Visiting Norway? The good news is there’s so many great things to do in Oslo, and beyond. Beautiful in the summer and just as magical in winter, this is one city you’ll be itching to come back to.
Oslo’s industrial past have been re-discovered and revamped into foodhalls, colleges, bars, and art galleries, bringing a much-needed breath of fresh air into Oslo’s cultural life.
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1. Swim in Oslofjord
It might not be the Mediterranean, but taking a dip in the Oslo Fjord in nice weather can be just as good. Sørenga is a large fjord pool with seawater near the Opera house, that has a beach and picnic areas.
You could also take the ferry to Hovedøya and Gressholmen islands, and spend the day hopping from beach to beach.
2. Go ziplining at Holmenkollen
Holmenkollen Ski Jump is famous worldwide, and now you can zipline down it. Kollensvevet zipline is 361 metres of pure adrenaline, and you’ll get an unforgettable view of Oslo as you sail down from the city’s famous landmark.
It takes 20-30 minutes to get here from the city centre – the view from the subway on the way up the hill is worth the trip alone!
3. See a performance at Oslo Opera House
The centrepiece of Oslo’s waterfront, the ultra-cool Opera House has a great mix of classical and modern shows.
Unusually, this building is designed to be walked on, with guests welcomed to climb the roof for a view of the city. It looks just like a glacier rising from the fjord.
4. Sizzle in an urban sauna
Soaking up some heat in a city sauna is a must-do experience in Oslo. SALT is a nomadic art project where you can have a good sweat with the gang. You’ll find one of the largest saunas in the world and relaxing water barrels.
Every Friday and Saturday, people come to dance and party after the sauna, with DJs, concerts, performances and more.
5. Eat your way around Vippa
Want to try some delicious food? Check this out. Vippa Oslo is a food, culture and education centre located at the edge of Vippetangen, right by the Oslo Fjord.
Basically, it’s a load of tasty and creative food trucks serving up great food, with groovy music playing while you eat. At the moment, there’s 10 different food stalls from around the world.
6. Go vintage shopping around Grünerløkka
Grünerløkka is a hip area with beautiful boutiques and cosy cafes on every corner. Check out Ny York design & 2nd hand, Robot, Fretex Unika and Frk. Dianas Salonger. Velouria Vintage in Thorvald Meyers gate is also worth a visit.
Be sure to check out the Sunday markets too -at Blå you can find design products, handicrafts and vintage clothes, while at Birkelunden you find items from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
7. Stroll through Ekeberg Sculpture Park
Just 30-minutes walk from the city centre, this slick sculpture park has over 30 pieces by artists such as Salvador Dali and Damian Hirst. Wander through the park, which is surrounded by beautiful scenery with many spectacular lookout points.
Plus, it’s where Munch found his inspiration for The Scream.