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Are you thinking of visiting Oslo for your next adventure? Good choice! But what is the best time to visit this charming city, and are there any fun things to do in this Viking capital that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Well, plenty!
Stay with me here and discover our traditions and traditional food, when the best time to visit is, what activities are worth paying for, and what you can do for free. Oslo is a very walkable city, so wear your sneakers and enjoy!
Here are a few facts about Oslo:
– Oslo is the capital of Norway and has a population of approximately 700 000
– Oslo city is situated at the end of the Oslofjord, and to the north and east, forested hills (Marka) rise above the city.
– Oslo can be visited in winter and summer due to its perfect location for seasonal activities.
– Oslo is the only place outside Sweden that hosts a Nobel Prize Reward – Nobel Peace Prize
– Oslo was the ninth most expensive city in the world in 2018 (according to the report made by EIU) but was not on the list in 2019. According to Business Insider, it is not on the most expensive city list in 2020 either. Let’s hope it will stay this way. Norway is the eighth happiest country in the world (toppled by Finland), falling from fifth in 2020 to third place in 2019
– Oslo has been voted Europe’s Green Capital for 2019 by Lonely Planet
– Oslo has made it to “The Cool List 2019,” curated by National Geographic, taking 11th place out of 19
Best time to visit Oslo and things to do in every season
The best time to visit Oslo and the rest of Norway is spring, summer, winter, and fall. Yes, you read it right. You can visit Oslo any time of the year; it has great weather and time.
There are many things to do in Oslo during spring and summer – enjoy Holmenkollen Skifestivalen (cross-country skiing, ski jumping, and combined world cups) in March, Norwegian Constitutional Day on the 17th of May, and music festivals during the summer months. These activities run yearly, except for celebrating our Constitutional Day, the 17th of May. You will have to pay for the rest of the events.
Things to do in Oslo in winter
Winter in Oslo is long, dark, and usually wet, although it is not nearly as cold as in the North of Norway. The Winter season can start in November and last until April. Oslo weather in winter can be tricky to predict, except that it is cold, and we WILL get snowfall.
The average temperature for Oslo in winter is about -5C, and a normal 60 mm of precipitation could be rain or snow. Although the average temperature is around -5C, check the forecast before coming to Oslo and bring the right clothes. We have had to -16C and wind, and it can feel like you will freeze all your limbs off. Norwegians love wool; you can get woolen clothes in any sporting goods store. January and February are perfect for snow activities; you don’t have to leave town to go skiing downhill, ice skating, or tobogganing. Whatever activities you will be doing, get an Oslo Pass for 24, 48, or 72 hours, which includes free public transportation, entries to several attractions and museums, and discounts at some restaurants and shops.
If you want to visit an extra cold and extraordinary place in Norway, I recommend you visit Svalbard. You can check Worlderingaround post on things to do on Svalbard to get an idea of what there is to do on this archipelago and specifically on Spitzbergen Island.
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Oslo in January and February
Holmenkollen Ski Jumping Arena is known for biathlon and Nordic skiing venues and hosts annual World Cup tournaments. Holmenkollen arena includes the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Midtstubakken Ski Jump, five smaller recruitment slopes, cross-country skiing trails, and a ski stadium. Take metro line 1 from any of the central metro stations (for example, Sentral Stasjon Oslo S or National Theatre) to get to the arena, and on your way, you will get the most amazing views of Oslo from above. It takes you about 30 minutes to get to Holmenkollen by metro. The arena includes a ski museum, jump tower, souvenir shop, ski simulator, and a café.
Frognerseteren Cafe and Restaurant is worth a visit, too. Take the metro further up to the end station after you have visited Holmenkollen Ski Jump Arena. The metro tour will take about 10 minutes. This cafe has the most amazing views of Oslo and Oslo Fjord, and during winter, you can enjoy their famous apple tart and hot chocolate. Frognereseteren’s history started in 1891, and their culinary history dates back to the same time. During my younger years, I used to work there and can personally recommend it for the views, atmosphere, and apple tart. During the winter and sometimes during summer, if the weather is miserable, they lit many of the fireplaces they have inside.
