Norway has a reputation for being terribly expensive, however there are many things to do that involve very little to no money at all. I have listed my top 4 things to do in Oslo, Norway below:
Vigeland sculpture park
The Vigeland sculpture park is one of Oslo’s most famous tourist attractions. With over 200 different sculptures, you’ll be sure to spend a decent amount of time there taking everything in. All the sculptures are outdoors so be sure to wrap up warm if it’s cold out. However if you happen to visit on a warm day, there are plenty of green spaces for you to enjoy a picnic
The changing of the Guards
Every day at 1:30pm (regardless of the weather), the changing of the Guards takes place just outside of the Royal Palace. It does tend to get rather packed so be sure to arrive a little earlier to secure your place at the front, especially if you want to capture some good shots. Overall, the change lasts for around 45 minutes, so be prepared for a lot of standing around.
Oslo Opera House
The opera house is an example of breathtakingly beautiful architecture, honestly the pictures just don’t do it justice at all! Located in the city, a few steps away from Oslo central station, it is a perfect way to spend the afternoon before or after getting a bite to eat. Surprisingly, the roof is also open to the public, but be cautious as it is quite slippery when wet.
The Norsk Folkemuseum & the viking ship museum
Cost – £0 with a Oslo city pass (a 24 hour pass costs 445 NOK and gives you access to 30 museums at no extra cost, in addition to free public transport, discounts on food, tours & many more.
The Norsk Folkemuseum & the viking ship museum are located on an island called Bygdøy, which can be accessed by a boat (10-15 min journey). I believe you can get a bus also, however that does take significantly longer.
Out of the 2, the ‘Norsk Folkemuseum’ is a personal favourite. The main purpose of this museum is to show visitors just how Norwegians used to live back in the day. They achieved this by replicating life sized models of the houses, shops, schools, churches and pretty much everything that was around in that time period. The best thing is that you can actually go into these buildings and experience life as it used to be.
The Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
Cost: £0 with a Oslo city pass
Just a short train ride away from Oslo central, you’ll find the world’s oldest Ski jump. After wandering around the museum detailing the vast history of the sport, you are free to take a lift straight to the top of the Ski tower. Please note that this is not for the faint hearted or those that are afraid of heights. If you do however decide to go to the top, you will be met with stunning panoramic views of the city.
Thank you for reading my top 4 things to do in Oslo! Traveling and experiencing different cultures doesn’t always have to cost the earth. Sometimes the best experiences cost the least.
Have you taken a trip to Oslo? let me know in the comments if you have or if there are any experiences that you would like to share 🙂