Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Oslo, Norway Opera House and water

Is Oslo Worth Visiting In 2023? 26 Ways to Make Your Trip Worthwhile (plus pros & cons)

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Oslo is a Scandinavian country that is also the capital of Norway and is next to Sweden. It’s a small city with a population of only around 600,000, but it’s biggest city in Norway. So, is Oslo worth visiting? Yes, if you’re traveling to Norway or nearby places, you should definitely make a stop in Oslo.

Oslo is also known as the Land of the Midnight Sun. Its history goes back to 1000 AD, and the original city was located east of modern-day Oslo. The original city was called Kristiania/Christiania – after King Christian IV – up until the 20th century.

Is Oslo Worth Visiting In 2023? 26 Ways to Make Your Trip Worthwhile (plus pros & cons)

Oslo is known for Viking history, the Oslofjord and islands, plus many unique historical sites and architecture. It’s also known for outdoor activities, healthy living and the food – especially fresh seafood – plus its coffee culture. Read on to learn more of what makes Oslo worth visiting!

Is Oslo Worth Visiting In 2022? 26 Ways to Make Your Trip Worthwhile (plus pros & cons)

Here’s what you need to do to make Oslo worthwhile, in a nutshell

In short, make your visit to Oslo part of other travels to make your stay worthwhile – plus, know what there is to see and do, and make sure it fits with what you want to do while traveling.

For instance, if you know beforehand that alcohol is expensive, you can plan around that to focus on the food and coffee instead. Also, if you’re not a big outdoors fan, just go for the amazing museums, food and nightlife, plus shopping and other non-outdoors activities.

You may want to visit in the summer if you hate cold weather and if you want to have the sun most hours of the day (and part of the night). It’s all about your preferences and planning accordingly!

Would I go back to Oslo?

I actually want to go back to Oslo because I was only there for a day trip, and I did a double-decker bus tour with friends – instead of doing my own thing. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to go inside more museums or do more outdoors activities, and I didn’t have enough time because I got there by bus from Sweden.

If I had it to do over, I’d do my own thing and maybe even stay overnight at a hostel or budget-friendly hotel! There are suggestions of where to find places to stay at the end of this post.

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Is Oslo Worth Visiting: What To Expect In Oslo

Before we get into all the things, here’s a quick pros and cons list to help sum up what to expect in Oslo:

Pros of Oslo

✔️ Clean air and beautiful outdoors

✔️ Really cool history and museums

✔️ Culture, including food, festivals and more

Cons of Oslo

✔️ Expensive

✔️ Cold (temperature, but the city can also seem a bit sterile since it’s relatively small)

✔️ Not the most beautiful fjords in Norway (but you can also do day trips to these)

26 Ways to Make Oslo Worthwhile

1. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you Embrace the Chill (Vibes + Weather)

Is Oslo Worth Visiting sand dog

Oslo is unique, which is part of what makes visiting worthwhile. It’s clean, the water and air are fresh, and the sun is bright (if you go in the summer). It’s also not overly crowded and it’s quite peaceful and calm, thanks to the population being only around 600,000.

People are friendly to travelers, and anyone can feel welcome here as a tourist. It’s also safe to visit and most locals speak English.

So even though it’s not bustling with busy crowds, and it may feel a little bit “cold” in terms of the general vibes, it’s not because people aren’t friendly – it’s a mix of the culture and part of the country it’s in, and it’s definitely worth a visit!

2. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes – because it’s Easy to Travel to

Oslo Norway Central Station

Oslo is easy to reach by plane, ferry, train or bus (somewhat depending on where you’re coming from).

The trains are really great in Norway and they run from Kristiansand in the South, to Bodø in the North. Most train lines go through Oslo since it’s the capital, and the network connects with Stockholm and Copenhagen, among other cities.

Trains are also a great way to get all the views of the landscapes in Scandinavia, from the fjords, to the countryside, mountains and bodies of water.

Train lines include the Bergen Railway (considered one of the best train routes on the planet), Flåm, Dovre and Rauma Railways.

Use Entur to find the best train route for your trip!

Of all the countries in Europe, Norway has the most flights per capita – and the country has 50 airports. The biggest domestic airlines in Norway are SAS, Norwegian, Flyr and Widerøe.