Korketrekkeren is a 2000-meter toboggan run with an elevation drop of 255 meters. The ride takes 8-10 minutes. You can hire sleds at Akeforeningen, down the hill from the Frognerseteren metro stop. The activity is free, but you must pay to rent the sleds unless you bring your own. Once you are down, you can take the metro back up and go again. The run is open only when there is enough snow, so check snow conditions before getting up there for the tobogganing. Take metro line 1 from any central metro station (see above) and get off at the end station Frognereseteren.
If you are coming to Norway in the winter and want to explore beyond Olso, I recommend you take a bus to Beitostølen. It is a beautiful mountain area next to the Jotunheimen National Park. In Beitostølen, you can go cross-country skiing or downhill, or you don’t have to do activities involving skiing.
Suggestion: Read my post on things to do in Beitostølen if you don’t want or know how to ski
Oslo in December
December is a festive month, and Oslo gets decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and ornaments. People are in a Christmas mood, and many Christmas Parties are going on. In December, you have the chance to experience Norwegian people up close. We may not be the most open people, but during December, all our guards are down due to partying and upcoming holidays, and you will find us chatty.
Other fun things you can do, besides interacting with locals, are ice-skating in Spikkersuppa Ice-Skating Rink on the main street Karl Johan. You can hire your skates on the spot.
Christmas Market is open every day in December, and you will find the main one in the middle of the main street, Karl Johan. You can taste and buy traditional Norwegian food, drinks, and decorations here. Christmas Market is a great place to get those unique souvenirs you want to bring home.
Visit the Museum of Oslo, which presents the city’s history through models, paintings, and photographs. Exhibitions are mainly Norwegian, but you may borrow the free audio guide.
The pre-Christmas sales (or offerings) start in December. Norway is expensive and if you want to do some shopping do it during the sales.
The Nobel Peace Prize concert is held the day after the reward ceremony and is visited by many celebrities on and off stage. The ceremony is held in Oslo City Hall, while the concert is at Oslo Spektrum. For different reasons (mostly lack of necessary financial needs to retain the quality), there will be no Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2018.
Best museums to visit in Oslo in winter
Munch Museum – One of Norway’s most famous museums. Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and considered a pioneer in expressionism. He is well known for his paintings “Scream” and “Madonna.” The museum is located at Bjørvika and reopened in October 2021. You can easily walk to the museum from The Oslo Opera House. Note of caution – you can not store your luggage or any other large items at the museum while on tour.
The National Museum opened its doors after many years of renovation in 2021. Visit permanent exhibitions containing some of Norway’s most famous painters or temporary installations from artists worldwide. If you only have time to visit one museum, this is the one. Norway’s most extensive public collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures is in the National Museum. The National Museum is located centrally in Oslo, at Aker Brygge. During summer, you should have refreshments on the rooftop with a view of the Akershus Fortress, City Hall, and Oslofjord.
Akershus Castle and Fortress is a medieval castle. It was completed in the 1300s and had a strategic location at the very end of the headland. The Castle withstood some sieges throughout the ages, mainly from rival Sweden. The castle was a full-fledged prison in the first half of the 19th century. There are several military museums in the fortress that are worth a visit if you are into military history. The Fortress has a beautiful view of Aker Brygge and the Oslo Fjord. The castle is located just off Aker Brygge and City Hall.
Shopping in Oslo during winter
There are two annual sales in Oslo – the summer sale and the winter sale. The winter sale starts right after Christmas and increases to full after the New Year. There are also a few minor sales throughout the year. Oslo has a few shopping malls in the city center with all the known chain stores. However, you will find many charming boutiques that support young and up-and-coming designers and known Scandinavian designers in Grunerløkka. Visit the Steen & Strøm Department Store – it has the most extensive selection of fashion in Oslo and is just off the main street Karl Johan.
Norwegian traditional food you only get in winter
Every country has some odd food traditions and unique types of food, and Norway is no different. The traditional Christmas food for the Oslo area is Roast Pork Belly – “Ribbe” served with potatoes, sausages, meat cakes, and pickled cabbage. During December, you can get it served in any restaurant in Oslo, and this traditional Eastern Norway Christmas dish is pretty delicious.
While you are in Oslo in December, you should taste Rakfisk. Rakfisk is a trout that has been salted and fermented for two months and up to one year, stored in cold temperatures. Then, after some necessary preparation (when the smell is most pungent), it is ready to be consumed. Note of caution – you should not eat it if you are pregnant.
