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Sightseeing & Landmarks in Oslo

Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning)

Oslo occupies the northernmost end of the Oslofjord and is one of the biggest capital cities in the world. However, most of its land mass is occupied by protected forests, parks, hills, and lakes.

The city is filled with beautiful landscapes, museums, and what not. The attractions in Oslo dates back to the medieval times and the Akershus Fortress and the Royal Palace bear its imprints. The Holmenkollbakken, The Nobel Peace Centre and The Viking Ship Museum are renowned all over the world.

Oslo also offers lots of outdoor activities to enjoy and explore. Come and explore this city which has been declared as the ‘best city in the world’ many a times.

Fram Museum (Frammuseet)
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Fram Museum (Frammuseet)

The Fram Museum tells the tales of the explorers that charted the ship through water and ice and which made for a fascinating Norwegian polar journey. Visitors can have a close look at the legendary ship which was used for the expedition at the museum. A lot of paraphernalia related to polar expeditions are also housed here.

Address: Bygdøynesveien 36, 0286 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 23 28 29 50

Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning)
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Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning)

Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle (slott in Norwegian) that was built by King Håkon V to protect Oslo. Its construction work began in 1929 as a replacement to Tønsberg, one of the greatest medieval castles of those times. This fortress, which was completed in the 1300's, held a lot of importance due to its strategic location. It protected Oslo as well as Norway from a number of attacks through the ages. It was renovated by King Christian IV in the Renaissance era and has since become the residence for the Royal family. The castle itself was in a bad shape during the 17th and 18th century till refurbishment work started in 1899.

Address: Brynjulf Bulls plass 1, 0250 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 23 28 29 50

Holmenkollen Ski Museum (Skimuseet i Holmenkollen)
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Holmenkollen Ski Museum (Skimuseet i Holmenkollen)

Built in 1923, the Holmenkollen Ski Museum is one of the oldest ski museums in the world. This museum is situated at the base of Holmenkollen ski jump. Explore 4000 years of skiing history, right from rock carvings of Stone Age till skis from the Viking Age.

Address: Kongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 92 32 00

Holmenkollbakken
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Holmenkollbakken

The Holmenkollbakken in Oslo is a famous ski jumping hill which lies in the Holmenkollen area. The ski tower has a size of HS134 and can accommodate 70,000 spectators. Popular skiing events like the Holmenkollen Ski Festival, FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Winter Olympics, FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and many more have been hosted here.

Address: Kongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 92 32 00

Vigeland Museum (Vigeland-museet)
Vigeland Museum

Vigeland Museum (Vigeland-museet)

The Vigeland museum is a sculpture museum in Oslo, displaying the lifework of a single artist Gustav Vigeland, and houses more than 200 sculptures which are made of granite, wrought iron or bronze. The main aim of this largest and one-of-a-kind institution is to preserve and promote the works of Gustav Vigeland and conserve it for the future generation of artists to come.

Address: Nobels gate 32, 0268 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 23 49 37 00

Oslo City Hall (Oslo Radhus)

Oslo City Hall (Oslo Radhus)

The Oslo City Hall is where the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held. It is also the common address for the City Council and various art studios and galleries. Construction work of the structure commenced in 1931 and was inaugurated in 1950. The work of the hall was temporarily halted for some time during World War II. The architectural design is by Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. It was named as Oslo's "Structure of the Century" in June 2005.

Address: Radhusplassen 1, 0037 Oslo, Norway

 Royal Palace ( Det kongelige slott)
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Royal Palace ( Det kongelige slott)

The magnificent Royal Palace is located at the Karl Johans gate and is one of the most significant buildings of Norway. Constructed in the 19th century, this enormous palace comprises of about 173 rooms. This Royal House of Norway is owned by the state and is currently the residence of the Norwegian crown prince. All the daily proceedings of the country’s realm are conducted from here.

Address: Slottsplassen 1, 0010 Oslo, Norway

Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)
Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

The Oslo Opera House is the place where you can find The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (Den Norske Opera & Ballett). The opera house lies at the beginning of the Oslofjord, in the Bjørvika neighbourhood. This place is spread across an area of 414,000 sq ft and consists of 1,100 rooms. The auditorium can occupy 1,364 people at a time, and the outside of the building is constructed to make it appear as if it is rising from the water.

Address: Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1, 0150 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 21 42 21 21

Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke)
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Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke)

The Oslo Cathedral (formerly Our Saviour's Church), which is situated at Stortorvet Square in Oslo, is the main church for Oslo bishopric as well the parish church for downtown Oslo. Dating from 1694-1697, the main church, the bazar, and the Fire Watch are all built of red brick. The church hosts weddings and public events of the Royal family and the Norwegian government.

Address: Karl Johans gate 11, 0154 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 23 62 90 10

The Nobel Peace Centre (Nobels Fredssenter)
The Nobel Peace Centre

The Nobel Peace Centre (Nobels Fredssenter)

The Nobel Peace Centre is the place where you can learn about the various activities carried out by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates that made them worthy of the prize. One can also view Alfred Nobel's works, after whom the prize is named. The peace centre uses state of the art technology to illustrate the works of laureates through films and recordings of Peace Prize ceremonies.

Address: Radhusplassen, Oslo, Norway
Tel.: + 47 48 30 10 00

Oslofjord (Oslofjorden)
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Oslofjord (Oslofjorden)

Oslofjord is an inlet in the south-east of Norway. The fjord is a long stretch of water containing a number of islands, about 100 km between Færder lighthouse and Oslo. This is one of the most densely populated areas of Norway. The islands are worth a visit during summertime and are easily reachable by ferry. The various islands, each of them with their own interesting history, are famous for various attractions including monastery ruins, beaches, rabbits and recreational facilities. Among them are Nakholmen, Langøyene,Gressholmen, Hovedøya, Lindøya, and Bleikøya. At the fjord, tourists can hire all kinds of boats to indulge in numerous activities like kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and sailing, playing beach volleyball etc. The islands of Oslo fjord are a popular tourist spot in Norway.

The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)
The Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

Situated at Bygdøy the Viking Ship Museum displays the articles obtained from the Viking ships right from the 9th century. This place also presents the ships, boats, tools and implements and other objects that once belonged to the Vikings tombs from Oslo Fjord and other areas like Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune. The museum belongs to the Museum of Cultural History which is owned by the University of Oslo.

Address: Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 85 19 00

Recommended Activities

Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Valid for 24 hours (approx.)

Visit Oslo Pass

Varies (approx.)

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