What to see in Oslo in 1, 2 or 3 days
What to see in Oslo? The city of Oslo, although it is one of the most expensive cities in the world, offers many incredible attractions to see and things to do for FREE.
Many tourists have avoided coming to this incredible city of the fjords, considering it a very expensive city.
So we decided to write this article to give you a little idea of all the amazing things you can experience here in Oslo, for free (or almost free).
Whether you are coming to Oslo for a vacation, sightseeing, layover, or just staying in Oslo for a day or two, this guide will definitely help you find out what to see in Oslo.
What to see in Oslo in 1 day
Walk through Karl Johan
It is the main street in the city of Oslo that takes you to most of the tourist attractions. From the central station, this street connects you to the Royal Palace.
It's like Oslo's “Champs-Elysees” so it's a great place for people-watching and shopping, showcasing small boutiques of designer brands and Scandinavian shops, bars and restaurants.
Karl Johan also takes you to other tourist sites like the famous National Theater, the ice rink in winter and a pond (Spikersuppa) during summer.
You can also visit the old University of Oslo, Akershus Castle, the Rådhus or town hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, Stortinget: Norwegian parliament building, Oslo Cathedral; and the Oslo Tiger most photographed by visitors before entering Central Station.
The Opera on the waterfront
It is one of the most amazing opera houses I have ever seen. It's free to peek inside and out of the opera house.
You will enjoy the beautiful location on the harbor, the architecture both inside and outside is so unique and fascinating.
Make sure to walk on the roof and enjoy the views.
Frogner and Vigeland Parks
Frogner Park is just a 5-minute walk from the Oslo City Museum and is open to the public at all times. It is the largest park in the city and is very well maintained.
It has ponds, impressive fountains, beautiful flowers, majestic old trees that surround the park during the summer and brilliant colors during the fall season.
Expect the place to be packed with crowds during the summer as everyone is desperate for sun after a long winter in Norway.
At the very heart of it are the world-famous Vigeland sculptures, which you won't want to miss.
Incredibly, these extraordinary unique and strange-looking sculptures were created by Gustav Vigeland between 1869 and 1943.
It is known as the world's largest sculpture park created by a single person.
The Royal Palace Park
Stroll through the grand and huge park of the royal palace. Here you can enjoy the magnificent landscape, trees, statues and royal ponds.
Another popular thing most visitors do in the Royal Palace Park is take pictures with the guards standing by. The changing of the guard is every day around 1:30 pm.
You can also enter, of course, but you have to pay and make a reservation in advance of your visit.
Aker Brygge Pier
Aker Brygge is home to nice boats, great restaurants, bars and restaurants, and some trendy shops and apartments in Oslo.
You can enjoy strolling through this huge fascinating area, all the way to the end of the harbour. It's the best place to people watch, watch the boats come and go, or watch the amazing sunrise or sunset.
What to see in Oslo in 2 days:
If you have one more day, you can spend it visiting the following attractions as well:
The location of this park is unbeatable, as it overlooks the city of Oslo.
It is a national heritage and sculpture park, with many impressive international art collections around it. The view is simply stunning and relaxing at the same time.
Oslo City Museum
As its name suggests, it is the city's museum that showcases the history of the city, through its huge library of valuable photos, paintings, and other works of art.
It's another amazing place to explore the city's history and admission is free. It is a medieval fortress built in 1299 and renovated since 1899.
The location is perfect for sightseeing as it is right on the fjord in the center of town, to the left facing the seaport and Aker Brygge, and down to the right are cafes, restaurants and shops.
During the summer, many locals go swimming, sunbathing or having a picnic on Bygdøy beach.
You have the option of being in the nudist area or on the common beach. It is home to world-renowned museums such as the Viking Ship Museum, the Kontiki Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum).
Bygdøy is about a 10-minute bus ride from just about anywhere in the city.
For those of you who want a different experience when arriving using public transport, you can take a water taxi from Aker Brygge, the pier located in the center of the city.
What to see in Oslo in 3 days
Norway's capital, Oslo, is an interesting place to find seafood, centuries-old Vikings, and nautical history during your tour of Oslo's immensely popular array of museums, including Nasjonalgalleriet, and many more.
The remaining part of Oslo is full of parks, forests and hills, and many lakes.
If you're a traveler on a budget, the good news is that the city is best explored on foot thanks to the paths and trails that connect to public spaces, including the city's main street, Karl Johans gate, the station central Oslo, the Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the old university buildings and the Oslo Cathedral.
The city hosts several cultural attractions and entertainment activities with a lively nightlife.
You can do the mentioned tour for one and two days and additionally you can visit the Oslo Cathedral and walk through the old buildings and see the central station.