Places to Visit in OSLO
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It was getting very difficult for me to wake in the morning in the cold weather of the Geilo. And also I stayed up late night admiring the beautiful views of the mountainous town of Geilo. The clouds were touching the roof of the houses, and it was a sight to keep in my heart forever. After having my delicious breakfast at Bardola Hotel (I have also stayed and enjoyed at Ustedalen Resort), I was all set for my 4-hour journey to Geilo to Oslo.
Today was the last time for me to enjoy those mountains and fjords around me. Once I am in the city of Oslo, I was going to be back to the European structured building and cosmopolitan area. The music in the background and beautiful views on the front is the best combination I could have had during my journey from Geilo to Oslo.
Oslo is a capital city of Norway situated on the Southern Coast of Norway and on the head of the Oslo fjord. It is the fourth populous Nordic country. The city of Oslo has buildings of various styles.
Getting into Oslo
There are various modes of transportation available for getting into the city of Oslo from various destinations. Oslo also has an international airport, which makes it possible to travel first to Oslo in Norway. The city of Oslo is also accessible by the cruise from Copenhagen overnight.
Going Around In Oslo
Oslo offers very convenient ways of traveling in the city. And also the main attractions are close to each other making an option of walking or biking available for tourists. The best part of it is that all transportation system including buses, trams, subways, trains, and ferries (except Bygdoy Ferry) belong to the same system of Ruter transportation. Oslo pass provides access to all of these options for going from one place to the other.
Staying in Oslo
The city of Oslo has got a vast area and it depends totally on the budget for the location of the stay in the city. On an obvious note, the hotels in the center are costlier than the ones in the outskirts.
1. Oslo City Hall
Outer View Of The Oslo City Hall - Places To Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
Inside Oslo City Hall - Places To Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
- Oslo's city hall is one of the most beautiful city halls in European countries.
- The city hall of Oslo houses the city council, administration, and other municipal offices. It is also the venue for the distribution of Nobel Peace Prize Winners.
- It was built in 1931 and named as Oslo Raadhus in the Norwegian language.
- A wall with a painting in front of the entrance depicts the history of Oslo.
- Various rooms inside the hall are painted portraying different stories and are definitely worth visiting and taking the time to adore it.
- The hall is of two floors and has various rooms on the second floor as well including a room with souvenirs gifted by various countries and the government official's sessions room.
Timing:- 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Visit Duration:- 1 Hour
Ticket Cost:- Free
2. Vigeland Sculpture Park
Overview of the Vigeland Sculpture Park - Places To Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
Vigeland Sculpture Park - Places To Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitali's Travel Diary
- Vigeland Sculpture Park also known as the Frogner Park is situated in the borough of Frogner in Oslo.
- The park contains multiple human sculptures in various positions and forms showing the cycles of life, human relationships.
- All these sculptures are designed and created by Gustav Vigeland and installed in this park between 1924 to 1943.
- The park is open air and requires an ample amount of time to go around the whole park.
- Park has two entrances, the front, and the rear. And allows entrance and exit from either sides.
Timing:- 24 Hours
Visit Duration:- Depends on your interest. Minimum 1 Hour
Ticket Cost:- Free Entrance
3. Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower
Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Winter - Places to Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Strikingly
Holmenkollen Ski Jump Front View - Places to Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitai's Travel Diary
Holmenkollen Ski Jump Side View - Places to Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitai's Travel Diary
- Holmenkollen is a ski jump area located on a hill named as Holmenkollen. It is worth a visit and is also closer to Vigeland Sculpture Park.
- The reason this ski jump is added to the list of places to visit in Oslo is that it is the highest artificial ski jump in the world and has been a place for winter Olympics in 1952.
- The tower also houses a Ski Museum which is about the history of skiing. There is a new activity of Zip Liner started at this tower where one can Zip Line from the tower.
- There is also an activity of Ski Simulator which I experienced and did not find that exciting.
- The observatory deck on the top of the tower gives an amazing view of the city of Oslo.
Timing:-10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Ticket Cost:- Adult 140 NOK, Child 70 NOK
4. Viking Ship Museum
Viking Ship - Places to Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitai's Travel Diary
- Norway holds a great history of Vikings and so it is of no wonder that there is a museum which is specifically made for the fallen ships and in fact, some of them are the excavated from the burial.
- Osberg Ship is most famous of all for still being in its complete shape and size. Apart from this the museum also houses horse cart, wood carving, tent components.
- The museum also has an ongoing short movie about the history of sailing of Vikings.
Timing:- 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Ticket Cost:- Adult 400 NOK, Child Free Entrance
5. Opera House
Opera House - Places to Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Mitai's Travel Diary
- A very unique and a must see building in Oslo. This Opera House is the home for Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and National Opera Theater of Norway.
- The Opera House is situated at the head of the Oslofjord. It includes three halls which can occupy 1364, 200 and 400 people at a time.
- The most attractive part of the building is the structure of the building. It is made up of white marble of Carara from Italy.
- The roof of the building is built in the form of a platform where one can walk, sit and watch the sunset and even a performance which happens during certain events on the other side.
Timing:- 24 Hours for Lobby
Visit Duration:- 30 Minutes
Ticket Cost:- Free Entrance till lobby
6. Oslo Royal Palace
Oslo Royal Palace - Places to Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Google
- Oslo's Royal Palace does not look as lavish and as huge as other Royal Palaces in Europe but it definitely is worth a visit if you have time.
- It is mandatory to book an appointment in advance for guided tours. The remaining tickets other than the ones sold outside are kept for sale at the counter. If you want a private tour you can book by calling at (+47) 815 33 321.
Timing:- Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ticket Cost:- Adult 135 NOK, Child 105 NOK
7. Karl Johnas Street
Karl Johnas Street - Places to Visit in Oslo. Image Source - Google
- This is my most favorite areas in Oslo. The Karl Johnas Street is one of the liveliest places I have seen in Oslo. The street is straight in front of the Oslo Royal Palace.
- The street is surrounded by plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants, fountain garden. One also gets to see the Oslo Parliament Office and the Grand Hotel (The hotel where Nobel Peace Prize Winners stay when in Oslo) at this street.
- The waterfront area as well is very much close to this street. If you start walking straight from the Royal Palace you pass through all the mentioned places and at the other end of the street, you reach the Oslo Central station.
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