Norway’s capital is a city in constant change, with exciting architecture and cozy neighborhoods, and the city is small enough for you to easily get around on foot or with public transportation. A good choice would be to take the tram, this way you get to see the city along the way.
Aker Brygge & Tjuvholmen
Aker Brygge recently went through major rebuilding and redecorations, with many new shops and restaurants. Enjoy a burger at Burger Joint or Døgnvill, Pizza at Olivia, tapas at Delicatessen or Escalon, or delicious dining at Hanami. You can also visit the Astrup Fearnley Museum, and stay at the trendy hotel The Thief.
Take the ferry from Aker Brygge 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 Opera House & Barcode
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. Behind the opera, facing the ocean lays the Barcode buildings. They form a pattern resembling a graphic bar code, with tall, slender blocks alternating with corridors of air.
The Well Spa
Unlike any other spa in Norway, this is the largest spa and bathhouse in the Nordic region. With its 10,500 square meters, it’s a great place to explore for adults, offering unique spa and bathing experiences, both indoors and outdoors. They offer bus transportation from the city. Read more and book Here.
It is easy to get here from the City Central Station by tram. 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, where you can sit in their charming back patio.
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 walk to Huk, a beautiful beach area, often crowded in the summer if you want to mingle with other sunbathers or play volleyball.
Ekeberg Restaurant & Sculpture Park
Enjoy a spectacular view of the city while dining at the Ekeberg restaurant terrace, and enjoy a cultural stroll in the surrounding sculpture park. Here you can also walk on the bridge Edvard Munch painted in his famous The Scream.
If you want to experience Munch’s paintings first-hand, visit the museum located in Tøyen. While in this area, you should also visit the botanical garden nearby, which includes over 8500 species of plants from different parts of the world.
Grünerløkka & Vulkan
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 restaurants, like Mucho Mas (Mexican), The Diner (American), Bistro Brocante (French), and Villa Paradiso (Italian). At Aku Aku you get an impressive selection of tropical drinks. At the Vulkan area you can visit Mathallen, where you can buy local Norwegian products and eat at the many restaurants in the open food court.
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.