There are as many different traditions as families, but as we divide Norway into four parts – South, East, North, and West, so do the main Christmas food traditions that follow their part of the country. During Christmas, you can get traditional dishes from all parts of Norway in restaurants in Oslo. My favorite is Pinnekjøtt, which is popular in Western and Northern Norway. Pinnekjøt is dried mutton ribs and is the undefeated Christmas dinner champion. Southern Norway usually has some fish and Lutefisk. Lutefisk is dried stockfish (usually cod) treated and soaked in lye (or sodium hydroxide) and cold water. For an in-depth description of traditional Norwegian Christmas Food, you can check the Norwegian Arts site, which the Norwegian Royal Embassy runs.
Visiting Oslo in January or February will give you the same opportunities as in December. But where December can give you a unique Christmas spirit, I believe you would love to experience January and February may be treated with beautiful winter weather. You will also experience Olso and its attractions in peace, as these months are two of the lowest seasons. So pick what you like and adjust it to the weather and the time you must explore.
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How to get an Oslo city pass
I highly recommend you get an Oslo Pass. Depending on the length of your stay, the pass is available for 24, 48, or 72 hours. Oslo Pass gives you free entries to 36 top tourist attractions and museums in Oslo, free access to public transportation throughout Olso and some suburbs, and discounts at some restaurants, cafes, and shops.
You can buy the Oslo Pass online by clicking on the link, at the hotel you are staying at, at the Oslo Visitor Centre, and at some museums. The prices for the Oslo Pass are approximately 40 euros for one adult for a 24-hour pass. There are discounted prices for children and seniors. After purchasing your Oslo Pass, you will need to validate it online. The pass starts its validity period when you note its date of first use.
Oslo Pass is worth getting – Oslo is expensive so that it will save you lots of money on public transportation and entry fees to attractions and museums. It will also save you the time you will spend in line to get into museums or tourist attractions you want to visit.
Oslo in Spring
Spring in Oslo is the months of March, April, and May – by the calendar. But since the weather decides, we usually don’t get spring before the end of April or the beginning of May. A few years ago, we had +18C for one week in March, and all snow was gone before Easter, while last year, it was snowing on the 10th of May (according to my Facebook memories). The average temperatures for the spring month can be anything from –3C in March to +11C in May. Remember, these are the average and can be colder or warmer.
March is perfect for snow activities, and the weather is usually stable, with sunny days and a few degrees below zero. If you have skipped the part about January and February, I recommend you scroll up and read it. The air is also much clearer, days are longer and warmer, and if you go up to Holmenkollen, you can get Oslo’s most beautiful sunny and snowy views. You can also visit any museums mentioned in that section and the open-air ones at Bygdøy.
Easter usually occurs at the end of March or the beginning of April, and most Norwegians leave Oslo and go to the mountains. March is the best time for snow activities in the mountains as well. But then imagine you getting the whole Oslo for yourself. However, if you decide to visit Olso in March or April, be aware Norway has many public holidays, and everything is closed – shops, museums, and even some restaurants. We, Norwegians, love our time off. Public holidays during Easter are Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, Pentecost Sunday, and the following Monday. All the shops, some restaurants, and museums close their doors these days.
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We celebrate our Constitution Day in Mai; if you can experience that, I highly recommend it. You will see many Norwegians dressed in their beautiful National costumes, called bunad. Bunads are different for every region. People who don’t own a bunad wear their most festive (in their eyes) outfits. If you are lucky with the viewing point, you will also see the Royal Family standing on the balcony waving at the kids’ parade.
Top things to see and do in Oslo in Spring
Oslo has several beautiful parks, and few of them are centrally located. You will find one of the most famous parks in the city center, Vigelandsparken in Frognerparken. Vigelandsparken contains over 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, including an obelisk and the Wheel of Life. This park is the world’s largest sculpture made by a single artist. Another famous sculpture is Sinnataggen, a baby boy stamping his foot in fury. This statue is very well known as an icon in the city. Vigelandsparken, as well as Frognerparken, is open during the whole year and has a free entrance.
Oslo Opera House is located by Oslo Central Station overlooking Oslofjord- you can’t miss it. The roof of the building angles to ground level, creating a large plaza that invites pedestrians to walk up and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo. The lobby has a free entrance, and I recommend you get inside and look. It has a typical classic, minimalistic Scandinavian interior that you will love.
