25 interesting sights in Oslo, Norway
Oslo – the capital of the state of Norway with a thousand years of history. Tourists are attracted here by natural landscapes, modern futuristic buildings, medieval architectural monuments. Fans of sea travel, Scandinavian paintings, stories of Vikings and dragons will love the sights.
What to see in Oslo in 1 day
If you have one day at your disposal, this itinerary is for you:
- Royal Palace;
- City Hall;
- Akershus Fortress and Castle;
- Opera House;
Oslo is a wonderful combination of modern architecture and beautiful nature
If you have a couple of days to spare, you can see unique places by following this itinerary:
- Day 1: Akershus Fortress – Karl-Johan Street – Cathedral – National Theater – Royal Palace.
- Day 2: Vigeland Sculpture Park – Viking Ship Museum – Kon-Tiki Museum – City Hall – Nobel Peace Center – Opera House.
Beautiful places for photo shoots
Wherever you go in Oslo, you’ll be surrounded by picturesque landscapes, photogenic futuristic buildings, rich culture and history. The most photogenic place in the city is the Opera House. From the roof of the Opera offers a fabulous view of the fjord. Interesting is the sculpture park of Vigeland. Have a photo shoot here is a great way to preserve the memories of the city.
A great place for walking, both locals and tourists, is the Botanical Garden. On its large area (6 hectares) grows almost 8000 species of plants collected from all over the world. In the garden you can visit greenhouses, historical pavilions with tropical plants. There are thematic zones: ponds, rose gardens, alpine slides. A system of access to plants for people with disabilities is thought out.
Holy Trinity Church
The Holy Trinity Lutheran parish church is one of the largest in Norway. It is built in the form of a Greek cross with two towers and one dome. You can get inside on Sundays, when the service is held. The church was built in the Neo-Gothic style and consecrated in 1859. The interior of the Church is impressive: colorful stained glass windows, massive columns, brick vaults.
Old Aker Church
Old Aker Church is the oldest building in the Norwegian capital. It is located in the northern part of the city. The first mention of the church dates back to 1080. To date, the church has gone through several reconstructions and restorations. The interior is modest, in the spirit of traditional Lutheranism. There is a Lutheran cemetery near the building. On the way one meets small villages with traditional wooden houses.
Holmenkollen ski jump is on the list of 50 popular hiking trails in Norway. It is located in the suburbs and can be reached from the capital by metro. One of the subway stations has the same name. Ascent to the jump is by elevator. From the top there are picturesque views of Oslo. Also available to visit the Ski Museum and an unusual cabin – a ski jumping simulator in which you can feel like an athlete coming down from a ski jump.
Heni-Unstad Art Center
Norway’s largest contemporary art museum is located outside of Oslo, at Cape Berum. It was founded in 1968 by the family of figure skater Sonja Henie and ship magnate Nils Unstad. Inside is one of the largest private art collections. Among them are Picasso, Munch, de Stahl and Matisse. In addition to exhibitions, it hosts theatrical productions, art installations, and ethnic music concerts.
St. Olaf Cathedral
St. Olaf Catholic Cathedral was built in the mid-19th century. It is built in the neo-Gothic style and decorated with dark brick. The decoration of the cathedral – a tall tower with a dome made of Italian marble. Inside you can see the finest stained glass windows, painted ceilings and an ancient altar. There is a copy of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, a gift to the Catholic parish from Queen Josephine of Norway.
Tusenfried Amusement Park
Tusenfird extreme amusement park is an hour’s drive from the Norwegian capital. The complex is open from May to August. A large selection of attractions will be of interest to adults and children. The most popular attraction is the “Speed Monster”. It reaches speeds of up to 90 km/h in 3 seconds, which is equivalent to the speed of a sports car. The park has cafes, restaurants, a water park and a house of horrors.
The modern district of Acker Bruges is located in the western part of the city and stretches along the city’s waterfront. In 1982 an architectural firm transformed a drab industrial area into a fashionable neighborhood. Residential neighborhoods, corporate offices, and contemporary art museums have sprung up here. The waterfront is decorated with a variety of modern installations. You can enjoy the views while walking across the pretty bridges over the river Akerselva.
Astrup Fernley Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum is located in Tjuvholmen, the new district of the Norwegian capital. The museum is built of glass and light wood with a double curved roof, which resembles a sailboat. The building is divided into two halves. Inside there are several large halls, in which paintings and installations are located in a chaotic order. Each exhibit is made in the spirit of modernity and different from the classic works of art. There are detailed descriptions of what the author intended next to the exhibits.
Tourists arriving in the bay of the Norwegian capital can’t help but notice the unusual triangular building, which is decorated with the inscription “Fram.” Inside the building is a legendary ship on which the great explorers discovered new lands. You can walk around the huge ship, look at the maritime installations and exhibits. Immerse in the reality of the various sounds: the sound of waves, wind, the sound of crumbling ice floes.
Almost in the center of the city, near the waterfront is the building of the unicameral Parliament (Storting). The architecture of the building attracts tourists with its complex unusual shape. The central part is built in the form of a semicircular tower on the edges – the rectangular wings. Parliament building is decorated in several styles. It can be traced a combination of French and Italian directions in the style of neo-Romanism. In front of the Parliament is a cozy park, various sculptures, benches and fountains.
