1. The museums
There are over 50 museums in a city with about 675,000 people. You’ll find museums of art, ski, animals, Vikings, immigration, Bible, maritime, and even a mini bottle gallery that displays 12,500 miniature bottles of soda, beer, and spirits.
In addition to the new Munch Museum, you may want to include the following:
- Kon-Tiki Museum – learn about the Kon-Tiki expedition
- Fram Museum – the story of the Norwegian Polar exploration
- Holmenkollen Ski Museum – the world’s oldest ski museum and enjoy a panoramic view from the jump tower
- Viking Ship Museum – showcases the world’s best-preserved Viking ships
2. Fresh food
Known as the capital of fresh ingredients, Oslo is also the city for locally grown organic produce and is a seafood lovers paradise. When in Oslo, you must try classic Norwegian food like reindeer, moose, and lutefisk (cured cod).
Here are some of the restaurants in Oslo to add to your list:
- Lofoten Fiskerestaurant – for the best seasonal food in a casual atmosphere
- Kaffistova – for meatballs, potato dumplings open-faced sandwiches
- Solsiden Restaurant – for amazing seafood
- Ekebergrestauranten – dine and enjoy panoramic views of the Oslo fjord, the Opera House and more
3. Architecture and design
Oslo is a world-renowned architectural destination, and in recent years the city boasts of several radical designs. Take a tour to see the contemporary architecture in Tjuvholmen, a new modern neighborhood, the Barcode Project in Bjorvika, and Vulkan, the most innovative development in the industrial area of Oslo.
You don’t have to venture far to experience Europe’s largest urban forest in Oslo. Fjord Tours offers hiking tours in summer from Holmenkollen to Frognerseteren, where you can see a collection of 19th-century wooden houses. The tour also includes Vettakollen, a viewpoint for the best views of Oslo, and Sognsvann lake for swimming.