48 hours in Oslo

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is an impressive city and I can’t think of a better word to describe it other than ‘dramatic’. The extraordinary contrast between stunning natural beauty and contemporary design especially in its architecture is impressive and will really provide a city experience like no other. Oslo is brimming with history, art and amazing sights to see and has on offer some very exciting skiing and outdoor activity opportunities.

With 48 hours in Oslo, where do you begin? With coffee of course. Coffee and Scandinavia go together as a classic combination and the coffee in Oslo is not to be missed. Soak up the start of your explorations in Oslo with a brew of coffee that will set the senses alive. With the warm and cosy feeling of freshly brewed coffee surging through you all that is left to do is start exploring. Below you will find a selection of ideas to help you plan your visit to Oslo, after all, 48 hours will fly by and with so much to see having an idea of what tempts you the most will ensure you have a visit never to be forgotten.

One of the top attractions in the city is the Astrup Fearnley Museet. A museum of Modern art brimming with artists not to be missed. Sat upon the scenic waterfront, the building itself is a piece of drama arching out to the water. The combination of art and awe-inspiring architecture is sure to delight the eyes of anyone but especially an art lover. Once inside the modern, contemporary interior lends itself well to the art on offer including works by Tom Sachs, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince and a whole room dedicated to Sigmar Polke. The famous Koon’s sculpture, the gilded ceramic sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles is also a key piece on display in this museum of modern wonder.

The Nasjonalgalleriet (National Museum) houses the largest collection of traditional and modern art in Oslo. With a collection of art waiting to be delved into including pieces by Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and immense classics such as Edward Munch’s ‘The Scream’, this museum is a classic venue waiting to be explored.

Set by the Fjord is the Norwegian Maritime Museum flowing with history and facts to inspire all. An impressive museum full of all things related to the sea including Norwegian traditional boats, art, film and interactive displays there is plenty to see both in the exhibition halls and in the grounds outside. An excellent attraction to find out more about the history and the importance the sea has in our lives today.

The Viking Ship Museum is definitely the place to go to see some of the most well-preserved examples of Viking ships, the most famous being the whole Oseberg ship. With a vast collection of Viking age displays and artefacts those with an interest for all things Viking won’t know where to look first. This museum has so much to offer and is an exciting place no matter how big a Viking fan you are.

Heading outdoors there is plenty to see and do starting with the Frogner Park or also Vigeland Sculpture Park as it is also known as a beautiful park with pretty manicured gardens and a stunning collection of over 200 sculptures by the artist Gustav Vigeland. A wander through these gardens is sure to relax and refresh you and all while observing sculptures no other park can offer. Be sure to view the Obelisk at the far end of the park, an impressive design in both detail and scale. The Akershus Fortress is a great place to discover Oslo’s history and enjoy the pretty grounds it sits within. If visiting during the summer months guided tours are also available.

Oslo Cathedral, The Royal Palace and the Oslo Opera house are also worth researching when planning your visit.

If outdoor adventure is your passion then 30 minutes by metro is Holmenkollen ski museum and tower. A huge ski jump and museum with panoramic views over the city that will leave you speechless, definitely worth including on your visit even if it is just to see the views.

With so many interesting things to see and do in Oslo, it would be all too easy to forget to take a moment and enjoy the simple things like admiring the views of breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery or admiring the contrast between nature and epic man-made architectural wonders. Don’t forget to find some time to absorb these little elements and capture what truly makes Oslo such a unique place to visit.

Top Tips:

  • Depending on how you choose to use your time in Oslo it might be worth looking into an Oslo Pass. Savings could be made on both travel around the city and when entering museums and places of interest
  • Check opening times before your visit and ensure to purchase any entrance tickets in advance to save time in entrance queues
  • Don’t forget your camera and spare battery and remember to always check any photography rules
  • Remember comfy shoes will keep you going and ensure you don’t miss anything during your whirlwind 48 hours in Oslo

To find out more about planning a trip that includes a visit to Oslo contact us on 01347 825292 for advice and ideas.