On the banks of the Oslo Fjord is an active administrative building – the City Hall. Various official events are held there and the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. The building is clad in red brick and stands out with two towers, one of which has an astronomical clock. Inside are wall murals, bas-reliefs, tapestries and paintings by Norwegian artists, including a painting by the famous artist Edvard Munch, Life.
Nobel Peace Center
Not far from the City Hall, in the building of the former train station is the Nobel Peace Center. Inside are various exhibitions devoted to military issues. A committee attached to the center selects candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, the building houses a library, an exhibition hall and a museum. Basic information can be obtained from the audio guide or information boards.
Museum dedicated to the work of the famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. His famous work is the painting “The Scream. The collection of the museum consists of 28 thousand items. Besides paintings there are photos, posters, posters, sketches of drawings. Exhibitions of modern artists, concerts and audio performances are regularly held there. In the museum movie theater short films about the life and works of the artist are shown.
An unusual futuristic opera house is located in the center of the Norwegian capital, in the district of Bjorvik. The attraction has opened relatively recently – in April 2008. The main feature of the theater is an unusual snow-white shape, resembling an iceberg. The tour of the theater should begin with the basis of the architectural design – the roof. Thanks to the sloping shape, you can climb up to the building and view the city from an unusual angle. The theater offers tours, from which tourists can learn about the behind the scenes of the opera.
The museum is dedicated to the voyages of the famous Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. In 1947 the explorer and his friends crossed the Pacific Ocean on a cane boat. Its original is kept in the museum. In addition to the boat you can see the icons from Easter Island. The huge halls display photographs of the participants and their voyages. In the film room you can watch the documentary “Kon-Tiki”, directed by Thor Heyerdahl himself.
Folk Museum of Norway
Visiting the Folk Museum, you can get acquainted with the life and history of Norway. From all over the country were brought here houses, furniture, various utensils. The museum is located outdoors and occupies an area of 14 hectares. Here you can see ancient peasant huts, ancient wooden churches, costumes and handicrafts. Especially impressive is the church of XII century, which depicts dragons.
Oslo’s main street stretches from the Central Railway Station in the east to the Palace of the Kings of Norway in the west. At present, this street is a pedestrian street. Located on it are the most famous sights of the capital and Norway as a whole. This Cathedral, the main building of the University of Oslo, the Parliament, the National Theater. The length of the street a little more than 1 km.
In summer time in Oslo opens the doors of the residence of the Norwegian King Harald V. The building was built in the XIX century in the neoclassical style. The main decorations of the interior rooms are national landscapes. Various exhibitions and tours of the palace are held from late June to August. The rest of the time tourists can enjoy the palace park, on the territory of which there are ponds, small lakes, various monuments and sculptures. There is also a daily changing of the guard at the palace.
Wiegeland Sculpture Park.
The only sculpture park of its kind is located in the west of the Norwegian capital. On the vast area of the park are 277 sculpture groups with a specific theme and message. All of the sculptures are nude human figures interacting with each other and depicting different life situations. Old people, children, men and women are depicted here. They are rejoicing, expressing aggression, dancing, hiding. The park is also used as a place for recreation, picnics, and various games.
The majestic Lutheran Cathedral was built in the XVII century, several times reconstructed. Nowadays, in addition to services, it hosts ceremonial events, such as weddings of members of the royal family. The interior of the cathedral is not luxurious, but you should pay attention to the window stained-glass windows, frescoes, the organ and the pulpit. From time to time concerts and rehearsals of the church choir are held there. In the courtyard there is a flower market and cafeterias.
Viking Ship Museum
In order to touch the ancient culture of the Norwegians, you should visit the Viking Ship Museum. He is located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, on the peninsula Bygde. The museum was opened in 1913. It contains 3 rooks, found in the waters of Oslo-fjord and belonged to the noble Vikings around the 9th century. In the south wing of the museum are everyday objects that belonged to the Vikings and their wives. The museum will be of interest to adults and children. You can learn a lot of educational information through special QR codes.
This is a long winding bay stretching from the south of Denmark to the capital of Norway in the north. Regular tours of the Oslo Fjord for tourists are conducted by ferry and ship. In addition, there is an opportunity to view the bay from various observation sites and walk along the waterfront. Tourists who prefer active recreation, travel by canoe or kayak.
Akershus Castle and Fortress
Strategically important objects in the Middle Ages – Akershus Castle and Fortress now attract tourists from all over the world. The location of the fortress used to control the entire Oslo-fjord and withstand enemy sieges. Now it is a place for walks and beautiful photo shoots. From the walls of the castle opens up picturesque views of the embankment and the whole city. Monumental walls, loopholes, and ancient cannons create an atmosphere of the Middle Ages. There are several historical museums in the castle.
One of the frequent tourist attractions in Oslo is the National Gallery of Art in Norway. The pearl of the gallery is the famous painting by Edvard Munch “The Scream. In addition, there are works by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Gauguin, and El Greco. There are also Russian works of art: in one of the halls, there are medieval icons by Novgorod icon painters.