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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

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
4 out of 5
Hotelveien, Gardermoen, Ullensaker
The price is NZ$231 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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! (2,471 reviews)
"Great hotel"

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2021

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardermoen
Grand Hotel Oslo
Grand Hotel Oslo
5 out of 5
Karl Johansgate 31, Oslo
The price is NZ$298 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Located in Central Oslo, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karl Johan Gate, Nobel Peace Center, and Royal Palace. Oslo Spektrum and Aker Brygge ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"Everything was perfect - the room, the service, the staff."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2020

Grand Hotel Oslo
THE THIEF
THE THIEF
5 out of 5
Landgangen 1, Oslo
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$564 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
This family-friendly Oslo hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and Aker Brygge. Nobel Peace Center ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (560 reviews)
"Probably the best hotel in Norway, not only because of the unique and beautiful facilities but also because of the excellent staff members that were friendly, kind and always helpful. As an added bonus, breakfast is amazing!"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2020

THE THIEF
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Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
Forenom Aparthotel Oslo
3.5 out of 5
Lakkegata 3, Oslo
The price is NZ$172 per night from 6 Jul. to 6 Jul.
Located in Oslo City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Intercultural Museum and Oslo Spektrum. Oslo Opera House and Munch Museum are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (431 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
Friendly Quite Apartment
Friendly Quite Apartment
nedre frydendal 104, Asker, Viken
The price is NZ$279 per night from 7 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Situated in Asker, this apartment building is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Whale Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Oslofjord and Sandvika Center. Lower Hajum Farm ...
Friendly Quite Apartment
Panoramic View Over the Oslo Fjord, Cottage for 12
Panoramic View Over the Oslo Fjord, Cottage for 12
3.5 out of 5
11 Godthullia, Frogn, Viken
The price is NZ$1,055 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Situated in Frogn, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Inner Oslofjord and Oslofjord. AMFI Drøbak City and Follo Museum are also within 9 miles (15 ...
Panoramic View Over the Oslo Fjord, Cottage for 12
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