Oslo is full of colourful old and new architecture and quirky sculptures. The main thing I loved about Oslo is how everything is Koselig (cosy). Local bars and restaurants supply outdoor heaters and wool blankets you put over your lap whilst enjoying a drink. Inside is filled with candles or warm fires and many bathrooms have heated floors to warm up chilly feet. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world Oslo is not cheap so I’ve included some free things to do.
What to do
It’s free to walk around the gardens and you can purchase a tour around the Palace but it is only open from end of June to Mid August. The changing of the guards take place every day at 1.30. The Palace looked so pretty in the snow I felt like I was in Narnia!
Scandinavia is famous for its elegant and minimalist clothing and home ware. Walk along Karl Johans gate for some great shops.
If visiting on a Sunday some museums are free so check online before visiting.
Nobel Peace Centre
Go inside the City Hall
From the outside it doesn’t look that impressive but inside is full of beautiful art about Norwegian culture and history.
Visit the Opera House
The Vigeland Park (Sculpture Park)
Walk along the waterfront
Wander along the waterfront admiring the views and then get cosy in one of the bars.
Oslo Central Hostel
- Free breakfast – this is the best hostel breakfast I’ve ever had. They have a wide variety of fruits, yoghurt, egg, bacon and the best herby mushrooms.
- Lockers and towels provided
- Good location close to the fortress and shopping streets
- Atmosphere more of a hotel rather than a hostel
Where to Eat & Drink
This food market is outside the centre there are bus’s or trams that you can get here. We walked and its around a 20-30 minute walk. The food here is expensive but then so is everywhere in Norway. It is also closed on a Monday.
This place is a lot of fun there’s an outdoor bar with heaters and upstairs lots of different rooms. The rooms look like they have been decorated by someone’s Grandma with loads of floral wallpaper and cosy lights.
Mona Lisa – Italian
Very fancy looking restaurant you can also eat outside on the balcony.
I had the best bangers and mash here!
- If visiting in Autumn/Winter it will be freezing pack thermals, scarves and hats
- Oslo is super expensive so budget accordingly. Dinner or lunch will cost £20-£30 for one course and that is in the cheaper restaurants. If you visit during summer you could go to a supermarket and buy some foods for a picnic. You should also pack some snacks with you. We ended up paying £5 for a packet of crisps and chocolate bars are about £3 so its worth bringing stuff in your suitcase.
- I would recommend getting an Oslo pass they have 24hr, 48 and 72 hour passes which will provide you with free entry to museums the fortress and public transport. 24 hr is 335NOK 48 hr is 490NOK and 72 is 620NOK you can also get student discount. The museums are quite expensive to get into so it does make the pass worth it.
*Note: Special thanks to Visit Oslo for providing me with a 72hr Oslo Pass