There are international airports in Oslo and Bergen, as well as other places, so you can fly there from Norway or other countries easily.

When I visited Oslo, I did a day trip by bus from Gothenburg, Sweden. It was cheap and doable, but the bus ride was really long. It did have a bathroom on it and was definitely a great way to travel on a budget, so I’d recommend it for that – I would just say maybe do 2-3 days in Oslo, or see more of Norway, rather than just a day trip back and forth!

3. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you use the Oslo City Pass

The Oslo City Pass is a fantastic way to make your Oslo trip worthwhile. It saves you money and gets you into tons of sites (I always find that city passes get you to spots you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise, too, because it basically does the planning for you)!

With the pass, you get entrance to more than 30 museums and other sites. You also get unlimited free public transport – which is a win to me, to not have to worry about that!

Beyond all that, you get rebates on other sites, tickets, climbing, ski rental, Amusement Park visits, restaurants, shops and more.

When I went to Oslo, it was a day trip and it was with the family of a friend. They wanted to do the double-decker bus, and I, unwittingly, went with them. I would advise against double decker bus tours if you can help it. Just get the city pass and use the free public transportation, and you’ll have a lot more freedom!

You can get the Oslo City Pass here.

4. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you use Public Transit (& walk everywhere)

Is Oslo Worth Visiting

So, above I told you how you can get unlimited free public transportation around Oslo – but whatever you decide, you’ll still be able to easily walk most of the city, and get a bus to anywhere that’s a bit far for walking. Just use google maps and you’ll be good to go.

You can get a SIM card at the airport to get data so you can use google maps, or make sure to stop at a coffee shop or hotel with WiFi and download the map first!

5. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you know how to make it *less* expensive

Is Oslo Worth Visiting

Is Oslo expensive? Yes… but there are ways to make it less expensive.

If you do just go for a day, you don’t have to get a hotel – but, if you go for longer you can find budget places to stay (see the end of the post for suggestions of where to stay in Oslo on any budget).

Basically, the gist here is that Oslo is a European city, but it can be done more cheaply than some more expensive ones. You can find cheap food, and just don’t buy much alcohol there – even a beer can cost you around $10!

Since you don’t need much time to see this city, I wouldn’t worry about things like alcohol (if that’s important to you – I get it, because in countries like Egypt it’s similar and can get a bit frustrating when you just want a drink) – just keep busy and see everything, find the cheap food and move onto your next destination!

6. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you take in the trendy atmosphere mixed with history

Is Oslo Worth Visiting

Oslo has been ranked in the world’s most livable cities for its high standard of living. It’s an economically rich country, and that’s part of what makes it unique and enjoyable for visiting.

The most trendy areas in Oslo are Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen. Aker Brygge has shopping, restaurants, bars and cafes on a boardwalk. There are also fresh seafood markets and nightlife, and there are people there day and night. Tjuvholmen is a newer district with art galleries and installations like the sculpture park.

7. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you appreciate sustainability

Scandinavia Oslo, Norway Ships at the Viking Museum on the water

Oslo is super eco-friendly – it’s in the top 5 most sustainable cities in the world. The city has fresh air and renewable energy, they use a lot of electric cars, their mass transportation uses sustainable energy, and their tap water is some of the best in the world.

8. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you enjoy healthy living

Is Oslo Worth Visiting - yes, for the healthy living

Speaking of sustainability, Oslo is all about healthy living, from the air, to the food and to the lifestyle. It’s all in this post, but you can easily find healthy food and a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy in Oslo.

People in Oslo are known for healthy living even more than in the rest of Norway.

9. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you experience Oslo’s Food Culture

Is Oslo Worth Visiting - fresh seafood

Going along with the theme of healthy living, Oslo is known for its sustainable and locally-sourced food.

Local Food to try

  • Fresh seafood, especially smoked salmon.
  • Pølse, which are hot dogs made with beef, pork or reindeer meat, and sometimes wrapped in bacon – a great option for non-vegetarian low-budget travel!
  • Kjøttkaker or kjøttboller, which are Norwegian meatballs similar to Swedish meatballs.
  • Cloudberries: a type of berry that you probably haven’t seen before, but can be found everywhere in Oslo!
  • Brunost: a kind of whey cheese that is spread on breads.
  • Mills Kaviar: this comes in a tube and is used like a condiment.

