Oslo Travel Guide: Things to do in Oslo as a Tourist

Oslo Travel Guide: Things to do in Oslo as a Tourist

Hi, this is Jonas from OsloPro! In this episode I’m going to show you some of the things that you can do in Oslo as a tourist. I’m starting this video here, at Jernbanetorget, the square outside of Central Station. Because, if you just recently arrived in Oslo, chances are you would find yourself here pretty quickly. This is a major tranportation hub. Now, you may have noticed the tiger statue behind of me here. This has been put in place in honor of Oslo’s nickname, which is the City of Tigers. That’s right, apparently some eighteenth century poet that gave the city it’s nickname, perceived Oslo as a “cold and dangerous place”. Now, I don’t think that’s true at all. As long as you stay away from the streets below Karl Johans gate at night, and the areas around Akerselva at any time, you’ll be fine. An whatever you do, if you see someone wearing a hoodie, do not make eye contact with them. Just kidding! Oslo is a perfectly safe place. I have now walked around the corner of Central Station towards the Opera, and one thing you may notice when walking are these bicycle stands. They are everywhere. And as you may have guessed, they are open to the public, but a membership card is required. If you live in Norway you can get a membership card from their website for 299 NOK per year. But if you’re only visiting, then you obviously can’t do that. Then you have to rent a membership card from the Oslo Visitor Center for a slightly higher price of 100 NOK per day. And the Oslo Visitor Center is located right here inside of Central Station. I am now going to show you the Oslo Opera You don’t like Opera, you say? Well, neither do I. But if someone tells you you should go check out the Oslo Opera, they’re probably not talking about tenors and sopranos and stuff. They’re talking about the Opera building, because it is super cool. Check it out! The Opera is made out of white marble, and it resembles an iceberg going into the sea. The white marble is also very, erm, white. So, walking here on a bright day without proper sunglasses can be agonizing. A pro tip is to check out the toilets. Yes, the toilets. Not only are they free, but they are awesome. At least in the mens room the have got this water running down a glacier thing going. Just check it out. This is Karl Johans gate, the walking street that connects Central Station to the Royal Castle. You can’t avoid it, and you shouldn’t, because this is the main street of Oslo. Here you will find the regular mix of chain stores, souvenir shops, cafés, and restaurants. And if the weather is nice, there will also be street vendors, performers, dancers, beggars, and other clowns. A bit further down Karl Johan you will be walking past the parliament building. Or “Storting” as it is called in Norwegian. The wold “Storting” is by the way made up of the two words “stor” and “ting”, which translate into “big thing”. Anyway, there are often demonstrations here in front of the Big Thing. And if there isn’t one, that just means you can have your picture taken here in front of the Big Thing without angry demonstrators in the picture. By the way, I once saw a woman having her picture taken here, while flashing her tits. At the very end of Karl Johans gate, you will find the Royal Castle. The surrounding parks are quite nice, but the castle is pretty average. And the reason for this is that when it was built, Norway was actually a poor country. A pro tip is to check out the Queens garden, which is the nicest. And it’s to the left of the castle. You may also see the changing of guards, but there is a zero percent chance of seeing the King. Unless if it is constitution day, the 17th of May. Then, there is a hundred percent chance of seeing the King, as he will be standing on the Castle balcony. I have now walked the five minuted walk down fron the Royal Castle, to the square in front of the Nobel Peace Center. Inside of the Nobel Peace Center, you can see mind blowing exhibitions about peace and stuff. If we turn our head around slightly, we can spot the twin towers of City Hall. Or Shitty Hall, as the Asians call it. Anyway, the Shitty Hall is free to enter for the public, and inside you can see art and stuff. There are also free guided tours of the Shitty Hall during summertime. Right by the Nobel Peace Center is the harbor. From here you can take public transportation boats to a number of places, including uninhabited islands in the Oslo Fjord. Or this one right here that goes to the museum peninsula of Bygdøy. A pro tip if you want to see the fjord for cheap, is to take ferry number B10 to Nesodden and back again. Don’t get off on the other side, there’s nothing to see there. But from the boat, you will have a magnificent view of Akershus Castle, Aker Brygge, the Oslo Fjord, and numerous island. Adjacent to the harbor is Aker Brygge. This former shipyard has been converted into Oslo finest waterfront area. It’s a great place for shopping, wining and dining, or just people watching. But be aware that this place is ridiculously expensive, and having a beer at any of those places will set you back one hundred NOK. A pro tip is to instead take your one hundred NOK and go to the very end of Aker Brygge. Here you will find the Astrup Fearnley museum of contemporary art, which happens to charge that exact amount for entrance. Inside of there you can see magnificent pieces like a Rolls Royce with a turd mounted as the bonnet hood badge. Or a fresh banana peel laying on the floor. What a masterpiece. When your brain has absorbed enough high art for you to want to go run and pull your hair out. Don’t. Instead, go to the top floor of the Astrup Fearnley museum, where there is an outdoor lounge. Where you can sit and relax for as long as you want, while enjoying the magnificent view of the Oslo Fjord, Aker Brygge, and Akershus Castle. Akershus Castle is a medieval caste and fortress at the center of Oslo, overlooking the Oslo Fjord. It is a great place to sit down and watch the sunset, while having a few beers. By the way, drinking in public is illegal in Norway. But, as long