Oslo is the capital of Norway that effortlessly combines city life with world class modern architecture. It’s the country’s most popular and largest city. Often described as a cosmopolitan hub filled with museums, restaurants and a friendly social scene. One day in this beautiful city won’t allow you to see all of its riches and glory, but you’ll definitely be able to see what makes Oslo so special.
If you’re keen to take more day trips post Covid-19 Oslo is the perfect place. To be able to see the city in a day catch the earliest flight out, pack a few snacks and wear comfortable footwear. The best way to get around is public transport.
Oslo, Norway – One Day Itinerary
Spring, summer and autumn in Oslo are all buzzing seasons to visit whilst winter is filled with activities fit for families, singles and friends. Keep this in mind when trying to figure out the best time to visit.
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Exploring Oslo via a hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect way to explore the city. This type of tour makes multiple stops giving you the chance to see all of the top attractions. Vouchers for this tour is valid for up to 24hours and you can listen to audio narration as you ride through the city.
You can purchase tickets for the Oslo Hop-On Hop- Off Bus Tour at City Sightseeing.com. If you’re not keen on doing a city bus tour, then read on for more suggestions on how you can spend a day in Oslo.
Food & Drink
Head down to Torggata Bad located in the middle of the city for all of your food and drink needs. It’s the perfect place to experience the variety of cuisines Oslo has to offer. The girls and I visited Gunnars Generasjonsbar for Brunch and we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
In Torggata you’ll definitely be able to fulfill all of your foodie needs. I would also recommend that you try some popular Norwegian food and drinks listed below.
- Waffles with blueberries and raspberries
- Smoked salmon on brown bread
- Norwegian hot dogs.
- Aquavit – Linie
Oslo Cathedral is the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo. The church is used for Royal weddings and funerals but it’s open to the public and tourists. When I visited the cathedral, the local choir was rehearsing, and this just made the spontaneous visit even more magic. The architectural details inside the church is absolutely breath taking as well as the stained-glass windows.
To learn more about the cathedral visit Viator.com
Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)
Oslo’s Royal Palace is another popular attraction in the city. It was designed in the 19th century and today it’s the royal residence for HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja. You can’t go to Oslo and not visit the Palace even if you only go to take a look and snap a picture from the steps outside.
I would suggest visiting the Royal Palace as part of a two-hour walking tour. This way you’ll be able to cover the grounds of the Royal palace and other historical sites in the area.
For more information on guided walking tours check out Trip Advisor.
Frogner Park & Vigeland Sculpture Park
The journey to Frogner park was the highlight of my day trip. Be sure to check out my mini vlog via my IGTV. What makes the park unique is the naked and intertwined Vigeland sculptures located all over the park. The design of the sculptures is unusual and fascinating at the same time. Frogner park is the largest park in the city and a popular recreational area for local people and tourists. The park also has a cafe as well as a restaurant.
Get there early so that you’re able to explore the park grounds and take pictures without the influx of people trying to do the same thing.
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to visit the Viking Museum during my quick trip to the city. But you definitely should add this to your itinerary if you enjoy visiting museums. The Norwegian Museum of cultural history is the perfect place to visit if you want to get an in depth understanding of Norway’s history.
It is one of the world’s oldest and largest open-air museums, that includes 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway and a stave church from the year 1200. The museum also has indoor exhibits, folk costumes, pharmaceutical history, toys and much more.
If the Norwegian museum of cultural history isn’t your cup of tea visit Oslo has a list of other museums in the city.
Spend the remainder of your day trip at Oslo’s Opera house. The angled white exterior is hard to miss as its located right by the harbor. The view at nighttime is absolutely breath taking. But don’t just take my word for it you must go and visit to see its beauty for yourself.
I recommend climbing all the way to the so you can enjoy a panoramic view of Oslo at night.
To read a full break down of what I got up in Oslo check Ade’s blog post – A Day In Oslo With MBV, JWV & Lei.Noire
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