Also try the waffles and for alcohol, Aquavit is a local liquor distilled from grain or potatoes. (Skaal means cheers!)

Food Halls & Restaurants

So, where to go to get a taste of Oslo’s food scene? Oslo has many food halls, a couple of which are Mathallen Food Hall and Vippa Food Hall, that are perfect for trying various food, coffee and more.

Also check out Maaemo, the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Norway!

10. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you know that the Coffee Culture is amazing

Å ta en kaffe in Norwegian means setting quality time aside for friends and family, and “let’s sit down and talk over coffee” is a way of life. Oslo is known specifically for its specialty coffee, as one of the best on the planet. It’s known most for its light roast coffee.

👉 Visit Tim Wendelboe for just one example of Oslo’s coffee culture.

👉 Go on a food tour through Oslo and taste the traditional food (like hot dogs and waffles) with stories from the guide along the way:

🇳🇴 Go on this Oslo Alternative Culture and Street Food Tour

11. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you get out in nature

Is Oslo Worth Visiting In 2022? 26 Ways to Make Your Trip Worthwhile (plus pros & cons)Is Oslo Worth Visiting - outdoors

Did I mention that people in Oslo love healthy living? Nature is definitely a huge part of that, and of course for travelers it’s definitely a plus as well! Some of the many outdoor activities you can do in Oslo include:

👉 Go on an Oslo Fjord cruise where you listen to a guide talk about Oslo and the nature in the area. The cruises depart multiple times throughout the day, so you can fit it into your schedule whenever you choose.

🇳🇴 Go on this 2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise

👉 Kayaking is another great way to enjoy what Oslo’s great outdoors have to offer.

Local guides will take kayakers of any experience level (including beginners) on a kayak tour:

🇳🇴 Go on this Akerselva River Kayak Tour

👉 The mountains are another amazing part of Oslo’s outdoors to visit. Here’s a hiking tour that takes you to King Olav’s Trail, on the mountain of Vettakollen, which will give you the best view in Oslo:

🇳🇴 Go Oslo Hiking – View of the Oslofjord walk by Clicking Here

👉 Another way to experience the outdoors in the winter is skiing the Holmenkollen slope.

👉 Go to the forests in Nordmarka, a region filled with hiking and biking trails, ski trails in the winter, lakes where you can swim in the summer, and cabins where you can stop to eat, rest and even camp. The highest peak in Nordmarka is Svarttjernshøgda.

12. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you admire the Scandinavian architecture

Is Oslo Worth Visiting - Architecture Barcode District

Oslo is the best example of modern Nordic architecture. Ever since the Opera House was built in 2008, the modern buildings have just gotten better and better – when I was there in 2017, the Barcode Project had construction going on. That, and the Fjordbyen waterside project are both amazing architectural areas to see as you walk around Oslo.

Other buildings to check out include the Grand Hotel Oslo which not only is the most luxury hotel in the city, but it’s also historic (built in 1874). There are six restaurants and a ballroom, plus a cafe. Many well-known people have stayed here, including Henrik Ibson.

🛏️ Book Your Stay in the Grand Hotel Oslo Here

Other buildings are included further in this post, like the Opera House, Parliament Building, Royal Palace and Aker Brygge, as well as Astrup Fearnley Museum on Tjuvholmen Island. Here are some other spots where you can stop for the architecture and what’s inside:

  • The Nobel Peace Center: A museum that tells stories about the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, since this is where the prize has been awarded since 1901.

13. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you visit Akershus Fortress

Is Oslo Worth Visiting  Akershus Fortress

Speaking of architecture, who doesn’t love a good fortress?

Akershus slott in Norwegian, this fortress or castle was built in the medieval period as a royal residence and to guard the city, in the main area of Akershus, part of what made up Norway at the time. It’s still used today.

14. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you visit the Norwegian Parliament Building

This building has held the Norwegian Parliament Assembly since 1866. It’s definitely nice to look at with its yellow brick facade and styles inspired by Italy and France. There’s also the shape of the building itself, and the back side is the same as the front. You can get a tour of the inside as well.

15. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you visit the Royal Palace

Sarah in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway - Scandinavia

The Royal Palace, which was built in 1814 in Neo-classical style architecture, is a major piece of Oslo’s history and also a great spot to visit to make your trip amazing. Get a guided tour to see the inside.

16. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you visit the National Theater (Nationaltheatret)

The National Theatre is where most of Ibsen’s plays have been performed, and is located right in the middle of the Royal Palace and Parliament. It was inaugurated in 1899 and there are statues of Ibsen and others in the front of the building.

17. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you see the Holmenkollen Ski Jump (1952 Olympics)

Besides skiing, you can see the Holmenkollen ski jump which was used in the 1952 Olympics as well as other World Cups and Championships.

18. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you check out the Neighborhoods

Oslo is made up of districts, or neighborhoods, and there are many that are worth visiting. You can also plan your visit around the neighborhoods!


Located east of the city center, Bjørvika is a re-imagined neighborhood. What used to be a container port and highway junction is now a waterfront that houses the Opera House, Barcode Project and the Akrobaten pedestrian bridge, as well as restaurants, galleries and shopping.

Scandinavia She Lies Scupture in Oslo, Norway
Be sure to spot “She Lies”, a public art sculpture in the neighborhood near the Oslo Opera House

There’s a floating sauna nearby in Sørenga, as well as a pool. You can go kayaking on the water at the beach, or go to the art and sauna village called SALT.

Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is by the harbour, so it’s known for the promenade where you can walk, the boardwalk with a pier, shopping and restaurants. You can also take the ferry from here to the fjord. Take the bridge to Tjuvholmen, which is known for its architecture and art, the AstrupFearnley Museum and amazing restaurants.

Hovedøya island

Hovedøya is the main island on the fjord that has forest, monastery ruins and beaches. You must buy tickets, but they’re affordable. You can get them from the kiosk or an app, and spend part of a day enjoying the outdoors and finding the monastery. There’s also a cafe.


Frogner is a district that is one of the most historic areas of Oslo. Vigeland Park or Frognerparken is the most well-known part of this area.

Damstredet and Telthusbakken

Located in central Oslo, Damstredet and Telthusbakken streets are known for their charming, wooden 18th-century houses that are colored and great for photos.


Grünerløkka is known for its shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs and is a historically bohemian neighborhood. Today, it’s a spot where millennials tend to hang out and there are also a lot of entertainment areas here.

19. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you take advantage of all the Free Parks

Oslo has no lack of free parks to explore and hang out in! Some of them include:


Frognerparken, or Vigelandsparken, is the biggest park in central Oslo. It’s mostly known for the Gustave Vigeland sculptures.

Ekeberg Park

Ekebergparken is a sculpture garden where you can explore on your own or get guided tours. There are also light installations (that aren’t free), plus places to eat and drink, and a museum shop.

Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens are located at Tøyen, and are an arboretum design with mutliple kinds of plants. There are also greenhouses, a scent garden and sculpture garden.

Palace Park

The Palace Park surrounds the Royal Palace and is Oslo’s first park, as well as the largest. There are statues, flower gardens and more areas to discover in Palace Park.

20. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you visit the Museums

One of the best reasons to visit Oslo is the amazing museums here! Between the Viking history, art and more, you can learn a lot and the museums are all worth visiting. Here they are (if not already mentioned):

Viking Ship Museum

Oslo Norway Viking Ship Museum

So, the Viking Ship Museum is closed until 2026 – it’s been open for 95 years, so it needs rebuilding. When it re-opens, it will be called “The Museum of the Viking Age“.

The Historical Museum has Viking exhibits you can see in the meantime, though!

Fram Museum

Oslo Norway Museums Fram Viking

The Fram Museum is really cool, both on the inside and outside – it’s main attraction is the polar ship Fram, the world’s strongest ship made of wood, and it can be explored. There are also exhibits on Norwegian polar exhibitions and more to discover!

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History or Norwegian Folk Museum

Norsk Folkemuseum is an open-air museum with 160 buildings from 1200 and on. There are also indoor exhibits of folk culture.

Art museums

There are many art museums to check out in Oslo. They include the National Gallery, Astrup Fearnley Museum, and the Munch Museum.

Kon-Tiki Museum

Oslo, Norway Museums Tiki

The Kon-Tiki Museum is a museum where you can learn about Thor Heyerdahl, one of the most famous explorers in world history. He crossed the Pacific in 1947 on a raft (called Kon-Tiki), and captured it on film. It won and Academy Award.

