries, restaurants like Fru K, and a stunning hotel; The Thief. Vulkan, on the Akerselva River, is another hot place to check out, with plenty of nightlife venues and a food hall, Mathallen Oslo.

Design is an important part of life in Oslo, and poking around shops for local goods is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Even venerable department stores like GlasMagasinet sell a plethora of Scandinavian-made clothes, accessories and crafts. Wandering Kvadraturen, the old town, is a good way to get a peek into some lovely old buildings, complete with cosy lounges and fun design shops. Oslo has an impressive art scene too, and the Munch Museum (home of Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream) is a must-visit.

Oslo can be an expensive city, but it offers good value – restaurants and cafes may charge a lot, but the standards are high and the emphasis on beautiful design makes every meal, or even just a quick coffee, feel like an experience. It’s a city that exemplifies Scandinavian cool.

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.

Kirkeveien
0268
visitoslo.com/FrognerPark

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
0150
+47 21 422 121
operaen.no/en

Visit the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

This incredible building on the water was designed by Italian Renzo Piano and is a 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
0252
+47 22 936 060
afmuseet.no/en/hjem

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
0286
+47 23 282 950
frammuseum.no

See Munch’s Scream

Fans of the painting 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 are offered in English in July and August.

53 Tøyengata
0578
+47 23 493 500
munchmuseet.no/en

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
0182
+47 22 209 181
blaaoslo.no

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
0175
+47 94 008 182
barsocialeating.no/bar-vulkan-grunerl

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 tuck in.

Fru Kroghs Brygge 1 
0252
+47 24 004 040
fru-k.com

Mathallen Oslo (Norwegian)

This food hall is a fantastic place to wander round. 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 away.

Vulkan 5 
0178
+47 40 001 209
mathallenoslo.no

Dyna Fyr (Seafood)

Treat your loved one to a romantic meal in a wooden lighthouse on an island that’s only a 20-minute boat ride away 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.

Oslofjorden
0286
+47 22 436 012
dynafyr.no/ (Norwegian language website)

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
0117
+47 22 824 050
hotelcontinental.no/restaurants-bars/theatercafeen

Fauna (Modern Norwegian)

Fauna, a buzzing restaurant with an open kitchen, 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
0254
+47 41 674 543
restaurantfauna.no/english

The Thief

A new addition to the Oslo waterfront, 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
0252
+47 24 004 000
thethief.com/en

PS: hotell

An unusual take on a traditional hostel, PS: hotell is a 31-room place in Vulkan, which 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 Vulkan
0175
+47 23 156 500
pshotell.no

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 booking 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
0159
+47 23 212 000
grand.no/en

First Hotel Grims Grenka

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

5 Kongens Gate
0153
+47 23 107 200
firsthotels.no/First-Hotel-GrimsGrenka (Norwegian language website)

Ellingsens Pensjonat

This cosy bed and breakfast, located in a quiet neighbourhood, 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
0355
+47 22 600 359
ellingsenspensjonat.no

Anker Hotel

This 264-room hotel 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
0182
+47 22 997 510
anker-hotel.no/en

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