While in this area, walk to Bjørvika, a neighborhood we call the Barcode. The name is given due to the look of the neighborhood’s buildings. This a business and residential area, super expensive because of its central location, views of Oslofjord, and age of the apartments (they are new). Bjørvika has several restaurants and cafes.
The main street Karl Johan starts at the top by the Central Railway Station and ends at the Royal Palace. On your way, you will pass shops, cafes, restaurants, the Parlament Building, the University of Oslo, and the National Theatre.
Oslo in May
Experience the 17th of May – Norwegian Constitution Day, known as the 17th of May. Traditionally, we start the day with a champagne breakfast with friends. Then there are kids’ marches throughout the country, but it is especially lovely to experience it in Oslo due to the parades marching on Karl Johan to greet the Royal Family. The kids can have unlimited hotdogs and ice cream on this day, and friends gather for dinner.
Oslo in summer
Summer is the high season for visiting Oslo. You can also experience everything you can see in Oslo in winter, but you get a different experience in summer. Although the public holidays in Norway are through July, and citizens leave town, this is the time for tourists to explore the city.
The average temperature for June, July, and August is +16C, with the warmest average for the three-month at +25C. Note of caution – it can rain a lot during summer in Norway, so always bring a jacket and a sweater. If you are “lucky,” you will get to experience all four seasons in one day 🙂
Best things to do in Oslo in the summer
You should visit Vigelandsparken and Frognerparken (see above). During summer, you will see people who have to work while the rest of us are on holiday having picnics and barbeques in the park 🙂
Visit Oslo City Hall and experience the building’s history, art, architecture, and some of the political and administrative activity that goes on there. Oslo City Hall offers free public tours between approx. 1 June and 16 July at 10 AM, noon, and 2 PM. Booking is not necessary. Free entrance with Oslo Pass is currently unavailable due to the pandemic.
Ekeberg Sculpture Park is located on Ekeberg Hill and has beautiful views of Oslofjord, the city, and Holmenkollen. It is situated next to Ekeberg Restaurant, and you can reach it by tram or car. It takes 10 min to get to Ekeberg, depending on the traffic. The park is in a wooded area, which will give you excellent shade during the summer heat (if there is one). Ekeberg Park is open every day all year and has free admission. You can also book a private guided tour.
The park is worth a visit – the statues are cool, the surroundings are beautiful, and the views are fantastic.
You will find several attractions on Oslo’s main street, Karl Johan. Start by the central station (by the tiger) and walk down the street. You will pass many shops, cafes, and restaurants until you meet the Parlament on the left-hand side.
A little bit further down the street, still on your left-hand side, you will see The National Theatre. And if you have time, you can get tickets for a play.
Continue towards the Palace; on your right side, you will find the University of Oslo.
The Royal Palace – is located at the end of the Main Street Karl Johan. Start your walk at the top of Karl Johan, from The central railway station. You will pass many shops, cafes, and restaurants on your way. On your left-hand side, you will see The Parlament building with two beautiful lion statues guarding the entrance. The Royal Palace is open for guided tours only, during summer. It is a free entrance for kids under the age of 3. The adult price is approximately 15 euros.
Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen are our favorite harbor areas when the weather is warm, and the sun is shining. You will find many restaurants and shops, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art, and a small beach here. From Aker Brygge, you can take a cruise on Oslofjord. If the weather is warm and sunny, I promise this will be one of the best sights you will see in Oslo.
Take a stroll from the Opera House to the new neighborhood, Bispevika, where you will find bakeries, restaurants, beautiful views of the Oslofjord, and a cool vibe.
Suggestions: Get your tickets for the cruise on Oslofjord
Take a ferry to Hovedøya and visit the Monastery Ruins. If you wish to attend one of the oldest lighthouses on Oslofjord, you can take a boat to Heggholmen. Ferries to the islands leave from the piers before the city hall.
You can also kayak in Oslofjorden, even though you have never tried it. But your kayaking experience will be so much better if you have practiced a little at home 🙂
Best museums to visit in Oslo in summer
Folkemuseum – The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is dedicated to Folk Art, Sami (the Lapps), and Viking cultures. The museum is on the Bygdøy Peninsula, Oslo’s “museum island.” This museum is an open-air museum.