Heyerdahl continued to go on several other similar expeditions and also led archaeological excavations around the world in the Galapagos, Easter Island and more.

Norwegian Resistance Museum

The Norwegian Resistance Museum is located at Akershus Fortress, and shows the history of WWII in Norway from 1940-1945.

21. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you take part in the Local Culture

Oslo definitely has a unique culture that’s worth experiencing. From the nightlife, to coffee culture and food, outdoors and healthy living (which were already discussed earlier), to festivals and holidays, there’s so much to experience here to impact your worldview for the better!

Here’s what you can do in Oslo to experience the nightlife and festival scenes:


Oslo is known for its nightlife, and particularly the live music. Things to note: alcohol is expensive, and you have to be 23 to get into most clubs. But, the clubs are close to one another and usually they’re open until 3am.

The nightlife is relaxed and low-key, so you don’t need to dress up much. Places to go include Blå and Himkok Bar.


Oslo has no shortage of festivals to enjoy. Some of the music festivals include:

Findings Festival, an electronic and EDM festival at Bislett Stadium; Oslo International Church Music Festival; Inferno Metal Festival; Øya Music Festival; Oslo World International Music Festival; and Oslo Jazz Festival, among others

Others include Miniøya Children’s Festival; Mela, which includes cultural activities, food and more from all around the world; and May 17, Norway’s national day.

22. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you know where to Shop

Like most major cities, Oslo is also known for its shopping. Here are some places to be sure to check out to make your Oslo trip worthwhile:

Karl Johans gate

This is the main thoroughfare in Oslo and connects the Central Station with the Royal Palace. Most of the tourist attractions are on this street and it’s the main pedestrian area as well as a shopping area.

Majorstuen district

Located in the Frogner area behind the Royal Palace, Majorstuen has great shopping as well as townhouses from the late 1800s and the metro junction.

Grünerløkka district

Grünerløkka is known for its shopping, cafes, restaurants and vintage stores. You can also find flea markets and parks here, as well as street art.

23. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you go Island-Hopping

Island-hopping through the Oslofjord islands is a great way to see what Oslo has to offer besides the main attractions. Aside from the already-mentioned island of Hovedøya, islands include:

Langøyene Island

Langøyene is reachable only by one ferry. It has beaches, and places for outdoor recreation and camping.

Gressholmen, Rambergøya, and Heggholmen Islands

These islands are all next to each other and you can swim, eat and see some sites, like Heggholmen lighthouse and the first airport in Norway, which was in operation from 1927-1939.

Lindøya Island

Lindøya has colorful summer cabins, beaches with swimming areas, and places for outdoor recreation. There’s also the Christiania meridian, which is a monument that calculates the longitude of the eastern part of Oslo.

There’s also a nature reserve on the northern side of the island.

Go on a half-day nature walk and take ferries to three of the islands. You’ll see the local villages, cliffs, historic sites, and forests. You can also swim and picnic on a hidden beach:

🇳🇴 Book an Oslo Island Hopping Tour Here

24. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you admire the Fjords

Boat trips

Doing a boat tour is a great way to see the fjords while getting commentary from a guide. This combo tour is a full day of seeing any of the sites and the fjords. Sites include Vigeland park, the ski jump, Fram and Folk Museums, and the Oslo ship museum:

🇳🇴 Go on this Oslo Combo Tour: Grand City Tour and Oslo Fjord Cruise

Western fjords by train

You can take a scenic train ride to the Western fjords, which are generally more spectacular than the Oslo fjord, if you have time.

🇳🇴 Go on this Private Full Day Roundtrip From Oslo To Sognefjord with Flam Railway


Nærøyfjord is the one to see for a day trip from Oslo, because it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site!

25. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you get in some Hot & Cold Plunges 

Hot and cold therapy can be done perfectly in Oslo if you go in the winter! There are saunas in the city on the harbour, so you can easily find them, and then you can do fjord plunges.

Some of the best saunas include SALT, which is the world’s biggest wood-fired sauna, and KOK, a floating sauna with a hole in the floor for cold water plunges!

