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One day/24 hours in Oslo

September 1, 2022

Introduction  

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. Skyscrapers, colourful houses, art parks, magical fjords, marinas and ships coming and going, tons of green spaces, museums, food halls and restaurants. Oslo has it all! Not to mention, the great cultural history focusing on Vikings.  

A beautifully sustainable city, with a great public transportation system, to help both locals and tourists to get around the city quickly and easily. Oslo is also a very walkable city as all the major tourist attractions are close to each other.  It’s the ideal city for a short city break. That's why, in this blog, we will explore the best things you can do in 24 hours in Oslo, Norway.  

Read on for Urban Illustration’s guide for 24 hours in Oslo! 

 

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Take a trip to the past and live like a Viking  

When you think of Norway the second thing that comes to mind after the fjords are Vikings. The Oslo region was a very important area during the Viking Age, which occurred from 800 to 1050 A.D. The Vikings were one of the world’s greatest civilizations, and they were major contributors to the age of discovery. 

A great place to find out more about the Viking’s history Is the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdoy Peninsula, a residential and cultural neighbourhood with museums and hiking trails. The museum hosts some of the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and displays archaeological finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. This includes furniture, horse carts, weapons and many more. Definitely, one of the top things to do in Oslo 

 If you are looking for something a bit more interactive, then we suggest visiting the ‘Viking Planet’  which demonstrates the impact the Vikings had on Norwegian and world culture via holograms, cinematic experiences, virtual reality, and more. 

 

Check out Oslo's Art scene  

Oslo is home to some magnificent pieces of art and sculptors. If you are an art lover, then we recommend you visit the Norwegian National Gallery. The gallery is best known for showcasing world-famous paintings created by the popular artist Munch such as ‘The Scream’ and the ‘Madonna’. In addition to this, the National Gallery’s collection has Renaissance and Baroque pieces by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and El Greco as well as 19th and 20th-century art by masters like Monet and Picasso.  

Another great location to view some impressive Norwegian art is the Frognerparken. A beautiful park which features several sculptures designed by iconic Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland focusing on human emotions. The park is free to enter and features 212 sculptures in total, in bronze and granite from Iddefjord. The main attraction is the Monolith: a totem-like pole depicting naked people in all stages of life.  

 

 

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Visit a Fjord 

You cannot leave Oslo without visiting a fjord! A fjord is a narrow, deep inlet of the sea surrounded by towering cliffs, which are typically formed when a glacier retreats and the sea floods the resulting valley floor. Norway is one of the best places in the world to experience fjords. The perfect place to enjoy the lovely weather in Oslo and fresh fjord air.  

Oslofjord is closest fjord to Oslo. It is about 60 miles long and peppered with many tiny islands that are graced with their own histories. There are several ways to explore this waterway: island-hopping with an Oslo Pass or on a sightseeing fjord cruise. Oslofjord is a popular place to go swimming, kayaking, hiking, and fishing.  

 

 

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Eat in renowned restaurants  and food halls 

The Norwegian dining scene is so unique and diverse, it is definitely worth a try! The first place you should visit is the Mathallen, Oslo’s food hall. This indoor colourful and energetic food market offers local food products from Norwegian producers and speciality shops. Here you will find a wide selection of cuisines from across the globe.  

Moreover, Vippa is also an amazing food hall nested inside an old industrial building. The various stalls serve a mixture of affordable, international cuisine, and have a relaxed atmosphere with superb sea views.

If you are looking for something a bit more quiet and traditional Norwegian cuisine, then we suggest you visit Engebret Cafe, the oldest enduring restaurant in Oslo, which has been in operation since 1857. Their speciality is reindeer meat, which is very popular amongst the locals.  

For drinks, you should head to Himkok the cocktail bar which was voted one of the world’s 50 best bars. This lively bar is also a distillery where they make their spirits — usually gin, vodka, and Norwegian aquavit. A great location to end your Oslo day trip!  

 

 

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Conclusion  

There you have the best things to do in Oslo, Norway. The Norwegian capital has a laid-back vibe that few capitals can replicate, and you are only ever a public transport ride away from outstanding nature experiences.  

We highly recommend you buy an Oslo City Pass for free entrance to 30 museums, free public transportation, outdoor swimming pools and discounts on restaurants! 

Check out our Instagram to see our exclusive Oslo map design and collection!  

 

Top things to do in Oslo, Norway in 24 hours  

  • Visit the Viking museum or Viking World VR experience 
  • Check out Oslo's Art scene 
  • Visit a Fjord 
  • Eat in renowned restaurants and food halls