The Kon-tiki Museum – houses vessels and maps from Thor Heyerdahl’s expedition – Kon-tiki Raft and RAII. Thor Heyerdahl is a Norwegian expeditionary and ethnographer who famously sailed by raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The museum includes the very raft used during that expedition. And if you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest you do – here is a little teaser for you (yes, it is in English). The museum is located on the Bygdøy Peninsula, close to the Museum of Cultural History.
- The Viking ship museum – displays a remarkable collection of Viking grave goods discovered around Oslo Fjord.
- Fram Museum – Fram is the world’s most famous wooden polar vessel. You can climb on board and look around the whole ship.
All of the above are located at Bygdøy, so set aside a few hours to explore Norwegian history.
The Museum of Oslo – as the name suggests, is a museum about Oslo’s history and comprises several parts. One of the cooler museums is an intercultural museum, which focuses on several cool modern exhibitions that invite you to reflect on the difference between essential matters like racism, xenophobia, and bias in everyday life. This museum is located in Grønland, the most multicultural neighborhood in Oslo, and you can reach it by any metro line.
Other fun things to do in Oslo in the summer
ARE YOU AN ADRENALINE JUNKY? Would you dare to take the Holmenkollen zip line – to whizz 1,180 ft (360 m) down the length of the ski jump? Take a metro line 1 and get off at Holmenkollen station. Besides the adrenaline kick, you get the best views of Oslo. The ticket will cost you around 75 euros and includes the entrance to the Ski Museum.
Walk on the roof of the Oslo Opera House, or bring a cup of coffee and relax for a few minutes in the sun.
Oslo Summer Park – One of Scandinavia’s largest climbing parks at Tryvann, 30 minutes by metro line 1. Get off at Voksenkollen station, then walk for 10-15 minutes. It is super fun for both adults and kids. You will be up in the trees the whole time, so you should reconsider if you fear heights. You can rent all the needed equipment, and the staff will guide you through all the necessary safety rules.
Kayaking on Oslofjord – it’s a 3-hour tour, and you don’t need any kayaking experience. You will get a local guide who will take you to the small islands around Oslo, where you can bathe and picnic. You will get exercise, explore Oslofjord, and get views of Oslo from the seaside – a perfect combination.
How about sailing on Oslofjord with Christian Radich, a beautiful old ship? The ship has had a dramatic history as a sail training ship since its launch in 1937. In recent years, the vessel has divided its time between the charter market, sightseeing tours, summer trips to foreign ports with paying trainees on board, the Tall Ships Races, and large sailing events in various European ports. They arrange several day and evening tours during summer, but they are very quickly sold out. Check their website for available tours.
Oslo in fall
As the weather can be somewhat unpredictable, fall in Oslo can start in August or the end of September. The average temperature for the fall months of September, October, and November is +12C for September and +1,5C for November, with October just in the middle. It rains quite a lot, with October being the wettest month, and from the end of October or the beginning of November, we can expect snowfall. But September and October are the most colorful months, and while the weather can still be beautiful, Oslo and the surrounding hills get stunning colors. In the last week of September or the first week of October (always week 40), kids in Oslo and the suburbs have a fall vacation, and many families with school kids leave town for a fall break. This way, the atmosphere in the city gets a little bit slower and a bit more chilled.
If you are looking for a warmer place to visit during the fall, visit Athens, which has at least 20 famous landmarks you can enjoy.
Top things to do and see in Oslo in the fall
I will repeat it – you can visit any museum or attraction at any time of the year. The only difference is you can only ski in winter, and you can only bathe in summer. Well, that is not true, but if you are into ice swimming, Norway in the wintertime is perfect for you!
Visit the Botanical Garden – the colors will be amazing. The gardens are open daily between 15 March and 30 September. It is also recommended to visit the gardens during the summer. It is located at Tøyen and can be reached by metro lines 2, 3, 4, or 5 or bus nr 37 or 60, all leaving from Sentral Railway station.
If you love hiking and nature, the surrounding hills and woods of Oslo are beautiful in the fall. Go to Grefsenkollen for an easy hike of 1-1,5h. Grefsenkollen provides excellent views of Oslo, the fjord, Holmenkollen, and the surrounding forests.