26. Is Oslo Worth Visiting? Yes, if you know where to find tours/activities

You can see Oslo with tours that allow you to experience the sites without doing all the planning and navigating yourself. You can also go do activities that allow you to have fun with your family or group, or by yourself, for a day if you want to do more than just city and museum wandering! Besides the ones already mentioned, here’s more of what you can find to do in Oslo:

👉 TusenFryd

TusenFryd Oslo Norway

TusenFryd is an amusement park in Oslo that’s great for families or anyone who loves amusement parks. You can make this a day trip or go whenever!

👉 Day trip to Oscarsborg Fortress and Drøbak

Go on a day trip by ferry from Oslo to see Oscarsborg fortress, which is in the Oslofjord and learn about the history, particularly of a German war ship that was sunk here in 1940. Then, see the Norwegian town where Santa Claus lives in Drøbak!

👉 Myths and Legends of Oslo

Taking a themed tour with a great guide can add a lot of amazing layers to more fully enjoy any new place – and what better for Oslo than a tour that will regale you with stories of Vikings, criminals and local ghosts?

🇳🇴 Book the Myths and Legends of Oslo Tour Here

👉 Oslo Historic River Walk Tour

Get some outdoor adventure time in exploring the revitalized Akerselva River while learning the history and stopping for food at Mathallen food hall.

🇳🇴 Book the Oslo Historic River Walk Tour Here

Where to stay in Oslo on any Budget

Budget Option: Scandic Byporten Hotel

The Scandic Byporten Hotel is centrally located, plus it has great views, free breakfast and a fitness center. It’s a great location for being in walking distance from the nightlife and other sites, and it shares a building with a shopping center.

🛏️ Book Your Stay at the Scandic Byporten Hotel Here

👉 If you’re looking for even cheaper, I use HostelWorld to find the best hostels and deals!

Mid-Tier Option: Thon Hotel Storo

The Thon Hotel Storo is a great choice for a mid-tier hotel in Oslo. They have tons of amazing reviews – especially for the free breakfast – plus they’re close to a lot of the sites and restaurants and have a fitness center.

🛏️ Book Your Stay at the Thon Hotel Storo Here

Luxury Option: The Grand Hotel Oslo

The Grand Hotel Oslo is the same I mentioned earlier – built in 1874, it has history, is renowned for its architecture and it’s the most luxurious hotel in Oslo. There are multiple restaurants, a cafe, bar and ballroom, all the amenities, great views, plus lots of famous people have stayed here!

🛏️ Book Your Stay at the Grand Hotel Oslo Here

Map of Things To Do In Oslo, Norway

Is Oslo Worth Visiting: FAQs

👉 Is it worth it to go to Oslo?

Yes, it’s definitely worth it to go to Oslo – just make sure you know what to see and do to make your trip worthwhile!

👉 How many days should you spend in Oslo?

You only need 2-3 days in Oslo, but if you stay more you can always do day trips or tours to extend your visit.

👉 Is Oslo better than Stockholm?

You’ll need less time to see Oslo, and it has the fresh seafood, sustainability, modernity and outdoors activities. Stockholm is an old city, but it has more to do – you’ll probably need at least a few days there. Both are amazing, so just decide based on your preferences and how much time you need! You could always split your trip and see both if you have time, or do an Oslo day trip.

👉 Why is Oslo so popular?

Oslo is popular because it’s one of the best Scandinavian cities, known for its history, culture, food, museums and outdoor activities. It’s also one of the most sustainable cities in the world.

👉 Is Oslo Fjord worth visiting?

Oslo Fjord is worth visiting, but the other fjords in Norway are better. If you’re in Oslo, you can do a day trip to other fjords or see the Oslo fjord, depending on how far you want to travel.

👉 Is Oslo worth visiting in winter?

Oslo has a lot to do and see in the winter. There are festivals, Christmas celebrations, skiing, and hot and cold plunges you can do, among other activities.

What you’ll need for Oslo & Scandinavia

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All in All: Is Oslo Worth Visiting In 2023? 26 Ways to Make Your Trip Worthwhile

Sarah with Thor's Hammer Statue in Oslo, Norway

Oslo is worth visiting when you know how to make your trip worthwhile. Go for a day or two, or to start seeing Norway, as a day trip from Sweden, or on the way to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam or other spots as you travel. This way, you’ll be happy you stopped by and saw this amazing city! 

I hope this helped you plan your trip to Oslo!

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