Winter activities in Oslo
Oslo offers miles and miles of cross-country ski trails, or maybe you would like to test your ice-skating or downhill skiing skills. Not enough action? Try speeding down the 2-kilometer toboggan run Korketrekkeren!
The largest ski centre in Oslo is Oslo Winter Park with 18 runs, 11 lifts and one of the largest terrain parks in Norway – only 30 minutes from the city centre. You can also book private ski lessons for all levels there. Oslo Winter Park hosts cafes and a bar for the perfect after-ski.
Oslo’s most popular sled run is Korketrekkeren(“the cork screw”), located close toHolmenkollen. The 2-kilometer sled run offers action and fun for adults and big kids.In the Holmenkollen area, don’t miss typical cafés and restaurants like the ones in Frognerseteren and the Holmenkollen restaurant. Great food, a special atmosphere and a lovely location.Another great activity is to go for a hike along the river Akerselva, a scenic attraction rich in history.
The river Akerselva starts at Maridalsvannet – Oslo’s largest lake and a recommended starting point for the 8-kilometer hike along the course of the river.
Did you know that Oslo has one of Europe’s most exciting concert schedules? An enthusiastic, music-loving public, a large selection of venues, eager producers and local talent are some of what makes Oslo a music city out of the ordinary.A multitude of venues
The venues are the music city´s cornerstones where professionals and volunteers alike work hard on building the city´s music program.
Sunday is the day for markets at Gruünerløkka, with both the markets around Blå andBirkelunden Bric-a-brac market. At Blå you can find desigt products, handicrafts and vintage clothes, while at Birkelunden you find mostly used items from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
Norwegian Folk Museum – One of Europe’s largest open-air museums, with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway and a stave church from the year 1200. The indoor exhibits show traditional handicraft items, folk costumes, Sami culture, weapons, toys, pharmaceutical history and changing exhibitions
The Viking Ship Museum – The museum presents Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune as well as other finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord.
Akershus Fortress – The fortress is located in the city centre by the Oslo Fjord and is a great place to discover Oslo’s
The National Gallery – Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is found in the National Gallery, established in 1837.
Oslo’s Opera House – The Opera is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round.
Vigelandsparken – One of Norway’s most visited attractions with more than one million visitors every year. The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron.
Nobel Peace Prize – A museum with an exciting combination of changing and permanent exhibitions that promote popular interest in issues relating to war, peace and conflict resolution
The Astrup Fearnley – The collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most significant of its kind in Northern Europe. The museum complements works from the permanent collection by rotating exhibitions with internationally renowned artists.
Munch´s art in Oslo – The world´s largest collection of works by Edvard Munch makes Oslo an art destination out of the ordinary.
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Tøyenbadet public bath – Norway’s most popular public pool features two indoor pools (open year-round), two outdoor pools (open only in summer), diving towers and an indoor waterslide.
The Natural History Museum – The museum consists of the Zoological Museum, the Botanical Garden and greenhouses.
The Zoological Museum shows animals from all over the world.
Oslo Reptile Park– The park has more than 100 animals: boa constrictors, grass snakes, geckos, chameleons, varans and other lizards, a poison dart frog, beautiful tarantellas and a black widow (the world’s most poisonous spider), a dwarf crocodile, monkeys, turtles and fish.
National museum for technology, industry, science and medicine and a paradise for curious people of all ages. The museum has more than 80 interactive installations, 25 permanent and temporary exhibitions and an exciting activity programme during weekends and holidays.
Getting around in Oslo
Oslo offers convenient public transportation, and short distances makes it easy to get around by walking or biking.
Public transport in Oslo
All the public transport in Oslo and the surrounding county Akershus is part of the same ticket and price system. This applies to buses, trams, subways (t-bane), ferries and local trains. CLICK HERE to read more about the public transport offer in Oslo.
The Oslo Pass gives you free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions, free travel on all public transport, free parking in municipal car parks, free entry to outdoor swimming pools, free walking tours, discounts on sightseeing, ski simulator, Tusenfryd Amusement Park, concert tickets, climbing, ski and bike rental, and special offers in restaurants, shops, entertainment and leisure venues. CLICK HERE to read more about Oslo Pass.