Oslo, I’ve misjudged you. Although many reviews rated you as an orderly, yet expensive city (aka boring), I am pleasantly surprised by your charms.
As your friendly travel bugs, we have consolidated a list for your travel ease. If you are looking to visit Oslo, check out this guide for 10 Ways to Make your Trip to Oslo a Winter Wonderland.
10 Sights for a Winter Wonderland in Oslo
1. Oslo Central Station
It is the largest station in the entire Norwegian railway system. Well-designed and aesthetically pleasing, this station is equipped with clear signs that direct you to your destination. We certainly found our footing in Oslo with ease by starting our trip here.
2. The Winter Market in Central Oslo: Jul I Vinterland
If you like traditional hand-crafted items and local food products such as sausage and cheese, visit the Winter Market near the Royal Palace. Note that most vendors, museums, and shops are not in business for the holidays. Lesson learned: prioritize and visit nature scenes in Norway when attractions are closed.
3. The Ice-Skating Rink: Spikersuppa
This family-friendly ice-skating rink is delightful—and is open on Christmas Day! It is located in central Oslo next to the Winter Market. From here, you can have a beautiful view of the Ferris Wheel while strolling up the street to visit the Royal Palace.
4. The Royal Palace
After walking through the Winter Market and a lovely park surrounded by trees and ponds, you will arrive at the Royal Palace. This neo-classic architecture is the residence of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. At 1:30 pm daily, you can watch a cultural tribute to the Norwegian monarchy: the changing of the guard.
5. Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland is the world’s largest sculpture park with over 200 sculptures created by a single artist. Ice-frosted sculptures winterized the garden; adding a feeling of beautiful desolation to the enchanting sight. It is incredibly cheesy but we had so much fun imitating the sculptures at the Vigeland Park.
6. Fråm Museum
A museum that features Fråm: a strong wooden ship that tells the stories of early Arctic exploration. Fun fact: A thousand-year-old ship can also be found in Oslo displayed in the Viking Ship Museum.
7. Akershaus Castle and Fortress
A medieval castle that serves to defend the city. It was also used as a royal palace and as a prison (hopefully not simultaneously 😁). We recommend visiting in the evening as the night view adds a layer of mysteriousness to the place.
8. Oslo Opera House
The Opera House is located near the Oslo Central Station. In addition to sampling Norwegian opera and ballet, you can also walk on the snow-covered roof in the winter.
9. Oslo Cathedral
Oslo Cathedral is the parish church of Downtown Oslo. It is used for weddings and funerals by the Norwegian Royal Family.
10. Karl Johans Gate
The main street of the city. It leads straight to the Royal Palace with many elegant shops and trendy restaurants on the way. Speaking of restaurants and food, did you know that the Norwegians love frozen pizza 🍕?
So that’s a wrap for Oslo, Norway. One of the smallest, yet vibrant European capitals. We hope that this little guide spikes your interest and entices you to consider visiting Norway.
If you have been to Oslo, we would love to hear your stories in the comments below!