Or hike to Vettakollen – located between Holmenkollen and Sognsvann, Vettakollen provides some of the best views of Oslo. It is an easy hike that will take no more than 1-1.5 hours. Take metro line 1 to Frognereseteren, get off at Vettakollen, and start there.
Visit Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art at Tjuvholmen. It is a private museum with icon works by Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, and Jeff Koons. The museum is closed on Mondays.
In November, Christmas lights and decorations come up. Christmas Parties start, and people begin to go out again. And if you are here in November or December, bring some Friday night outfit, go out in town, and see how Norwegians spend a night out.
Free things to do in Oslo
If you are on a tight budget, there are quite a few things you can do and see for free in Oslo. In winter and hiking in summer or fall, Tobogganing is a super “Norwegian” activity. Olso’s beautiful parks have free entrance, and you can visit Frognerparken, Vigelandsparken, the Royal Park surrounding the Royal Palace, and Ekebergparken any time of the year. Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen are super cool neighborhoods in summer and winter. At Christmas and in the summertime you will see many people in these areas as there are many excellent restaurants and cool bars here. Visit the Oslo Opera House and Bjørvika, take the metro to Holmenkollen and Frognerseteren, and enjoy the views and apple tart. Stroll on Karl Johan, then visit Grünerløkka – Oslo’s bohemian and colorful area.
Take a stroll along Akerselva, the river flowing through Oslo. Akerselven is “Oslo’s green lung”; many parks and nature trails are found by its path, from Grønland to Maridalsvannet, Oslo’s largest lake.
Or visit Gamlebyen – old town and Vålerenga and see how colorful Oslo is.
Sørenga is another new and hip area in Oslo. Many restaurants, great views of Oslo, and possibilities for sunbathing make it very popular with locals.
Things to do in Oslo at night
Take a tram to Ekeberg and enjoy the views of Oslo and Holmenkollen. The city views are stunning during winter when the air is crispy, and the city lights are on. Note of caution – it is freezing at Ekeberg on a winter night because of the wind.
Although this picture doesn’t say a thousand words, I took it at Ekeberg Hill, and you can see Holmenkollen Ski Jumping Arena, The Royal Palace, the Barcode (Bjørvika), the moon, and the sunset 🙂
Where to eat in Oslo
If you have purchased Oslo Pass, check where you get the discount; some decent places are on their list. But as a local, I recommend you have lunch or dinner at Østbanehallen – Oslo Central Station. It is a concept with several restaurants in one hall, a very relaxed atmosphere, and an excellent place for watching Norwegians hurry home from work.
Another great place with a similar concept, yet different, is Mathallen Food Court. It is a venue with over thirty small and unique eateries that serve Norwegian and international cuisine. The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back. Mathallen is located at Grünerløkka and is an excellent place to have lunch. Here, you can also buy food to take away if you want to have a picnic.
Vippa Oslo is this super cool food, culture, and education center at the edge of Vippetangen, right by the Oslo Fjord. Vippa offers food and drinks in chill surroundings, concerts, lectures, and other exciting events. Vippa hosts multiple food stands, providing a sustainable and diverse menu to Oslo’s increasingly bustling foodscape. Vippa’s vision is to bring together cultures through cuisines.
Another street food hall, Oslo Street Food, is a 5-minute from Oslo Central Station. It has the same serving concept as Vippa. In my personal opinion, Vippa is better due to its venue and vibe, but the food is excellent in both places.
The latest addition to the Street hall market is a new street food hall in Bjørvika – Barcode Street Food. I have tested all three and would like to say that Vippa is still my favorite.
Where to stay in Oslo
There are many hotels in Oslo, large chains like Choice, Thon, and Scandic, and small brands. Lately, Airbnb has taken some of the markets. Suppose you want to stay at one of the coolest hotels in Oslo. In that case, I recommend The Thief at Tjuvholmen, the Sommero House on Solli Plass, behind the Royal Palace, or the Amerikalinjen, which was voted as the best hotel to stay at in 2019 by the readers of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The Thon Hotel Opera near the Opera House is lovely too. They are all located very centrally but in two different areas. But like in any other city, hotels get cheaper the farther away from the center you stay in.
Another great city to visit in Norway is the city of Bergen on the west coast. Read Travelweekli’s 4-Day Bergen Norway Itinerary for tips for Bergen
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