as you do it in the park and don’t cause any trouble, it is tolerated by the police. There are two museums on Akershus Castle. There is the Armed Forces museum, which is free to enter, and there is the World War II resistance museum, which costs 50 NOK. Although not as spectacular as the Imperial War Museum in London. They’re quite nice if you’re into that sort of thing. Many of the museums are located here on Bygdøy, and therefore it is sometimes referred to as the Museum Peninsula. You can get here by bus, or by taking the boat from Aker Brygge. The boat has two stops on Bygdøy before returning to the city. A pro tip is to get off at the boats second stop, and do all of the museums before returning from the first stop. As most tourists do the opposite, this is a good way of beating the queues in the weekend. I am now at Bygdøynes, where the boat has it’s second stop, and here you will find three museums. There is the Maritime Museum, which is exactly what it sounds like. And then there is the Fram Museum, which is dedicated to two eighteenth century polar explorer ships, which are also inside of the museum. And then there is the Kon Tiki Museum, which is dedicated to modern day explorer and Norwegian hero, Thor Heyerdahl. A 15 minute walk, or a short bus ride from the pier, you can find the Vikingship Museum. They have on display vikingships and viking stuff excavated from a thousand year old viking graves. Adjacent to the Vikingship Museum is the Folk Museum, which has traditional Norwegian houses and exhibitions showing Norwegian culture stuff. They’ve even got streets full of old houses. This is probably what the Internet thinks Norway looks like anyway. And perhaps the most interesting part is this 800 years old stavkirke church. To get back to the city from here you can take the bus, or you can go down to the pier, where the boat has it’s first stop before returning to the city. Or you can check out some of the other museums that are also on Bygdøy. Including Oscarshall Castle The Holocaust Center Kongsgården, which is the King’s ranch. A farm that belongs to the King of Norway, and is open to the public. Also on Bygdøy is Oslo’s most famous beach. It is called Huk. And if you are so extremely lucky to be in Oslo on a nice summer day, and got a beach ready body, then this is where you go to show it off. If this happened to be a hot summer day, then this whole place would be filled with really, really white people that would for sure burn a hole in your retina if you wasn’t wearing proper sunglasses. And the nude beach is over there. If beaches and naked people isn’t your thing, then maybe naked stone people are. Vigelandsparken isn’t just any sculpture park, it is the biggest sculpture park in the world. And just like Huk, the beach, if this happend to be a hot summer day, then this whole place would be filled with people having barbecues and drinking beer. But today is looks like mostly Japanese tourists. Perhaps the most famous statue is this one right here, it’s called Angry Boy. And it kind of reminds me of someone. And then there is this column made entirely out of naked stone people. If that’s not enough for you, you could head over to the Vigeland Art Museum, which is also located in the park. It’s supposed to be good if you’re into that sort of thing. Now this one I can relate to. With the mounting pressure to have babies while in you thirties, I kind of feel like this guy sometimes. A pro tip is to head over to the Oslo City Museum, which is also located in the Vigelands Park. It’s a museum about the city of Oslo, and it’s history. And it’s totally free of charge. A popular sightseeing destination in Oslo is the Holmenkollen and Frognerseteren area. They are located on a hill at the outskirts of Oslo. And keep in mind when you’re planning your trip that it takes almost an hour to get here by public transportation. And it involves quite a bit of uphill walking. Anyway, this is the famous Holmenkollen ski-jump known for spectacular jumps by athletes like Espen Bredesen, Noriaki Kasai, Eddie the Eagle, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse. And it it possible to go up in the tower for the price of a beer or two. And for the price of around ten beers you can take the zipline, which will take you down in a matter of seconds and give you an experience closer to ski jumping than you will ever have again. If that’s not enough for you, there is also a ski museum. Among other things they’ve got a ski simulator, and no less than 2500 pairs of skis. Right by the ski-jump you may notice this old wooden church, which is actually not as old as is looks. It was rebuilt in 1996 after it had been burned down by satanist and black-metal artist, Varg Vikernes, aka Burzum, aka Count Grishnackh of Mayhem. A half an hour walk uphill from Holmenkollen is Frognerseteren. You can also take the metro here, but that takes half an hour too. Alternatively, if you prefer to walk downhill with the city in view, you could go here first, and walk down to to Holmenkollen, and go back to the city from there. Anyway, Frognerseteren is where the city meets the wilderness. And you could literally walk for hours into the forrest here. Who wouldn’t want to miss this chance to get lost in the woods and eaten by a bear. If you don’t fancy close encounters with nature, there’s also this restaurant that servers Scandinavian food. Why not sit down here for a moment, while enjoying this magnificent view over Oslo. But if you are thinking about coming to Frognerseteren only for the view, I have another option for you which gives you an even greater view of the city. Ekebergåsen is a lookout point closer to the city. It takes only ten minutes by bus from Central Station to this spot right here. And the view is, in my opinion, much better. This is a great spot to watch the sunset, because unlike at Frognerseteren, this lookout point is facing west. Infact, this is the view that famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is depicting in his most famous picture, The Scream. That’s all I had for you in this episode of OsloPro. Thank you for watching, remember to subscribe, and welcome to Oslo!

