Not too long, not too short, 4 days is the ideal length to discover the city.
When to visit
The city of Oslo is beautiful all year round. Seasons are strongly marked and this is why none is better than the others.
Summer is delightful with its endless days.
Autumn is stunning with incredibly beautiful colours.
Winter is magical with its unique Christmas atmosphere.
And Spring is wonderful with nature coming back to life.
For a first time in Oslo, I’ll maybe recommend to go during the summer, as days are super long and allow you to visit much more of the city itself and its surroundings.
But I’ve to warn you that you might get hooked and have to come back at another season.
What to do
Oslo has plenty to offer as a cultural city, with trendy areas surrounded by nature. Everybody will find something to like.
Here are some activities that I particularly like:
-Take the ferry for a tour in the Oslo fjord
-Visit the Town Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year
-Walk along Akerselva river
-Taste local and international food at Mathallen
-Ice skate in the middle of the city at Spikersuppa Ring (Winter only)
-Admire the “naked statues” in Frogner Parken
-Have a look at the very modern Opera
-Indulge you in a break with a pastrie and a coffee/chocolate/tea in one of the many nice coffee shops
-Go back in time at the Norwegian Folkmuseum
-Have a closer look at the painting “The Scream” at Munch museum
-Learn more about Norwegian explorers at Fram and Kon-Tiki museums
|-Enjoy the panorama over Oslo from Holmenkollen or Ekeberg
-Discover the Viking culture at The Viking Ship museum
-Go shopping in Hegdehaugsveien and Bogstadveien
-Experience height at the top of Holmenkollen Ski Jump
-Feel like a Royal member by visiting the Palace
-Savour a beer at Aker Brygge
-Have fun at the amusement park Tusenfryd
-Follow the steps of Harry Hole
|Jo Nesbø at Schrøder Restaurant
-Wander in the trendy area of Grünerløkka
-Go skiing or cycling at Holmenkollen
-Make your Christmas shopping
Depending on how long you stay and what you want to discover, it might be advantageous to buy an Oslo Pass. Indeed, the Oslo Pass gives you free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions and free travel on all public transport, among other benefits.
How to move around
Oslo is quite a small city, with relatively little traffic. It’s therefore very pleasant to discover the city by foot. But depending on where you want to go and the time you have, you can also take the bus, the tram, the boat or the subway.
Surprisingly for such a small city, the subway counts 6 lines! Take it at least once, as it’s an amazing experience to take the subway from the city centre and to arrive in the middle of the nature at Sognsvann (Terminus Line 3) or Frognerseteren (Terminus Line 1).
What to bring
The weather in Norway is unpredictable, which makes it very difficult to pack for a short stay.
So my advice is to expect the worst (but hope the best) so you’ll not be disappointed and cold!
There is a famous Norwegian saying that says: “In Norway, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. Pack having that in mind.
It will for sure be cold during Winter. But this is the only certainty.
And even if you go in Summer, the weather can be cold and rainy.
When I go to Oslo from April to the end of September, my suitcase is about to explode, as I pack clothes and shoes for all weather. But most of the time, I stay longer than a few days.
So, for a long weekend, no matter the season you go, you necessarily have to bring: a waterproof jacket against the rain, a hot sweater or cardigan and a scarf against the cold and a good pair of walking shoes. For the rest, it’s up to you.Useful information
No visa is required for most of the countries.
The time difference is GMT+2 during Summer and GMT+1 during Winter.
Everybody speaks perfect English.
The currency is the Norwegian krone (1€ ≈ 8 kr / 1£ ≈ 10 kr / 1$ ≈ 6 kr).
Everything is quite expensive.
All is closed on Bank holidays.