Even if you only have a day to explore Oslo, you can spend it wisely without putting a huge hole in your pocket. You may have heard about the infamous Norway in a Nutshell tour, but here are some ideas where you can find out more about Oslo…in a nutshell!
Island-hopping Harbor Cruise
Not quite like the tropical island-hopping you imagine, you can explore the islands or Oslo “fjords” with ferries just by using the regular public transportation ticket. Although you can’t compare it to the fjord in the west side of Norway, each island has different interesting things to see ; an old monastery, beaches or quaint houses and you can see Oslo from a distance, which is beautiful.
Vigelandpark is the world’s largest sculpture park in the world made by one artist, with over 200 sculptures and it is huge! The sculptures are of human interactions and expression, some of them are more well known than the others but all of them are weird and unique. While it is the most visited attraction in Norway, you will have no problem to find a quiet ground in the summer, have an afternoon of picnic and bask in the sun. Stop at Majorstuen tram station and you will be right in front of the park. The best thing? Entey is free!
Norway is home to many explorers so if you have limited time to see museums, just head to Bygdøy where you can choose to go to the Frammuseum to see the Fram ship which was used by Roald Amundsen to reach the South Pole for the first time or just across the road is Kon-tiki Museum about Thor Heyerdahl, who is known to sail with the infamous raft Kon-tiki from South America all the way to Polynesia. AND you also have the National Maritime Museum in the same complex, so when you go to all 3 of them you will get the ticket at cheaper price it’s a win!
I went to Frammuseum and Kon-tiki museum. I love both, you can go inside the Fram ship and find out about these incredible Arctic and Antarctic explorers with all their hardships during the exploration, which sounds both interesting and insane at the same time.
If you have more time, head to Karl Johann Gate, the main street in Oslo or Akershus Fortress and Holmekollen National Arena.
Enjoy Oslo and until next time!