100 thoughts on “Oslo Travel Guide: Things to do in Oslo as a Tourist

  1. Hello! We are visiting from New York next month, we will actually be there on May 17th! Should we go see the king!? 😀

  2. This was amazing, lol…I'm actually in oslo atm an went to alot of those places…your style is funny as fcuk, keep it up

  3. HeyJonas, Thanks for your very helpful (and funny) video. Going to enjoy exploring Oslo much more on our trip next week!

  4. Great video, you show exactly the spots I show to Oslo-newcomers, and I also use beer as the currency rate 🙂 good quality filming også, thanks for sharing.

  5. I will be visiting Oslo in August 2017 with my family. This is a wonderful video, you have the right mix of information and humor, way to go.

  6. Thank you for your videos! I love your deadpan humor! I visited Oslo a few years ago and loved it! The people were so nice and friendly. I hope to go back someday, maybe to teach at one of the universities.

  7. Very funny, enjoyed a lot. I am an older guy and not up on the latest facial hair trends, but is the Charlie Chaplin/Hitler mustache back in vogue? I'm not criticizing, I just know these things anymore.

  8. Hi there i am from India ?? you doing so well videos ??!!

  9. Very nicely done and good jokes!
    I'm going to Oslo for the first time, so that's quite useful. Do you do guiding?

  10. Going back to Oslo in December and Im bringing family this time! Ill definitely take the B10 boat ride. Thanks for a fun video.

  11. Such a nice and interesting video.. simple but great. Well done ?? when I’m watching your video, it makes me think to make a plan to visit Oslo next year..

  12. The art work statues etc. are very depressing and austere I noticed in Oslo.The busiest place was the departure lounge at the airport!

  13. Jonas at the end you mention the famous painting "The Scream" but in which art gallery is it located? I also wondered if there was anything like the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester for classical music in Oslo? Finally how much would it cost to buy a good pair of Gore-Tex hiking boots?

  14. Really enjoyed watching the video your sarcastic humor is on point. I have learnt a lot and I'm visiting on Sports week from Malmö. Good work.

  15. Thanks Jonas for your videos and humour about visiting OSLO. I have just returned from my 4 day trip and your travel advice was such a help. I will definitely return here again.

  16. Impressive video I would like to visit Oslo soon to discover a lot of this, I think you need to add some text to your video for the names of the location so we can easily find it on map. Please if you don't mind just list them down as I would like to navigate to

  17. Your videos are amazing! And well one for doing it in English!
    Just one thing, the 'e' in the word 'here' is pronounced as in feet and rhymes with 'dear' . You keep saying 'hair' which rhymes with 'there'

  18. What an interesting and entertaining travel guide. You had me laughing so hard (the Asian part and at the beach). Thanks.

  19. I just met a guy thats from Oslo but he is dark skinned, dark hair and brown eyes. Is this common? Im confused since you look completely different! Btw im Australian!

  20. Hi, I am Gaurav blogger from India , I am visiting Oslo in upcoming months I need your help , From where should I rent motorbike in oslo as well as how much charges I need to pay on per day basis for MotorCycle.

  21. Such a nice video. I like the editing and all the tips. Thank you. I will be in Oslo between 16-19 of June. Would you like to show me a few places or grab a beer together? 🙂

  22. Ha..Ha.. Gosh, You Are a Very Cute guy !!

    And, The Sexy Voice you have!!

    I'm (Alone, Myself)
    Going to Oslo in

    Just A Short Two Nights
    Stay In Downtown Oslo.

    Wish I could see you in your
    Beautiful City……

    Hope I could meet some
    Hot, Cute guys there, too !!

  23. OsloPro love your vids…I am Canadian with Norwegian background. Now I know all the cool places in Oslo to see : )

  24. Great tips and love the dry humor!

    I found this video whilst on the train from the airport into Oslo when I had an 8 hour layover. I think I managed to almost do everything you mentioned in this and I thought it was an amazing selection – including the boat ride! Really recommend following Jonas' tips!

  25. Hi Jonas. Just discovered your videos. Wow! I really enjoyed this. I’m a Norwegian, that live (17 years so far) in Louisiana USA. I think a lot of this came up after I left… or at least, I have not seen most of what you toured ?

  26. In city hall, my great uncle Wilhem Meling painted the right side of the wall. The wall with the colorful triangle patterns.

  27. Thanks a lot, I really love to watch your videos. These videos inspire me to go to there. You rock. Greetings from Mexico

  28. You have a weird sense of humor. You're making jokes and keeping a straight face lol. Thanks for the video, I am going to Oslo for a couple days next week and this helped.

  29. And this church (can't understand its name) on 8:24, can I fly drone there to film around? Do they allow to fly?

  30. Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes.

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