Oslo

Travel Guide
Oslo Opera House showing modern architecture, a city and theatre scenes

With its fascinating history and rich cultural scene, all surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, Norway’s capital city has something to suit every taste.

Oslo is the compact yet vibrant capital city of Norway, located on the country’s southern coast. Surrounded by forested hills to one side and the cold waters of the Oslofjord to the other, this city maintains a close relationship with nature, whilst offering the best of cosmopolitan entertainment.

Norway is perhaps best known for its rich seafaring history. Head to the Bygdøy Peninsula, just outside the city, to explore the best museums dedicated to this subject. Start with the Norwegian Maritime Museum, home to the oldest boat in the country, before admiring the ornate 9th-century wooden vessels in the Viking Ship Museum.

This tradition of exploration continued right into the 20th century. Step aboard the ship that took the first explorers to the South Pole when you tour the Fram Museum, and learn all about Thor Heyerdahl, the famous adventurer who crossed the Pacific on a balsa wood raft, at the Kon-Tiki Museum.

Whilst you’re on the Bygdøy Peninsula, don’t miss the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the world’s largest open-air museum that brings the past 600 years of Norway’s history to life.

Whether you’re interested in opera, ballet, modern art or all three, the Oslo Opera House is a must-see attraction. This cutting-edge, prize-winning structure appears to rise up from the waters of the Oslofjord, as if it were a vast iceberg. Attend one of the many world-class performances, or simply take a tour of the interior spaces, featuring specially commissioned works by leading contemporary artists.

The city also has a number of other fascinating cultural attractions, including Oslo Cathedral and the Nobel Peace Center.

A trip to the newly regenerated Aker Brygge district is the perfect way to round off your day. This former shipyard has been transformed into a bustling entertainment hub full of the best restaurants, cafés and bars.

Consider buying an Oslo Pass if you intend to use public transport. As well as free unlimited travel, you’ll also be eligible for free admission to many museums and discounts in certain restaurants.

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Where to stay in Oslo

Citybox Oslo
Citybox Oslo
3 out of 5
Prinsensgate 6, Oslo
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$110 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
This family-friendly Oslo hotel is located in the shopping district, just steps away from Karl Johan Gate and Oslo Cathedral (Domkirke). Jernbanetorget and Byporten ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,824 reviews)
"Good location, close to everything but expect to see homeless around the property."

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2021

Citybox Oslo
Grand Hotel Oslo
Grand Hotel Oslo
5 out of 5
Karl Johansgate 31, Oslo
The price is NZ$312 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Central Oslo, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Karl Johan Gate and Oslo Spektrum. Viking Ship Museum and Munch Museum are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (906 reviews)
"Great location, friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Grand Hotel Oslo
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
4 out of 5
Hotelveien, Gardermoen, Ullensaker
The price is NZ$212 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Situated in Ullensaker, this hotel is within 32 miles (52 km) of Norway Trade Fairs, Oslo Opera House and Munch Museum. Oslo Spektrum and Nobel Peace Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,250 reviews)
Walking distance to departure hall
"When your flight is 6.30 early morning and you need some sleep despite early wake-up, this hotel is the one to choose. Soft specious beds and waking distance to the departure hall."

Reviewed on 21 May 2021

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
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Anker Apartment – Sentrum
Anker Apartment – Sentrum
3 out of 5
Storgata 53H, Oslo
The price is NZ$123 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Located in Central Oslo, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Rockefeller Music Hall and Oslo Spektrum. Munch Museum is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. Hausmanns ...
3.5/5Good! (991 reviews)
Excelente
"Limpio, buena ubicación a mi parecer."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Anker Apartment – Sentrum
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Lakkegata 3, Oslo
Located in Oslo City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Intercultural Museum and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo City Shopping Centre and Jewish ...
4.1/5Very Good! (438 reviews)
Dust and fire alarms went on
"The room was very dusty, and on our last day the fire alarm went on at 6 am. It lasted for about 15 minutes before it turned off and it no one was reachable to contact in the hotel. No apology, no clarification, nothing."

Reviewed on 1 Sep. 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Forenom Serviced Apartments Royal Park
Forenom Serviced Apartments Royal Park
3.5 out of 5
Sven Bruns gate 1-7, Oslo
The price is NZ$179 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Central Oslo, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Palace Park and Royal Palace. Nobel Peace Center and Aker Brygge are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (167 reviews)
"I wish I could give this a negative star if could. Where do I start? I understand that reviews don’t give you the full scope of what the place is like. Let me elaborate: the pictures you see isn’t what the place looks like. It was difficult to find. And the building looks like it was built in the ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2020

Forenom Serviced Apartments Royal Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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