24 hours in Oslo…..what do you see??
Last year I had a work trip to Norway for 10 days meaning I had a weekend in the middle of two long customer visits. Luckily for me this meant I could spend a weekend in Oslo, a city I had never been to before and which was firmly on my list. I had a whole weekend but the city has so many things to see, what was I to do and see first?!
The first thing I was excited about was the abundance of snow. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere and be snowed in, that’s still on my list but this was the most snow I have ever seen! I couldn’t wait to get my hiking boots on but where to go?
I downloaded the Visit Oslo app, it’s quite possibly one of the best apps I’ve ever used for helping me get around somewhere new and has loads of information on it so I’d recommend getting it. I did it at the hotel whilst I was drinking tea from my amazing T2 Travel kit and it was so easy to use and activate. There’s also the Visit Oslo Pass you can purchase for 24 or 48 hours, this gives you a pass to get into lots of attractions, museums and also free public transport.
I like to walk as much as possible, not only for the health benefits and the satisfaction of getting my step count every day but you get to see so much more! I started off by walking from my hotel to Karl Johan’s Gate which is the main road and has so many interesting buildings to see along it.
You can wander past the National Theatre, Norwegian Parliament and up to the Royal Palace. There so many little ice rinks, sculptures and shops to view on the way, its worth a quick wander.
The next place I’d visit is the Akershus Festning, it’s a fortress built up on the side of the bay and gives great views over the city. I was particularly lucky that the evening I went up had the most amazing sunset, so if the weather is good I would absolutely recommend going up there in the morning or evening for great views either side of your other day activities.
This should be around half of your 24 hours in Oslo and you’ll be needing a pit stop for food! From here I walked around the front to Aker Brygge, a shopping centre. It’s the kind of place where the shops are along the streets and apartments are above, there are some hidden gems amongst these including a great variety of restaurants too. It was where I spent a few evenings finding somewhere to eat, but I’ve got a whole separate post coming on that so you’ll have to wait for that!
It’s a lovely place to wander around, there are lots of other people wandering around, cycling and taking in the views of the water and the sunsets.
I managed to wander all the way to Frogner Park, a large park which I’m sure would be lovely to walk around year round. It was starting to get dark at this point so I didn’t hang around, and beelined for the Vigeland Sculpture park, the largest sculpture installation by a single artist in the world.
There are many types of statues all over the park, the screaming baby above is probably one of the most famous and also the tower of bodies seen below.
There’s so much to see in this beautiful city! I managed to spend a whole day going to as many museums as possible so I’ve got a whole post on that, as well as everywhere I went to eat and a day at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival – it was an experience!!!
How would you spend 24 hours in Oslo?
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