If you are lucky enough to visit Oslo during the spring, summer or fall, this is what we recommend for your to-do list:
It is easy to get here from the City Central Station by tram, which is also the most enjoyable and user-friendly way to get around the city. Enjoy a picnic in the park while taking in great works of art by Gustav Vigeland. If you are up for more walking, we recommend a stroll through Frogner, and lunch at Kolonihagen in Frognerveien 33, where you can sit in their charming back patio. If you want to do some shopping, walk down Bogstadveien and Hegdehaugsveien, all the way down to the Royal castle.
Island Hopping on the Oslo Fjord
Take the ferry from Vippetangen, a ten minute walk from Oslo Central Station, to one of the islands outside Oslo. Enjoy your own secluded spot along the water, and bring food and beverages, for a day filled with sunshine. The boats are included in Oslo’s public transportation, so the tickets are inexpensive while allowing you use of the buses, trams and subway in addition.
Visit the Fram Museum, Kon-Tiki and Folkemuseet at Bygdøy. You can get here by bus, or by taking the ferry from Aker Brygge. From Bygdøy, you can take the bus to Huk, a beautiful beach area, often crowded in the summer if you want to mingle with other sunbathers.
A Table with a View at the Ekeberg Restaurant
Enjoy a spectacular view of the city at night while dining at Ekenergrestauranten. Stroll the area after dinner and see where Munch got his inspiration for his most famous painting. In our pictures, you can see Membership Coordinator Ingrid, posing for her version of the Scream.
Munch Museum, a Unique Collection
If you want to experience Munch’s paintings first-hand, visit the museum located in Tøyen (Tøyengata 53). The museum is open every day except Tuesday. Go to www.munchmuseet.no for prices and exhibitions. While in this area, you should also visit the botanical gardens, located nearby at Sars gate 1. The Botanical Garden includes over 8500 species of plants from different parts of the world.
The Sunny Side of Oslo: Aker Brygge/Tjuvholmen
Enjoy a pleasant meal at Druen, or one of the other (many) restaurants in the area, like Hanami, Onda, Escalon and Mr. Bay. At Tjuvholmen you can also visit the newly built Astrup Fearnley Museum, and stay at the brand new hotel, The Thief. In our pictures, I am seen enjoying the view of the Oslo fjord from the balcony at Druen. Go to www.akerbrygge.no to learn more about what this area has to offer.
The Opera House
It took a long time for Norway to get its first opera house. Architecturally, the result is a signature building. The Opera is located right by the Oslo central Station. Here you can walk on the many levels of the roof, overlooking the Oslo fjord. If you want to go inside and experience an evening of culture, go to www.operaen.no for bookings.
People-Watching in East Oslo: Grünerløkka
Take a walk along the river Akerselva, and have lunch at one of the many outdoor cafes in the area. Grünerløkka has several thrift shops, markets, and lots of different restaurants to choose from, like Mucho Mas (Mexican), The Diner (American), Bistro Brocante (French), and Villa Paradiso (Italian).
At Ice Bar in Kristian IVs gate 12, you get a feel for the arctic all year round. Everything is made of ice, even the glasses! Enjoy tasty drinks and ice sculptures, and party like they do in the North Pole. We had a great time when we visited this place! Go to www.icebar.no for booking.
A perfect ending to a long day could be a visit to 34Sky Bar.
Located on the top floor of the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, the 34Sky Bar soars 100 meters above the city. Take in the panoramic views while sipping cocktails. For more info go to www.radissonblu.com. Other great terraces in Oslo are Grims Grenka and Stratos.